From sushi to ramen, Niseko is famous for its food! Little Steps has snacked, slurped, and chowed our way around Niseko to put together the top restaurants for 2019/2020. From Michelin starred favorites to the best Hirafu restaurants to enjoy as a family, we have the guide to the must eats with kids in tow! What’s more? We have included the best places to eat for lunch on and near the mountain as well – enjoy!
A few tips for eating in Niseko:
*Be sure to make reservations in advance, especially if with a large group. Many require reservations 90 days in advance during popular times.
*Make sure and check to see if the restaurant takes credit cards – many do not.
*After making a reservation, make sure and check the criteria for confirmation. Many restaurants require you to confirm 24-hours before even after you make the reservation.
Open for lunch and dinner, this is a great restaurant for some après ski. This Japanese restaurant has either set menu options or a la carte. The kids will love the chicken teriyaki set or the zangi fried chicken set. There’s an extensive, wine, sake and beer menu, and for the little ones, there is plenty of hot chocolate and fresh juice too.
A Bu Cha 2, 1F Suiboku, 191-29 Aza Yamada, Kutchan 044-0081, +81 13622 5620, www.abucha.net/abucha/en/abucha2-info. Lunch is served from 11:30am-4pm (last order 3pm) daily and dinner 6pm-12pm (last order 11:30pm). This is a great place for large groups, but you must make a reservation in advance. You must book 72 hours in advance and confirm 1 day prior to your day as well. Click here to book up. For fun with kids request a tatami mat/window table.
This is an iconic Michelin starred restaurant so it’s great for date night or a special family occasion. Choose from the early bird dinner which is served at 6pm or the degustation menu which showcases some of the best and finest ingredients around. In the summer, they serve a delicious lunchtime menu too. This is a comfortable and cozy restaurant where you can relax after a day of fun.
Kamimura, First Floor, Shiki Niseko, 190-4 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0014 JAPAN, https://www.kamimura-niseko.com/. Make reservations at least 90-days in advance. For safety reasons and for the comfort and convenience of other guests, Kamimura is unable to cater for children under 7 years of age, except if you book for a side room. Also, they only accommodate max 3 children under 12 years of age on each booking.
Seafood lovers will rejoice at this hub of oysters, scallops, and fresh seafood. This kid-friendly restaurant is family-run and offers an authentic and fun vibe. Kids will enjoy the udon noodle and fried rice options. Book this up early!
Ezo Seafoods, 170-165 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, 044-008, +81 136 22 3019,http://www.ezoseafoods.com, Note, credit cards are not accepted. This is a very popular place so 90-day+ reservations are recommended. If you can't get in, you can try to go for one of their daily walk-in tables which are available but limited. Click here to make a reservation.
Hanayoshi, 80-2 Hondori, Niseko 048-1502, +81 136-44 3444, http://www8.plala.or.jp/niseko-fine/40etc/43hanayoshi/hanayoshitop.html. Booking should be made within 72 hours in advance. Note this is located in Niseko (not Niseko Village) so you will need to taxi or drive here. Open daily from 5pm-11pm. Closed on Mondays.
This place is perfect if you love ramen. You must try their delicious, fluffy, potato ramen. Like it spicy? Then try the red, spicy challenge. The miso ramen is delicious and if you like laksa you’ll love this warm and hearty soup. The kids will love the vegetable and shrimp tempura which is served with a yummy sauce that’s finger licking!
Niseko Ramen Kazahana, 179-36 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081, Hokkaido, http://www7.plala.or.jp/nisekoramenmount/index-e.html. Walk-in only, no reservations.
The warm and hearty soba noodle hot spot is loved by kids of all ages. We personally love the pan-fried tender duck meat and Japanese leeks in Soba noodles and the rice cakes, shitake mushrooms, burdocks and chicken in Soba noodles. All perfect after a day of skiing and boarding.
Ichimura Soba, Yubinbango044-0081 Hokkaido Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun Yamada 68-4, 68-4 Yamada, Kutchan-Cho, Abuta-Gun, Hokkaido 044-0081, +81 136 23 0603, http://niseko-ichimura.jp/. Typically closed on Tuesdays. English menu is available, highchairs available. Walk-in welcome but there might be lines, but they do have speedy service. Cash only.
Located in town, this is a short walk from most hotels. This cozy and warm restaurant is perfect for a family dinner. The menu is homey and wholesome. You can enjoy a wide range of Japanese comfort foods all locally sourced. Get a selection of dishes and share family style. Vegetarian dishes are available too.
Rin, 163-88 Aza Yamada, Kuchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081, 0136 22 1444, www.niseko-rin.com/english.html. Recommend to book early especially for a group larger than 10.
Yoteimaru Sushi, 1-1-12 Minami8johigashi, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0022, Hokkaido, +81 136-22-4101, Website. The local shuttle and bus stop right in front of this restaurant.
Bang Bang is a fun and casual Japanese Izakaya. It has a warm, cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for a family dinner. The yakitori skewers are a delicious way to start dinner. We recommend you try the chargrilled Hokkaido beef loin steak, boiled Shiretoko thornyhead, salmon sashimi and Akkeshi oysters. Get in some beers and sake for mom and dad and some fresh juices for the kids.
Bang Bang, 188-24 Yamada, Kutchan 044-0081, +81 136 22 4292, http://niseko.or.jp/bangbang/. Open daily for dinner from 5:30pm-9pm. Seating times are 5:30pm - 8pm, 8:30pm - 11pm. Reservations must be made directly with restaurant and confirmed on the day of the reservation by the guest.
Ebisutei, 155-132 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081, Hokkaido, +81 136 22 6544, Booking requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance (we recommend 1 month!) and credit cards are accepted. Open daily from 6pm-12pm (last serving at 11pm).
This small bar doesn’t take reservations so come early to avoid a snug dinner. Families are welcome from 5pm to 8pm but it’s over 20’s only after 8pm. Mom and dad should stay for a late-night drink as there’s a super cool DJ that only plays vinyl. The bar is well stocked and the barmen know a thing or two about mixing a drink! This is a must-visit hole in the wall.
Bar Gyu+, 167-21 Yamada, Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture 044-0081, Japan, 0136-23-1432, email@example.com, www.gyubar.com/
Yo Niseko, 155-416 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, 0136-22-2278, www.yoniseko.com. Open daily from 5pm-11pm. Reservations in advance and for to book last minute in English, please call 070-4123-7214.
This is a traditional Japanese restaurant with quite a strict kid code. Under 4’s are not allowed and kiddos age 4-12 must be seated by 5:45pm. You can choose from the Charcoal Grilled Freshwater Eel on Rice Set Menu, the Seven Course Eel Tasting Menu or the Robata Kaiseki Course Menu. Lunch and dinner are both served and they’re open in summer and winter.
Robata Niseko Naniwatei, Huckleberry Farm, 259 Aza Kabayama, Kutchan, Japan, http://www.robata-naniwatei.com/. This restaurant is not located in the village so be sure to book a taxi or car. Booking accepted 90-days in advance via this link.
Muse Niseko, https://www.facebook.com/musuniseko/
The Tap Room, https://www.nisekotaproom.com/
Hungry for some of Niseko's famous ramen? Kids love it and parents can't get enough! This ramen restaurant in Kutchan town has been open for over 30 years and right on the main road. It's affordable and they offer cheese ramen which is yummy and little ones sip it down. Enjoy!
Sapporo Ramen Daishin Niseko, 10 Minami, 1-1-11 Jo Nishi, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0044, Hokkaido, Website. There is a local bus/shuttle which will take you right here.
You can't miss a meal in Niseko - and lunch is part of the experience. Below you will find top picks for lunch ideas on the mountain and near the mountain so you can gather up your group and meet between ski runs. Happy eating!
Top Lunch Restaurants Near Mountain In Niseko:
1. Niseko Ramen Kazahana - 5-10 min walk from the slopes for lunch or quick family dinner
2. Alpinist – fondue fun for the family!
3. An Dining - posh lunching at Ki Niseko near gondola
4. Asahikawa Ramen Tozanken – good ramen for lunch or quick dinner (no reservations, always a line but it moves quickly). It's 1 block from Rhythm near slopes.
5. Pirka - Chef's menu at Hilton Niseko
6. Rin - for sushi
Top Lunch Restaurants On Mountain In Niseko:
Boyo-so - Under Hirafu Gondola
King Bell Hut - Next To Hirafu Gondola