Delicious cheap eats in Niseko
There is talk on the street that Japan is expensive, but there are always ways to eat well at affordable prices. With many amazing places to eat in the village where you can get a great meal for under ¥2000 and save some money for a backcountry adventure or snowmobiling through the birch trees!
This list is just the starting point for your food adventures, and it's important to note that what is considered Japanese food goes far beyond the international favourites such as sushi and teppanyaki.
So lets get started...
This is probably no surprise considering ramen is often a student favourite, but there are many places that do it well in Niseko that you can try. In Hirafu 'Niseko Ramen' is a stand out because of their famous ramen by the same name that contains a potato puree on top of the main broth and noodles. The region we are in is famous for it's potato farming in summer and you'll find the produce is proudly used in menus all over town.
Restaurant: Niseko Ramen Kazahana
Price Range: 900-1500 (one bowl of ramen)
Address: 179-36 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081 (the same street as Niseko Ski Lodge Hirafu)
2. Soup Curry
If you haven't heard about soup curry then you have something to look forward to! This is a Hokkaido speciality and there is one in Hirafu Izumikyo area that is a short walk away from the Niseko Ski Lodge Hirafu. The name says it all it's a soup based curry that you can choose your spice level from 1-15 and they serve each curry with rice on the side. The soup flavour can be customised to a coconut soup (but their original is a great place to start). They offer vegetarian options and each dish is full of local seasonal vegetables too!
Restaurant: Tsubara Tsubara
Price Range: ¥1200-¥1600 (one bowl of soup curry with rice)
Address: 132-14 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081
3. Prativo Lunch Buffet
If you love an all you can eat buffet and crave delicious farm fresh vegetables this place is one of the best places to visit for a meal. Located a short walk from our Niseko Village Ski Lodge this is a really popular lunch spot with stunning views of Mt Yotei.
Restaurant: Prativo (Part of the Milk Kobo farm)
Price Range: ¥1650 (buffet lunch all you can eat, with one small meat main dish)
Address: 888-1 Soga, ニセコ町 Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido 048-1522
4. Gokoro Udon - 自家製うどん ごころ
At the Hirafu midtown intersection you'll find this restaurant with some amazing home made udon dishes on offer. It's possible to walk or take the village shuttle down here if you do not have a car, and enjoy some Japanese noodles. One of our favourite things is the well cooked vegetables which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There are plenty of options for all tastes and some very filling dishes as well.
Restaurant: Gokoro Udon - 自家製うどん ごころ
Price Range: ¥800-¥1300 for each dish with small sides for ¥100-200
Address: 72-8 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
5. Boyoso - On Mountain (Grand Hirafu)
This restaurant is on the mountain in a log cabin underneath the gondola line. It originally opened as a safety hut on the mountain and one of the owners has even climbed Mt Everest, you will see some of the photos of the Himalayas on the wall inside. The real draw is the amazing local food from the rice bowls to the hot bowls of ramen, but many people go for the katsu curry.
Price Range: ¥1200-¥1600 for most dishes
Address: Hirafu Slopes above the Holiday Pair #1 Chairlift (underneath gondola line).