Fine dining in Niseko? Top restaurants to try in 2019

here is a guide that should give you a fair selection to work with.

Whether for a special occasion or a regular treat-yourself Tuesday, splurge at the best fine dining restaurants in Niseko, Japan’s #1 snow resort.

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SOMOZA

Hanazono
Open 1200-1600, 1800-2200 daily

Lovers of Japanese crafts, artistic antiques and all things fine would love Shouya Grigg’s (mastermind behind the Sekka brand) restaurant Somoza. The unique venue is a 150-year-old, relocated Japanese kominka (traditional Japanese home), lovingly restored to house an expansive gallery space and shop, a dining room, plus a traditional Japanese tea room in the loft.

The casual cafe is perfect for lunch, and for enjoying stunning views of the surrounding forest. For special occasions, why not reserve a spot at the 12-seater chef’s table and savor the finest of modern Hokkaido cuisine?

Kamimura

Hyatt House Niseko (Formerly Shiki), Upper Hirafu Village
Open 1130-1400, 1730-2000 Tuesday-Monday (closed on Wednesday)

Kamimura is an iconic Michelin-starred French restaurant on the first floor of Hyatt House Niseko (formerly the Shiki hotel).

The experience begins at the bar with a fine selection of spirits and cocktails to impress your date, followed with a seasonal degustation menu that showcases some of the finest ingredients around.

Makkarina Restaurant

Makkari Village
Open 1130-1400, 1730-2000 Tuesday-Monday (closed on Wednesday)

In the quaint, less touristy village of Makkari sits boutique French restaurant Maccarina, established by Hiroshi Nakamichi, a leading French cuisine chef and also owner of Sapporo’s Moliere. Here one can enjoy seasonal food in a rural surrounding with a romantic twist. Their lamb meat, Tokachi beef and seafood are all fresh and locally grown. The impressive options of vegetarian delights, meanwhile, make sure their lunch dinner menu cater to every palate.

Yo

Lower Hirafu Village
Open 1730-2400 Monday to Saturday

Longtime kaiseki dinner favourite Yo specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine served in multi-course sets. It is a traditional-looking hut, where diners take their shoes off and dine in sunken rooms, very often around a bubbling hotpot. They have an extensive grill menu using luxury items like wangu beef and Hokkaido crab. It is almost impossible to get in without reservations in the snow season.

An Dining

Upper Hirafu Village
Open 0700-2130 in summer, 0700-2400 in winter

Led by Chef Shinichi Maeda with a shining resume from Sake Brisbane, Australia, An Dining is a fine 50-seat restaurant, wrapped in views of Mt. Yotei over the Ki Niseko lawn and gardens, making for a great spot for an indulgent night out. The beef check – roasted at 83.3 degree for 18 hours – is an instant favorite.

Sessa

East Hirafu Village
Open 1100-1400 on Friday to Monday, 1700-2200 Friday to Wednesday

Sukiyaki is often eaten at home in Japan, but tasting the simmered specialty at Sessa on a winter night is another experience altogether. Sessa is a Japanese cafe and restaurant in one. Take your seat in the elegant space, while medium rare A5 wagyu is taken out of the pot of sweet soy-based soup and dipped into a beaten egg, and then the fat gradually melts and the sauce soaks through…

Villa Lupicia Restaurant

Kabayama
Open 1130-1400 on Friday to Monday, 1700-2100 daily

With a good selection of tasting wine list (and a dedicated wine cave on site), Lupicia is a picturesque dining spot in a beautiful garden located in Kabayama.

Their fixed course dinner begins with a buffet followed by eye-pleasing international dishes (filled with fresh, locally sourced ingredients) served with wines suggested by expert sommeliers. While pasta may not be its most famous dish, the homemade snow crab spaghetti here shouldn’t be overlooked.

Sushi Wakatake

Odin Place, Upper Hirafu Village

Recently awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide (for serving top-notch meals at reasonable prices), Sushi Wakatake moved from Sapporo to Odin Place, offering spectacular views of Mt Yotei and fresh seafood served in sashimi and nigiri sushi style, each round made in front of you at the bar and served directly the traitional way. Best paired with sakes chosen by head chef Hiroyuki Namekawa.

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Ryu Nabe

Upper Hirafu Village
Open 1730-2300 daily in winter

Ryunabe is a 40-seater upscale Cantonese hotpot joint in the heart of Hirafu. The place is apparently all booked out through the winter months, so in addition to dine-in seating, now they pack up signature local seafood, the mouth-watering Wagyu and unique broths simmered over low heat for 36+ hours, and serve a hearty meal right to your door step.