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Feb 7, 2011 05:18 PM

In and around Niseko, Hokkaido


I'll be going to Niseko for a week at the end of February and I've been trying to compile a list of places to eat. Google hast helped much and all I seem to me getting is the same list of "gaijin" bars and cafes which don't seem to be what I am looking for. Can you recommend places:

- where I can have some fantastic hairy crab;
- where I can have some bear meat (yes, bear meat);
- where I can have some quality Hokkaido ramen; and
- Some good Izakayas?

I dont mind if you have any recommendations which might be a little bit further away from Niseko.

I know the request is broad, but I would appreciate any tips!

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    1. I only spent about 2 days in the Niseko area but HAD to talk about this amazing soba place called Rakuichi.

      It's in the Annupuri area and is run by a Japanese couple. Their menu is only in Japanese but do speak a little english. The duck soba I had was an amazing experience. The soba was served cold but with a piping hot duck dipping sauce. The owner/chef Rai-san makes the soba fresh and in-house.

      Just realized that Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant in his trip to Hokkaido. It's a couple of minutes into the video here:

      The environment it's in is really charming and the restaurant is counter-style but really cozy. More info on opening hours and a map here: