10 Best Restaurants In Hakuba, Japan

Restaurants in Hakuba
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Nestled in a beautiful village of the Northern Japanese Alps, Hakuba, is just a bit further from Nagano and a few hours from Tokyo. Encompassed by the high mountains, the village offers several outdoor activities for the adventurous souls. From its many ski resorts to hot springs, this Japanese village is a haven for cold weather lovers. But, that’s not all. There are many other attractions that can be explored all throughout the year. Some of them include Hakuba Sazan, Iwatake, Tsugaike Natural Garden, Usagidaira Terrace, and Hakuba Happo Onsen, among others. Hakuba gained its popularity because of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and also because it was regarded as one of the amazing ski destinations in Asia. After covering the attractions, one of the best ways to refuel is by enjoying good local food. Here’s our list of the best restaurants in Hakuba, Japan.

1. Denenshi

If you want to have a fancy dining experience, head to Deneshi on your next visit to Hakuba, Japan. This eatery is quite small with just four tables. So, it is best to make reservations before you head there. Along with serving Japanese cuisine, the restaurant is also known for serving French fare. And these two menu sets are offered every night, and the cordial staff will make sure you have a pleasant time here.


Address: Japan, 〒399-9211 Nagano, Kitaazumi District, Hakuba, 神城24193-71

Website: Denenshi

Opening hours: 12pm - 4pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm (daily)

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2. Ramen Tottsuan

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Looking for a place serving the best ramen? Ramen Tottsuan is your best bet. Ramen Tottsuan serves a range of other dishes along with ramens such as chashu bowl, fried chicken, gyoza, and more. And to accompany your food, you could order a sake or a local beer. The ambiance of the place is relaxed and chill, which will make you stay here longer, trying out the different ramen dishes.

Ramen Tottsuan

Address: Japan, 〒399-9301 Nagano, Kitaazumi District, 北安曇郡 白馬村北城1386-1 Japan

Website: Ramen Tottsuan

Opening hours: Thu - Tue: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8:30pm (closed on Wed)

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3. Kikyo-ya

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Regarded as the best restaurant in the village of Hakuba, Kikyo-ya has been a favorite spot for both locals and tourists to dine at. Offering some of the tastiest and freshest sashimi and sushi in Hakuba, Kikyo-ya comes with an open kitchen that allows guests to see the chefs prepare a plate of sushi from scratch, with hands representing that of a sumo wrestler. This small yet cozy place features a basic interior that gives off a warm ambiance. You can try eggs, miso soup, varieties of fish delicacies, and more.


Address: 1909-1 Hakubacho, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Kikyo-ya

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Tue)

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4. Pizzakaya

A charming restaurant in Hakuba village in Japan, Pizzakaya is a popular hangout spot for tourists and locals alike. If you are planning to visit here during your vacation to Hakuba, make sure to book reservations way ahead because the restaurant has a limited seating space. The restaurant also features a private room, two tables for dining, and a bar. You will find a good selection of Japanese and global fare with a modern twist, like pastas, curries, and Korean chicken pizza, among others.


Address: Japan, 〒399-9211 Nagano, 北安曇郡北安曇郡 白馬 村 飯田 22404-1 Kamishiro Station

Website: Pizzakaya

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 6pm - 11pm; Mon: 6pm - 10:30pm

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5. Hie Izakaya

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One of Hakuba’s best izakayas, Hie Izakaya is a Japanese gastropub featuring dark interiors with dim lighting, thus creating an intimate ambiance. This eatery serves everything from meats to sushi, sashimi, fried chicken, soba noodles, and more. A bonus tip: try the seared tuna and avocado, the best-selling dish of Hie Izakaya. Also, order a warm sake or a cold beer that goes perfectly well with the food items offered here. Offering a casual atmosphere, this place is a great spot to hang out with friends.

Hie Izakaya

Address: 3020-868 Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Hie Izakaya

Opening hours: Fri - Wed: 6pm - 11pm (closed on Thu)

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6. Sarugaku

An izakaya restaurant in Hakuba, Sarugaku boasts an extensive menu with everything featured on it being extremely tasty. The restaurant features wood-paneled walls, both on the outside and inside, giving a charming outlook and ambiance to the place. Some of the must-try dishes here include salmon and avocado, assorted skewers, horse sashimi, and garlic fried rice, among others. The restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, as well.


Address: 3020-957 Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Sarugaku

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 5:30pm - 11:30pm (closed on Mon)

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7. Ohyokkuri

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A tiny izakaya in Hakuba, Japan, Ohyokkuri features an extensive range of menu serving warm, big portion meals that are loved by the locals and international visitors alike. With a stylish interior and adequately sized windows, this restaurant gives off a comfortable atmosphere. While here, make sure to try the Hakuba specialty dish, which goes by the same name as the restaurant, Ohyokkuri. Other than this, you could also opt for sushi, tempura, and other small plates, which are equally delicious.


Address: 5081 Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Ohyokkuri

Opening hours: Fri - Wed: 12pm - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm (closed on Thu)

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8. Izakaya Kaz

Looking for a place to spend a nice evening with family or friends? Izakaya Kaz is the perfect place to be. Set inside the Mominoki Hotel, this trendy eatery specializes in tapas dishes. The modern interior and the bar setting gives a chilled out vibe to this restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of bar snacks, such as tonkatsu, tempura, spicy chicken salad, and more. You can also try out the tasting board that comes with different versions of local sake. You wouldn’t regret it.

Izakaya Kaz

Address: 4683-2 Hokujyo, Hakuba-mura, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Izakaya Kaz

Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (daily)

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9. Takahashi-ya Ramen

Set in a small wooden hut, Takahashi-ya is a restaurant specialized in serving mouthwatering ramen. This family-run restaurant features a simple menu with only two ramen options - one is the spicy tan tan noodles, and the other is the ramen soy sauce. The other options on the menu include ponzu chicken and gyoza. Although the food options are pretty simple, sometimes food that is simple is always the tastiest. So, enjoy a hot bowl of ramen in the freezing winter weather.

Takahashi-ya Ramen

Address: 3020-316, Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Takahashi-ya Ramen

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm (closed on Fri)

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10. Yamanami Hakuba Teppanyaki

A traditional teppanyaki restaurant, Yamanami Hakuba Teppanyaki in Hakuba Valley serves dishes made from wagyu beef, which is regarded as the finest beef. Other than the beef, the teppanyaki is prepared by using other ingredients like fresh vegetables, eggs, and seafood. The experienced chefs make sure the guests get nothing but deliciousness onto their plates. Along with teppanyaki, make sure to order local sake. But, call ahead and make a reservation as this restaurant can get quite crowded.

Yamanami Hakuba Teppanyaki

Address: 3020-30 Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301, Japan

Website: Yamanami Hakuba Teppanyaki

Opening hours: Mon: 5:30pm - 8pm; Tue - Sat: 11:45am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 8pm (closed on Sun)

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Devour mouthwatering local food in Hakuba

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Hakuba is a paradise for food lovers. While here, one is spoilt for choice with many restaurants that this place offers. So, make sure to stop by at any of these restaurants and enjoy great food like never before.

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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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