Top 12 Must-Visit Eateries In Hakodate, Hokkaido

Top 12 Must-Visit Eateries In Hakodate, Hokkaido
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Hakodate, Hokkaido, is amongst the most popular tourist spots in Japan. Various local cuisine satisfy the hunger of locals and tourists alike, such as seafood, curry rice and ramen. Here are 12 restaurants that you definitely have to visit to savour the best local cuisines from Hakodate.

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1. Indulge yourself at the Donburi Yokocho Market

Ebisu Sushi Shokudo: Jusshunen Kinen Don

Located just a minute walk away from the Japan Railway Hakodate station, Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Morning Market) is the best place to spend your mornings in. It is famous for the Donburi Yokocho market located at the entrance of the Hakodate Asaichi. There, you can enjoy numerous types of seafood in Donburi style (Donburi is a type of Japanese rice bowl dish with ingredients served on rice).

One of the best shops to visit is Ebisu Sushi Shokudo where over 50 varieties of seafood Donburi are available. The shop opened in 1992 and their great recipes have been delighting both locals and tourists for a long period of time. A recommended choice is the “Jusshunen Kinen Don” which was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Donburi Yokocho Market. The bowl is filled with two huge shrimps, king crabs, red caviar, herring roe, scallops and egg roll. You can add soy sauce and wasabi according to your preference and this unbelievably extravagant Donburi only costs 1,500 JPY (14 USD)! Other choices include salmon dishes such as the Shake Ikura Don, as well as seafood salad, and this is a fantastic shop to enjoy unique Hakodate seafood.

恵比寿屋食堂 Ebisu Sushi Shokudo

Address: 9-16 Wakamatsucho Hakodate

Access info: 1-minute walk from Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 6 am - 6 pm

Fixed holiday: No holiday

Contact: +81 138-23-1602

Official URL only available in Japanese

2. Cheap and delicious ramen from Hakodate: the ramen heaven

 Seiryuken - Shio Ramen
Source: 安藤 美紀

Different regions in Japan have unique local ramen and Hakodate is known for the salt-based ramen. Seiryuken is a store that specialises in Hakodate Ramen. It is located conveniently just 5 minutes from JR Hakodate station by foot.

A wide variety of ramen are available at Seiryuken but it is recommended for starters to choose the “Shio Ramen”. The clear salt flavoured soup is filled with chewy and soft home-made ramen. This seemingly simple recipe has an addictive taste and is topped with delicious char siu (roasted pork).

星龍軒 Seiryuken

Address: Hakodate Wakamatsucho 7-3

Access info: 5-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 12 pm - 5 pm

Fixed holiday: Sunday - Monday

Contact: +81 138-22-0022

Official URL available only in Japanese

3. Kamome - Luxurious seafood ramen

Kamome - Kamome Ramen
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Kamome (meaning seagull) is a ramen store that opened in 1971 and is located right opposite the Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Morning Market) - one of the must-visit destinations during a Hakodate trip.

There are three types of soup available in Kamome, including salt, soy sauce and miso. The most popular menu there is the Kamome Ramen - an extravagant seafood ramen. The chicken and pork broth-based soup is miso flavoured. What makes it attractive is the high-quality seafood included such as crabs, sea urchin, squid, scallops and shrimps. This is arguably the most gorgeous seafood ramen you can enjoy in Hakodate!

かもめ Kamome

Address: Hakodate, Wakamatsucho, 8-8 , Hoterunyuote 1F

Access info: 3-minute walk from JR Hakodate station

Opening hours: 6 am - 3:30 pm (Winter season 6:30 am - 3 pm)

Fixed holiday: No fixed holiday

Contact: +81 138-22-1727

Official URL available only in Japanese

4. Hakodate’s best local burger - Lucky Pierrot

Lucky Pierrot Hakodate Ekimae
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Lucky Pierrot is a burger shop originated in Hakodate and was ranked number 1 by The Nikkei newspaper (Japan Economic Newspaper) as the “best local burger shop”.

Over 10 branches are located just within Hakodate city and their burger is loved by locals and tourists alike. The most popular menu there is the Chinese Chicken Burger. Salty-sweet sauce coats the juicy chicken and mayonnaise sandwiched between two thick slices of bread. There are also Hakodate-esque menu such as the Squid Burger and Scallop Burger and this is the ideal walk-and-eat food when exploring Hakodate. Furthermore, each Lucky Pierrot store has a different theme and you can enjoy a different experience.

ラッキーピエロ Lucky Pierrot

Address: 17-12 Wakamatsucho Hakodate

Access info: 3-minute walk from Hakodate station

Opening hours*: 10 am - 12:30 am (Monday-Friday & Sunday); 10 am - 1:30 am (Saturday)

Fixed holiday: No holiday

Contact: +81 138-26-8801

Official URL available only in Japanese

5. Fantastic food from…a convenience store!?

Hasegawa Store
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Hasegawa Store is a local convenience store with various branches around Hakodate. Apart from selling the usual items, Hasegawa Store is known for the Yakitori Bento - one of Hakodate’s famous dishes.

Roasted meat is coated with fantastic sauce with 4 selections such as salt-based sauce and the Hasegawa Store original sauce. For those who are familiar with Japanese cuisine, the Yakitori Bento in Hasegawa Store actually serves pork (tori refers to chicken) so you will have to order specifically if you want the chicken Yakitori Bento. Great local food can sometimes be enjoyed at the most unexpected places.

ハセガワストア Hasegawa Store

Address: Hakodate centrist 2-chome, No. 14 No. 16

Access info: 1.5 km (0.9 mile) away from Goryokaku

Opening hours: Always open

Fixed holiday: No holidays

Contact: +81 138-54-5731

Official URL available only in Japanese

6. The curry rice store with history

Gotoken honten kyukan
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Restaurant Yukikawatei is the flagship store of Gotoken, a renowned restaurant from Hakodate. It was opened in 1879 and the recipe there has been satisfying customers for over 100 years.

There are various international cuisine such as pasta and sandwiches available in Gotoken Restaurant Yukikawatei. It is recommended that you order their Curry Rice whose unique taste has influences from England, France and India.

After enjoying a delicious meal at Gotoken Restaurant Yukikawatei, you can access the free museum where there are numerous historical artefacts such as cutleries made from bamboo.

五島軒レストラン雪河亭 Gotoken Restaurant Yukikawatei

Address: 4-5 Suehirocho, Hakodate

Access info: 5-minute walk from Jujigai Station

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 8:30 pm, 11:30 am - 8 pm (Nov - Mar)

Fixed holiday: Monday (※ 1 to February only)

Contact: +81 138-23-1106

Official URL available only in Japanese

7. Hakodate Uni Murakami: the Michelin approved sea urchin

Uni Murakami Hakodate うにむらかみ函館本店
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The Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Morning Market) is one of the locations you will definitely visit, and located at the entrance is Hakodate Uni Murakami, an extremely famous store that was listed in the Michelin Guide: Hokkaido.

Uni refers to sea urchin in Japanese and at Hakodate Uni Murakami, you can savour the highest quality sea urchin taken from the local seas. There are various ways to enjoy the food there, such as sea urchin egg rolls and gratins, but the best menu there is the Nama Uni Donburi, an exclusive dish where raw sea urchin is served Donburi style.

函館うにむらかみ Hakodate Uni Murakami

Address: 22-1 Otemachi, Hakodate

Access info: 5-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 5 pm - 10 pm

Fixed holiday: every Wednesday

Contact: +81 138-26-8821

Official URL available only in Japanese

8. The soft cream from Yunokawa Onsen

Soft Serve Ice Cream Summer
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Yunokawa Onsen is one of the most famous onsens in Hakodate and is located conveniently near Hakodate airport. Located in the vicinity of Yunokawa Onsen is Coffee Room Kikuchi, a coffee shop with various sweets such as parfaits.

Coffee Room Kikuchi is best known for their soft creams which come in different flavours such as mocha, milk, vanilla and mixed.

コーヒールームきくち Coffee Room Kikuchi

Address: 3-13-19 Yunokawacho Hakodate

Access info: 5-minute walk from Yukawa hot spring Station of Hakodate Municipal Line

Opening hours: 9 am - 10 pm

Fixed holiday: No holidays

Contact: +81 138-59-3495

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9. 5 coloured seafood donburi from Kaisen Ajidokoro Suzuya Shokudo

Kaisen Ajidokoro Suzuya Shokudo
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Kaisen Ajidokoro Suzuya Shokudo is a restaurant located in Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Morning Market) and is one of the great places to enjoy seafood Donburi.

The restaurant was opened in 1993 and is most famous for the Kaisen Goshiki Don, which literally means five-coloured seafood Donburi. You will be able to select your 5 favourite seafood from selections including shrimp, crab, salmon, scallops and more. Create your original recipe and indulge in fantastic seafood Donburi!

海鮮味処すずや食堂 Kaisen Ajidokoro Suzuya Shokudo

Address: 10-4 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate

Access info: 3-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 6 am - 2 pm

Fixed holiday: No holidays

Contact: +81 138-26-9695

Official URL available only in Japanese

10. The one-coin luxury at Asaichi Shokudo Nibankan

Asaichi Shokudo Nibankan
Source: 大里 康正

Asaichi Shokudo Nibankan is another store where you can enjoy fantastic seafood in Hakodate. It is also located at Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Morning Market).

What makes Asaichi Shokudo Nibankan attractive is the luxury accompanied by the cheap cost; you can enjoy the seafood Donburi at this restaurant at a cost of one coin - 500 JPY (4.8 USD)! Different choices such as salmon, scallops and even red caviar are available, making this one of the best budget seafood restaurants around.

朝市食堂二番館 Asaichi Shokudo Nibankan

Address: Hakodate, Wakamatsu-cho 9-19

Access info: 200 meters (656 feet) from JR Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 6:30 am - 2 pm

Fixed holiday: No holidays

Contact: +81 138-22-5330

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11. Unique ramen from Sakurai Ramenten Sakuraiya

Sakurai Ramenten Sakuraiya
Source: 大里 康正

Hakodate is most famous for the Shio Ramen (salt-based ramen) but Sakurai Ramenten Sakuraiya is a ramen store that offers you a different choice.

Sakurai Ramenten Sakuraiya is most famous for their Hiden Kuro Shoyu, a ramen served in black soup made from home-made soy sauce. Despite the appearance, it has a mild and fragrant soy-sauce taste and is a great choice for those who have already tried various Hakodate Ramen before.

櫻井ラーメン店櫻井家 Sakurai Ramenten Sakuraiya

Address: 5-14 Suehirocho Hakodate

Access info: 68 meters (223 feet) from Jujigai Station of Hakodate Municipal Line

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / 5 pm - 8 pm

Fixed holiday: No fixed holiday

Contact: +81 138-22-8988

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12. Pork cutlet curry from Ganso Koike

Pork cutlet (13511159843)
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Hakodate is famous for seafood, but having them for breakfast, lunch and dinner might get a little boring. For those who want to try something different, Ganso Koike is the perfect restaurant for you.

Ganso Koike is a curry shop that is most famous for their Katsu Curry (pork cutlet curry). Deep fried pork cutlet is soft and crispy and creates a fantastic harmony with the spicy curry. The restaurant is best visited during lunch hours as it closes at 3:30 pm.

 元祖小いけ Ganso Koike

Address: 22-4 Horaicho, Hakodate

Access info: 1-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station

Opening hours: 11 am - 3:30 pm

Fixed holiday: Jan 1 -3

Contact: +81 138-23-2034

Official URL available only in Japanese


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Travel around and enjoy the food

Unlike other regions in Japan where you might have to travel specifically to enjoy a certain meal, the shops in Hakodate are generally located near popular tourist destinations. Convenient, accessible and delicious; make sure you include these stores in your travel plan!

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