Over the past 5 years or so, Hakuba ski resort has seen a huge increase in foreign visitors in search of the incredible powder and consistent snow conditions. The influx of international visitors has helped to develop what was once a relatively traditional Japanese ski resort town with relatively traditional Japanese restaurants, into a world-class destination with restaurants to suit every palate and pocketbook.
Hakuba Ski Resort is a large, spread out area encompassing 9 resorts and several village areas. The main village areas for restaurants and cafes is the Happo Village, Wadano and Echoland areas, all of which have a nice selection of restaurants within an easy walk to Hakuba accommodation.
See below for some top picks in each area!
Located on the ground floor of the Koharu Resort building, the café is open for breakfast & lunch. Set menu and a la carte menu of Sandwiches, Galettes and Crepes. Also serving specialty Colombian coffee. Phone: 080-8817-5061
Located on the ground floor of the Koharu Resort building, Sakura will be offers an all-you-can-eat Seafood buffet, including soft drinks, coffee & tea. Phone: 080-8817-5061
Expect a warm welcome from the owners at this cosy restaurant, set in the Wadano forest. The ginger pork is a favourite on the menu, which features wonderful Japanese and western home-style cuisine. Phone: 0261-72-7788
Mimi’s Restaurant & Bar
Mimi’s restaurant at the Phoenix Hotel offers a contemporary fine dining experience like no other. Expect modern cuisine, top-class local ingredients, exceptional service, sophisticated ambience and an impressive wine list. Phone: 0261-72-4060
Located inside the Mominoki Hotel Pub building, this stylish Japanese eatery offers a wide range of traditional izakaya dishes and local sake, shochu and beers. A fine array of teppanyaki, tempura, hot pot, sushi and sashimi selections feature on the menu. Phone: 0261-72-4453
Double Black Hotel
Double Black Hotel’s après offerings are going from strength to strength each season. Chef Federico Zanellato was named Citi Chef of the Year at the Sydney Morning Herald 2017 Good Food Guide awards, so you can expect good things! Phone: 0261-85-2595
– HAPPO VILLAGE –
Set inside a beautifully restored 100 year old building, this traditional Japanese establishment serves up country style hot-pot meals. This style of Japanese home-cooking is perfect for the cold winter months. Rustic and healthy! Phone: 0261-72-2661
Japanese soba noodles in the heart of Happo village. Try the cold zaru soba noodles or a soba & tempura set meal. A delicious specialty of the Nagano region! Lovely traditional setting. Phone: 0261-72-2295
– ECHOLAND –
Traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, set in a traditional atmosphere. Soba noodles are their specialty, but there are a number of other dishes to choose from. If you are looking for the ultimate traditional Japanese setting, this is it! Phone: 0261-72-3637
Shinshu Dining Sarugaku
A cosy izakaya restaurant with a fantastic Japanese atmosphere. Enjoy an array of delicious Japanese dishes, sake and shochu. Don’t miss the to-die-for local Hakuba pork belly. Book ahead! Phone: 0261-72-7133
The best pasta in Hakuba! The owner learned his craft in Italy and serves up handmade fresh pasta to order. Open all afternoon and evening – a rare spot which doesn’t have fixed lunch time hours, which is great if you are in need of a late lunch after skiing! Great value and super fresh, we love this place. Phone: 0261-85-0631
Jing Hua Hakuba
One of Singapore’s most popular dim sum restaurants is now open in Hakuba! Enjoy a tasty variety of tasty dim sum, along with noodle and rice dishes. Phone: 0261-85-2655
Dining Bar Tomatito
A cosy and relaxed eating & drinking apres-ski spot, which offers Italian-Japanese fusion cuisine. Beautifully prepared dishes using fresh local ingredients (great for sharing). Look out for the daily specials! Phone: 0261-72-2012
Choose from a huge variety of delicious meats and grill them at your table! Try the Chijimi savoury pancakes and Korean hot-stone rich dish Bibimbap. Phone: 0261-72-3118