By Chris Rafter
The northern island of Hokkaido is well known for its long winters and amazing food. Within the small prefecture of Sapporo, Hokkaido: a city of 2 million people harbors some of the most exquisite meals in the country. From the torch boiled broth of the ramen to the delicately baked cookies in the cafes, the food selection is vast. If you feel like treating yourself to an international meal, there are restaurants that serve dishes from different regions around the world. This plethora of restaurants gives us the opportunity to feast on numerous types of food, while staying within a 20 minute walk from a train station.
I believe as a student of Hokkaido International School, it is important to explore the world around you and try new things. Whether you are new to Sapporo or not, there are countless opportunities out there to try new things if you are willing. Below are some of the finest restaurants in one of the finest cities in Japan which I recommend you try.
Kabuto Ramen Restaurant
This restaurant is located right within walking distance of the school. Over the years, this casual dining location has grown to be more popular and is now a hub for ramen consumption. The name of the restaurant, Kabuto, also the name for a the samurai’s headpiece, is located at the four way intersection in Sumikawa. The entrance is not very noticeable, so here is the address: Sapporo City, Minami-ku, Sumikawa 3-jo 2-chome 5-17 High Tree Building 1F. My personal experience with this restaurant started when two of my friends took me there for dinner one night and I was blown away by the taste of the broth. To this day, I am not sure how the chef makes it, but I have always returned for more and couldn’t recommend a better place to eat ramen. Another guarantee of this restaurant is you will always leave with a full stomach, even if you are on a tight budget. Meals here rarely cost over 1,000 yen per person and if you drink all of the broth, a message will appear on the bottom of your bowl. Feel free to visit their instagram page @kabto_ramen.
Jacksonville Finest Burgers
This next restaurant is further from the school, but is a great place if you are looking for an “American” meal. Having one of if not the largest selection of burgers to choose from, Jacksonville Finest Burgers is well known for its American style burgers. Located north of Sapporo Station and accessible by foot from the Kitanijuyojo Station on the Nanboku Line. The address is 3 Chome-2-51 Kita 23 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Japan. My personal experience at this restaurant has been extremely good, the burgers I get there remind me of burgers I had in America. They offer very generous serving sizes for the burgers – I always leave feeling satisfied. A meal with a medium rare burger and side of fries is already satisfying, but the desert they offer is the cherry on top. Having the option between a regular or extra thick milkshake is what I look forward to every time. The quality is incredible and quantity, well let’s just say you will want seconds even if you’re full. Although the cost is roughly 2,000 yen per person, the meal is worth far more and will leave you wanting more. Fee free to visit their instagram page @jacksonville_burgers.
Deliworks and Cafe
This cafe is a recent addition to the plethora of dining locations in Sapporo. Run by a member of the school community, this cafe is not only very delicious, but has a very friendly vibe. I have gone only once, but I had the best taco rice there and had a good time. There is just something unique about going to a friends cafe and spending time with school community members. The location is very convenient because it is only a five minute walk from the Nishinijuhacchome Station. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, the address is 28 Chome-3-10 Kita 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Japan. Not only is the food selection immensely filled with great options, but the drink selection as well. I would not only recommend this cafe because of the delicious food, but because the environment is friendly and as a member of the Husky community, I feel it is important to support others within the community. Feel free to visit their instagram page @deliworksandcafe.