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The Niseko dining scene is international and ever-changing. Ask us for the latest hot spots or tried-and-tested favourites.

You can of course choose to cook in your own kitchen at SnowDog, but many guests are keen to see how the local restaurants make use of the delicious fresh produce, meat and fish of Hokkaido. Many restaurants are happy to arrange a

pick-up if you’d rather not have to drive – useful on winter nights when the snow is hammering down. Below are five varied eating options, all no more than a few minutes’ drive from SnowDog Village.

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Upashi Seta

It doesn’t get any easier – right here at SnowDog and the name even means ‘snow dog’ in Ainu, the language of the native people of Hokkaido. This friendly little place offers set meals and more in a casual Japanese izakaya setting, always served with a smile. So good that many people drive out from Hirafu to find it. And yes, we are dog-friendly!

Upashi Seta website


For soba, look no further than this small, family-run establishment. A Niseko legend with a waiting list to match – book for lunch at least a year in advance at the peak of the winter season!

Rakuichi website

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The Village

Traditional wood-built arcade of restaurants and cafes in Niseko Village offering everything from sushi and crab, to tapas and pastries, all with ski-in, ski-out access.

Niseko Village website

Milk Kobo

This dairy is a destination in its own right and just a short walk from SnowDog Village. Visitors flock here for the home-made ice cream and yoghurt, and just try resisting the baked cheese tarts and cream puffs. There’s a buffet restaurant (Prativo) and a pizzeria (Mandriano) for meals, and they’ve plans to start making chocolate too.

Milk Kobo website

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Niseko 36 Parlour

This cute café-in-a-shipping container is right next door to SnowDog Village. They serve healthy, organic sandwiches using homemade bread and fresh local produce which can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your room. Our favourite is Roasted Hokkaido Venison and Grilled Green Asparagus Open Sandwich, only available in the summer.

36 Parlour website

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