Restaurant Review: Masazushi [Otaru]

After eating at Sankaku Market for lunch, and snacking all afternoon, we were very stuffed.  Dinner seemed impossible at that point, but we all agreed we couldn't leave Otaru without eating a proper sushi dinner, even if it was just a small tiny serving. Many of the sushi restaurants which caught our eye while walking down … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Masazushi [Otaru]

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Review: Visiting Sankaku Fish Market [Otaru]

Otaru is a small town that is only an hour train/bus ride from Niseko.  The first thing you should do when you get off the train, is pay visit Sankaku Market for fresh seafood.  Turning left from the main exit, it's just a few steps away from the station.  It was our first stop when we went to … Continue reading Review: Visiting Sankaku Fish Market [Otaru]

Restaurant Review: Snow Castle at Chalet Ivy [Niseko]

I had a personal mission to eat at least one good kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese meal) dinner while in Hokkaido, so I booked dinner at Snow Castle.  Snow Castle is an upscale traditional Japanese restaurant situated within the charming hotel Chalet Ivy. Entrance to Chalet Ivy They require prior booking for their set meals, and you … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Snow Castle at Chalet Ivy [Niseko]

Restaurant Review: 阿武茶弐 Abucha 2 [Niseko]

Random good luck brought me to dine at this Izakaya-style (casual gastropub) restaurant for dinner during our 5th night in Niseko.  We had inadvertently stopped by the entrance around 5:30pm to scope out their dinner menu after returning our lift tickets nearby, when we noticed a small line already forming.  In all my research on … Continue reading Restaurant Review: 阿武茶弐 Abucha 2 [Niseko]