<p>A guide to the best bars &amp; restaurants in Niseko</p>

Where to Eat & Drink in Niseko

A guide to the best bars & restaurants in Niseko

Resort Guides
Published at: 7 Mar 2023
Last updated at: 11 Jul 2023

With over 100 bars and restaurants to choose from, you will enjoy some of the finest cuisine Japan has to offer on a luxury ski holiday in Niseko. From Michelin-starred restaurants to Hokkaido specialities, the food on offer in this incredible Japanese ski resort is just one of the many reasons to visit Niseko.

Alicia Bryan
Alicia Bryan

Best Restaurants in Niseko


At less than one kilometre from the Grand Hirafu area, restaurant Lupicia takes inspiration from around the world and sources fresh local produce to create mouth-watering dishes. Guests can also make the most of the extensive La Cave wine cellar in the restaurant. Complete with over 5,000 bottles of fine wine, diners at Lupicia can select a bottle to accompany their meal or take a bottle home with them to enjoy at a later occasion. Restaurant Lupicia also offers a dinner pick-up and drop-off service for guests staying in Hirafu area too.

Kitchen Niseko

Located in Hirafu village, Kitchen Niseko is another popular dining spot offering a variety of delicious cuisine from Japanese specials of Funka Bay Bluefin Tuna and Hokkaido Abalone Escargot Butter, as well as Western favourites too. Managed by Michelin-starred restaurant Kamimura, Kitchen Niseko produces innovative cuisine paired with a carefully selected range of boutique wines and cocktails.

Barn Bistro

An authentic alpine bistro, the Barn Bistro is a very popular restaurant in Niseko with signature dishes including Sushi Foie Gras and grilled Hokkaido beef steak. Set in a building inspired by traditional Hokkaido farm architecture, this restaurant pairs traditional French cooking with the best local produce and attracts groups of all ages.

Sushi Mitsukawa

When visiting Japan, trying fresh sushi is a must. At Sushi Mitsukawa the Michelin stared Chef Mitsukawa showcases a selection of Kanazawa-influenced sushi.

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Top Chalets in Niseko

  1. HakuVillas Super Penthouse - this stunning property is just an eight-minute walk from the centre of Hirafu Village giving it the perfect location to enjoy meals out at Kitchen Nisko, as well as the vibrant nightlife too
  2. Hakuchōzan - Found in the heart of Grand Hirafu village, this impressive property is designed to be enjoyed by all ages and is just a short stroll from the shops, bars and restaurants.
  3. Apartment Aspect Niseko 201- Offering a stylish base in Middle Hirafu, this apartment provides easy access to some of Niseko’s finest cuisine and nightlife on the renowned Momiji Street.

Michelin Star Restaurants in Niseko


For fine dining in Niseko, there is a wonderful selection of restaurants to choose from. Located on the first floor of Hyatt house Niseko, one of the most famous restaurants in this ski resort is the French restaurant Kamimura which boasts one Michelin star. The creative mind behind this iconic French restaurant, the chef Yuichi Kamimura, uses ingredients sourced from different parts of Hokkaido to create beautiful mouth-watering dishes such as Sashimi of Notsuke Scallop and Grilled Tomakomai Soi Fish. Not only is the food amazing at Kamimura, but the staff and elegant atmosphere also make for a truly unforgettable dining experience.


Located a little distance out of Niseko in Makkari, Maccarina is another charming French restaurant ideal for those who like the finer things in life. With a beautiful location nestled in a forest with views of Mt. Yotei, this restaurant uses only the highest quality ingredients in the production of its dishes and has a variety of fresh local produce delivered daily to the restaurant. Numerous dishes are made with local Hokkaido seafood with squid, clam and flounder all included in popular dishes.

Best Après-Ski in Niseo

Niseko provides an exhilarating experience on the slopes and across the backcountry, yet the fun certainly does not stop here. With a vibrant and lively apres-ski scene to enjoy, the fun continues into the night with a plethora of bars and pubs to explore. Following a few runs night skiing in Niseko why not enjoy a refreshing cocktail at one of these bars.

Musu Niseko Bar & Bistro

A fun apres-ski spot, Musu Niseko Bar & Bistro offers delicious cocktails, as well as hearty food to refuel after a long day of skiing.

GYU+ cocktail bar

One of the oldest and longest-running establishments in Niseko, GYU+ cocktail bar is a particularly popular bar that specializes in Japanese whisky. Hidden behind a vintage refrigerator door, this is the place to be during the winter.

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Half Note Bar & Cafe

One of the main bars to feature regular live music and host special events, Half Note Bar & Cafe is open daily and is particularly popular with sports fans due to the variety of sporting events shown on the big screen during the winter.

Ezo Pub

For some karaoke fun and delicious drinks, why not pop into the popular ski in/ ski out apres spot Ezo Pub. Beer sets are popular at this bar, giving you the choice to try a selection of beers before choosing your favourite.

Mina Mina

If on the other hand, you are looking for more of a low-key après-ski scene, an izakaya like Mina Mina is the perfect place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Best Nightlife in Niseko

Hirafu is the centre of nightlife in Niseko with numerous bars and pubs to explore. Following a few drinks at one of the apres ski locations mentioned above, why not extend the evening with a visit to one of these lively spots.


Tamashii also has a vibrant and comfortable bar to enjoy music and drink whilst Jam Bar is now in its 15th year and offers over 200 delicious alcoholic drinks from crafted gins to Hokkaido whiskeys, as well as cocktails.

Wild Bill’s

With its atmosphere in the name, Wild Bill’s certainly provides a wild nightlife with live music and DJs playing from 10 pm and themed nights throughout the calendar.