Sometimes on vacation you feel like all you’re doing is eating—in Japan, you can’t wait to eat again. Our guides took us to a family run restaurant on-mountain called Boyosu, and we insisted on going back four times. For about $5, you could get a substantial bowl of udon or soba noodles, tempura or donburi (rice bowl dish). Japanese rice dishes or noodles bowls are the perfect lunch for a snowy day, and I’ve noticed more and more North American resorts are offering Japanese food this season.
Ordering food in Japan can be an adventure in itself, but often, pointing at pictures or plastic food replicas takes some of the guesswork out the equation. The restaurants around Niseko are incredible and range from izakayas (a tavern-like feel) to noodle shops and restaurants that specialize in dishes like shabu-shabu, hot pots, yakatori, seafood and more. There’s even Asperges Niseko—with 3 star Michelin Chef Hiroshi Nakamichi at the helm. Wherever you go, reservations are recommended, since groups often book restaurants weeks in advance.