Updated: August 26, 2019
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Venture to Northern Hokkaido for Incredible Cooking at 'Umesasa'

Hokkaido

'Umesasa' is a Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant that is a bit of a journey to get to. Located in northern Hokkaido, in a small town called Kitami, this restaurant serves one of the tastiest course meals around. If you're looking to go off the beaten path to get some amazing Japanese food, this is the restaurant for you.

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Why Go?

https://r.gnavi.co.jp/kd4jw2tm0000/kodawari/?sc_lid=r_top_kodawari#kodawari4
'Umesasa' is a delightful restaurant in a very small town in northern Hokkaido. Thanks to its location, it isn't as difficult to reserve or as expensive as other Michelin-starred restaurants of a similar caliber in the more popular parts of the country. Still, the quality of the ingredients and outstanding skill of the chef provide for one of the tastiest kaiseki meals around. The ingredients vary entirely based on the season, but you can always expect to have incredible seafood that prepared in may different and delicious ways. If you're already travelling in Hokkaido, add this place to your list!

Prices

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The price is around 5,000 to 10,000 yen for the kaiseki course, which is quite reasonable kaiseki of this level.

Reservations / Access

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Lunch reservations should be made at least one day in advance, and further ahead, if possible. Dinner doesn't require a reservation, but it is recommended to reserve to guarantee a spot. See the link below for reservation assistance.

The restaurant is located about 7 minutes from Kitami Station, which is about 5 hours by train from Sapporo.
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I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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