Hokkaido’s Top 5 All-You-Can-Eat Hotel Buffets!

Hokkaido, famous for its fresh seafood and local dairy produce, has a vast array of delectable treats on offer. For those of you looking to sample its wide spectrum of tasty delights, what better way than an all-you-can-eat buffet? Referred to as a “viking” in Japanese, a number of hotels offer all-inclusive breakfast and dinner buffets. Feeling peckish? Fear not – JAPANiCAN has scoured Hokkaido’s snow-swept plains to find the top 5 hotels offering all-you-can-eat buffets! Before exploring Hokkaido’s wonderful scenery, make sure you stock up on energy and enjoy a hearty, healthy, Hokkaido breakfast!

1. Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa Mori no Uta


The Forest Buffet at Mori no Uta comes highly recommended. It all starts with “today’s hors d’oeuvre” – carefully selected by the chef depending on the season, and using only the freshest local produce. The buffet offers a variety of dishes made with the finest ingredients from nearby farms and orchards. Oven-fired pizzas are also on the menu, as well as an unbelievable choice of desserts and sweets. The bread served is all homemade and prepared fresh on the day. For wine buffs, the hotel stocks a variety of wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italy. All of the wines served are carefully hand-picked by the restaurant’s sommelier to suit the day’s dishes. The 20th of every month is “Wine Day”, owing to a play on the french words for wine-vin and 20-vingt. On this day, guests can have 60 minutes of all-you-can-drink wine, from a selection of 6 varieties chosen by the sommelier. The hotel also has private dining rooms for groups, available for reservation in advance.
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2. Shikotsu-ko Tsuruga Resort Spa Mizu no Uta


The Health Buffet Amam in the resort spa Mizu no Uta, is as the name suggests, built around the concept of providing an all-you-can-eat buffet – but one that offers healthy food. In tandem with the spa itself, the hotel is aiming at revitalizing both body and mind. The food at the buffet is prepared with the minimum amount of salt and oil and is heavy on vegetables. Soups, fresh seafood, organic produce and select Hokkaido wagyu (Japanese beef) are all on the menu. The restaurant has a well-stocked wine cellar, with around 1,000 bottles lying in wait. Fresh desserts are made on the day, and there is a juice bar offering fruit and vegetable juice drinks. As well as the included breakfast and dinner, guests can also take advantage of the lunch menu, available for 2,100 yen for adults, and 1,050 yen for children.
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3. Tokachigawa Onsen Daiichi Hotel


The buffet restaurant at the Tokachigawa Onsen Daiichi Hotel uses seasonal ingredients, local beef and pork and rich dairy products – also produced locally. The restaurant’s name, Komorebi – which translates as a sentence in English to “sunlight cascading through foliage” – is a perfect example of the Japanese approach to reducing a beautiful concept and representing it in the simplest way. Guests can pick their own ingredients to make kamameshi – a rice dish cooked in a pot – examples of what’s on offer include wild vegetables, scallops, prawns, bamboo shoots and edamame. The restaurant’s open kitchen allows guests to see their food being cooked freshly, right in front of their eyes. At the breakfast buffet, eggs are made to order and freshly made waffles are also available. The restaurant has high chairs for those with babies.
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4. Niseko Northern Resort, An’nupuri


A huge dining room with a capacity of 173 people and a private dining room with a maximum capacity of 40 people. The restaurant serves a buffet with a massive selection of over 30 dishes. Guests have the choice of either watching food being prepared in the open kitchen, or taking a gander at the 180 degree view of the scenery surrounding the hotel. Breakfast is served from 7:00 until 10:00 and dinner is from 17:30 until 22:00.
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5. Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi


With around 70 dishes of both Japanese and Western-style food, the Terrace Buffet is rich in vegetables, and food is prepared in the open kitchen. Offering oven-cooked pizza, delicious pasta and 10 different flavors of gelato ice cream, there is food for all tastes here. Breakfast is equally varied whether you fancy French toast or rice with green tea (chazuke).
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