6 Franchise/Local Restaurants from Hokkaido

Hokkaido is the Northernmost prefecture in Japan.  It’s cold climate helps to create its own food culture that uses seafood harvested in Hokkaido.

We are going to see 6 franchise restaurants from Hokkaido.


SAMA is a restaurant specializing in Japanese soup curry. It is a light curry flavored soup served with meat and colorful vegetables. It has stores in all the places of Japan. People can choose the soup stock, ingredients and the levels of spices. It is popular for this system.

Official site: http://www.hb-sama.com/WebBoard/data/6/page_6_6.html


Santouka is a ramen with salt-based soup restaurant from Asahikawa city, Hokkaido. It sells instant noodle of its ramen at some convenience stores cooperated with a convenience store chain. It is a highly known ramen shop in Japan so that some people say, “salt-based soup is Santouka”

Official site: https://www.santouka.co.jp/


It is a franchise ramen restaurant that is run by Tokeidai Co. This restaurant is very famous for ramen from Sapporo (Sapporo is a name of city in Hokkaido) style that uses miso-based soup.

Official site: http://www.ajino-tokeidai.co.jp/


Butadon means a dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with pork simmered in a mildly sweet sauce. And Butadon-Ichiban is literally a restaurant that serves butadon that use pork grilled with charcoal. It is from Obihiro city, Hokkaido but has stores not only in Hokkaido but also Tokyo and Saitama prefecture.

Butadon is starting to attract attention from people as a local dish of Hokkaido following soup curry and ramen.

Official site: http://www.obihiro-butaichi.com/


Jundog is a fast food that is from Biei, a town known as a town of hills in Hokkaido. It was created in a Western food restaurant called Junpei. It is a dressed deep fried shrimp wrapped with rice (sometimes chicken cutlet and sausages are used instead of deep fried shrimp).  

People can get it almost everywhere in Asahikawa city, even in hospitals and zoo.

Official site: http://jundog.com/

Matsuo Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is a Mongolian mutton barbecue in Japan, based especially in Hokkaido. This Matsuo Genghis Khan is a franchise chain restaurant of it and has stores in Chitose city. These stores have a relaxing mood to enjoy the genuine tastes of mutton and conversations with the owner.

Official site: http://corp.matsuo1956.jp/service/fc_chitose/


It is a characteristic of franchise restaurant in Hokkaido that they serve local and well-known foods of Hokkaido like soup curry, ramen and Genghis Khan. Jundog is a popular item among people in Hokkaido because it is unique and makes your hunger satisfied. Hokkaido has variety of unique cuisines not just those above, but also Zangi and Seafoods.

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