Food & Nightlife
The variety of cuisine available at the Kiroro restaurants is impressive, and much of the produce is sourced locally. The local Otaru seafood in particular is acclaimed for its high quality.
Most of the Kiroro restaurants are located at The Kiroro Tribute Hotel
or on the nearby promenade of Kiroro “town”.
Italian cuisine is served at Alla Moda, a classy restaurant on the first floor of The Kiroro. The restaurant offers balcony dining overlooking the delightful hotel lobby, and in an attempt to make it feel like you’re dining outdoors in Italy, the balcony even has street lamps. Alla Moda has managed to keep the décor elegant without doing the more typical Japanese tackiness. The service is impeccable and the restaurant has a substantial range of high quality dishes, and whilst they are largely Italian, the meals still have a significant Japanese influence.
Also located at The Kiroro, Fuga is a restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine with various kaiseki (a traditional multi-course dinner) and lots of local sake.
In Kiroro Town, Syunsai has a range of Japanese cuisine, whilst Yanshu offers grilled meat and Hokkaido seafood. Masazushi is a fabulous sushi restaurant where you can watch the chef in action.
The Japanese seem to just love buffets, so what would a Japanese ski resort be without a few buffet restaurants? Café Restaurant Pop at The Kiroro is very casual and well suited to families. The buffet is overflowing with goodies and much of the food is very similar to that found at the Great Room (The Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel) and the more upmarket Rivièrouge Restaurant.
Rivièrouge is located at the Sheraton Hotel
. This newly refurbished restaurant has delightful ambience, especially for a buffet restaurant, and it’s incredibly tranquil to have dinner whilst looking at the illuminated ski slopes and sipping on wine or sake. The cuisine is international, although the Japanese influence is the most predominant. Watch the chefs in action as they cook tempura or other delights such as wagyu beef.
Also at the Sheraton Hotel is Hokki, a restaurant specializing in the famous Hokkaido seafood.
Bars & Nightlife
As is the case at the majority of Japanese ski resorts, the nightlife at Kiroro is very sedate or close to non-existent.
The Resort Center has an après bar, the Lecca bar, where you can go for a quiet drink. The décor is very chic and there are two large screens showing ski and snowboard footage. However the main eye candy is the ski slopes where you can watch the stragglers come in from the hill or the crazy kids go out night skiing. In addition to drinks they also sell appetizers, although some of them may not satisfy your après appetite. We ordered a tiny serve of nachos that were a complete rip off!
The Kiroro has the bar lounge “Sustain”, a nice spot for a sophisticated cocktail or two. The bar is open from 6-11pm and has internet access if you want to catch up on your emails.
For more budget oriented beverages, you’ll need to resort to buying drinks from vending machines.
In order to completely indulge in the Asian culture, you can book out the karaoke room at The Kiroro. What would a real Japanese holiday be without partaking in a spot of karaoke?!
Other evening activities may be to hang out in the quasi casino and games area at Kiroro Town where there is pachinko, medal coin games, and an array of arcade games.