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Reviewed 26 February 2020 via mobile

There’s a reason why Anthony Bourdain hailed this as one of the best soba restaurants in Japan. With Midori-san’s gentle and Japanese charms that welcomed us from arrival, a friendly American girl, Emily who took time to explain the menu to those who’ve not experienced...dining here, to the mastery of Chef Tatsuru Rai showing his soba craftsmanship that was mesmerizing to watch. The place sits about 20 people, and though this is an intimate place, there’s no air of snobbery or restraint. . With an omakase menu of different sashimi and tempura dishes, the star soba dish (I chose one with duck), a delicious choice of sake, and Chef Bourdain looking over us, this was a dining experience I’ll always treasure.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 25 February 2020

This year, for the first time, the restaurant has a website that allowed us to book; in the previous years, it was practically impossible to book if one is calling from overseas and not speaking Japanese fluently. Moreover, there's an American lady who speaks fluent...Japanese and can interpret for the Japanese couple owners. The set lunch and dinner cost the same, 10,000 yen. I heard of this restaurant from my friends who know a good restaurant from a bad one, and they said the soba with duck meat in gravy was very good. But now the restaurant doesn't serve the soba by itself, instead it's the main feature of a 9-course meal. In our opinion, the other dishes - in a typical Japanese set course, consisting of sashimi, tempura, etc - were very ordinary. The soba was indeed quite outstanding as the owner freshly made and cut it in front of the diners, and the duck in a soup like gravy was excellent. But we had to sit through the other courses to get to that. A note to those arriving late to your appointment, they will start serving regardless. So allow plenty of time to find the place, which is at the entrance to Annupuri ski resort, just up a relatively obscure drive way that one could easily miss. We took a bus from Hirafu and walked less than 5 minutes from the "Annupuri Entrance" station. Another thing that surprised us was they put 10% service charge for our party of three (we assumed they charged 10% to everyone regardless of party size). This, in Japan where no restaurants expect a tip, let alone automatically charge 10% service charge, was quite extraordinary.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 31 January 2020

I've heard about Rakuichi Soba for a while before I finally get a chance to visit. The famous soba house that one should made an effort to visit if you are in Niseko. I made reservation way in advance since I know they only can...served only a small number per night. For dinner the only choice was Soba Kaiseki dinner, I opt for anything. Oh boy, it is well worth the wait, the Seiro Soba was the best I've ever had. This simple dish, it was so simple that it was not easy to be made to perfection. But Chef Rakuichi have this soba right on point. The soba texture was just right, I could not rave or have enough of this soba. The other part of kaiseki, was good, but with this soba, there are a mere supporting dishes. The kaiseki dinner includes otoro sashimi, smoked scallop with uni, negitoro, pork shabu shabu, shrimp and vegetable tempura and ending with famous seiro soba with wasabi mocha as dessert. Restaurant is located about 15-20 min from Niseko- Hirafu area, it is much closer to Annupuri area. Have few car park but since they can only take probably 15 max customer, it's not an issue. Restaurant can also help arrange taxi for you as well.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 14 December 2019 via mobile

Came here for lunch with my mother on 14 Dec. Restaurant only serves kiseki lunch set and they start serving at 12pm. Lunch takes about 2 hours and the staff would offer to help with taxi booking for going back to your hotel. We both...ordered soba with duck. My mother had hot soba in duck soup and I had cold soba with duck soup as dipping sauce. Atmospheric is cozy and food is fresh. Highlight was definitely when the chef came out to make soba noodle from scratch. During lunch a lot of people came in to the restaurant hoping to get a seat but they have changed to reservation only and it’s fully booked for the rest of the week. Definitely book in advance before coming to avoid disappointment. Would recommend anyone in Niseko area to give this place a try!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 13 December 2019 via mobile

Freshly picked and cook ingredients that includes sashimi, una, scallop and of course their famous soba with duck soup. The place opens for booking around 3 months in advance and they do not accept walk in so remember to book if you are coming here...for dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 19 September 2019

we were in the area dancing in Nature and were looking for a place to eat on the way home. When we called we were lucking enough that they could fit us in as it is usually totally booked and we were 8 people. What...a gorgeous place and the food is absolutely sublime. the noddle are made right in front of your eyes the service if lovely the environment is very quiet and peaceful. we were maybe the noisiest people in there. there were people from all over the world plus Japanese people. I love the whole area, with this being the icing on the cake as far as a food experience goes.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

We booked the evening omakase menu and there were a couple seats left. Obviously end of August ist not high season in Niseko. The sashimi of toro and the bonito on bonito where of marvelous product quality, as well as the scallops with Uni. Shabu-shabu...of iberico pork was excellent, where you could finish the soup afterwards. The tempura was the best we had so far in Japan. After all this delicious food it was almost hard to fully appreciate the famous cold Soba noodles. But they were quite pure and ethereal in taste. Very nice was the addition of freshly grated wasabi for an extra kick. Overall an experience you should not miss when you go to Hokkaidō. We wish them the best for their new ideas and creating a guest house on the premises.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 20 March 2019

Came here for lunch to try genuine soba noodles prepared lovingly by a husband and wife. The chef prepares the noodles fresh on the spot and cuts them by hand. We came here for lunch but it is very difficult to get in. They only...prepare 20 meals for lunch maximum, and there is only seating for 10-12 at a time. They open at 11:30 but we were the last people to get a placement at 10:45am. If you get lucky and there is availability for lunch, I recommend it. Cold noodles and hot duck soup is 1,600JPY which is pretty reasonable for lunch in Niseko. They could definitely charge more considering the demand they have. I have heard that the wait list for dinner is approximately 1 year in advance!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 15 March 2019 via mobile

Restaurant opens at 11.30 am, sold out by 11.10am as they only sell 20 bowls of soba during lunch time. 3 of us reached on a weekday during off peak period at 11am and we were number 16,17,18. Chef works on the dough, kneads and...cut it in deft precise movements. Had the cold soba with hot duck soup. Friends had the classic soba and another had the hot soba with duck. All enjoyed. Delicious and as fresh as it gets. Note they serve in batches of 8. We had to sit and wait for the earlier batch to finish, we could wait in an area inside with tea served . Thankfully we did not hv to wait outside in the cold. Omakase dinner for the month of March was completely booked so for that, we would hv to return another time, another year.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 7 March 2019

Opens at 1130am. People start lining up at 1035am. Great soba. Good demo by former ski jumper! Worth it!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

Midori San helming the front. Chef working hard beside. Exquisite Sakes. Great food done with love and care. If you can get a table for their dinner- you should!

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Rakuichi Soba at Niseko Village cames with strong recommendation and the booking for the Omakase Dinner was made months before we arrived. While you can eat these dishes in various eateries, it is the combined experience of a well-served course by course meal which makes...an Omakase experience different. Helmed by Tatsuru Rai and his lovely wife, Midori, the place is a small twelve-seater bar where you can watch Tatsuru prepare every strand of soba noodle from water and grain. It was a joy watching Rakuichi work, as he kneaded the buckwheat flour and turned it from a floury mess to uniformly sliced soba noodles. Then service was warm and friendly and while Midori may be busy setting the table for every course, she would happily obliged some conversations. It was a memorable meal as we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We are grateful for this opportunity to enjoy such a special evening.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Was chuffed to see soba master Tatsuro Rai personally cutting the soba noodles. I was in awe and I believe watching handmade soba being made in front of me by a legend helped make this the best soba experience of my life.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

amazing rare experience - definitely a must for appreciative pallets that value craft, style, hospitality and dedication to create a culinary experience clearly laid out to please and serve with exceptional passion. If you are not the above type and at on a budget, this...place is not for you. If you are of above culture - you will love it !!!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This was an amazing experience. In a restaurant that seats approx 12 people only. Every dish in the degustation menu was impressive. It was an honour to watch the soba noodles being prepared, and our host Midori made the experience memorable.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Response from skeletino | Reviewed this property |
was good 5 years back. no longer good. nothing special except chopping the noodle in front of the counter. my helper can do a better performance. i recommend the soba shop around the cross road of 343 and the kuchan... More
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Hi, From What I know dinner is Omakase style where you get to taste the best from the season . I had the dinner during winter, 3 person was SGD300, not sure about pricing during spring as ingredients varies . And we made... More
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YOu can try to call them directly, the daughter of the owner speaks very good English!
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