Hokkaido Maruha Bar is a shop originally from Sapporo, Hokkaido that is known for their award winning Mochi Buta Karubi Donburi bowl (カルビ丼) . Opening their branch in Ueno-Okachimachi on 2012, they began to serve their specialty donburi bowls to Tokyo’s community with the finest quality ingredients straight from Hokkaido!


What is Donburi?

First what is a Karubi Donburi bowl? Donburi (-don) means “rice bowl dish” and Karubi is a type of marbled boneless beef or pork short rib which is a famous type of meat in Japan. Karubi meat can be cooked in different ways; it can be quickly grilled braised or slow cooked to make the chewy meat tender. For Hokkaido Maruha Bar’s Karubi Donburi bowl, the Karubi meat is quickly grilled making the meat tender and smoky sweet in taste.

Award Winning Pork Karubi-Don

In 2014 Shitamachi Donburi Grand Prix 2014 contest was held and Hokkaido Maruha Bar’s famous Mochi Buta Karubidon (Pork Karubi Donburi) won the first prize award! The award-winning pork rice bowl is only 680 yen, served with kimchi and miso soup. Delicious and worth the price. This meal should be on your list of food to try in Japan.


Other Must Try Menu Items

Their menu also offers different kinds of Sashimi, a wide range of seafood dishes where in the sea foods are delivered straight from Hokkaido. Isn’t it great that you can taste the finest quality of food produce from Hokkaido without the need to travel to Hokkaido?

We also tried other food items on their menu, we tried their Special Beef Karubi (特選牛カルビ) that cost around 950 yen. The meat is very soft, sweet in flavor and served with shredded cabbage on the side.


Next on the list Grilled Beef Tongue with green onion (ネギ塩牛タン)! Yep, most restaurants here in Japan serve beef tongue on their menu. It can also be cooked in different dishes, the most common is Yakiniku style or grilled.

While it might be a little bizarre for most Western tourists, beef tongue dishes are very common in Japan! We recommend that you give it a try!


The famous Japanese Karaage is also a must try! Very crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, best paired with cold beer.


To balance out the the meat servings, Hokkaido Maruha Bar also serves salads and Japan’s famous Tamagoyaki! While most tourists eat the Tamagoyaki straight up, the Japanese’s traditional way of eating the Tamagoyaki is to put a little drop of soy-sauce and a bit of grated white radish that is usually served on the side.


Izakaya Vibe at Night!

Hokkaido Maruha Bar serves Hokkaido’s seasonal food at dinner time and transforms the place into an Izakaya kind of store. They serve a wide variety of Japanese traditional Sake best paired with the finest and fresh sashimi from Hokkaido!


Menu Sample

Here is a preview of their menu, although it is written in Japanese this shows the price range of their meals.

Hokkaido Maruha Bar Review

We enjoyed our dinner at Hokkaido Maruha Bar, the food is very delicious with the finest quality ingredients from Hokkaido. The food items are priced reasonably and very affordable. I think if its your first time in Japan and want to try the best donburi and yakiniku, you should visit Hokkaido Maruha.

All in all we rated it with 5 stars! We are definitely coming back here!

Food Taste  – ★★★★★
Value For Money  – ★★★★★
Cleanliness  – ★★★★★
Service  – ★★★★★
Waiting Time  – ★★★★★

Store Information

TEL: 03-5816-2911

Ueno 5 – chome Ueno Taito – ku, Tokyo 25 – 8 Okachimachi Grandite Building 1F

Opening Hours: 11: 00 – 24: 00

*Karubi Donburi bowl specialty at noon and on evenings they offer pub menu with seasonal food meals from Hokkaido.

Store Capacity: 38 seats

Transportation Access: JR Yamanote Line “Okachimachi Station” North Exit 30-minute walk

TEL: 03-6803-2129

Ueno 5-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 20th JR Yamanote line

Opening Hours: 11: 00 – 24: 00

*Karubi Donburi bowl specialty at noon and on evenings they offer pub menu with seasonal food meals from Hokkaido.

Store Capacity: 82 seats

Transportation Access: JR Yamanote Line “Okachimachi Station” South Exit a 1-minute walk

TEL: 047-421-7627

2-1-1 Hamacho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba Prefecture LaLaport Tokyo Bay North Building 1F

Transportation Access:

JR Keiyo Line, JR Musashino Line: 5 minutes on foot from Minamiibashi Station

(Free shuttle bus available)

Keisei Main Line: 10 minutes on foot from Funabashi Racecourse Station South Exit

(Free shuttle bus available)

TEL: 049-257-5829

Saitama Prefecture Fujimi-shi Yamamuro 1-chome No. 1313 LaLaport Fujimi store inside food court

Opening Hours: 10: 00 ~ 21: 00

Number of Seats: 30

Transportation Access:

Route bus will be operated from each station of railway approximately 1.5 km from Tobu Tojo Line · Tsurusei Station

Tobu Tojo Line: Tsurusei Station, Fujimino Station, Shiki Station

JR: Omiya Station / Minaminoo Station

TEL: 03-6225-2937

Tokyo Sankei Building B2F 1-7-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11: 00 ~ 23: 00

Number of Seats: 40

Transportation Access:

Subway Marunouchi Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line, Tozai Line,

Toei Mita Line Get off at “Otemachi Station” Directly from Marunouchi Line Sankei Building direction ticket gate

7 minutes from Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Exit

TEL: 011-757-4129

Hokkaido Sapporo City Kita-ku North 18 West 3 – chome 1-12 18 Terminal Building 1F

Opening Hours: 11: 30-23: 30

Number of Seats: 30

Transportation Access:

Subway Namboku Line “NOR 18 RU” station 1st walk