Welcome to Panier
Bound to make your heart sing and your stomach smile with fresh local produce from around Furano. Traditional Japanese cooking methods combine with a love of good food to make the Panier dining experience.
Master Chef Sai Toh Cho
Born just a short drive away in the quiet rural town of Yamabe, Master Chef Sai Toh Cho continues the tradition of his family as a fifth generation chef. At an
early age, he developed a passion for cooking, spending hours watching his father, a culinary craftsman, in the kitchen.
With his apprenticeship complete and his passion cemented, Chef Sai Toh opened several Izakaya bars in Furano township over a period of 12 years before settling here at Panier in the late 1980’s.
Whilst having a talent for a variety of cooking styles, Sai Toh’s passion is creating signature curry dishes.
Master Chef Sai Toh has been hosting, feeding and entertaining guests from all over the world for over thirty years at Panier. We welcome you the Panier family, to enjoy a true Japanese dining experience.
Panier - The story behind the name
In 1988, long before Hokkaido became a popular tourist destination, the restaurant was a wine bar serving local customers. French wine boxes were delivered to the premises with “Panier” (or “basket” in French) inscribed on the sides. Later, as the bar evolved into a restaurant, the name “Panier” was adopted to encapsulate the “basket” of delicious food that is served to guests every day.
Our convenient location is nestled in the heart of the village, Panier is a very short stroll from the main Kitanomine Gondola station. Simply walk down the main street and turn at the second left road (past Bell Hills Hotel). If you are walking up the main road then simply turn right before Hotel Bell Hills and we are located on the next corner. Our building has several car spaces available for parking.