- May 26th, 2014
[Kinema-kan in Abashiri] Abashiri Zangi Rice Bowl Has Not Chicken But Salmon
Food Court Kinema-kan (フードコート キネマ館) is a restaurant opened in 2009 on the 2nd floor of Roadside Station "Drift Ice Highway Abashiri (流氷街道網走)" that is a landing place for a drift ice ferry in Abashiri city located in the northeastern part of Kitami city, and is run by Takahashi corp that is Karaoke Utaya. (株式会社タカハシ) that runs Karaoke Utaya (カラオケ歌屋). The restaurant is large, and some movie scenes are put on inside walls. Since the Abashiri was choosen as the setting of Japanese movies such as Abashiri Prison Series (網走番外地シリーズ) in Showa period, a concept of the Kinema-kan is Japanese movies in those days. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers and a large number of customers enjoy meals.
Drift Ice Sightseeing in Abashiri
There are 2 sightseeing spots that tourists can enjoy the scheduled drift ice cruising in Japan. Abashiri in the northeast of the Hokkaido faces the Sea of Okhotsk, and is one of the sightseeing spots for drift ice cruising. Drift ice drifts to the offing of Abashiri around mid January. If common ships collide with the drift ice, those are broken, but Drift Ice Icebreaker Aurorago (流氷観光砕氷船おーろら号) and Aurorago2 (おーろらⅡ号) that can break the drift ice zone with the weight of themselves go into service. A lot of tourists visit here to see the drift ice from mid January to early April. The drift ice icebreaker Aurorago and Aurorago2 go into service from 2 to 5 each day, and cruising time is around 60 minutes. The tourists can get aboard a ship at the roadside station "Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri (流氷街道網走)". Read More
By the way, "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Abashiri Station.
Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Read More
Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl
I visited here to eat Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl (網走ザンギ丼) around 14:00 on a weekday. The restaurant adopts a system of a meal ticket, so vivistors should buy a meal ticket via a ticket vendor, and look for their seat. I bought a meal ticket of the Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl via a ticket vendor at once. The price was JPY 880. Customers have to help themselves to water.
The Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl is a rice bowl topped with fishery products and vegetables caught in the Abashiri, and is served at some restaurants in the Abashiri. They have some rules and regulations to name a dish as the Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl. Those are as follows. But thanks to that, restaurants compete with each other, and different Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowls are born. You might as well eat those at different restaurants.
1. Rice produced in Hokkaido shall be topped with Abashiri Zanki.
2. Other toppings as well as the Abashiri Zanki are used as soon as possible.
3. Yam and mountain wasabi produced in the Abashiri are added.
4. Soup using shellfish such as shijimi clam, scallop, clam and so on caught in the Abashiri is also served.
5. White dishes or bowls shall be used.
6. Chopsticks made from thinned woods produced in the Hokkaido shall be used.
7. Common chopstick wrapper shall be used.
About 10 minutes later, and my number was announced, so I brought my dish. A content of the set meal was a bowl of the Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl, a bowl of short-necked clam soup, a dish of salad and a dish of pickles. The most surprising thing was the content of the zanki (ザンギ). Speaking of the zanki, it was chicken generally. But it was salmon. That was Okhotsk Salmon that Mr. Rosanjin Kitaooji (北大路魯山人), a famous artist, praised highly. Because I assumed that the zanki was meat, I was even more surprised. The dish was Chinese cuisine style taste. When I mixed mountain wasabi and yam with rice, and ate it, it was interesting that the Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl had good flavor. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Abashiri Zanki Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (100 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||All the year round|
|Home page||The Home page is here|
|Mapcode||305 678 310*25|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Abashiri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Abashiri Kohan Onsen
A page of Abashiri is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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