- October 7th, 2014
[Shut Down: Restaurant Kisen in Kushiro] Tasty Venison Like Horsemeat Is Used for Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl
Restaurant Kisen (レストランきせん) is a restaurant run by Akan Kisen Shoji corp (阿寒汽船商事株式会社) around the lakeside of Lake Akan (阿寒湖) located in the northern part of Kushiro city. They open a business on the 2nd floor of Kisen Building (きせんビル) in front of a pier for a sightseeing boat. A souvenir shop opens a business on the 1st floor of the Kisen Building. The Restaurant Kisen is known for serving Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl (阿寒やきとり丼), a new local speciality of the Lake Akan. A parking lot is provided beside the Kisen Building, so customers can park their cars there. Unfortunately, they closed down. An article before closing is as follows.
By the way, Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Marimo Express Obihiro-go (まりもエクスプレス帯広号), an express bus, runs between the Lake Akan and Obihiro and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between the Lake Akan and Tancho Kushiro Airport. In addition, some nonstop buses for hotel guests seem to run between Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Obihiro, Kushiro and the Akanko Onsen.
Lake Akan (阿寒湖) is a caldera lake in the northern part of Kushiro city, and the Akan means "Immovable" in Ainu language. In Akan Mashu National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 25.9 km. The maximum water depth is 45 m. The lake is well-known for growing Lake Ball (Marimo). Old Lake Akan was dammed by eruptions of Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳) 10,000 years ago, and 3 lakes, the Lake Akan, Lake Panketo (パンケトー) and Lake Penketo (ペンケトー) were born. Trees such as Yezo spruce, Abies sachalinensis, Painted maple and Mongolian oak grow naturally around the lake, and the lake side is covered with the primeval forest. 24 types of wild animals such as Brown bear and Yezo deer and 65 types of wild birds such as Black woodpecker inhabit, and the lake has been designed as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention since 2005. Around the Lake Akan, there are Takiguchi (滝口) that is famous for a beauty spot of fall foliage, Akankohan Lookout (阿寒湖畔展望台 * Akankohan Ski Resort) with a good view, Lake Onneto (オンネトー), Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Sokodai Lookout (双湖台) and Sogakudai Lookput (双岳台). Read More
Akan Mashu National Park
Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園) has Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, Lake Mashu (摩周湖), the 6th largest caldera lake in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖), the 7th largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and the oldest national park in Hokkaido along with Daisestuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the north part of Kushiro-Sitsugen National Park (釧路湿原国立公園), too. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Oakandake (雄阿寒岳), Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳), Mt. Akanfuji (阿寒富士), Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), Mt. Iou (硫黄山), Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) and Mt. Nishibetsudake (西別岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉), Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) and Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉). The Akan Mashu National Park is roughly divided into 4 areas, Akanko Area, Onneto Area, Mashuko Area, and Kussharoko Area. The area is 91,413 ha in total, it is very vast. It is a highlight that a scenery was borned by growing forests and lakes created by water collecting in the craters of volcanoes after the volcanoes erupting in the primitive period, and it is said that an original scenery of Hokkaido has been creadted by "Volcanos", "Forests" and "Lakes". By the way, 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) and Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) that a typical secenry of Hokkaido can be enjoyed are relatively near the national park, too. Read More
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl
The restraunt had an atomosphere such as a typical good old restraunt at tourist spots. A lot of table seats were provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy their meals. I took a window seat, and ordered the Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl without delay. The price was JPY 1100. Yezo deer was used for meat. The Lake Akan was famous for a yezo deer dish. By the way, it was very beautiful scenery when I looked at the Lake Akan from the restaurant. This view was one of good points of the restaurant.
About 10 minutes later, the Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl was served. Rice was topped with a fried venison on a skewer, a grilled venison on a skewer and lettuce rolls with seasoned ground venison. There was no smell like beasts when I ate it. In fact, when I ate the venison before, I felt that venison was not tasty because there was the smell of the beast. Therefore it was unexpected. The taste of the venison resembled horsemeat. When I ate the rice mixed with the seasoned ground venison, and sweetness spread over in my mouth. Because it is a problem of Hokkaido to increase consumption of the venison, everybody, please eat tasty.
Akan Grilled Venison Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking lot is provided(20 cars).|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||739 341 737*01|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Akanko Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park
A page of Kushiro 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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