- April 22nd, 2016
[Kadoya in Bibai] 3 Types of Bibai Fried Noodles Are Sold
Kadoya (角屋) is a noodle‐making factory in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city, and was founded as Takashi Noodle-makinf Factory in 1956. They make buckwheat noodles and ramen noodles, and also run restraunts, and are a community-based company. Speaking of the Kadoya, Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) called the comfort foods of the Bibai is famous, and have been sold since 1970. It has a lot of fans not only in the Bibai but also all over the Japan. The Bibai Fried Noodles are bought at Coa Bibai (コアビバイ) or Antenna Shop PiPa, and so on.
The bibai means "A place with a lot of fresh-water mussel" in Ainu language, and is pronounced "pipa-o-i". Speaking of the Bibai, Bibai Grilled Chicken Giblets on Skewer (美唄焼き鳥) is also famous. Some restraunts serve the grilled chicken on skewer in the Bibai. As for tasty restaurants in the Bibai, Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ), Sobadokoro Shoan (そば処匠庵), Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー), Fukuyoshi (福よし) and Cafe Stoven (カフェ ストウヴ) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Yakitori Tatsumi and the Sugiura Bakery, and those were tasty. By the way, Famous tourist attractions in the Bibai are Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼), ARTE PIAZZA BIBAI (アルテピアッツァ美唄), Tomei Park (東名公園), Bibai Onsen (美唄温泉).
Cherry Blossoms of Tomei Park
Tomei Park (東明公園) is a comprehensive park in Bibai city between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and has Bibai Baseball Ground (美唄野球場)、Bibai Athletic Field (美唄陸上競技場), a tennis court, a park golf ground, Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ～りん館), Furusatonomieruoka Obsevation Deck (ふるさとの見える丘展望台), a pond, Space Carillon Tower (スぺースカリヨン), public restrooms and parking lots. About 1,600 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) and Yoshino Cherry Tree (ソメイヨシノ), and about 5,000 azaleas are planted at the park. The Yoshino Cherry Trees are northern limit of cherry tree forest, and here is one of most famous good places to see the cherry blossoms in Sorachi district. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about early May. The park is also well-known as a good place to see the azaleas, and the best time to see the azaleas is about from May to June. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. A road is closed from November to April. Read More
Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) is a small swamp in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city and is the thirteenth wetland designed as the Ramsar Convention Wetland in Japan, and the perimeter of the swamp is about 2.7 km. It is famous as the largest and northernmost wild goose's temporary resting place in Japan. Migratory birds such as Wild Goose, Bean Goose, Whistling Swans come flying in a spring and an autumn, and 60,000 wild birds stay at the Miyajima Swamp, tops. The wild bird's silhouettes are cheered up by the morning sun with reddish light, and a scenery that the wild birds fly away (ねぐら立ち) is very mysterious. Actually, I was impressed very much. Read More
Bibai Onsen (美唄温泉) is a hot spring place in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Only Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ～りん館) is built on a small hill with a distant view of the Bibai at about 70 m above sea level. A park golf course is built on the site, too, there are a lot of athletic facilities such as a baseball field and a tennis court in the area. In addition, there is Tomei Park (東明公園) that is one of the 10 best places for cherry-blossom viewing in Hokkaido next to here, too. The distance is around 5 km away from the center of the Bibai, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built near here. Read More
Bibai Fried Noodles
The Bibai Fried Noodles seem to be devised to fill stomaches of workers in coal mine town "Bibai". It is called "Sacked Fried Noodles (袋入り焼きそば)", too, and even people with dirty fingers can eat it. Conversely, people can eat directly the Bibai Fried Noodles from a package without geting their fingers dirty. It is also popular among growing children with a good appetite. The Bibai Fried Noodles has 3 types of tastes, Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles (復刻版焼きそば), Coal Bibai Fried Noodles (石炭焼きそば) and Salt Bibai Fried Noodles (塩やきそば). I bought 1 Coal Bibai Fried Noodles and 1 Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles at the Coa Bibai. Each prices were JPY 108.
I could eat directly the Bibai Fried Noodles from the package, but it seemed to be more tasty if it was warmed up, so I decided to go home, and eat the Bibai Fried Noodles. I took fried noodles out of the package and dished up, and I warmed up the fried noodles at a microwave. A sauce aroma was adrift, and stimulated my appetite. I ate the Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles first. The taste was like a good old school lunch. Sweet sauces reminded me of childhood even more.
Then I ate the Coal Bibai Fried Noodles. These black noodles are colored with vegetable carbon not coal. The appearance looked a bizarre food, but the taste was same as the Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles, and its color was just different. I was stuffed very much although I was fulled with 1 dish of the Bibai Fried Noodles.
|Parking lot||Parking is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Sunday|
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|Mapcode||180 583 636*54|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bibai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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