- July 16th, 2016
[Soba-no-Sato Bibairo in Memuro] Buckwheat Noodles Served with Dipping Sauce and Grated Toroto Yam Can Be Savored
Soba-no-Sato Bibairo (蕎麦の里びばいろ) is a popular buckwheat noodle restraunt in Memuro town located in the western part of Obihiro city. A solitarily restraunt is surrounded by fields, and visitors can feel Tokachi. The Soba-no-Sato Bibairo was once called "Visionary Buckwheat Noodles Restraunt (幻のそば店)" by buckwheat noodles evangelists, but it closed a business, and Mr. Katsuhiro Takeuchi (竹内 勝博), a current restraunt owner-chef, took over the restraunt, and reopened a business in 2005. They were given the Bib Gourmand by MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition.
I visited here around 13:30 on a weekday. The restraunt rebuilded a private house, and customers should take off their shoes to enter the restraunt at an entrance. A group of preceding customers savored their meals at the restraunt. All seats are table seats, so I guess that family customers enjoy themselves. But the restraunt is not so large, so I suppose that a large number of customers may not take a seat. By the way, Shin-arashiyama Sky Park Observation Tower (新嵐山スカイパーク展望台) is also in the Memuro, and is well-known as a good place to view Tokachi Plain (十勝平野).
Shin-arashiyama Sky Park Observation Tower
Shin-arashiyama Sky Park Observation Tower (新嵐山スカイパーク展望台) is a lookout point in Memuro town located in the western part of Obihiro city. The observation tower is built around the mountaintop of Mt. Shin-arashiyama (新嵐山) of about 340 m elevation, and a typical scenery of Hokkaido can be seen. A park named Shin-arashiyama Sky Park is developed at the foot of the Mt. Shin-arashiyama, and a ski ground, a tennis court, a park golf course, Memuro Town Arashiyama Auto Campsite (芽室町嵐山オートキャンプ場), Kokuminshukusha Shin-arashiyama-so (国民宿舎 新嵐山荘) and Koropokru (コロポックル) are built, and the park has an atmosphere like a resort. A pavement road to the mountaintop is built, and visitors can go up the mountain by their cars. But the narrow road is one car width, so drive carefully! A public restroom and a parking lot are built near the observation tower. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido
Hokkaido occupies about 40% of buckwheat production of Japan, and is the largest buckwheat production in the Japan, and Nagano prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Fukushima prefecture and so on follow the Hokkaido. The climate is cool in a summer, and a large temperature gap is great for good buckwheat, and the buckwheat production of the Hokkaido is increasing. Horokanai (幌加内), Fukagawa (深川) and Otoineppu (音威子府) are the 3 largest production places. Especially, the Horokanai is the best buckwheat production and the largest planted area in the Japan, and is well-known as a buckwheat town, and uses buckwheat fields as tourist attractions well. In Fukushima town, Sengen Soba Buckwheat Flowers Viewing Party (千軒そばの花鑑賞会) is held in buckwheat fields, and a fantastic conbination of the buckwheat fields and Matsumae Kagura (松前神楽) can be enjoyed. Read More
I sat at a larger table seat, and read a menu. I ordered a large serving of buckwheat noodles served with dipping sauce and grated toroto yam (つけとろろそば) that is one of pupular dishes. The price was JPY 850. Customers can usually choose thin buckwheat noodles "Inaka-soba (田舎そば * country style buckwheat noodles)" or thick buckwheat noodles "Seiro-soba (せいろそば * buckwheat noodles like high quality buckwheat noodles)", and the Inaka-soba had been already out of stock this time, so I chose the Seiro-soba. In addition, dessert looked tasty, and an ice cream with soybean flour was served for JPY 70, so I could not help ordering it. By the way, water or tea are available at self-service counter.
About 10 minutes later, the buckwheat noodles were served. The buckwheat noodles made from buckwheat flour "Kita-no-Mashu (北の摩周)" were homemade noodles with chewy texture and good smell. The dipping sauce was mixed with grated toroto yam produced in Tokachi, and had just the right amount of salt, so it was tasty! In addition, the dipping sauce with soba-yu (蕎麦湯 * Hot buckwheat water), and added dipping sauce was tasty, too. I wanted to eat a lot.
Lastly the ice cream with soybean flour was served. The appearance looked like Yukimidaifuku (雪見だいふく * Ice cream wrapped in mochi), and the top of the ice cream had soybean flour, and the bottom of the ice cream had golden syrup. It was not too sweet and had refreshing taste.
Buckwheat Noodles Served with Dipping Sauce and Grated Toroto Yam and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:30-15:00 * They close the restraunt if buckwheat noodles run out|
|Regular closing day||Friday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 430 531*34|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Memuro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido
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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