- November 8th, 2015
[Hachiemon in Horokanai] Tasty Buckwheat Noodles Produced in Horokanai with Stewed Chicken
Hachiemon (八右ヱ門) is a popular buckwheat noodle restraunt in Horokanai town located in the northwestern direction of Asahikawa city, and is near Horokanai Town Office. Mr. Kuniaki Suzuki (鈴木 國明) is a restraunt owner. Originally, he used to open a buckwheat noodle restraunt called "Karakiya (唐木屋)" in the Asahikawa, but he moved from the Asahikawa to the Horokanai in 2000's. The Horokanai is famous as a major production area of highest-grade buckwheat flour. Buckwheat noodles using buckwheat flour produced in the Horokanai can be eaten. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition.
I used to visit the Hachiemon several times before, but their business was closed around 13:00, and I was not able to enter it. The restraunt is really popular. However, they opened a business when I happened to pass around 13:30 on a weekday, so I visited here. The restraunt looked a renovated private house, and it was not so large, but cozy. Counter seats, table seats and small separate Japanese style rooms are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
The Horokanai is famous as the best buckwheat town in Japan, and supply high quality buckwheat noodles. So they have tourist spots related to the buckwheat. Except it, Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) is a famous tourist attraction. As for onsen, a day trip bathing can be enjoyed at Seiwa Onsen Ruonto (せいわ温泉 ルオント). By the way, Horokanai Town New Soba Festival (幌加内町新そば祭り) is held between 2days in early September.
Horokanai Buckwheat Fields
Horokanai town in the northwestern direction of Asahikawa city is the best buckwheat town in Japan. Total buckwheat planted area is 3,200 ha, and the amount of buckwheat production is over 2,900 ton, and those are the largest area and production in the Japan. Its quality is the best grade in the Japan, too, and Horokanai Buckwheat Noodles (幌加内そば) has a good reputation. In a summer, the buckwheat fields are covered with white flowers, and I think that visitors are moved by the views. The best time to see is from late July to mid August. The Horokanai has 4 famous viewing spots, and white buckwheat flowers can be enjoyed at Soba-no-Hana Observation Deck (ソバの花展望台), Hakugin-no-Oka (Silver) Hills (白銀の丘), Junpaku-no-Oka(Snow-white) Hills (純白の丘) and Shirojutan-no-Hatake (白絨毯の畑 * Fields of the White Carpet). Read More
Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) is a man-made lake in Horokanai town located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city, and is well-known for the largest man-made lake in Japan. 13 big and small islands float on the surface of the lake, and a feature of the lake is complicated topography like a fjord. The perimeter of the lake is about 40 km. The maximum water depth is 40 m. 1st Uryu Dam (雨竜第一ダム) was built in 1943, and the lake was born. The water surface is 23.73 km2. The height of the concrete gravity dam is about 45.5 m. The Horokanai is one of the coldest places in the Japan, and In Moshiri (母子里) nearby the lake, -41.2 degrees Celsius, the Japan's lowest temperature, was recorded in 1977, and a monument named Crystal Peaks was built. The Horoknai has also heavy snow, and my father told me that Horokanai people used to go in or out their houses via the 2nd floor because an entrance of the 1st floor was surrounded by snow in a winter. The winter is amazing in the Horokani. 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
4 groups of preceding customers savored their meals at the restraunt. I sat at a counter set, and read a menu. Because it was cold on that day, I wanted to eat chicken buckwheat noodles with hot broth (かしわそば), and ordered it. The price was JPY 900.
A vacuum bottle of buckwheat tea is provided beside a stove, and the buckwheat tea can be drunk freely. While drinking tasty buckwheat tea, I waited for about 15 minutes, and the buckwheat noodles with hot broth and stewing chicken was served.
I had a sip of hot noodle soup immediately. The soup with richl taste had just right amount of salt. It was tasty! The hand-made white high quality buckwheat noodles were shinsoba (新そば * new buckwheat noodles), and were chewy. The stewing chicken was tender, and was very good. Oh, by the way, in the case of the buckwheat noodles with hot broth, sobayu (Soba cooking hot water) was served, too. Customers can season with the sobayu to their liking. I drunk only the sobayu, but it was tasty.
Buckwheat Noodles with Hot Broth and Stewed Chicken and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Business hours||11:30-16:00 * If buckwheat noodles run out, the restraunt closes a business.|
|Regular closing day||Monday and Thursday * If Monday is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day.|
|Home page||Home Page is here|
|Mapcode||701 348 027*74|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Horokanai. 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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