• May 13th, 2015
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[Ichimura in Kutchan] While Seeing Good View, Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup Are Savored

Ichimura

Handmade Buckwheat Noodles Ichimura (手打蕎麦いちむら) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt run by M's Restraunt Handmade Buckwheat Noodles Ichimura limited company in Kutchan town located in the northwestern direction of Sapporo city, and is relatively near Niseko Grand Hirafu. Mr. Takahiro Maki (巻 貴宏) is a company president, and the restraunt got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition.

Appearance of Building
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-

Red color and black color building is stylish. Because the building is built on a valley, a view is very good. 3 groups of customers lined up when I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. I wrote my name on a paper at a reception desk and waited. About 5 minutes later, a witress shown my seat on veranda. A view from my seat was very good. Because the weather was fine, I was lucky. Some table seats are provided at the restraunt, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But a line may be expected at lunchtime.

Valley in Front of My Eyes. Nice View
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Outdoor Seat
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort (ニセコグラン・ヒラフスキー場) is a large ski resort. 4 ski resorts, Niseko HANAZONO Ski Resort (ニセコHANAZONOスキー場), Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort (ニセコグラン・ヒラフスキー場), Niseko Village Ski Resort (ニセコビレッジスキー場) and Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Ski Resort (ニセコアンヌプリ国際スキー場) are at Mt. Niseko Annupuri (ニセコアンヌプリ) with 1,308 m in height, and the Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort is the largst ski resort in the 4 ski resorts. There are 24 ski cources, 12 ski lifts, Terrain Park and Mogul Run on the Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort with 1200 m in height, and a lot of skiers or snowborders come to enjoy the powder snow. The Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort is adjacent to Niseko Hirafu Onsen (ニセコ比羅夫温泉), and visitors can enjoy onsen as well as winter activities. Read More

Ski Slope (Source: Niseko Grand Hirafu)
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in Kuttchan

NISEKO

Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means "A river in a gorge" in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. Read More

Mt. Youteizan
Mt. Youtei

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

Buckwheat Noodles
Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido

Buckwheat Noodles

I sat at the seat, and asked the waitress about their recommendations. She replied "Cold buckwheat noodles with warm duck soup (鴨せいろそば)". The price was JPY 1350. I ordered it. The buckwheat noodles could be chosen from Juwari Soba (十割そば) or Nihachi Soba (ニ八そば), so I chose the Juwari soba. An extra charge was JPY 150. This buckwheat flour was made from buckwheat produced in Rankoshi town with using a stone mill, and they handmade the buckwheat noodles with the buckwheat flour and niseko mineral spring. It was further hoped that it would be tasty.

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Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup from Top
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About 10 minutes later, the cold buckwheat noodles with the warm duck soup was served. The buckwheat noodles were chewy, and I savored a fragrance of the buckwheat noodles. When I dipped the buckwheat noodles into the warm duck soup that fat of duck produced in Takikawa oozed to eat, it was tasty! The fat of the duck clung to the buckwheat noodles. The ingredients were duck, duck dumplings and Japanese onions. I finished eating those quickly. It was too tasty!

Juwari Soba
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Warm Duck Soup
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Fat of Duck Float
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Buckwheat Noodles Are Chewy
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Thickness of Duck Is About 8mm
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
About 2cm Diameter Duck Dumpling
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Green Onion
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-
Soup Has Just Right amount of Salt
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup -Ichimura in Kutchan-

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup

Parking lot Free parking is provided (17 cars)
Business hours 11:00-15:00 * If buckwheat noodles run out, the restraunt closes a business.
Regular closing day New Year holidays and irregular closing days
Telephone number +81-136-23-0603
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 398 417 309*12

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kutchan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

KUTCHAN

    Nisekoyado Tabitsumugi(ニセコ宿 たびつむぎ)
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hotel 3M(ホテルスリーエム)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Ekimae Business Hotel(駅前ビジネスホテル) Only Tel:+81-136-22-0001
    Nanko Hotel(ナンコウホテル)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hotel Daiichikan(ホテル第一会館)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Marutake Ryokan(まるたけ旅館)
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    KUTCHAN ONSEN

      Hotel Youtei(ホテル羊蹄)
      Booking

      HANAZONO ONSEN

        Zaborin(坐忘林)
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        HIRAFU ONSEN

          Hotel Niseko Alpen(ホテルニセコアルペン)
          Yumoto Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafutei(湯元ニセコプリンスホテルひらふ亭)
          The Vale Niseko(ザ・ヴェール・ニセコ)
          Eki-no-Yado Hirafu(駅の宿ひらふ)
          Etupirika(エトピリカ)
          HP
          Rakuten
          Kimamaya Boutique Hotel(Kimamaya Boutique Hotel)
          Pension Grandpapa(ペンショングラン・パパ)
          Shiki Niseko(四季ニセコ)
          Chalet Ivy(シャレーアイビー)
          Niseko Park Hotel(ニセコパークホテル)
          Niseko Yubokumin(ニセコ遊牧民)
          Rakuten
          Famille Inn Ramina(ファミール・イン・ラミーナ)
          Booking
          Pension Alice(ペンションアリス)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Pension Arrow Wood(ペンションアローウッド)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Pension Woody Note(ペンションウッディノート)
          Bliss Lodging(ブリスロジング)
          Booking
          MY ecolodge(マイエコロッジ)
          Jalan
          Pension Hinoatarubasho(ペンション陽のあたる場所)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Pension Fu(ペンション風)
          Booking
          Pension Proomin(ペンションブルーミン)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Pension Locomotion(ペンションロコモーション)
          Ramat Niseko(ラマットニセコ)
          HP
          Lodge Koropokkuru(ロッジコロポックル)
          Heritage Niseko(ヘリテージニセコ)
          Rakuten
          Ki Niseko(木ニセコ)
          Vacation Niseko(バケーションニセコ)
          Booking
          Ski Japan Travel(スキージャパントラベル)
          HP
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Niseko Country Resort(ニセコカントリーリゾート)
          Rakuten
          Niseko Hirafu Rental Cottage(ニセコひらふ泉郷 レンタルコテージ)
          Booking
          The Orchards Niseko(ザ・オーチャードニセコ)
          Rakuten
          The Red Ski House(The Red Ski House)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Niseko is here

          Niseko

          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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