- May 13th, 2015
[Ichimura in Kutchan] While Seeing Good View, Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup Are Savored
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 northwest part 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.
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.
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. Article is here
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern part 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. Article is here
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. Article is here
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.
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!
Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Warm Duck Soup and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||398 417 309*12|
A page of Niseko 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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