- April 25th, 2015
[Ito in Nakashibestu] Burdock Tempura Buckwheat Noodles and Rice with Japanese Horseradish
Handmade Soba Ito (手打ちそば 伊とう) is a famous buckwheat noodles restaurant founded in 2008 in Nakashibetsu town located in the northwestern direction of Nemuro city, and is near Nakasibetsu Bus Terminal. Mr. Hiroyuki Ito (伊東 裕之) is a restraunt owner. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
The Nakashibetsu has rich hot springs, and Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is famous. Fresh hot springs gush out even in the downtown. As for a tourist attracation, Kaiyodai Hill (開陽台) is well-known in particular. The Nakashibetsu has Nakashibetsu Airport, so it is developed as a base town of Eastern Hokkaido.
Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nakashibetsu town located between Lake Mashu (摩周湖) and Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). 2 onsen ryokan, Hotel Yoroushi (ホテル養老牛) and Yuyado Daiichi (湯宿だいいち) are built along Hokkaido Route 505, and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), a mixed bathing open-air bath for free, is a little away from the center of the Yoroushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The hot-spring place is surrounded by nature, and rare animals such as Blakiston's Fish Owl and Japanese sable inhabit a forest, so those animals sometimes appear at the accommodations. There are Yoro Falls (養老の滝), Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Yoroushi Onsen. Read More
Kaiyodai Hill (開陽台) is a hill in Nakashibetsu town is located in the northwestern direction of Nemuro city. A round observation deck is built on the hilltop at about 270 m above sea level, and is famous for looking over 330 degrees view along the horizon. I wondered why it was not 360 degree. On investigation, the horizon looks round in 330 degree. The other 30 degree may be the back side. Kaiyodai Ranch (開陽台牧場) with area of about 780 ha is built on the hill, too, and 1000 milk cows are put out to pasture. A walk with the total length of 2.6 km and Kaiyodai Ranch Fureai Park (開陽台牧場ふれあい広場) are built along the ranch, and a walking is available. Bell of Happiness (幸せの鐘) and Figures of Dairy Cow (乳牛の像) are built, too. By the way, the straight road "North 19 Line" in front of the Kaiyodai Hill is called Milk Road (ミルクロード) because most tank trucks for milk run on the road, and it is popular with motor tour riders. 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 visited here around 11:00 on a weekday. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. I found Rice with Japanese Horseradish (山わさび). The restaurant serving it is rare. Because the Japanese Horseradish was one of typical Hokkaido's food, I wanted to eat it. So I ordered Burdock Tempura Buckwheat Noodles (ごぼう天そば) and the Rice with japanese Horseradish. The price of the Burdock Tempura Buckwheat Noodles were JPY 900, and the price of the Rice with Japanese Horseradish was JPY 250. By the way, customers can choose a type of buckwheat noodles between Yabu Soba (やぶそば * a variety of buckwheat noodles) or Sarashina Soba (更科そば * a type of high quality buckwheat noodles), and the Sarashina Soba had an extra charge of JPY 100. I chose the Yabu Soba, but the Sarashina Soba got a high evaluation for gourmet, too.
About 10 minutes later, the Burdock Tempura Buckwheat Noodles and the Rice with Japanese Horseradish were served. The tempura and the buckwheat noodles, the Japanese horseradish and the rice were served separately. Customers can eat the tempura with powdered green tea salt (抹茶塩) except putting tempura on the buckwheat noodles as the customers like.
Soup was light taste, and bonito soup stock was richly flavored. It was tasty! The buckweat noodles used buckwheat flour produced in Nakashibestu was made by hands, and was chewy. In addition, the Japanese horseradish irritated my nose and I could enjoy a taste while suffering. Thanks for the good meal!
Burdock Tempura Buckwheat Noodles and Rice with Japanese Horseradish and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided(5 cars)|
|Business hours||11:00-15:00, 17:30-19:30 * They close the restraunt if buckwheat noodles run out|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||429 777 317*55|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nakashibetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido is here
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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