• June 22nd, 2017
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[Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate] One of 4 Major Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Stores in Hokkaido

Kantaro

Gourmet Kaitenzushi Kantaro (グルメ回転ずし 函太郎) is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain store based in Hakodate city, and is one of the 4 major conveyor belt sushi chain restraunts (Toriton in Kitami (北見のトリトン), Hanamaru in Nemuro (根室の花まる) and Nagoyakatei in Kushiro (釧路のなごやか亭) in Hokkaido. HK-R corp. has run a conveyor belt sushi as a new business since 1998. Now the head office is in Ugaura-cho Hakodate, and a lot of branches open a business in the Hakodate, Hokuto, Sapporo, Otaru, New Chitose Airport, Aomori, Hirosaki, Hachinoe, Akita, Morioka, Niigata, Sakata, Sendai, Tokyo Marunouchi, Kisarazu and Osaka. The Kantaro is well-known for serving reasonable fresh sushi items, so it is popular with local people.

Appearance of Building
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-

My visited place is the Ugaura Head Office along Isaribi Street (漁火通) between Hakodate Station and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), and the building faces the sea, and Mt. Hakodate can be seen from here. The appearance looks like just a typical Japanese restaurant chain. The building is large, and the interior decoration has an atmosphere such as a typical conveyor belt sushi chain store. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.

Sea and Mt. Hakodate Can Be Seen from Here
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-

Movie of Ugaura Head Office

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. "A View from Mt. Hakodate" was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate "The View from the Mt. Hakodate" highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate

By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Read More

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Sushi of Hokkaido

Sushi is a rice dish using various types of ingredients such as raw seafood, and Hand-rolled Sushi (握り寿司) is most famous, and others are Rolled Sushi (巻きずし), Sushi Pocket (いなり寿司 * Inarizushi), Scattered Sushi (バラ寿司・ちらし寿司), Pressed Sushi (押し寿司), Izushi Fermented Sushi (飯寿し) and so on. In Japan, Fermented Sushi (なれずし) has been eaten since Nara Period, and old Japanese made sushi as a fermented food. In Edo Period, the Hand-rolled Sushi was born, and was popular with Edo people in Edo Castle Town. It was not a dish but a snack in those days. Since Meiji peropd, sushi using sashimi has become widespread in the Japan, and a bite-sized vinegared rice has become common. So the sushi refers to the Hand-rolled Sushi in a large number of cases. Read More

Hand-rolled Sushi
Sushi

Conveyor Belt Sushi

Customers should expect a long line at lunchtime, so I visited here to avoid the long line around 16:00 on a weekday. After entering the sushi restraunt, a sushi chef shown my counter seat. Since it was halfway hour, 6 groups of customers enjoyed their meals, and most of them looked local people. My friend living in the Hakodate told me that he visited the Kantaro once a month, so the Kantaro was popular with local people, after all.

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Counter Seats
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-

So I ordered as follows including the sushi items caught in the Hokkaido. Black Rockfish Sushi (真ソイ) caught in Gulf of Funka (噴火湾) was JPY 324. 3 Types (Flounder Edge, Tuna and Fatty Salmon) of Grilled Sushi Item (えんがわ・トロ・トロサーモンのあぶり三昧) was JPY 669, Squid Sushi was JPY 324, Smoked Salmon Roll Sushi (スモークサーモンロール) was JPY 129, 3 Types (Crab Butter, Minced Tuna and Salmon Roe) of Gunkan Sushi (カニみそ・ねぎとろ・イクラの軍艦三昧) was JPY 453, Gagome Kombu and Squid Gunkan Sushi (がごめ昆布とイカの軍艦) was JPY 194 and Fried Salted Cod Roe Sushi (はちみつたらこ天ぷら握り) was JPY 324. Although the Kantaro is the conveyor belt sushi restraunt, customers can order to a sushi chef without taking a dish on a conveyor belt directly.

Black Rockfish Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-

First of all, a dish of the Black Rockfish Sushi was served. It tasted like sea bream, and was a popular sushi item in the Hokkaido. A dish of 3 Types (Flounder Edge, Tuna and Fatty Salmon) of Grilled Sushi Items (えんがわ・トロ・トロサーモンのあぶり三昧) was served subsequently. Tuna and Fatty Salmon were fatty flesh, and Flounder Edge was very tasty. I like grilled flounder edge very much, and often order it at each conveyor belt sushi restraunts.

3 Types (Flounder Edge, Tuna and Fatty Salmon) of Grilled Sushi Items
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-
Squid Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-

Interesting sushi were Smoked Salmon Roll Sushi, Gagome Kombu and Squid Gunkan Sushi and Fried Salted Cod Roe Sushi. As for the Smoked Salmon Roll Sushi, an avocado was nice texture and was tasty! Speaking of the Hakodate, Gagome Kombu is famous. It is rare kelp that grows around the the coast of eastern Oshima Peninsula (渡島半島) mainly. Gagome Kombu is very tenacious, and is good for your health. As for the Fried Salted Cod Roe Sushi, the appearance was interesting! The texture was outside crisp and inside moisty. It tasted salty a little, but the fried salted cod roe went well with sushi. Thank you for the wonderful meal.

Smoked Salmon Roll Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-
3 Types (Crab Butter, Minced Tuna and Salmon Roe) of Gunkan Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-
Gagome Kombu and Squid Gunkan Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-
Fried Salted Cod Roe Sushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kantaro Ugaura Head Office in Hakodate-
Parking lot Free parking is provided (60 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-22:00
Regular closing day December 31 and January 1
Telephone number +81-138-32-4455
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 074 176*46

List of Activities

Some activities are held in the Hakodate. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Sightseeing Taxi

Donan Hire(道南ハイヤー)
Hakodate Taxi(函館タクシー株式会社)
ASOVIEW
Hakodate Sightseeing Jumbo Taxi Isaribi Club(函館観光ジャンボタクシー 漁火倶楽部)
ASOVIEW
Five Star Club(ファイブスタークラブ)
ASOVIEW
Nakamura Sightseeing Taxi(中村観光タクシー)
Moomoo Taxi(モーモータクシー)
Jalan

Guided Trekking

Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
Jalan

Guided Walking Streets

Hakodate Guided Walking Streets(函館まちあるきガイド)

Bay Cruise

Movie of Bay Cruise


Hakodate Bay Cruise Blue Moon(観光遊覧船ブルームーン)
ASOVIEW
Kanamori Bay Cruise(金森ベイクルーズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Rental Costume Kimono and Dress

Movie of Rental Costume Kimono and Dress


Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono and Dress(函館和洋モダン貸衣裳館)

Rickshaw

Movie of Rickshaw


Ebisuya(えびす屋)

Experiences of Making

Movie of 710CANDLE


710CANDLE(710CANDLE)
ASOVIEW
Ikuta Glass House(生田ガラス館)
Motomachi Glass Studio(元町ガラス工房)
ASOVIEW

List of accommodations

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

South Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
HP
Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
Jalan
Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
HP
La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
Jalan
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
HP
Rakuten
Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
HP
Jalan
HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
HP
Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
HP
Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
HP
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
HP
Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
Booking
Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
Booking
Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
Booking
SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
Booking
Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
Booking
THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
Booking
Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
Booking
Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
HP
Booking
Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
HP
Booking
Jalan

North Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
HP
Jalan
Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
HP
Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
HP
Jalan
Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
Booking
Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
Booking
Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
Booking
Fellow House(フェローハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
HP
Booking
Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
Booking
Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
Booking
Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
Booking

Yunokawa Onsen

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
Booking
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
Booking
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
Booking
Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
Booking
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
Booking
Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
Booking
Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
La Cachette(ラカシェット)
Jalan
Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
Booking
Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
Booking
Rakuten
Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Hakodate is here

Hakodate

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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