- August 18th, 2014
[Toriton Miwa Branch in Kitami] Popular Conveyor Belt Sushi in Hokkaido
Kaitenzushi Triton (回転寿しトリトン) is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain store based in Kitami city, and is one of the 3 major conveyor belt sushi chain restraunts together with Nemuro Hanamaru (根室花まる) and Nagoyakatei (なごやか亭) in Hokkaido. Kitaichi-shokuhin Corp. (北一食品株式会社) has run a conveyor belt sushi as a new business since 1989. A lot of branches open a business in Sapporo district, Kitami district, Asahikawa district and Tokyo District at present. Generally, it is a feature that visitors line up at most of the branches at lunchtime. Though sushi items are fresh, a price is reasonable, so I suppose that they are be popular. Various customers such as families, couples, singles and friends come. Buildings are crowded with them even on weekdays.
My visited branch is Miwa Branch (三輪店), the very first store, along National Route 39, and is near Miwa Park. The building is large, and counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But the building is crowded with customers at lunchtime and dinnertime. By the way, an express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.
Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. Read More
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
Conveyor Belt Sushi
The birthplace of the Triton is the Miwa Branch in the Kitami. Although I could eat Toriton's sushi in the Sapporo, I would eat their sushi at the birthplace, so I visted here around 16:00 on a weekday. The store was crowded. I sat at a counter seat, and thougt what to eat while seeing a menu or conveyor belt sushi. First I ordered a bowl of Sweet Shrimp Miso Soup (甘エビの味噌汁).
About 3 minutes later, the Sweet Shrimp Miso Soup was served. The soup broth of the sweet shrimp had a good flavor, and was very tasty. Then I successively ate a plate of scallop, a plate of squid, a plate of whelk, a plate of saury, a plate of salmon and so on. Sushi ingredients were fresh, and also were tasty. Thanks for the tasty mael!
Conveyor Belt Sushi and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (70 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||561 763 403*71|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kitami. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
KITAMI PONYU ONSEN
A page of Kitami 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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