• September 6th, 2015
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[Chako in Tomakomai] Curry and Rice Using Surf Clam Called Local Speciality of Tomakomai

Ramen Chako

Ramen Chako (ラーメン茶湖) is a popular ramen restraunt run by Mr. Kazuaki Arisaka (有坂和晃) at Purattominato Market (ぷらっとみなと市場) in Minato-machi, Tomakomai city, and has a history of over 20 years. They moved to the Purattominato Market in 2009. The restraunt is known for tasty ramen, and serves dishes using surf clam, a local speciality of the Tomakomai, such as Surf Clam Ramen, Surf Clam Curry and Rice and Surf Clam Fried Rice. I guess that the Chako is good at dishes using the surf clam because Tomakomai is the largest catch of the surf clam in Japan. Of course, they also serve ordinary menu such as various ramen, fried rice and curry and rice.

Appearance of Purattominato Market
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-
Appearance of Restraunt
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-

The restraunt with an atomosphere such as a good old morning market restaurant is one of shops in the market, and is lined with marine product shops and souvenir shops. Big-catch flags are hung on walls, and I guess that visitors feel a fish market. The restraunt has counter seats and table seats, and a lot of the table seats are provided, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals.

Look of Restraunt
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-

By the way, Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Tomakomai and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Tomakomai. 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 / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Sapporo to Tomakomai
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Tomakomai to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is in Yanagi-cho.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Tomakomai Station and Tomakomai Ferry Terminal.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are in Shinkai-cho and Sanko-cho.
Jalan
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Tomakomai Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near Numanohata Station.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is in Ipponmatsu-cho.

TOMAKOMAI

Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More

Tarumae Garo Gorge
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge

Surf Clam Curry and Rice

I heard that the Surf Clam Curry and Rice was tasty, so I visited here around 7:00 a.m., just a opening, on a weekday. No one were at the restraunt. Fish market workers often come to eat thier meals, but only I was at the estraunt. The restraunt also serve alcohol, so visitors can enjoy drinking. I sat at a table seat, and ordered the Surf Clam Rice and Curry with a good reputation. The price was JPY 680.

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Surf Clam Curry and Rice
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-
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Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-

Afer waiting for about 3 minutes, the owner served the Surf Clam Rice and Curry. I ate one bite immediately. Spicy taste spreaded over in my mouth. But it was not too spicy. I finded out a piece of the surf clam, and ate it. I wondered if it was fresh, so the surf clam had a chewy texture. This is a dish combined the surf clam called a local speciality of the Tomakomai with the rice and curry called Japanese national staple together well. You should order Delux Surf Clam Curry and Rice if you are not enough to eat a normal portion of the surf clam.

Spicy and Mild Taste
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-
Fresh Surf Clam
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-
I Search Surf Clam in Rice and Curry
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-
Shell Ligament of Surf Clam
Surf Clam Curry and Rice -Chako in Tomakomai-

Surf Clam Curry and Rice and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Surf Clam Curry and Rice

Parking lot Parking is provided (40 Cars)
Business hours 07:00-16:00 * Business hour is 09:00-16:00 from January to March
Regular closing day Wednesday and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-90-7058-7017
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 113 164 340*20

List of Activities

In the Tomakomai, some activity companies serve guided hiking for the Mt. Tarumae, canoe tours along Bibi River and Glass Making Experience around the Lake Utonai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos. By the way, visitors can contact with horses at Northern Horse Park (ノーザンホースパーク). In addition, the Utonaiko Sanctuary and the Utonaiko Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center hold some free events.

Guided Hiking

Movie of Guided Hiking


Noasobi Guide Michikusa(野あそびガイドみちくさ)
North Adventure Bandit(ノースアドベンチャー・バンディット)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Hokkaido Private Adventure(北海道プライベートアドベェンチャー)
ASOVIEW

Canoe Tour

Movie of Canoe Tour


Amuse Sports(アミューズスポーツ)
Gateway Tours(ゲートウェイツアーズ)
Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)
ASOVIEW

Glass Making Experience

Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)

Horse Trekking

Movie of Northern Horse Park


NORTHERN HORSE PARK(ノーザンホースパーク)
ASOVIEW

List of Accommodations

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

Smile Hotel Tomakomai(スマイルホテル苫小牧)
Comfort Hotel Tomakomai(コンフォートホテル 苫小牧)
Hotel Wing International Tomakomai(ホテルウィングインターナショナル苫小牧)
Tomakomai Green Hotel(苫小牧グリーンホテル)
Booking
Hotel Route Inn Tomakomai(ホテルルートイン苫小牧駅前)
Dormy Inn Tomakomai(ドーミーイン苫小牧)
Toyoko Inn Tomakomai(東横イン苫小牧駅前)
Hotel Sugita(ホテル杉田)
Booking
Business Hotel Motonakano(ビジネスホテル モトナカノ)
Grand Hotel New Oji(グランドホテル ニュー王子)
Hotel Okuni(ホテル於久仁)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Hachinohe(ビジネスホテルはちのへ)
Booking
Oyado Hishokan(おやど 翔馬館)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Nidom(ホテル ニドム)
Jalan
Rakuten
Automobile Resort Tomakomai Arten(オートリゾート 苫小牧アルテン)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Tomakomai is here

Tomakomai

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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