[Gotoken in Hakodate] 2 Types of Curry Sauce, Meiji Period Flavour and Taisho Period Flavour, and Rice Can Be Savored at Restaurant Sekkatei
May 3rd, 2015
Restaurant Sekkatei (レストラン雪河亭) is a long-established Western-style restaurant founded in 1879 at Gotoken Head Office (五島軒本店) in Suehiro-cho, Hakodate city, and faces Nijukken-zaka Slope (二十間坂) at the foot of Mt. Hakodate-yama, and is near Bay Area and Motomachi Religion Area. Mr. Sotaro Wakayama (若山惣太郎) established the restaurant in 1879. Mr. Eikichi Goshima (五島英吉) worked as the first head chef, and the restaurant was named after parody his family name. * But his true name is Chikaharu So (宗近治). The Gotoken is a company that runs some restaurants or products and sells baked sweets, ice sweets and daily dishes, and one of the departments is the Restaurant Sekkatei. The name of the Sekkatei was named after the restaurant's name appeared in Ashibino (蘆火野), a novel, written by Mr. Kaoru Funayama (船山馨), a novelist, from Hokkaido, and the Ashibino used the Gotoken as a motif.
The Gotoken Head Office is divided into 2 parts, a new building and an old building. The Restaurant Sekkatei opens a buiness on the 1st floor of the new building. The interior decoration is relatively new, and is like an European-style restraunt. Atmospheres such as Meiji period or Taisho period are not almost felt, but chandeliers have an old atmosphere, so visitors can enjoy an atmosphere such as typical Hakodate filled with exoticism. The restaurant is large, and all seats are table seats, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals. The old building built in 1934 has benn designated as a registered tangible cultural property, and sightseeing is possible. Tourists can enjoy atmospheres such as the Meiji period or the Taisho period there.
The Hakodate has a lot of historical tourist attractions, and Mt. Hakodate, Goryokaku Fort, Orthodox Church, Motomachi Roman Catholic Church, Trappistine Convent, Episcopal Church, Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse, Motomachi Park, Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, Former British Consulate and Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery are famous. Except above tourist attractions, Cape Tachimachi, Hakodate Racecourse that visitors can watch a horse racing while seeing the sea, Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship “Mashu-maru”, Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples, Saburo Kitajima Memorial Hall, Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, Hakodate City Museum, Hakodate City Museum Of Literature, Hakodate Velodrome and Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum are relatively famous. The Hakodate has abundant onsen, too, and a lot of onsen in the Hakodate are older than other places in the Hokkaido. Furthermore, types of hot springs are full of variety, and tourists can enjoy various hot springs such as salty hot springs or sour hot springs. There are Yunokawa Onsen, Yachigashira Onsen, Nishi Kikyo Onsen, Tomioka Onsen Center, Nishikiyu Onsen, Kitamihara Onsen, Hanazono Onsen, Showa Onsen, Yamanote Onsen, Nogi Onsen and Yumoto Hana-no-Yu in the downtown of the Hakodate, and Kakkumi Onsen, Esan Onsen, Ishida Onsen, Misaki Onsen, Mizunashi-kaihin Onsen, Toi Onsen and Ofuna Onsen in the suburbs of the Hakodate. Although Taishoyu at the foot of Mt. Hakodate does not use hot springs, the retro appearance of a building is popular.
List of Highway Bus
Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Sapporo to Hakodate||
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Hakodate to Sapporo||
|Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス)||From Sapporo to Hakodate|
|Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス)||From Hakodate to Sapporo|
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. Article is here
Bay Area and Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse
Bay Area (ベイエリア) facing Gulf of Hakodate (函館湾) is a waterfront between Hakodate Station and Motomachi Area (元町) in the south part of Hakodate city, and Jujigai Stop (十字街駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to here. There are boarding points for Gulf of Hakodate Cruise, and tourist facilities such as Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse (金森赤レンガ倉庫) are built, and it is famous for shopping. Lucky Pierrot (ラッキーピエロ), one of the most popular restaurants, and Hasegawa Store (ハセガワストア) that is famous for Yakitori-bento (やきとり弁当) open a business, too. A lots of tourists come to enjoy shopping or dishes. In addition, walking around the Bay Area is popular, and it is given one star by Michelin Green Guide Japan. A famous route is from La Vista Hakodate Bay (ラビスタ函館ベイ) to Green Island (緑の島). Red brick buildings, pavements with stone, Shichizai Bridge (七財橋) made from stone and a view of the sea make visitors feel a typical Hakodate of historical atmosphere. Article is here
Motomachi Religion Area
Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア) is between a ropeway station and Motomachi Park (元町公園) at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and different religions, example for a church group such as Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会), Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church (カトリック元町教会), St.John's Church Hakodate (函館聖ヨハネ教会) and Hakodate Church (日本基督教団函館教会), or a temple group such as Myofukuji Temple (妙福寺) and Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple (東別院大谷派函館院), or Funadama Shrine (船魂神社), are built along Nijukken-zaka Slope (二十間坂), Daisan-zaka Slope (大三坂), Hachiman-zaka Slope (八幡坂) and Hiyori-zaka Slope (日和坂). Japanese historical buildings suh as Old Soma Residence (旧相馬邸), Hakodate City Museum of Local History (市立函館博物館郷土資料館) and Barber Sato (佐藤理容院) are built along stone pavements, so those go well with views from the top of the slopes. The area is the center of Motomachi Sightseeing along with Motomachi park (元町公園). Article is here
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. Article is here
2 Types of Curry Sauce and Rice
Mr. Goshima learned Russian cuisine at the Hakodate Orthodox Church served the Russian cuisine and French cuisine at the time of about founding, and cooked curry sauce begun to be known in Japan at that time, and the Curry and Rice was added their's menu lineup. The Curry and Rice had won popularity, and it has become a synonym for Gotoken now. I visited here to eat the Curry and Rice around 17:00 on a weekday. A waiter shown me a table seat beside a window, and I sat at the window-side seat, and read a menu. I found several types of the Curry and Rice in the menu, and ordered 2 Types of Curry Sauce and Rice (Aigake Curry and Rice (あいがけカレー) * Aigake means "One is added to one" in English) in that menu. The price with a dish of salad and a cup of drink is JPY 1200.
The 2 types of curry sauce use carry sauce finished recipe by Goto in the Meiji period and carry sauce finished recipe by Mr. Tokujiro Wakayama (若山徳次郎), the 2nd owner-chef, trained his cooking skills in Teikoku Hotel (帝国ホテル) in the Taisho period, and I think that the Aigake Curry and Rice is filled with a history of the Gotoken. The curry sauce of the Meiji period was light color, and tasted mellow and mild. The curry sauce of the Taisho period was British style curry sauce, and was close to contemporary curry sauce in the Japan, and was familiar to me. It tasted rich flavor and spicy. The both were tasty! I think that that is so Hakodate, a civilization town, because the Russina style curry sauce and the British style curry sauce can be savored at the same time.
In addition, a relish is good, too, and it has plenty of variety such as sliced red pickled ginger, sliced fried garlic, peanut, sliced vegetables pickled in the soy sauce and pickled shallot. The visitors can season the curry sauce in favorite hotness with garam masala sauce if the visitors feel the curry sauce to be sweet.
Curry with 2 Kind of Curry Sauce and Rice and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (60 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||January 1 and 2 * Tuesday is a regular closing day from January to April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||86 041 279*34|
A page of Hakodate is here