- February 16th, 2017
[Dezuka Suisan in Monbetsu] Tasty Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Vegetables with Original Taste of Ingredients
Dezuka Suisan (出塚水産) is a long-established kamaboko (かまぼこ * deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables) factory founded in 1930 in Monbetsu city located in the northeastern direction of Asahikawa city, and is nearby Monbetsu Port. Their deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables are made from fishes caught in front of their eyes at the head factory. Kamaboko store is also built at the head factory, and customers can buy fresh deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables directly. This is a popular spot to eat the fresh deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables. A brach store opens a business in New Chitose Airport, and their deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables can be ordered by using online shopping, too.
The kamaboko store is on the 1st floor, and a place for the customers to enjoy foods and drinks is on the 2nd Floor, and a lookout place is on the rooftop. Souvenir kamaboko and soft serve ice creams are also sold on the 1st floor. A factory can be seen through windows on the 2nd floor, too. The 2nd floor is relatively large, and counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that family customers and large number of people also enjoy fresh deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables. As for the rooftop, everybody can enter the rooftop freely, and can look over the Monbetsu Port.
The Monbetsu is well-known as an drift ice town, and drift ice cruise can be enjoyed in a winter. As for tourist attractions in the Monbetsu, Lake Komuke, Komuke Primeval Flower Garden, Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden, Okhotsk Tokkari Center, Hokkaido Okhotsk Ryuhyo Park, Roadside Station Okhotsk Monbetsu, Monbetsu City Museum, Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center "GIZA", Sea Ice Observation Tower Okhotsk Tower, Monbetsu Park, Okhotsk Sky Tower, Okhotsk Garden, Monbetsu Crab Claw Statue are relatively famous. Hot springs gush out in the Monbetsu, and a day trip onsen can be enjoyed in Monbetsu Onsen.
Drift Ice Sightseeing in Monbetsu
There are 2 sightseeing spots that tourists can enjoy the scheduled drift ice cruising in Japan. Monbetsu in the northeastern part of the Hokkaido faces the Sea of Okhotsk, and is one of the sightseeing spots for drift ice cruising. Drift ice drifts to the offing of Monbetsu around mid January. If common ships collide with the drift ice, those are broken, but Drift Ice Icebreaker Garinkogo2 (流氷砕氷船ガリンコ号Ⅱ) that can break the drift ice zone goes into service. A lot of tourists visit here to see the drift ice from early January to late March. The drift ice icebreaker Garinkogo2 goes into service from 5 to 7 each day, and cruising time is around 60 minutes. The tourists can get aboard a ship at Kaiyokoryukan boarding point (海洋交流館). Read More
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival (もんべつ流氷まつり * The Ryuhyo means "Drift Ice" in Japanese) is a winter event held in Monbetsu city located in the eastern direction of Asahikawa city, and has started since 1963. The festival is held at the side of Kaiyo-Koryukan (海洋交流館) during 3-4 days in mid February, and about 60,000 tourists come. There are ice sculptures, ice slides, food stalls, a public restroom at the site, and some events such as concerts are held, too. It is very cold, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Lake Komuke (コムケ湖) is a brackish water lake in Monbetsu city located in the northwestern direction of Abashiri city, and means "Bent Marsh" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 22.7 km. The maximum water depth is 3.8 m. 3 large and small lakes are connected each other, and are collectively called the Lake Komuke. It is hardly become a sightseeing spot, and a beautiful scenery has been left in its natural state. A sandy road is between the Lake Komuke and the Sea of Okhotsk, and visitors can observe the nature along the road. But pay attention to stuck your car. A lot of flowers grow naturally in sandy beach, and I think that here is a primeval flower garden. The moderate salty lakeshore is suitable for coral grass, and some coral grass colonies are around the lake. It begins turning red in early September. It can be said a valuable place that the natural Coral Grass can be seen. Admission free. Read More
By the way, an express bus "Ryuhyo Monbetsu-go (流氷もんべつ号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Monbetsu.
Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Vegetables
Raw minced fish and vegetables are displayed at a freezing display case on the 1st floor, and the customers can have a store staff fry their bought the raw minced fish and vegetables. Not only tourists but also local people bought a lot of deep-fried minced fish and vegetables, so the store was really popular with the local people, too. I bought a deep‐fried minced fish and scallop, a deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables, a deep‐fried minced fish and corn and a deep‐fried minced fish and dried small fish. The prices were JPY 100, JPY 150, JPY 100 and JPY 180. After waiting for about 10 minutes, those were finished deep‐frying. They deep fried those before my eyes, so those smelled nice in the air.
I decided to bring those to the 2nd floor and to eat those. Free tea and coffee dispensers were provided on the 2nd floor, and a view from the 2nd floor was good, too. I took a counter seat, and ate the deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables immediately. Those tasted the original flavour of its ingredients. Those were tasty! My favorites are the deep‐fried minced fish and corn and the deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables. The taste of the vegetables in particular was tasty.
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||January 1|
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|Mapcode||401 358 791*51|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Monbetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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