• July 18th, 2014
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[Hana-chan in Asahikawa] Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl Is Born by Relationship of Various People

Hana-chan

Hana-chan (花ちゃん) is a noodle stand (立ち食いそば屋) at Kagura Shopping Center (神楽中央ショッピングセンター) facing National Route 237 in Kagura, Asahikawa city, and is near Asahikawa City Museum (旭川市博物館) and Asahikawa Taisetsu Arena (大雪アリーナ). Mrs. Masako Aoyama (青山雅子) is a shop maneger. The noodle stand become popular with riders touring in Hokkaido, and they appreciate Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl (ゲソ丼 * Geso-don). Except it, Soba, Udon, Ramen, Rice Bowls and Curry and Rice are served. Please help yourself to a glass of water.

Appearance of Shop
Fried Squid Legs Rice Bowl -Hana-chan in Asahikawa-

The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl is a bowl with rice (どんぶり * Donburi) topped with the fried squid legs and sliced green onions. Some restraunts serve it in Asahikawa city, but each restraunts cook it in their own ways, so it is said that each dishes are different. Hana-chan's Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl was covered on Popular Japanese TV program "Himitsu-no-Kenmin Show (秘密のケンミンSHOW)", so a lot of visitors come. The shop has an atomosphere such as a typical good old noodle stand, and a lot of comics are lined on bookshelves, so I guess that local people come to relax themselves. The shop is not large, but it is cozy. Seats are counter seats, so I suppose that family customers and a large number of people can hardly enjoy meals in a busy time.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Asahikawa. 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 Asahikawa
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
Jalan
Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa
Jalan
Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Asahikawa Station, Shin-asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station, Asahikawa-yojo Station, Chuwa, Higashi-takasu and the Asahikawa Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Station.
Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
AG Rent-a-car(AGレンタカー) Their office is near Suehiro.
Jalan
World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Airport.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa-yojo Station and the Asahikawa Airport.

ASAHIKAWA

Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More

Downtown of Asahikawa
ASAHIKAWA

Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl

I visited here around 16:00 on a weekday. * Their business hour is only lunchtime at present. No one was at the shop. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. I found The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl called the comfort food of the Asahikawa. It had 2 types of seasonings, Soy Sauce Flavour (醤油ダレ) or Salt Sauce Flavour (塩ダレ), and I ordered the Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl with the Salt Sauce Flavour. The price was JPY 400.

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Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl from Top
Fried Squid Legs Rice Bowl -Hana-chan in Asahikawa-

After waiting for about 5 minutes, and it was served with a dish of pickled radish. The rice was covered with fried squid legs and sliced green onions, and its looks was different from Tempura Rice Bowl, a same type of dish, and I hardly ever saw the looks. I ate a mouthful immediately. It was a little oily, but it had a light taste of the salt sauce flavour, and I finished eatin it.

Rice is Covered With Fried Squid Legs and Sliced Green Onions
Fried Squid Legs Rice Bowl -Hana-chan in Asahikawa-

I asked her about this dish, and she replied "A commercial trucker, a regular customer, felt jealous of an owner's staff meal Fried Squid Legs in about 1998. Furthermore, it was born because it was advised by the trucker when he wanted to eat it with rice together. The salt sauce flavour was born because a female rider from Nagoya was not able to eat the soy sauce flavour dish in about 2008". It is a dish created through a relationship of various people.

Fried Squid Legs
Fried Squid Legs Rice Bowl -Hana-chan in Asahikawa-
Rice with Fried Squid Legs
Fried Squid Legs Rice Bowl -Hana-chan in Asahikawa-

Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl

Parking lot Parking is provided (7 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-15:00
Regular closing day Sunday
Home page +81-90-3019-7296
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 79 341 176*66

List of Accommodations

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

Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa(ホテルWBFグランデ旭川)
JR Inn Asahikawa(JRイン旭川)
Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa(星野リゾート OMO7 旭川)
Jalan
Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa(プレミアホテル―CABIN―旭川)
Hotel Trend Asahikawa(ホテルトレンド旭川)
Super Hotel Asahikawa(スーパーホテル旭川 天然温泉 大雪山の湯)
Asahikawa Toyo Hotel(旭川トーヨーホテル)
R Hotels Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa(Rホテルズイン北海道旭川)
Jalan
Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae(ホテルルートインGrand旭川駅前)
Smile Hotel Asahikawa(スマイルホテル旭川)
Hotel Crescent Asahikawa(ホテルクレッセント旭川)
Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae(Y’s HOTEL旭川駅前)
Kuretake Inn Asahikawa(くれたけイン旭川)
Art Hotel Asahikawa(アートホテル旭川)
Dormy Inn Asahikawa(天然温泉 神威の湯 ドーミーイン旭川)
9C Hotel Asahikawa(9Cホテル旭川)
Booking
Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
Booking
Court Hotel Asahikawa(コートホテル旭川)
Asahikawa Park Hotel(旭川パークホテル)
Asahikawa Plaza Hotel(旭川プラザホテル)
Asahikawa Sun Hotel(旭川サンホテル)
Toyoko Inn Asahikawa-Eki Higashiguchi(東横イン旭川駅東口)
Booking
Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House Asahikawa Ride(ゲストハウス アサヒカワライド)
Hotel Tetora Asahikawa Station(ホテルテトラ旭川駅前)
Sora E Hotel Asahikawa(ソラヘホテル)
Jalan
Hotel Route-Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(ルートイン旭川駅前一条通)
Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa(宿レトロハウス銀座旭川)
Jalan
Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
Booking
Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
HP
Jalan
Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
HP
Booking
Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
Booking
Ryokan Senshoen(和風旅館扇松園)
Takasago Onsen(高砂温泉)
A-Gate Hotel(えーげーと ほてる)
Booking
Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
Booking
Jalan
Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Toukaen(東花苑)
Booking
Jalan
HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
Booking
Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
HP
Booking
Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
Booking
Jalan
Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
HP
Booking
Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
Jalan
Rakuten
M's HOME(えむずや)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
21th Century Woods(21世紀の森)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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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