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[Shiretoko Shokudo in Rausu] Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl Can Be Eaten Only in Rausu

July 23rd, 2014

Shiretoko Shokudo

Shiretoko Shokudo (知床食堂) is a commercial facility facing National Route 335 in Rausu town, and is next to Roadside Station "Shiretoko Rausu (知床・らうす)", and is at Rausu Shinsokan (らうす深層館) near Rausu Port and Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck (羅臼国後展望塔). Shiretoko Shokudo corp. (有限会社 知床食堂) runs the commercial facility. A restaurant, a souvenir shop and a food stall are on the 1st floor, and a restaurant opens a business on the 2nd floor. They have some noted dishes, and Rausu Kombu Ramen (羅臼昆布羅~メン), Sanshoku Rice Bowl (三色丼), Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl (黒ハモ丼), Fried Atka Mackerel Hamburger (ホッケフライバーガー), Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream (知床深層水ソフトクリーム) and so on are popular.

Appearance of Building
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

My visited place is the restaurant on the 2nd floor. The ceiling is high, so the restaurant is spacious. Table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.

Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck

Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck (羅臼国後展望塔) is a resource center in Rausu town, Shiretoko Peninsula, and is built for the return of Northern Territories on a hill at about 167 m above sea level, and is well-known as a good place to see the sunrise. Four Northern Islands Museum (北方四島の資料館) is on the 1st floor, an observation deck is built on the rooftop. The Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck and a parking lot are on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, a road to the Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck is narrow and slope, so drive safety. Article is here

Rausu Town
Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck in Rausu

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko National Park (知床国立公園) at the northeastern edge of Japan main land is a national park between Shari town and Rausu town in the the northeastern part of Hokkaido. Most northern part of Shiretoko Peninsula has been desinged as the national park since 1964, and has also been designed World Natural Heritage Site, one of only 4 world natural heritage sites in Japan, since 2005. In the national park, there are Shiretoko Mountain Range (知床連山) such as Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳), Mt. Chinishibetsudake (知西別岳), Mt. Iou (硫黄山) and Mt. Shiretokodake (知床岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Aidomari Onsen (相泊温泉), Seseki Onsen (瀬石温泉), Rausu Onsen (羅臼温泉) and Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉). The Shiretoko National Park is roughly divided into 2 areas, Shari Area and Rausu Area. The area is about 39,000 ha in total. A deep forest that wild animals such as Brown Bears, Yezo Deers and Blakiston's Hish-owls inhabit, Steep cliffs with about 100 m in height that separet the sea from mountains, the sea that marine life such as Salmons and Whales swim in, and those closely related to each other create great nature views. Because the Shiretoko means "The end of the earth" in Ainu language, I can understand the reason that it is said to be an unexplored region. Article is here

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Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko National Park

Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl

I heard that the Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl was very popular with motorcycle tourists that tour around Hokkaido, so I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday. There was a few customers. I sat at a table seat, and ordered it. The price was JPY 1100.

Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl from Top
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

The black pike conger (黒ハモ) is a sea eel family, and is a deep-sea fish. A bigger black pike conger seems to be an individual of 80 cm length. The fish is seldom sold at markets in Japan, and is rare ingredient. Except Shiretoko Peninsula, black pike conger dishes are served at Hiroo and Kushiro.

2 Slices of Broiled Fish on Rice
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

About 15 minutes later, the rice bowl was served with a bowl of miso soup and a dish of pickles. The appearance looked a rice bowl topped with grilled eel (うな重). I ate a slice of bolied black pike conger immediately. The taste also resembled the rice bowl topped with grilled eel. It was tasty! A white flesh put on fat. Sauce was not too spicy, and was too sweet, so the taste was just right for me. I ate the rice and the grilled pike conger sea eel with the sauce together, and it was also tasty. The rice went well with the seauce. I could not stop eating. I thought that this dish was worth eating in the Shiretoko. Thanks for the tasty meal!

Taste Resembles Eel
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel on Rice
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-
It Looks Very Tasty
Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Grilled Pike Conger Sea Eel Rice Bowl

Parking lot Parking is provided (25 Cars)
Business hours 08:00-20:00
Regular closing day Summer season: Open all year round
Summer season: Irregular closing day
Telephone number +81-153-87-4460
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 757 353 706*23

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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