- May 12th, 2014
[Hoheikyo ONSEN Shokudo in Sapporo] Spicy Chicken Masala and Chewy Naan
ONSEN Shokudo (ONSEN食堂) is an Indian curry restaurant in the innermost depths of Jozakei region, the southern part of Sapporo city, and opens a business in Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉), Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園). I do not know why the onsen is in combination with the Indian curry, but the conbination is popular, and the restaurant is often crowded. I suppose that an Indian cooks tasty curry. They also serve Genghis Khan (Mongolian Mutton Barbecue) and Buckwheat Noodles as well as the curry. Although visitors do not want to enjoy a day trip onsen, meals can be savored. A lot of people only come to eat the curry.
Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen (やわらぎの里 豊平峡温泉) is a popular hot spring facility for day trip bath in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and won the first place in TripAdvisor "Day Trip Hot Spring Facility Category in 2013" in Japan. Hoheikyo is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. There are Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) saving water for Lake Jozan (定山湖), Shizen-no-Mura (自然の村 * nature village) with cottages and an auto camping ground near the Hoheikyo Onsen. Furthermore, Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) at a building of the Hoheikyo Onsen is famous, too, and a lot of people visit here only to eat the Indian Curry. In addition, a photography was prohibited at a bathhouse. Read More
Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Sapporo city suburbs, and one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Jozankei is called a back room of Sapporo (札幌の奥座敷), and 2.4 million people per year visit the Jozankei Onsen that is near the center of Sapporo for about 60 minutes. Oversea visitors increased in hot spring boom recently, too. Read More
By the way, a nonstop bus, Yuttari Liner (直通バス湯ったりライナー), runs between New Chitose Airport and Jozankei, and a nonstop bus, Kappa Liner (かっぱライナー号), runs between the central part of Sapporo and the Hoheikyo Onsen, so those would be very convenient. In addition, a shuttle bus service is available from July to late September between the Jozankei Onsen and the Hoheikyo.
Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) has Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖), the 2nd largest caldera lake in Japan, and Lake Toya (洞爺湖), the 3rd largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the southwestern part of Hokkaido. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) in the 3 major onsen in the Hokkaido. Because it is easy to access the tourist attracions from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city, the Shikotsu-Toya National Park gets popularity from tourists. The Shikotsu-Toya National Park is roughly divided into 5 areas, Yoteizan Area, Toyako Area, Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area and Jozankei Area. The area is 99,473 ha in total, it is very vast. It blows my mind why it adds the Yoteizan Area and the Jozankei Area, but I googled it, but I could not find. Read More
Customers take off their shoes at an entrance, and buy a meal ticket at a reception desk. In case of crowding with visitors, a long line is formed in front of the reception desk. I visited here around 11:50 on a weekday, and it begun to be crowded with customers. I asked a waiter about restaurant's recommendations, so he replied "Keema Curry (キーマカレー), Chicken Makhanwala (チキンマクハンワラ) and Chicken Masala (チキンマサラ) are popular". A hotness level was be able to choose, too. I ordered the Chicken Masala with Medium Hot, and I got a meal ticket. The price was JPY 900. Then I went to the restraunt. The restraunt is Japanese style, and is not so large. All seats are table seats. Customers can eat meals while seeing a garden at window side. It is a good point that customers can relax themselves just after taking a bath, too.
This restraunt is a self-service restaurant. If the number of a meal ticket is announced, cusotmers bring their dishes themselves. Of course, the customers should serve a water themselves, too. The fragrance of curry spice and naan sharpened my appetite while bringing my Chicken Masala. I sat at a table seat, and ate a mouthful immediately. It was tasty! The naan with cripsy outside and chewy inside was baked with a specially made ceramic oven. The chewy texture was very good. The curry was made from dozen kinds of spice and onions. This spicy curry was very good, too!
Indian Curry and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (200 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||708 694 481*67|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Hoheikyo Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here
Shikotsu-Toya National Park
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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