- February 15th, 2015
[Pigeon House in Asahikawa] JUN DOG is Very Famous Only in Asahikawa
Pigeon House (ピジョン館) is a JUN DOG shop run by Mr. Jiro Watanabe (渡邉二郎) in Toko, Asahikawa city. The JUN DOG is known as a local speciality of the Asahikawa, and is a stick type rice dish with deep-fried food filling like Tenmusu (天むす * onigiri with shrimp tempura filling). At the Pigeon House, meals using the JUN DOG are served as well as selling the JUN DOG. Except the Pigeon House, the JUN DOG is sold at Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園), Asahikawa Medical University Hospital (旭川医科大学病院), Asahikawa Station (旭川駅) and so on.
An atmosphere of the shop is like a cafe, and stuffed fishes that I suppose cathes of owner's hobby are displayed here and there. The shop has a little strange space.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
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
It is said that all Asahikawa people know the JUN DOG, but no one do not know it except the Asahikawa people, so I think that it is a food loved by local people. Although I am from Nayoro near Asahikawa, I also had never know the JUN DOG. Because I heard about the JUN DOG from a certain woman that got to know in a study session, I visited here to eat it in the evening on a weekday. I bought a JUN DOG with sausage filling, a JUN DOG with deep-fried prawn filling, a JUN DOG with chicken cutlet filling. The price was JPY 400 per each. The owner was allow to eat those, so I decided to eat those at the shop. Thanks for a cup of coffee, too!
I heard about the JUN DOG from the owner, and he said "Mr. Eiichi Sato (佐藤栄一), the owner of Western-style Restaurant Junei (純平) in Biei, devised the JUN DOG around 1990 for the first time. The origin of an idea was that he saw a regular customer wrapping a deep-fried shrimp over with a saran wrap for bringing it back". Unfortunately, Mr. Sato had passed away since around 2000, but the owner takes over with his purpose, and sells the JUN DOG.
The JUN DOG has various types of deep-fried ingredients, and they serve a little less than 40 types of the JUN DOG such as a JUN DOG with fried oysters, a JUN DOG with fried scallop and so on. But they do not make all the types every day. They are particular about rice, and will use Koshihikari rice (コシヒカリ). The rice is just good stickiness to drawn out deliciousness of deep-fried ingredients wrapped by boiled rice. It is important to seal it up. A reason why the JUN DOG is famous in the Asahikawa is because they have sold the JUN DOG in various events. But the owner has not been well lately, and has not been able to participate in a lots of events. Look after himself.
JUN DOG and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||79 287 098*10|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa is here
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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