- May 7th, 2013
[Kitami] Peppermint, Lake Saroma, Okhotsk Kitami Salt Broth Chow Mein and Japanese Barbecue Can Be Enjoyed in Commercial City
- List of Nature
- List of Tasty Foods
- List of Onsen
- List of Other Tourist Attractions
- List of Events
- List of Accommodations
Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too.
A local specialty is Peppermint. A large temperature gap is suitable for cultivation of the peppermint, and 70% peppermint in the world once was produced in the Kitami area, so the Kitami is also well-known as a peppermint town. In addition, it is famous as a curing town, too, and has produced a lot of olympic athletes such as LocoSolare that won the bronze medal in PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Olympics. So Advics Tokoro Curling Hall (アドヴィックス常呂カーリングホール), their training base, is called “A holy place for the curing in the Japan”.
In the Kitami, there is Lake Saroma (サロマ湖), the 3rd largest lake in the Japan, and it has rich nature such as Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (ワッカ原生花園) and coral grass colonies. Tasty seafood such as oyster and the scallop are noted products. As for toutist attractions in the Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Yamano Aquarium (おんねゆ温泉 山の水族館), Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall (北見ハッカ記念館), Kitami Familyland (北見ファミリーランド) and North Fox Ranch (きたきつね牧場) are famous.
Speaking of tasty foods in the Kitami, those are dishes using agricultural products and marine products. Kappo Umesasa (割烹うめ笹) is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and Sushikou (鮨幸) and Namishibuki Kitami branch (波飛沫 北見店) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido. Okhotsk Kitami Salt Broth Chow Mein using ingredients produced in the Kitami is served at some restraunts in the Kitami. In addition, the Kitami is well-known fas a birth place of Toriton (トリトン), one of the 3 major conveyor belt sushi restaurants in the Hokkaido. Except those, About 60 bbq restaurants open a business in the city, and Mikakuen Head Office (味覚園 総本店), Yojo Hormone (四条ホルモン) and Yakiniku Doshoku (焼肉道食) are especially popular.
The Kitami stretches east and west, and has rich hot springs. Saromako Onsen (サロマ湖温泉) is in the east part, and Kitami Yumoto Notsuke-no-Yu (北見湯元 のつけ乃湯), Tanno Onsen Nonta-no-Yu (端野温泉 のんたの湯) and Northern Arc Resort (ノーザンアークリゾート) are in the central part, and Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉), Shiobetsu Onsen (塩別温泉), Kitami Onsen (北見温泉 * Ponyu (ポンユ)) and Takinoyu Onsen (滝の湯温泉) are in the west part. Especially, all the onsen in the west part is well-known for slippery and smooth hot springs, and high alkaline hot springs with about 9 ph can be enjoyed. It is said that it is good for making skin beautiful.
The Kitami has much events, too. Kitami BBQ Festival under Extra Cold (北見厳寒の焼き肉まつり) is held only in a day, early February, and Kitami Winter Festival (北見冬まつり) is held between 2 days in early February. Then Onneyu Onsen Azalea Festival (おんねゆ温泉つつじ祭り) and Kamitokoro Mt. Konpira Cherry Blossom Festival (金刀比羅山桜まつり) are held between 2 days in early May, and Lake Saroma 100 KM Ultramarathon (サロマ湖100kmウルトラマラソン大会) is held only in a day, late June, and International Okhotsk Cycling (インターナショナルオホーツクサイクリング) is held among 3 days in early July, and Kitami Basin Festival (北見ぼんちまつり) is held between 2 days in mid July, Kaoryanse Festival is held only in a day, mid July, and Onneyu Onsen Festival (おんねゆ温泉まつり) is held between 2 days in early August, and Sun Festival (太陽まつり) is held only in a day, late August, and Kitami October Fest (北見オクトーバーフェスト) is held among 4 days in mid October, and Chrysanthemum Festival (きたみ菊まつり) is held among 10 days in late October, and Onneyu Onsenkyo Snow Story (おんねゆ温泉郷雪物語) is held from early December to mid March.
An express bus “Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)” runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.
List of Nature
Kitami has the Lake Saroma, the largest brackish water lake in the Japan. Unfortunately, there is no famous tourist attractions except the Lake Saroma. But, an idyllic scenery of gentle hills is unexpectedly beautiful. My visited places are as follows.
Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. A sandbar of 200 to 700 m width separates the lake from the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and the lake links the sea with only 2 points. In old days, the sandbar separeted the lake from the sea depending on seasons perfectly. The perimeter of the lake is about 87 km, and the maximum depth is 19.6 m. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and fishing Japanese pond smelt is popular in a winter. Read More
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden
Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (ワッカ原生花園) is a primeval flower garden in Tokoro-cho, Kitami city located in the northeastern part of Kitami city, and is between Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and has been designed as Hokkaido Heritage since 2001. The area is about 700 ha. Flowers and grass grow thick on a slim sand dune with 25 km in width. The wakka means a place that there is water in Ainu language, and it features that fresh water gushes out in Wakka Forest (ワッカの森). It is said that the Wakka Primeval Flower Garden is the largest grassy coast in Japan, and about 300 types of primeval flowers such as Siberian Lily, Rosa Rugosa and Orange-yellow Day Lily bloom from May to October. There are Wakka Nature Center (ワッカネイチャーセンター), the Wakka Forest, Rygu-kaido Street (竜宮街道), a restroom and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The Wakka Nature Center opens from late April to early October. Read More
Coral Grass Colonies around Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and moderate salty lakeshore is suitable for the coral grass, and some coral grass colonies are around the lake. Cape Kimuaneppu (キムアネップ崎), Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (ワッカ原生花園), Kerochi Coral Grass Colony (計呂地サンゴ草群生地) and Cape Sango (サンゴ岬) are famous in particular. The best time to see the fall foliage is from mid september to early October. Read More
List of Tasty Foods
Speaking of the Kitami, salt broth chow mein (塩やきそば) is famous. But, BBQ is famous as well as the salt broth chow mein, too. Particularly, it is said that broiled pig innards (ホルモン) is tasty. About 60 barbecue restaurants open a business in the city. In addition, Okhotsk Beer (オホーツクビール), Scallops produced in the Lake Saroma and the conveyor belt sushi of Toriton (トリトン) are well-known. As for the popular restaurants, the Kappo Umesasa is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and the Sushikou and the Namishibuki Kitami branch are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido, and Kitahonoka (きたほのか), Sarai (更来), Sushi Kappo Suiri (寿司割烹 粋里), Sushi-no-Kobayashi (寿司の小林), Soba Karona (そば香ろあん), Sobakiri Oborotsuki (蕎麦切り おぼろ月), Tempura Ebizo (天ぷら 海老蔵), Nakayama Shoten (中山商店), Menya Harukichi (麺屋 はる吉) and Yamabuki (やまぶき) are given Michelin Plate. Except those, Yojo Hormone (四条ホルモン), Menya Sosuke (麺屋創介) Toriwaka Toho branch (鳥若 東宝店), Mikakuen Head Office (味覚園 総本店), Yakiniku Doshoku (焼肉道食), Handmade Soba Suzuki (手打そばすゞき), Ramen Honmaru (らーめん本丸), Ramen Enishi (らーめん縁) and Sencho-no-Ie (船長の家) are famous in particular. My visited restaurants and shops are as follows.
Okhotsk Kitami Salt Broth Chow Mein
Shell Blue (シェルブルー) is a popular restaurant in Kitami city. There is a restaurant at Hotel Kurobe (ホテル黒部), too. As for a parking lot, visitors can use the parking lot of the hotel. I visited Shell Blue to eat famous Okhotsk Kitami Salt Broth Chow Mein (オホーツク北見塩焼きそば) this time. I visited here in the evening, but OOkhotsk Kitami Salt Broth Chow Mein seemed to be served at day and night. The price was JPY 900. Read More
Conveyor Belt Sushi
Triton (トリトン) is a very popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Hokkaido. Kitaichishokuhin Corporation (北一食品株式会社) started the conveyor belt sushi (回転寿司) as a new business in 1989. There are many branches in Sapporo district, Kitami district, Asahikawa district and Tokyo District now. Generally it is a feature that visitors line up at all restraunts at lunchtime. Though sushi items are fresh, a price is reasonable, so it will be popular. There are varied customers such as families, couples, singles and friends. There are crowded even on weekdays. Read More
It is said that the Kitami is a bbq town, and Kitami citizen love the bbq very much. There are about 60 bbq restaurants in the city. Kitami people favorite the bbq so that the Kitami BBQ Festival under Extra Cold is held in a winter. I visited the Yojo Hormone that is one of the popular bbq restraunts loved by the Kitami people.
Yojo Hormone (四条ホルモン) is a broiled pig innard restraunt in Kita 4jo, Kitami city and was founded in 1976. Grilled Meat is said to be a local speciality dish of Kitami, and Yojo Hormone is one of the most popular broiled pig innard restraunts loved by local people. I visited here around 17:30 on Sunday.s I took off my shoes at an entrance to enter the restraunt. The interior decoration was stylish, too. The atmosphere of this restraunt seems to go well with dating. There were many tables and family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Kitami has good ramen restraunts, too. The Menya Harukichi, the Menya Sosuke, the Ramen Honmaru, the Namishibuki Kitami Branch and the Ramen Enishi are famous in particular. I visited the Namishibuki Kitami Branch and the Menya Harukichi.
Namishibuki Kitami branch
Namishibuki Kitami branch (波飛沫 北見店) is a popular ramen restraunt in Chuo-Miwa, Kitami city. The head restraunt is in Utoro, Shari town and the Kitami branch opened a business in 2011. An owner of the Utoro head office trained cooking at Santoka (山頭火), famous Asahikawa ramen restraunt, and seemed to become independent. It is said that Namishibuki take from the taste of Santoka. By the way, both of the head office and the Kitami branch got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition, That is amazing! I visited here around 13:00 on sunday. The ramen restraunt was almost completely full. It is the popular ramen restraunt which often have people lined up at lunchtime. The ramen restraunt had an atmosphere of just ramen restraunt. Read More
Menya Harukichi (麺屋はる吉) is a popular ramen restraunt in Taisho, Kitami city, and was founded in 2008. There is a building near Ryokuryo High School (緑陵高校). An owner seemed to train cooking at popular ramen restraunt Saimi in Sapporo. The name of Saimi (彩未) was written on a noren. Because I heard the popular ramen restraunt that people often lined up, I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. As I expected, there was no visitor. It is exactly after opening a ramen restraunt. Read More
Speaking of sweets in the Kitami, Kashidokoro Daimaru (菓子処 大丸) that is famous for Hochare (ほっちゃれ * A dead salmon-shaped bean‐jam pancake) and a bean‐jam pancake (どら焼き) and Seigetsu (清月) that is famous for Red Silo (赤いサイロ) are well-known by Hokkaido people. In addition, Tinker Bell (ティンカーベル), Uncle House (アンクルハウス), Pastry Studio Shiga (菓子工房 Shiga) and Fujiya Confectionery (ふじや菓子舗) are famous in particular. My visited shop is as follows.
White Runner Bean Mousse
Fujiya Confectionery (ふじや菓子舗) is a long-established confectionary in Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉), Rubeshibe-cho located in the western part of Kitami city, and was founded in 1932. As for white runner bean, Rubeshibe-cho has been the top produce in Japan. Therefore they has been producing cakes using the white runner bean since the old days. Because I heard that one of the cakes, white runner bean mousse (白花豆ムース) were famous, I visited here to purchase it. The price was JPY 290. Read More
List of Onsen
The Saromako Onsen is in the east part, and the Kitami Yumoto Notsuke-no-Yu, the Tanno Onsen Nonta-no-Yu and the Northern Arc Resort (ノーザンアークリゾート) are in the central part, and the Onneyu Onsen, the Shiobetsu Onsen, the Kitami Onsen (Ponyu) and the Takinoyu Onsen are in the west part. All the hot springs in the west part especially feature that alkalinity is high, and has smooth and slippery touch. It is well-known for making the skin beautiful. My visited onsen is as follows.
Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) is a hot spring resort formed between Muka River (無加川) and Kitami National Route (National Route 39) in Rubeshibe-cho located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. Hotel Oehonke (ホテル大江本家) and Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata (温根湯ホテル四季平安の館) are built along the Muka River, and Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so (天然温泉 ホテル つつじ荘) is built around the center of the Onneyu Onsen. In addition, there are restaurants, Izakaya, souvenir shops, Japanese sweets shop, a convenience store and gas stations. The hot spring resort used to be crowded with a lot of tourists once, but it looks a deserted street at present. Read More
Shiobetsu Onsen (塩別温泉) is a hot spring place in Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami city located in the northwestern part of Kitami city, and is adjacent to North Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Taki-no-Yu Onsen (滝の湯温泉) is a mark along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39), and visitors turn and go straight for around 700 m, and the end of the road is the Shiobetsu Onsen. Only Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan (旅館塩別つるつる温泉) is built at about 360 above sea level there. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. It takes about 30 minutes from the center of Rubeshibe (留辺蘂) to here by car. The Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan surrounded by trees and fields is not in a mountain, and is near a park golf course, Kitami Fuji Cart Circuit (北見富士カートサーキット) and Rubeshibe Development Hall (留辺蘂町開拓資料館). Read More
Taki-no-Yu Onsen (滝の湯温泉) is a hot spring place in Rubeshibe-cho located in the western part of Kitami city, and is adjacent to North Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Toji Onsen Kotobukien (湯治温泉寿苑) and Takinoyu Center Yumefusen (滝の湯センター夢風泉) are built beside Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen (塩別つるつる温泉). The area around here is developed as Takinoyu Fureai-no-Sato (滝の湯ふれあいの里), so there are a footbath, a park golf course and ponds that firefly can be seen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. It takes about 30 minutes from the center of Rubeshibe (留辺蘂) to here by car. The Taki-no-Yu Onsen surrounded by trees and fields is not in a mountain, and is near a park golf course, Kitami Fuji Cart Circuit (北見富士カートサーキット) and Rubeshibe Development Hall (留辺蘂町開拓資料館). Read More
Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen)
Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen) is a hot spring place in Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami city located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. Sanko-so (三光荘) is built along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 38), and it is adjacent to Kitami Onsen Golf Course (北見温泉ゴルフ場). The distance is around 1 km from the center of the Rubeshibe to here, and there are restaurants and convenience stores in the center of the Rubeshibe. Speaking of the Rubeshibe, Onneyu Onsen is famous. There are Road Station “Onneyu Onsen” (道の駅おんねゆ温泉), Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館), Norh Fox Ranch (北きつね牧場) and Tsutsuji Park (つつじ公園). In addition, this district is a white runner bean‐producing center, and White Runner Bean Mousse (白花豆ムース) is famous, too. By the way, Tasty restaurants in the Rubeshibe, Kaneshime (加根志め) that is famous for Tower Tendon is popular in particular. Read More
List of Other Tourist Attractions
Speaking of the Kitami, the peppermint is famous. So the Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall was built in memory. In addition, the Onneyu Onsen Yamano Aquarium is very popular tourist attraction. Except those, there are the Kitami Familyland, the North Fox Ranch, Pierson Memorial Museum (ピアソン記念館), 100th Anniversary Memorial Tower (百年記念展望塔), Tokoro Iseki-no-Mori (ところ遺跡の森), the Advics Tokoro Curling Hall, Kitami Flower Paradise (北見フラワーパラダイス), Onneyu Azalea Park (温根湯つつじ公園) and Nikoro Peppermint Park (仁頃はっか公園). My visited places are as follows.
Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall
Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall (北見ハッカ記念館) is a tourist facility near Kitami Station in the center of Kitami city, and the distance is about 1 km from there to here. It has been opened since 1986. About 20,000 tourists come. The Kitami is well-known as a peppermint town, and 70% peppermint in the world once was produced in the Kitami area because cultivation of the peppermint was prosperous in old days. This place was built in a special product’s memory. There are 2 buildings, Peppermint Memorial Hall (ハッカ記念館) and Peppermint Distillation Hall (ハッカ蒸溜館) at the site, and the Peppermint Memorial Hall has been designed as a modernization period monument since 2007. Herbs are planted around the buildings, and the peppermin and the herbs of the Kitami was chosen as one of The Most Tasteful 100 Landscapes. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Maybe visitors can look around for 60 minutes. Aricle is here
Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館) is a small aquarium beside Roadside Station “Onneyu Onsen” (道の駅 おんねゆ温泉) near Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) in Rubeshibe located in the western part of Kitami city, and was named because only freshwater fishes are displayed (* the Yamano Aquarium means “An aquarium in a mountain” in English). Another name is Aquarium in Northland (北の大地の水族館). The aquarium is famous for a success story. It was renewed and designed by Mr. Hajime Nakamura (中村元), only aquarium producer in Japan, and has became a popular tourist attraction since 2012. The aquarium once had about 20,000 visitors, but about 300,000 visitors come at present. Admission is JPY 670. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Advics Tokoro Curling Hall
Advics Tokoro Curling Hall is an indoor facility only for the curling in the Tokoro town located in the northeastern part of the Kitami city, and was built in 2013. The rink with 6 sheets can hold an international athletic event through the year. The LocoSolare and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo use here as a training base, and some national championships are held. If ordinary people reserve a place for training, they can experience the curling, and can receive guidance by a person with experience of the curling. The sheet, tools and an outfit for cold weather are charged. A visit is free of charge. A parking lot is free of charge.
|Admission Fee||Visit is free of charge|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (200 cars)|
|Business hours||Weekday and Saturday 10:00-22:00
National holiday and Sunday 10:00-17:00
|Regular closing day||Monday, From December 31 to January 5|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||525 742 307*08|
List of Events
Various events such as the events using the tasty foods or using snow are held from the spring to the winter.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kitami. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
KITAMI PONYU ONSEN
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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