- February 24th, 2016
[Nagoyaka-tei Harutori Branch in Kushiro] One of 3 Major Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Stores in Hokkaido
Sushidokoro Nagoyaka-tei (鮨処 なごやか亭) is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain store based in Kushiro city, and is one of the 3 major conveyor belt sushi chain restraunts together with Toriton (トリトン) and Nemuro Hanamaru (根室花まる) in Hokkaido. Mitsuboshi Restaurant System corp. (株式会社三ッ星レストランシステム) has run a conveyor belt sushi as a new business since 1991. A lot of branches open a business in Kushiro district, Sapporo district, Obihiro district and Shiga District at present. The Nagoyaka-tei is well-known for serving reasonable fresh sushi, and Salmon Roe Gunkan Sushi with Scattered Salmon Roe (こぼれイクラ) is noted product.
My visited branch is Harutori Branch (春採店), the very first store, and is near Lake Harutori (春採湖). It is not the head office but the 1st branch. The appearance looks like just a typical Japanese restaurant chain. The building is large, and the interior decoration has an atmosphere such as a typical conveyor belt sushi chain store. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. An airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport. As for transport facilities for the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland sightseeing, Kushiro-shitsugen train Norokko-go (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号) and Kushiro-shitsugen bus Isshu-go (釧路湿原一周号) run.
Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More
Sushi of Hokkaido
Sushi is a rice dish using various types of ingredients such as raw seafood, and Hand-rolled Sushi (握り寿司) is most famous, and others are Rolled Sushi (巻きずし), Sushi Pocket (いなり寿司 * Inarizushi), Scattered Sushi (バラ寿司・ちらし寿司), Pressed Sushi (押し寿司), Izushi Fermented Sushi (飯寿し) and so on. In Japan, Fermented Sushi (なれずし) has been eaten since Nara Period, and old Japanese made sushi as a fermented food. In Edo Period, the Hand-rolled Sushi was born, and was popular with Edo people in Edo Castle Town. It was not a dish but a snack in those days. Since Meiji peropd, sushi using sashimi has become widespread in the Japan, and a bite-sized vinegared rice has become common. So the sushi refers to the Hand-rolled Sushi in a large number of cases. Read More
Conveyor Belt Sushi
I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday. 2 groups of customers enjoyed their meals at this halfway hour. I sat a counter seat, and asked a sushi chef about sushi toppings caught in the Kushiro, and he replied me "Saury and whale". I have never known that a local specialty of Kushiro is the whale. I ordered those and the salmon roe gunkan sushi with scattered salmon roe as a famous for Nagoyaka-tei speciality.
First a dish of the saury sushi and a dish of the whale sushi were served. The raw saury was not the best time of the year, but it was fatty fish, and was tasty! The color of the whale meat resembled beef jerky, and was light taste. I did not know the texture very much.
After preparation time, the salmon roe gunkan sushi with scattered salmon roe was dished up in front of my eyes. Another man beated a drum, and the sushi chef dished up the salmon roe on the gunkan sushi with energetic voice shouting. It was an interesting event. That event can be watched on youtube movie. By the way, customers can accept the holding event or not, so please do not worry. Well, as for the salmon roe, it was just right seasoning without the fishy smell, not too salty, and was tasty!
After I ate those, a dish of squid with salt and grated citron, a dish of seared flounder edge and a dish of seared sakhalin surf clam were served and were eaten up. The price was JPY 2590 in total. Still, the seared flounder edge was always tasty at all restraunts. I was stuffed. Thank you for the tasty meal.
Conveyor Belt Sushi and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (100 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||149 230 060*20|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near or in the Kushiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Kushiro 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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