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Obihiro Is Full-Line Tourist City with Sweets, Foods, Onsen and Tourist Attractions

November 15th, 2014

OBIHIRO

Obihiro that 170,000 people live is the sixth largest city in Hokkaido and is a regional hub city of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. As for climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It features that the temperature difference is extreme and there is little snow in Hokkaido. Therefore skating is prosperous in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, Olympic Gold Medalist, come from Obihiro city, there is much competition population of the skating.

Open Spacea in front of Obihiro Station
Obihiro

Obihiro is a unique city in Hokkaido and has many rare charms, for example tourist attractions such as Obihiro Banei Horse Racing that is an only horse racing in the world and nature that spreads over Tokachi plain, sweets such as Ryugetsu and Rokkatei, tasty foods such as pork rice bowl and chinese chirashi, onsen such as moor hot springs that are brown hot springs. Obihiro is one of the most popular tourist resorts. That makes sense.

Squirrel
Obihiro

Sweets

Cooking ingredients of sweets such as Milk, Eggs and Adzuki Beans are produced in Tokachi district. The seewts of Ryugetsu and Rokkatei become famous for using the fresh cooking ingredients of Tokachi. They are most popular confectioneries on behalf of Hokkaido now. What you should pay attention to is that prices are low generally. This is an important point, too.

Ryugetsu

Ryugetsu (柳月) is a popular confectionery company borned in Obihiro city. They deal with 300 kinds of cakes including Sanporoku Cake, a representative cake of the Ryugetsu. There is the head office in Otofuke town now, and they gathers popularity as Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden (柳月スイートピア・ガーデン). It already became a cake brand on behalf of Hokkaido. I went to Toskachina branch (トスカチーナ) in Obihiro city to eat Sapouroku Cake Parfait (三方六のパフェ) this time. For around noon on a national holiday, a building was very crowded. A waiting number ticket was distributed, but 30 groups of people have already waited. Therefore I gave up this time. Article is here

Toskachina
Ryugetsu

Rokkatei

Rokkatei (六花亭) is a popular confectionery company in Obihiro city. Marseille Butter Sandwich (マルセイユバターサンド) and Strawberry Chocolate (ストロベリーチョコレート) are famous. Originally it was Obihiro Branch of Senshuan (千秋庵), famous long-established confectionery company in Hakodate, but it became independent in 1977. By the way, Rokka means a snowy crystal in Japanese language. They already became a cake brand on behalf of Hokkaido. The Rokkatei has many branch stores in Hokkaido. I visited Nishi-3-jo branch (西三条店) this time. First floor is a sale space of sweets, and second floor is a tea room. Because a parking lot is large, Nishi-3-jo branch store is convenient for people to visit by cars. Article is here

Pancake
Rokkatei

Takahashi Manjuya

Takahashi Manjuya (高橋まんじゅう屋) is a long-established manju shop in Obihiro city and was founded in 1953. This shop is loved by many local people. I heard that Imagawa-yaki (今川焼き * Japanese muffin containing sweet bean jam served hot) was famous, and I visited here. The Imagawa-yaki had 2 kinds of flavor, Sweet Bean Jam Flavor and Cheese Flavor. The price was JPY 100 per one. Because those could be eaten at the shop, I ate those at the shop. Water and tea were served by self-service. Article is here

Japanese Muffin
Takahashi Manjuya

Cranberry

Cranberry (クランベリー) is a long-established western confectionery shop in Obihiro city and was founded in 1972. Their former name was Andersen (アンデルセン), and it is more widely accepted. Sweet potato cakes (スイートポテト) have been famous and have been known as local specialty sweets of Obihiro. Yomitan Soft Serve Ice Cream (読谷ソフトクリーム) is famous, too. Article is here

Sweet Potato Cake
Sweet Potato Cake -Cranberry in Obihiro-

Tasty Foods

In Tokachi district around Obihiro city, agriculture and cattle breeding are prosperous. Particularly, pigs have been livestock products since Obihiro was reclaimed. It features that a lot of tasty dishes are made from fresh ingredients at low cost.

Pork Rice Bowl

Pork Rice Bowl is a rice dish that is dished up grilled pork with sauce on rice. "Panchou" in Obihiro is said to be an originator of the pork rice bowl. The pork rice bowl has been famous in the eastern part of Hokkaido, but the dish is known in all Japan now. The feature is that pork is out of the bowl. About 30 restaurants sell the pork rice bowl only around Obihiro. Each restaurants are particular about sauce and pork. A standard pork rice bowl sauce of Obihiro is a salty-sweet sauce, but restaurants such as "Tsuruhashi" are served the pork rice bowl with bitter sauce, each restaurants compete on an original taste. Many restaurants use various pork such as pork loins, pork ribs, superfine pork loins and superfine pork ribs. I visited Pancho, Tonta and Butaichi.

Tonta, Butaichi, Pancho and Atmosphere of Restaurants Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tonta's Pork Rice Bowl

Movie of Butaichi's Pork Rice Bowl

Movie of Pancho's Pork Rice Bowl

Breaded Pork Cutlet

Tonkastu Miyabi (とんかつ雅) is a famous breaded pork cutlet restraunt (とんかつ店) in Obihiro city. There is a building near Obihiro station. It was founded in 2000. It is known for garnering the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. I visited here around 13:00, but only 1 vehicle could park and a parking lot was almost full. As I expected, Tonkastu Miyabi was very popular. Article is here

I Pour Maisen's Brown Sauce for Breaded Pork Cutlets
Pork Loin Combo Meals Breaded Pork Cutlet -Miyabi in Obihiro-

Pork Loin Combo Meal and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Miyabi's Breaded Pork Cutlet

Chinese Chirashi

Chinese Chirashi is rice served in a bowl in Obihiro from old days. Fried pork, vegetables and scrambled egg are put on the rice, Because they scattered ingredients on the rice, it was named. The Chirashi means "scattering" in English language. Originally it was a staff meal. Because it was tasty, it adopted on a menu. There are some ten restaurants that visitors can eat the Chinese Chirashi in Obihiro. I visited Ajifuku and Shunkaro.

Ajifuku, Shunkaro and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ajifuku's Chinese Chirashi

Movie of Shunkaro's Chinese Chirashi

Rancho Elpaso

Rancho Elpaso (ランチョ・エルパソ) is a popular restaurant in Obihiro city. The appearance and interior decoration of a building are Mexican style. A pork, a brand called mud pig (泥豚), is one of this restaurant's good point. They execute from production to sales in-house. At night, customers can eat the pork and drink a craft beer produced in-house. It whetted my curiosity very much. Article is here

Non Sticky Fried Rice
Fried Rice Special -Rancho Elpaso in Obihiro-

Fried Rice Special and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Non-sticky Fried Rice Topped with Frankfurt Sausage

Mongolian Barbecue Jingisukan

Jingisukan Shirakaba (ジンギスカン白樺) is a popular mongolian barbecue restraunt in Kiyokawa-cho, Obihiro city and was founded in 1960. The restraunt is considerably far from Obihiro downtown. There was 1 group preceding visitor when I visited here at 11:00 on weekdays. I was able to enter the restraunt without lining up. The customers often line up on holidays. They serve a dish in raw muton style not Takigawa style (seasoned muton) and serve only 2 kinds of meats, raw muton and raw lamb. They will be confident of quality of the sheep meats and barbecue sauce. Article is here

Grilling Sheep Meats
Mongolian Barbecue -Shirakaba in Obihiro-

Mongolian Barbecue and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mongolian Barbecue

Ramen

Ramen is not called Obihiro Ramen, but the ramen should be tasty because all foods are tasty in the Tokachi. The ramen was not going to betray my expectation. I visited Naruto, Misuzu and Tochirowo.

Naruto, Tochirowo, Misuzu and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Naruto's Naruto Ramen with Soy Sause

Movie of Tochirowo's Miso Ramen

Movie of Misuzu's Soy Sauce Ramen

Indian

Curry Shop Indian (カレーショップインデアンは) is a curry chain store around Obihiro city. All Obihiro citizen knows the curry chain store. Long-established restaurant "Fujimori (ふじもり)" in Obihiro runs it and it started a business in 1968. If customers visit the curry shop with their pot, it is famous for selling and serving curry sauce into the pot. Article is here

Sliced Red Pickled Ginger and Sliced Vegetables Pickled in Soy Sauce
Curry and Rice -Curry Shop Indian in Obihiro-

Coffee King

Coffee King (珈琲きんぐ) is a cafe near Hirokoji street (広小路) in Obhiro city and was founded in 1983. There is the cafe on the 2F of Tenguya (天狗屋), and visitors can enjoy shibui cafe when they go up stairs and open the door. I was visited here around 16:00 on weekdays. That was halfway dinner time. But there were 7 customers at the cafe. All the customers seemed to be local people such as post-office workers, people like student and housewives. Obihiro people seems to favorite getaway. Article is here

Closeup of Cheese Meat Sauce Spaghetti
Cheese Meat Sauce Spaghetti -King in Obihiro-

Cheese Meat Sauce Spaghetti and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cheese Meat Sauce Spaghetti

Onsen

Hot springs gush out at the city area that approximately 170,000 people live in, so Obihiro is a rare city. A type of the hot springs is moor hot spring (brown simple hot spring). Speaking of Tokachi, I imagine brown hot springs after all.

Obihiro Onsen

Obihiro is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido. Hot springs gushe out at the city area that approximately 170,000 people live in, so Obihiro is a rare city. A type of the hot springs is moor hot spring (モール泉 * brown simple hot spring). Speaking of Tokachi, I imagine brown hot springs after all. Tourists can take a day trip bath at Midorigaoka Onsen (みどりヶ丘温泉), Kimi-no-Yu Onsen (君乃湯温泉), Shirakaba Onsen (白樺温泉), Suikoen (水光園), Jiyugaoka Onsen (自由が丘温泉), Tanuki-no-Sato Onsen (たぬきの里温泉), Himawari Onsen (ひまわり温泉), Mori-no-Sato (森の郷), Obihiro Minami Onsen (帯広南温泉 * Hotel Konan (ホテル光南)), Asahiyu (アサヒ湯), Tomo-no-Yu Onsen (朋の湯温泉), Roma-no-Yu (ローマノ福の湯), Hotel Boston (ホテルボストン), Tokachi Garden Hotel (十勝ガーデンズホテル) and Yayoi-no-Yu (やよい乃湯). Article is here

Hotel Boston
Obihiro Onsen Boston

Atmosphere of Obihiro Onsen Hotel Boston Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hotel Boston

Other Tourist Spots

Except the sweets, tasty foods and onsen, Tourist attractions such as Obihiro Zoo, Kofuku Station, Obihiro Banei Horse Racing, Midororigaoka Park and Yachiyodai Ranch are famous. There is a bench with 400 m in total length at the Midorigaoka Park. The bench was ever placed in the Guinness World Records.

Midorigaoka Park
Obihiro
Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Obihiro
Yachiyo Ranch
Obihiro

Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Obihiro Banei Horse Racing is the only horse racing in the world. Plodding workhorses with about 1 ton weight pull sleds with 450 kg weight competingly, they climb over 2 slopes to win a championship at distance of 200 m in total length. A state that huge horses like Kokuo, famous horse appears in popular Manga Hokuto-no-Ken, gallop is really powerful. For winning the first place, Strategic pacing themselves is necessary for jockeys to work best with the horses. They will get completely exhausted at slopes if they run at galloping speed at the beginning, but, they can not catch up with other horses if they keep their power too much. Admission is JPY 100 for adults. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Horses Started All at Once
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Atmosphere of Obihiro Banei Horse Racing Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Obihiro Zoo

Obihiro Zoo is the second oldest zoo after Maruyama Zoo in Hokkaido and was opened in 1963. It is known as a zoo that was established a method to breed tropical animals in cold Hokkaido for the first time in Japan. About 73 kinds of 400 animals are bred at the Obihiro Zoo. In addition, there is an amusement park at the zoo, and Mini Steam Locomotion Benkeigo goes around the amusement park. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental. Article is here

Yezo Owl
Obihiro Zoo

Atmosphere of Obihiro Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Obihiro Zoo

Kofuku Station

Kofuku Station is a former station in Kofuku-cho, Obihiro city. Because this is a lucky station name (kofuku means happiness in Japanese language), people became popular to get a ticket with its station name. Particularly, by slogans "From Country of Love to Happiness" created in 1973, the tickets from Aikoku station (Aikoku means Country of Love in Japanese language) to Kofuku station became very popular. However, Hiroo Line was abolished for money-losing routes. Although the Kofuku station was closed down, a station building was stored. Article is here

Appearance of Building
Kofuku Station

Atmosphere of Kofuku Station Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kofuku Station

Aikoku Station

Aikoku Station is a former station in Aikoku-cho, Obihiro city and is named "Aikoku Traffic Memorial Hall". Particularly, by slogans "From Country of Love to Happiness" created in 1973, tickets from Aikoku station (Aikoku means Country of Love in Japanese language) to Kofuku station became very popular. However, Hiroo Line was abolished for money-losing routes. Although the Aikoku station was closed down, a station building was stored. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Departure Platform
Aikoku Station in Obihiro

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Obihiro.

Onsen Hotel Boston(ホテルボストン)
HP
Jalan
Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)
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Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Tokachi Gardens Hotel(十勝ガーデンズ ホテル)
Business Hotel Plum Field(ビジネスホテル プラムフィールド)
Casa Inn Hotel Obihiro(カーサーイン ホテル帯広)
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Hotel Yamako(ホテルやまこ)
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Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Tokachi Obihiro Ekimae(東横インとかち・帯広駅前)
Hotel Tokachi Inn(ホテル十勝イン)
Booking
Hotel AreaOne Obihiro(ホテルエリアワン帯広)
Dormy Inn Obihiro(ドーミーイン帯広)
Hotel Route-Inn Obihiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン帯広駅前)
Hotel Paco Obihiro 3(ホテルパコ帯広3)
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Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)
JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)
Hotel Nupka(ホテルヌプカ)
Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)
Fukui Hotel(ふく井ホテル)
Hotel Grand Terrace Obihiro(ホテルグランテラス帯広)
Natural Hot Spring Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro(天然温泉プレミア ホテル-CABIN-帯広)
Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro(ホテル日航 ノースランド帯広)
APA Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(アパホテル)
Hotel Musashi(ホテルムサシ)
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Comfort Hotel Obihiro(コンフォートホテル帯広)
Hotel Paco Obihiro 2(ホテルパコ帯広2)
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Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)
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Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)
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Hokkaido Hotel(北海道ホテル)
Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)
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Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)
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Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)
Booking.com

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