- November 15th, 2014
[Obihiro] Full Line-Up Such as Sweets, Tasty Foods, Onsen and Tourist Attractions Can Be Enjoyed in Commercial City
- List of Sweets
- List of Tasty Foods
- List of Onsen
- List of Tourist Attractions
- List of Events
- List of Accommodations
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam 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 -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating.
The Obihiro is an unique city in the Hokkaido, and has a lot of charms. Founded places of Rygetsu and Rokkatei, ones of most popular confectioneries in the Hokkaido, is the Obihiro, and it is famous as a town to eat tasty sweets, too. Their sweets using fresh ingredients produced in the Tokachi become popular nationalwide. In addition, dishes using the fresh ingredients produced in the Tokachi are well-known for tasty dishes, too, and Pork Rice Bowl (豚丼) born in the Obihiro can be savored all over the hokkaido. As for a local dish only in the Obihiro, Chinese Chirashi (中華チラシ) is famous. By the way, Hassun (八寸) is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and Shunkaro (春香楼), Tonkastu Miyabi (とんかつ雅), Tonta (豚丼のトン太), Petit Plaisir (プチ・プレジール), Mariyonnu (マリヨンヌ) and the Robata Uosen (炉端魚千) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido.
The Obihiro has various types of tourist attractions, so those never bore tourists. For example, Obihiro Banei Horse Racing (帯広ばんえい競馬), the only horse racing style in the world, is held, and a typical view of the Hokkaido can be seen at Yachiyo Ranch (八千代牧場), and Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) that is famous for 400 m-length bench ever placed in the Guinness World Records has Green Park (グリーンパーク), Obihiro Zoo (帯広動物園), Obihiro Museum of Art (帯広美術館), Obihiro Centennial Memorial Museum (百年記念館) and Obihiro Wild Flower Garden (野草園). In addition, A lot of tourists come to famous gardens such as Manabe Garden (真鍋庭園) and Shichiku Garden (紫竹ガーデン). Except those, there are Kofuku Station and Aikoku Station called a real life sacred place for couples and Iwanai Senkyo Gorge (岩内仙峡) that is famous such a good place to see beautiful fall foliage, too. Now I know the Obihiro is one of the most popular town for tourism in the Hokkaido. By the way, the Obihiro is famous as the setting of Silver Spoon (銀の匙), a popular manga, too, and Anime and Japanese movie were produced as a motif.
Although the Obihiro is a regional urban center in the Hokkaido, It is an unusual city that brown moor hot springs gush out in the downtown that about 170,000 people live. As far as I know, hig quality hot spring gushing cities in the Hokkaido are only the Obihiro, Hakodate, Ohshamanbe, Kojohama (Shiraoi town) and Nigorigawa (Mori town). Speaking of the moor hot springs, Tokachigawa Onsen (十勝川温泉) in Otofuke beside the Obihiro is famous, but the moor hot springs can be enjoyed in the various places of the Tokachi. So there are a lot of Sento or day trip onsen facilities using the moor hot springs in the downtown of the Obihiro.
The Obihiro has much events, too. Obihiro Ice Festival (帯広氷まつり) is held between 3days in early February. Then Obihiro Cherry Blossom Festival (帯広桜まつり) is held in a day, mid May, and Yachiyo Ranch Festival (八千代牧場まつり) is held in a day, mid June, and Kachimai Fireworks Display (勝毎花火大会) is held in a day, mid August, and Obihiro Plain Festival (おびひろ平原まつり) is held between 4days in mid August, and Doshin Tokachi River Fireworks Display (道新十勝川花火大会) is held in a day, late August, and Obihiro Taisho May Queen Festival (帯広大正メークインまつり) is held in a day, late September, and Tokachi Bamba Festival (とかちばん馬まつり) between 2days in late September, and Iwanaisenkyo Momiji Festival (岩内仙峡もみじまつり) is held in a day, mid October, and Food Valley Tokachi Marathon (フードバレーとかちマラソン) is held in a day, late October, and Obihiro Chrysanthemum Festival (おびひろ菊まつり) is held between 5days in late October.
A highway bus “Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)” runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus “North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)” runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
List of Sweets
Ingredients of sweets such as milk, eggs and adzuki beans are produced in Tokachi district. The seewts of Ryugetsu and Rokkatei become famous by using the fresh ingredients of the Tokachi. They are one of most popular confectioneries in the Hokkaido now. What you should pay attention to is low price generally. This is an important point, too. Except those, Cranberry (クランベリー), Uemon’s Heart (ウエモンズ ハート), Takahashi Manjuya (高橋まんじゅう屋) and Asahiya (あさひや) are popular in particular. My visited sweets shops are as follows.
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
List of Tasty Foods
In Tokachi district around Obihiro city, agriculture and cattle breeding are prosperous. Especially, pigs have been livestock products since the birth of the Obihiro. It features that a lot of tasty dishes are cooked from fresh ingredients at low cost. As for the popular restaurants, the Hassun is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and the Shunkaro, the Tonkastu Miyabi, the Tonta, the Petit Plaisir, the Mariyonnu and the Robata Uosen are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido, and Kappo Souno (割烹草乃), Kushi-bar Ohana (串Bar-Ohana), Kushiyaki Tarara (串焼 たらら), Kotestu (こてつ), Sansuian (山水庵), Chez Maeda (シェ マエダ), Shiki-Shusai Shunka (四季酒菜 春花), Shushi-no-Kyuta (すしの久田), Soba Ogawa (そば小川), Sobadokoro Obihiro Hanada (そば処 おびひろ 縹), Trattoria Il Fragolino (トラットリア・イル・フラゴリーノ), Nakashima (なかしま), Banbi (ばんび), Home (ホーム), Mineyama (峰山), Yoshiyuki, Ramen Tompei (らぁめん とん平) and La libera (ラ リベラ) are given Michelin Plate. Except those, Pancho (ぱんちょう), Curry Shop Indian (カレーショップ インデアン), Hageten (はげ天), Genghis Khan (じんぎすかん北海道), Shushi-no-Kikuyo (寿しの喜久代) and Mugioto (麦音) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Pork Rice Bowl
Pork Rice Bowl is a rice dished up grilled pork with sauce. It is said that Panchou is an originator of the pork rice bowl. The pork rice bowl has been famous in the eastern part of Hokkaido, but the dish is well-known in all Japan now at present. Its feature is that the pork is out of the bowl. About 30 restaurants serve the pork rice bowl around Obihiro. Each restaurants are particular about sauce and the pork. Standard pork rice bowl sauce of the Obihiro is salty-sweet sauce, but restaurants such as Tsuruhashi (鶴橋) serve the pork rice bowl with bitter sauce, each restaurants compete on an original taste. A lot of restaurants use various pork such as pork loins, pork ribs, superfine pork loins and superfine pork ribs. Pancho (ぱんちょう), Hageten Head Office (はげ天 本店), Butahage Head Office (ぶたはげ 本店), Tonta (とん田) and Ippin Obihiro Head Office (帯広本店) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Butadon Pancho (豚丼のぱんちょう) is a long-established store specializing in pork rice bowl near Obihiro station in Obihiro city, and was founded in 1933. The restraunt is known for serving a pork rice bowl for the first time. I visited here around 14:00 on weekdays, but some people lined up in front of the store at this time. As Pancho would expect of originated pork rice bowl (元祖豚丼), it is popular. I lined up for approximately 10 minutes and entered the restraunt. Read More
Tonta (トン田) is a popular store specializing in pork rice bowl (豚丼) in Obihiro city, and is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. It is very popular that people always form a long line. When I waited for the line to visit, it was past 15:00. Still there were many visitors at the restaurant. Oh, no! I experienced that the restraunt was most popularity myself. Read More
Butaichi (ぶたいち) is a store specializing in charcoal-broiled pork rice bowl (炭火焼豚丼専門店) in Obihiro city. There is a head office in Obihiro, and there are branch restraunts in Tokachi and Tokyo. Because my friend recommended a pork rice bowl of Butaichi, and I visited here. I took a seat after buying a meal ticket via a ticket vender. A kind of the pork rice bowls were abundant, and there were pork loins (ロース), pork ribs (バラ), pork medallions (ヒレ), superfine pork loins (特上ロース) and superfine pork ribs (特上バラ). Furthermore, customers can choose to mix the pork loins with the pork ribs and mix the superfine pork loins with the superfine pork ribs. A quantity of rice were 4 kinds, too. I wonder what I should get. By the way, the ticket vendor had 54 buttons. I saw many various kinds of menu. I ordered the pork rice bowl with boned ribs and pork loin, and the quantity of the rice was regular size. The price was JPY 890. Read More
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. Read More
Chinese Chirashi is rice served at a bowl in Obihiro. Fried pork, vegetables and scrambled egg are put on the rice. Because ingredients are scattered on the rice, it was named so (* the Chirashi means “scattering” in English). Originally it was a staff meal. It is said that restaurants adopted on a menu because it was tasty. Some ten restaurants serve the Chinese Chirashi in the Obihiro. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Ajifuku (あじ福) is a long-established Chinese restaurant founded in 1971 in a residential area, Obihiro city, and is well-known as the originator of Chinese Chirashi (中華ちらし). They have 2 branches, East Branch (東店) and Minamino Branch (みなみ野店), and I visited the East Branch. The Chinese Chirashi is a rice bowl dish eaten by Obihiro people from old days. Fried pork, fried vegetables and scrambled egg are put on the rice. Because ingredients were scattered on the rice, so it seemed to be named. * The Chirashi means “Scatter” in Japanese. Mr. Naohiko Ikeda (池田直彦), the predecessor of the restaurant, used to work for Kappo Shochiku (割烹松竹), and the Chinese Chirashi was one of staff meals in the Kappo Shochiku, and some restaurant in the Obihiro have served the Chinese Chirashi, and it is said that the Chinese Chirashi is the comfort food of the Obihiro. Read More
Shunkaro (春香楼) is a long-established Chinese restaurant in Obihiro city, and was founded in 1967. This restraunt is loved by local people because they have been eating the high-class Chinese cooking since half a century. The cooking skill is commended from China, home of Chinese cooking, too. Read More
Ajifuku is a chinese restaurant in Obihiro city. I heard from my friend that Chinese Chirashi could be eaten, and I visited there. The Chinese Chirashi is a rice bowl dish in Obihiro from old days. Fried pork, vegetables and scrambled egg are put on rice, Because they scattered ingredients on the rice, si it was named. The chirashi means “scattering” in Japanese language. Originally it was staff meal. Because it was tasty, it adopted on a menu. There are some restaurants that cutomers can eat the Chinese Chirashi in Obihiro. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Ramen of the Obihiro is not often 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. Ramen Tonpei (らぁめん とん平), Ramen Misuzu (ラーメンみすゞ), Kaen (華宴) and Ramen Kitchen Naruto (らーめんキッチン なると) are popular in particular. My visited ramen restaurants are as followa.
Misuzu (みすゞ) is a long-established ramen restraunt in Obihiro city. There is a building along Hirokoji street (広小路) and is the ramen restraunt named Misuzu on first floor and is a cafe named Misuzu on second floor, too. I suspect that a same person runs both or family runs both. Speaking of Misuzu, Japanese people remember Misuzu coffee, but I do not know whether those are connected with each other. By the way, a signboard says UCC coffee. Read More
Tochirowo (トチロヲ) is a popular ramen restraunt at a residential area around Minamicho Stadium (南町球場). The ramen restraunt is far from Obihiro Station. The appearance looked a solitary house, but that was the ramen restraunt. I visited here before opening time on Sunday. 2 visitors lined up before opening time. By the way, it opens only at lunchtime. Read More
Ramen Kitchen Naruto
Ramen Kitchen Naruto (ラーメンキッチンなると) is a ramen restaurant in Obihiro city. There is a building in front of Obihiro technical high school (帯広工業高校). I visited here around 17:30 on weekdays. The appearance and the interior decoration looked like an Italian restaurant. There are some tables and family customers seem to enjoy. In fact, there were 2 groups of family customers at that time. Read More
Curry Shop Indian (カレーショップインデアン) is a curry chain store in or 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. Read More
Cheese Meat Sauce Spaghetti
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. Read More
List of Onsen
It is an unusual city that fresh hot springs gush out in the downtown that about 170,000 people live. A type of the hot springs is moor hot spring (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), Yayoi-no-Yu (やよい乃湯) and Hokkaido Hotel (北海道ホテル).
Obihiro Onsen (帯広温泉) is a hot spring place in Obihiro city in the eastern part of Hokkaido. Some hot spring facilities for day trip onsen are built in residential areas that about 170,000 people live in, and is popular for enjoying moor hot spring. Speaking of Tokachi, I imagine brown hot springs after all. 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. Read More
List of Tourist Attractions
The Obihiro has various tourist attractions such as a ranch view, animals, gardens and real life sacred places for couples. Various things can be enjoyed in Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, too. My visited places are as follows.
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing (帯広ばんえい競馬) is the only horse racing style in the world. Horses with a sled rival each other in power and speed. The horses have a good battle in Obihiro Horse Race Track located in the center of Obihiro city. The horse racing is often held in Saturday, Sunday and Monday through the year except April, and opening hours is different depending on seasons, and a night horse racing (ナイター開催), a twilight horse racing (薄暮開催), a daytime horse racing (デイ開催) are held. Illumination can be enjoyed in the night horse racing. The top grade horse racing is Banei Memorial (ばんえい記念) at the end of the fiscal year, and the last big horse racing is like Arima Memorial (有馬記念) of Japan Racing Association. Admission is JPY 100. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Manabe Garden (真鍋庭園) is a popular garden at a residential area between National Route 236 and Satsunai River in Obihiro city, and is relatively near Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) with Obhiro Zoo (帯広動物園). The garden run by Manabe Garden Nursery (真鍋庭園苗畑) has been opened since 1966, and Mr. Kentaro Manabe (真鍋 憲太郎) is a company president at present. The Manabe Garden that one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道) is well-known as the first conifer garden in Japan, and it is said that the site of about 8300 m2 is the largest area in the Japan as a conifer garden. Admission is JPY 1000. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Shichiku Garden (紫竹ガーデン) is a popular garden that is one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道) in the southern part of Obihiro city, and is far away from the downtown of the Obihiro, and is near Kofuku Station (幸福駅) and Tokachi Obihiro Airport. Mrs. Akiyo Shichiku (紫竹 昭葉) over 90 years old is a garden owner, and has opened the garden sorrounded by fields since 1992. About 2500 types of flowers are planted from a spring to an autumn at the site of about 60,000 m2. About 100,000 people visit the popular garden. Admission is JPY 1000. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Obihiro Zoo (帯広動物園) is a zoo in Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) located in the center of Obihiro city, and is the 2nd oldest zoo after Maruyama Zoo (円山動物園) in Hokkaido, and has opened a business since 1963. It is well-known as a zoo that established a method to breed tropical animals in the 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 (弁慶号) goes around the amusement park. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental. Read More
Kofuku Station (幸福駅) is a former station in Kofuku-cho located in the southern part of Obihiro city, and was closed in 1987. Around here was originally named “幸震 (Satsunai)”, but reading out loud is difficult, so they used “福 (Fuku)” and renamed “Kofuku” because a lot of emigrants from Fukui Prefecture (福井県) settled around here. The station is preserved as a traffic playground at present, and still has some traces of the past. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Aikoku Station (愛国駅) is a former station in Aikoku-cho located in the southern part of Obihiro city, and was closed in 1987. The station is preserved as Aikoku Traffic Memorial Hall (愛国交通記念館) at present, and still has some traces of the past. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
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 Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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