- August 20th, 2014
[Tokiwaken in Otoineppu] Rail Fans Say Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles Is The Most Tasty Buckwheat Noodles among All Stations in Japan
Tokiwaken (常盤軒) is a popular buckwheat noodle restaurant founded in 1933 at Otoineppu Station (音威子府駅) in Otoineppu village. Mr. Mamoru Nishino (西野 守) is a restaurant owner. Rail fans say "The Tokiwaken serves the most tasty buckwheat noodle among all over the stations in Japan". Their buckwheat noodle's highlight is black color and strong chewy noodles made by Hatakeyama noodles factory (畠山製麺). I think that blcak buckwheat noodles are very rare. By the way, the buckwheat noodles may be sold out if customers do not visit here until early business hour. Unfortunately, they have closed down since February 2021 because the restaurant owner passwd away. An article before closing is as follows.
Although they are stand-up-eating buckwheat noodle restaurant, a table is set at the station, and customers can eat the buckwheat noodles there or can use waiting chairs of the station. In addition, Tenpoku Line Reference Library (天北線資料室) opens at the station, too, and the visit is possible. By the way, Place That Hokkaido Was Named (北海道命名の地) is also near here.
Place That Hokkaido Was Named
The place that Hokkaido was named (北海道命名の地) is located in Otoineppu village between Wakkanai city and Nayoro city. Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) was taught the meaning of "Kiner (カイナー)" by an elder of Ainu people around this place in the Edo period, and this place is known for having his opportunity to think the name about Hokkaido. There is nothing except a monument along Teshio River (天塩川). But some anglers came, and I think that this place is famous fishing spot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido
Hokkaido occupies about 40% of buckwheat production of Japan, and is the largest buckwheat production in the Japan, and Nagano prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Fukushima prefecture and so on follow the Hokkaido. The climate is cool in a summer, and a large temperature gap is great for good buckwheat, and the buckwheat production of the Hokkaido is increasing. Horokanai (幌加内), Fukagawa (深川) and Otoineppu (音威子府) are the 3 largest production places. Especially, the Horokanai is the best buckwheat production and the largest planted area in the Japan, and is well-known as a buckwheat town, and uses buckwheat fields as tourist attractions well. In Fukushima town, Sengen Soba Buckwheat Flowers Viewing Party (千軒そばの花鑑賞会) is held in buckwheat fields, and a fantastic conbination of the buckwheat fields and Matsumae Kagura (松前神楽) can be enjoyed. Read More
I ordered Tentama Buckwheat Noodles (天たまソバ). The price was JPY 520. About 3 minutes later, it was served. In a bowl, the black buckwheat noodles soaked into brown soup, and was topped with a tempura, a raw egg and sliced green onions. The soup was slightly sweet, and was not too salty at all. The black noodles were good chewy. The tempura was a typical tempura sold in Hokkaido. I ate it in old days at my house. I felt very good old.
Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles and Atmosphere of Shop Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided. Cars stop on a road side not to interfere with a traffic|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Mapcode||684 226 229*68|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otoineppu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido is here
Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido
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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