- April 26th, 2015
[Tamagawaan in Kushiro] Tasty Oyster Buckwheat Noodles Is Good for Body
Tamagawaan (玉川庵) is a famous buckwheat noodle restraunt in Tottori, Kushiro city, and is well-known for serving Oyster Buckwheat Noodles (牡蠣そば) for the first time, and they garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Mr. Shigeru Niihama (新浜 茂) is a restraunt owner. Originally, the owner used to run a buckwheat noodles restraunt in Akkeshi that is famous for the oyster culture, and would buy oyster fields in a different field accidentally. He would trial and error for about 3 years, and discovered a method to cook the oyster with a muddy odor tasty went well with buckwheat noodles. They moved from the Akkeshi to the Kushiro, and about 40 years passed. The Tamagawaan became long-established buckwheat noodles restraunt loved by local people.
A building reflects an image of a herring fishing house (鰊番屋), and looks appearing on a screen of the ghibli (ジブリ). The restraunt has an atomosphere such as a Japanese-style barbecue cooked in front of customers at the restaurant, and a lot of antique ornaments are displayed. Counter seats, table seats and some rooms floored with tatami mats 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
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 sat a counter seat, and read a menu. I found the popular oyster buckwheat noodles! The price was JPY 1400. Oyster and Tenpura buckwheat noodles is also popular. About 10 minutes later, the oyster buckwheat noodles was served. Buckwheat noodles were topped with fat oysters in a bowl. A conbination of Wakame seaweed and highly seasoned soup was a secret to make the oyster buckwheat noodles tasty. Because the buckwheat noodles were chewy country buckwheat noodles, visitors should chew several times. The oysters itself were tasty, and the soup with the oyster extract was tasty, too!
The owner said "Because the oyster is good for our body, and we have made the tasty oyster buckwheat noodles, so Michelin might evaluate us". Mr. Bernard Delmas, a president of Japanese Michelin, came to eat, and he checked their taste. But he ate buckwheat noodles served on a flat bamboo serve, and he did not eat the oyster buckwheat noodles. The owner told me such an interesting story. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Oyster Buckwheat Noodles and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (15 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Second monday, Forth monday|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||149 341 538*71|
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
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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