- September 10th, 2015
[Futaba Shokudo in Rebun] Tasty Salt Broth Ramen with Light Taste
Futaba Shokudo (双葉食堂) is a long-established restraunt founded in 1960 in Funadomari, Rebun island and is near Cape Kaneda (金田ノ岬) and Lake Kushu (久種湖). They were given the MICHELIN PLATE by MICHELIN Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. A popular ramen restraunt that Miraku (味楽) in Rishiri Island is the hardest to visit in Japan is reported in the media, so I suppose that the Futaba Shokudo also may be reported as the hardest popular ramen restraunt to visit in Japan in the media.
They serve ramen (ラーメン), buckwheat noodle (そば), curry and rice (カレーライス) and rice bowls. It is not the restaurant for tourists, and is the restaurant for local people. Therefore opening hour and closing hour are not fixed in particular, too. Judging from a chat between a restraunt owner and a customer, it seemed to open the restraunt around 12:30 when I visited here. The restaurant with a typical atmosphere of a good old restraunt in Hokkaido on the 1st floor of a 3 story building is not so large, and it is hard to find without a sign and a shop curtain, and is loved by local people. Counter seats, table seats and a small separate Japanese style room are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a sightseeing bus and a fixed-route bus managed by the Soya bus (宗谷バス), a sightseeing taxi, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the Rebun Island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable. The Rebun has a lot of slopes, so I think that the bicycle is tough. By the way, if tourists raise their hand in the case of fixed-route bus happening to pass, they can get on the bus without a bus stop, and can get off the bus without a bus stop.
Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park
Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園) located in the northern Hokkaido between Rishiri Island, Rebun Island, Toyotomi Town and Horonobe Town is the northernmost national park in Japan, and has been designated as the national park since 1974. The area is 24,166 ha. It consists of 2 islands, wetlands and the coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, mountains, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. Because the Northern Hokkaido has few famous tourist attracsions, the national park is one of the most famous nature tourist attracsions. The Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is divided into 4 areas, Rishiri Area (利尻), Rebun Area (礼文), Coastal Sand-dune Area (海浜砂丘) and Sarobetsu Area (サロベツ), and the Rishiri Area (利尻), the Rebun Area (礼文) and the Sarobetsu Area have a lot of highlights. Read More
Ramen of Hokkaido
Ramen is a noodle soup dish topped with ingredients. It is said that Chinese noodles is the root of the ramen, and there are various theories, for example, Mr. Mistukuni Tokugawa (徳川光圀 * Mitokomon (水戸黄門)) ate the ramen in 1697 for the first time in Japan or the first ramen was that Keitaimen noodles (経帯麺) served in 1488 was written in Biryueken Diary (蔭涼軒日録). Noodle soup dishes were spread out in Japan because Nanking noodles (南京そば) was served in various China Towns, Japan. In Hakodate with a China Town, Yowaken (養和軒) served the Nanking noodles in 1884. In Sapporo, it is a root of Sapporo Ramen that a noodle soup dish was cooked by Mr. Wang Wen Zai (王 文彩), a chief chef of Takeya Shokudo (竹家食堂), in 1922. Houran (芳蘭), a branch of the Takeya Shokudo, opened a business in 1933 in Asahikawa. Asahikawa Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Hakodate Ramen called the 3 Major Ramen in Hokkaido were born. But current ramen do not succeed to the taste of those ramen. Read More
I visited here around 13:30 on a weekday. 1 local person enjoyed his meal. I sat at a table seat, and he had a chat with the restraunt owner, but I ordered a ramen. The price was JPY 600. I did not know what taste ramen was at the time.
About 10 minutes later, the ramen was served. The ramen was Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン). A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots and green onions were on noodles. Ingredient was simple, so clear soup looked beautiful. I ate a sip of soup immediately. It was tasty! The taste was light, but it had a good flavor.
The length of curled whitish noodles was about 40 cm. I tought that the long noodles like this were unusual. The chewy noodles were homemade noodles, and went well with the soup. This was worth eating. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Business hours||10:30-21:00 * The restraunt seems to open a business around 12:30|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||854 679 627*73|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rebun. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Rebun Island is here
A page of Ramen of Hokkaido is here
Ramen 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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