- October 10th, 2014
[Mifune in Iwamizawa] Popular Yakitori Shop Competes on 2 Types of Grilled Chicken on Skewer
Yakitori Mifune (やきとり 三船) is a popular yakitori shop founded in 1965 in Iwamizawa city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city, and is nearby Iwamizawa Station. Mr. Kouichi Ota is a shop owner at present. The Mifune is well-known as a yakitori shop set up by Mifune that is famous for Bibai Grilled Chicken (美唄焼き鳥) in Bibai. My friend's father is from Iwamizawa, and he will eat grilled chicken giblets on skewers if his family return home. The Iwamizawa as well as the Bibai is famous for the grilled chicken giblets on skewers, too. It is the Mifune that my friend recommended.
Speaking of tourist attractions in the Iwamizawa, Kagami-numa Swamp, Taisho-ike Pond, Iwamizawa Park Rose Garden, Hokkaido Green Land Amusement Park, Ruins of Gyokusenkan Park, Iwamizawa Shrine, Iwamizawa Museum of History and Science and Hosui Winary are relatively famous. Hot springs gush out in the Iwamizawa, and Iwamizawa Onsen, Mouyo Onsen and Kitamura onsen are famous.
Kitamura Onsen (北村温泉) is a hot spring place in Kitamura, Iwamizawa city located in northeastern direction of Sapporo city. It is the origin of the Kitamura Onsen that hot springs gushed out in 1983 during drilling ground water. Kitamura Onsen Hotel (北村温泉ホテル) surrounded by marshes is built along Hokkaido Road 6, and is next to Central Fureai Park (中央ふれあい公園) that tourists can catch a fish and can make camp. There are Forest Healthy Hiroba Park Golf Course (森林ヘルシー広場パークゴルフ場), Kitamura Agriculture Museum (北村農業資料館) and a convenience store near here. Read More
Grilled Chicken on Skewers
Opening hour was 15:00. 3 groups of customers already enjoyed their meals at counter seats when I entered here at 15:00 after a noren was hung at the entrance. I suppose it is the evidence that the shop is loved by local people. A certain old man ate some grilled chickens on skewers and a bowl of buckwheat noodles, and he received the grilled chicken to go. He went home at 15:10. Only 10 minutes passed after starting business. It was too early to go home! The Yakitori Shop has an good old atmosphere in the Showa period. Counter seats, table seats and small separate Japanese style rooms are provided at the not large shop.
I sat a counter seat, and asked a waitress how to order. She replied me "You should order a type of drink and a type and number of grilled chickens". The grilled chickens on skewer are only 2 types, Grilled Boneless Chicken on a Skewer (正肉串 * Seinikukushi) and Grilled Chicken Giblets on a Skewer (モツ串 * Motsukushi). Therefore I ordered a cup of oolong tea and 5 grilled boneless chicken on skewers and 5 grilled chicken giblets on skewers. While I was waiting for finishing grilling chicken, a telephone always ringed. That was ordering the grilled chicken. When a staff heard the number of the ordering barbecued chicken, he judged instantly whether he could grill those and replied. It was professional work.
About 20 minutes later, 10 chickens on skewers were grilled. The price was JPY 100 per one. The grilled chickens on skewers were well seasoned, and were tasty. The grilled boneless chickens on skewers were tough to chew, and my chin was tired, but the grilled chicken giblets on skewers were just right toughness. I was going to favorite the grilled chicken giblets on skewers.
Customers next to me ordered buckwheat noodles, and she put the grilled chickens on the buckwheat noodles by herself. Since I knew how to eat this, I also ordered the buckwheat noodles, and ordered 5 grilled chicken giblets on skewers successively. It is a Japanese tradition that Japanese eat noodles at last. Soup was too salty for me, but I might eat the soup if I was very tired. By the way, the prices were JPY 2,010 in total. Thanks for the tasty meals!
Grilled Chicken on Skewers and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Sunday and National holiday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||180 121 044*46|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Iwamizawa. 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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