[Isoyakitei in Rishiri] Tasty Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl Using Horse-Dung Sea Urchin
September 12th, 2015
Isoyakitei (磯焼亭) is a popular restaurant in Oshidomari, Rishiri Island, and is near Oshidomari Ferry Port and Cape Peshi (ペシ岬). They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition. From June to September limited to Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl (生ウニ丼) using sea urchin eating Rishiri Kombu and Rishiri Ramen are popular.
The Isoyakitei on the 1st floor of a 2 story building is one of stores in a local product directly store facility run by Rishiri Fishery Cooperative (利尻漁協). The restaurant is not so large, and looks a local seafood izakaya. Fishing boat flags hang on walls, so it is lively. Counter seats, table seats and a small separate Japanese style room are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Cape Peshi (ペシ岬) is a cape near Yuhigaoka Observation Deck (夕日ヶ丘展望台) in the northern part of Rishiri Island (利尻島), and is also a lookout point adjacent to Oshidomari Port (鴛泊港). The cape is famous for seeing the beautiful sunset. Peshi means "A cliff" in Ainu language. As its name suggests, the cape is a rocky mountain with precipitous cliffs. The elevation is 93 m. Peshimisaki Observation Deck (ペシ岬展望台) is built on the mountaintop, and nice 360-degree view can be seen. Besides the observation deck, Oshidomari Lighthouse (鴛泊灯台), Oshidomari Peshimisaki Open Space (鴛泊ペシ岬広場) and Graveyard for 3 Feudal Retainers of Aizu Clan (会津藩士墓碑) are built at the site. Tourist facilities such as a parking lot, a restroom and a souvenir shop are not built. Admission free. Article is here
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. Article is here
Sea Urchin Rice Bowl
I visited here to eat the Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl around 17:00 on a weekday. No one enjoyed a meal. I sat at a table seat, and ordered the Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl and a glass of beer. The price of the Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl was JPY 4000, and the price of beer was JPY 600. By the way, a waiter told me "Ramen is sold out at dinner time".
2 minutes later, the beer was served, and the sea urchin rice bowl was served afterwards. A content of the set meal was a bowl of the Raw Sea Urchin Rice Bowl, a dish of Nishime Kombu, a bowl of miso soup and a dish of pickled radishes. Orange horse-dung sea urchin and green wasabi caught my eyes when I opened a cover of the rice bowl. The horse-dung sea urchin was orange color, and purple sea urchin was whitish color. The vivid color conbination sharpened my appetite.
I mixed wasabi with soy sauce in a smal dish, and poured it in the rice bowl. I ate the horse-dung sea urchin. It was very tasty! Rich taste sea urchin melted in my mouth, and it was a strong sweetness, and I had eaten exhaustively as soon as I ate the sea urchin with the rice. Fishing season of the horse-dung sea urchin was July and August, and a day when I came was September 1, so I was able to barely eat fresh horse-dung sea urchin. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Sea Urchin Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Business hours||10:00-19:00 * It changes depending on seasons|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day * They close a business from November to March|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||714 552 653*68|
A page of Rishiri Island is here