- May 26th, 2017
[Ginneko in Asahikawa] Shinkoyaki of Asahikawa Local Dish and Very Good Grilled Chicken on Skewer
Yakitori-senmon Ginneko (焼鳥専門 ぎんねこ) is an izakaya specialize in grilled chicken founded in 1950 in Asahikawa city, and is one of the izakaya along 5-7 Koji Furarito Street (５・７小路ふらりーと). The Ginneko is well-known for serving Shinkoyaki (新子焼き), a local speciality in the Asahikawa, and is popular with local people and tourists. The Shinkoyaki of the Ginneko was covered on Popular Japanese TV Program "Himitsu-no-Kenmin Show (秘密のケンミンSHOW)". The Shinko means "young" in Japanese, and the Shinkoyaki refers to a grilled half of young chicken. Some restaurants and izakaya serve the Shinkoyaki. Mr. Ryuya Kubo (久保 竜弥) is an izakaya owner at present, and also assumes a chairman of Shinkoyaki-no-Kai (新子焼きの会). They open a business at 13:00, so customers can drink early in the afternoon.
The izakaya is not large, and has an atmosphere such as a typical grilled chicken restaurant with history. The interior decoration is very shibui. Counter seats and table seats are provided, but a large number of customers is difficult to enjoy themselves.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More
I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday. 2 groups of customers had already drunk. I sat a counter seat, and looked at menus on a wall. Then a waitress asked me "What would you like to drink?", so I ordered a non-alcoholic beer, and ordered the Shinkoyaki and 4 types of grilled chicken on a skewer successively. The prices were the Shinkoyaki (JPY 1200), a grilled chicken on a skewer (かしわ * JPY 100), a grilled chicken spleen on a skewer (あずき * JPY 100), a grilled chicken gizzard on a skewer (えんがわ * JPY 100), a grilled pig tongue on a skewer (豚タン * JPY 120), a small appetizer (お通し JPY 100) and the non-alcoholic beer (JPY 400). The Shinkoyaki has 2 types of seasonings, salt and sauce, and half and half can be ordered, too, so salt taste and sauce taste can be enjoyed. By the way, it takes about 30 minutes to grill the Shinkoyaki.
While waiting for the Shinkoyaki, the waitress served a dish of small appetizer and dishes of the grilled chickens on the skewers at intervals. After all, the grilled chickens on the skewers were very tasty. Those had an exquisite seasoning with salt, and must go well with alcohol if I did not drive to here. Other customers ordered Chapdon Rice Bowl (チャップ丼), so I supposed that it was popular.
After a while, the Shinkoyaki was served. each half of young chickens were grilled with different seasonings. I took a picture before a waiter cut and divide the grilled half of young chicken. Thanks for the waiter! I ate it immediately. The grilled half of young chicken with salt was light taste, and the grilled half of young chicken with sauce was good taste. I think that it is hard to eat the whole of the chicken only with salt. But the half and half is good deal. Thanks for the tasty chickens!
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Monday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||79 373 112*14|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa is here
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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