• September 11th, 2015
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[Steak House Vin in Wakkanai] Tasty Sirloin Steak of Soya Beef Garnered One Star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido

Steak House Vin

Steak House Vin (ステーキハウス ヴァン) is a steak restaurant founded in 1978 in Wakkanai city, and is near Wakkanai Station. Mr. Tsuguhiko Matsubara (松原 亜彦) is a restaurant owner-chef. The restaurant is well-known as the steak restaurant located in the northmost in Japan, and visitors can savor Soya Beef (宗谷牛) at the restraunt. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition. Business hour is very short, from 18:00 to 20:00. The owner and his wife are at an old age, so they shorten working hours. The restraunt has an atmosphere such as a bar. Table seats and counter seats are provided, and a lot of tables are at the restaurant, so I guess that even family customers can enjoy their meals.

Appearance of Building
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Look of Restraunt
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By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Wakkanai. But an express bus Hamnasu-go (はまなす号) runs between the Sapporo and the Wakkanai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Wakkanai Station, Minami-wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.

List of Means of Transportation

Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Wakkanai. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Wakkanai to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Sapporo to Wakkanai
Jalan
Rakuten
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Chiseki Sekiyu Choinori Rent-a-car(チセキ石油・ちょいのりレンタカー) Their offices are near the Minami-wakkanai Station and Toyotomi Onsen.
Jalan
Rakuten

WAKKANAI

Wakkanai (稚内) that about 35,000 people live is the 21th largest fishery city in Hokkaido, and was named after Yamuwakkanai that means "A river with cold water" in Ainu language. It is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area, and is the northernmost port town in Japan. A catch of Octopus Dofleini (ミズダコ) is the largest in the Japan. In addition, a lot of people run a dairy farm, and the Wakkanai is one of tasty milk‐producing distlict in the Hokkaido. My grandmother was from Keihoku (恵北) in the Wakkanai, and I remember that the milk was very tasty when I visited parents' house of my grandmother in the old days. As for climate, the Wakkanai faces the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk, so a wind blows hard. Average annual temperature is 7 degrees, and it is chilly in a summer, and it does not relatively snow hard in a winter. Wakkanai Peninsula (稚内半島) is in the west side of the city, and Soya Peninsula (宗谷半島) is in the east side of the city, and the downtown is in the west side of the city. Various things is the northernmost in the Japan, for example, Japane's Northernmost Railway Monument (日本最北端の線路の碑) is built beside the Wakkanai Station, too. Read More

Wakkanai
Wakkanai

Steak

I visited here around 19:00 on a weekday. A preceding visitor sat at a counter seat. I sat at a counter seat, too, and read a menu. The menu shown 3 types of diner courses, A Dinner Course, B Dinner Course and C Dinner Course, and a reservation is necessary only for the C Dinner Course beforehand. I ordered the A Dinner Course. The price was JPY 6200. While I was waiting for serving meals, his wife talked to me, and I was very glad that his wife concerned about me. About 5 minutes later, tomato soup was served first. Tomato's sour taste was tasty!

Tomato Soup
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Tomato Soup from Top
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Tomato
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Then a plate of 200g sirloin steak (Soya Beef), a plate of rice and a plate of salad were served successively. I sprinkled a little garlic soy sauce over the sirloin steak, and spreaded rich butter on the sirloin steak, and ate it, it was too tasty!

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Butter on Steak
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Tasty Soya Beef
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Steak with Mustard
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Medium Rare
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Carrot
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Rice
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Salad
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Lastly I drunk a cup of coffee after the meals. Because I visited here by my car, I would not drink liquor. But a person liking liquor can enjoy the liquor because wines had various brands.

Coffee is Served after Meal
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Steak and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Steak

Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours 18:00-20:00
Regular closing day Monday
Telephone number +81-162-24-1315
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 353 876 856*07

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Wakkanai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

SURFEEL HOTEL WAKKANAI(サフィールホテル稚内)
Wakkanai Onsen Hotel Kito(稚内温泉 ホテル喜登)
Dormy Inn Wakkanai(天北の湯 ドーミーイン稚内)
Wakkanai Grand Hotel(稚内グランドホテル)
Hotel Misono(ホテル御園)
Hotel Miyuki(ホテル美雪)
Hotel Okabe Shisaitei(ホテルおかべ汐彩亭)
Hotel Sakhalin(ホテルサハリン)
Hotel Okudaya(ホテル 奥田屋)
Sakae Hotel(さかえホテル)
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Jalan
Ryokan Yamaichi(旅館山一)
Ryokan Ikoi(旅館 以木以)
Booking
Hotel Taisho(ホテル大将)
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Kokumin-shukusha Hyosetsuso(国民宿舎 氷雪荘)
Rakuten
Hotel Takikawa(ホテル 滝川)
Booking
Tabi-no-Yado Ubukata(旅の宿 うぶかた)
HP
Booking
Hotel New Chikou(ホテルニューチコウ)
Hotel Meguma(ホテルめぐま)
Booking
Ryokan Kiku(旅館希宮)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Matsumura(旅館まつむら)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Tohokan(旅館東方館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Bokyo(旅館望郷)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Farm Inn Yuyu Farm(ファームイン悠遊ファーム)
Booking
Tabibito-Yado Bacchus(旅人宿ばっかす)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Shizuya(民宿しずや)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Nakayama(民宿中山)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Satsuki(民宿さつき)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ryokan Yamachan(民宿旅館やまちゃん)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sudomarikan(すどまり館) Tel:+81-80-3295-6191
Guest House Moshiripa(ゲストハウスモシリパ)
Saihokutan Michubachi-no-Ie(最北端みつばちの家)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Rider House Midori-no-Yu(ライダーハウスみどり湯)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Shimizu(民宿 清水) Only Tel:+81-162-76-2152
Saihoku-no-Yado(最北の宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tomu-soya(斗夢ソーヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Kaikyo(ペンション海峡)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Soyamisaki(民宿宗谷岬)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Arumeria(ペンション亜留芽利亜)
Onsen Minshuku Kita-no-Yado(温泉民宿 北乃宿)
HP
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Jalan
Wafu Pension Fujikado(和風ペンション 富士門)
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Soya Palace(宗谷 パレス)
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Small Hotel Akari(小さなホテル燈)
HP
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Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Wakkanai is here

Wakkanai

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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