• April 18th, 2014
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[Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai] Tasty Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl with Chewy Surf Clam

Marutoma Shokudo

Marutoma Shokudo (マルトマ食堂) is a long-established restaurant founded in 1969 in Tomakomai Public Regional Wholesale Market (苫小牧市公設地方卸売市場), Tomakomai city, and is nearby Tomakomai Fishery Port and Sea Station Plat Seaport Market (海の駅ぷらっとみなと市場). Marumi Miura corp. (有限会社 マルミ三浦) runs it, and Mr. Imada Miura (三浦 未) is a company president at present. The Marutoma Shokudo is a restaurant for fishery workers, but it is popular with a lot of tourists, and a line often is formed. Surf Clam Curry and Rice (ホッキカレー) and Marutoma Rice Bowl (マルトマ丼) are most popular, and tasty fresh fishery products have a good reputation.

Appearance of Building
Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl -Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai-

The appearance and the interior decoration look good old, and the restaurant is not so large. Inside walls are closely covered with cards for autographs, so I guess that visitors are overwhelmed on that situation. The visitors see that the restaurant is very popular restaurant after all. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But it is often crowded with customers.

Menus and Cards for Autographs on Wall
Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl -Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai-

Movie of Marutoma Shokudo

By the way, Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Tomakomai and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Tomakomai. 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).

    Chuo Bus / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Sapporo to Tomakomai
    Chuo Bus / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Tomakomai to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is in Yanagi-cho.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Tomakomai Station and Tomakomai Ferry Terminal.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are in Shinkai-cho and Sanko-cho.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Tomakomai Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near Numanohata Station.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is in Ipponmatsu-cho.


    Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More


    Tarumae Garo Gorge
    Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge

    Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl

    I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. Luckily, a line was not formed. Some seats were vacant, so I sat a table seat. I read a menu, and I kenw that they served a lot of dishes such as curry and rice, ramen, rice bowls and set meals. Speaking of the Marutoma Shokudo, surf clam dishes were famous. The Tomakomai was the most caching place of surf clam in Japan, and had a lot of restaurants serving surf clam dishes. In those restaurants, the Marutoma Shokudo had a high reputation in particular. So I chose Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl (ほっき飯) among a lot of the surf clam dishes. The price was JPY 1000.

    Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl
    Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl -Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai-

    About 7 or 8 minutes later, a bowl of the Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl was served with a bowl of miso soup and a dish of pickles. Rice was rice seasoned with soy sauce and boiled with chicken and surf clam, and was topped with boiled pink and white surf clam and red pickled ginger. The appearance sharpened my appetite. I ate a bite of it immediately. A good flavor of the chewy surf clam was mixed with sauce, and sweet-salty taste spread out in my mouth. It was very tasty! I had finished eating it without delay. Thanks for the tasty meal!

    Boiled Surf Clam
    Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl -Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai-

    Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl

    Parking lot Parking is provided (60 Cars)
    Business hours 05:00-14:00
    Regular closing day Sunday and National Holiday
    Telephone number +81-144-36-2023
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 113 164 196*32

      List of Activities

      In the Tomakomai, some activity companies serve guided hiking for the Mt. Tarumae, canoe tours along Bibi River and Glass Making Experience around the Lake Utonai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos. By the way, visitors can contact with horses at Northern Horse Park (ノーザンホースパーク). In addition, the Utonaiko Sanctuary and the Utonaiko Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center hold some free events.

      Guided Hiking

      Movie of Guided Hiking

      Noasobi Guide Michikusa(野あそびガイドみちくさ)
      North Adventure Bandit(ノースアドベンチャー・バンディット)
      Hokkaido Private Adventure(北海道プライベートアドベェンチャー)

      Canoe Tour

      Movie of Canoe Tour

      Amuse Sports(アミューズスポーツ)
      Gateway Tours(ゲートウェイツアーズ)
      Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)

      Glass Making Experience

      Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)

      Horse Trekking

      Movie of Northern Horse Park

      NORTHERN HORSE PARK(ノーザンホースパーク)

      List of Accommodations

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

        Smile Hotel Tomakomai(スマイルホテル苫小牧)
        Comfort Hotel Tomakomai(コンフォートホテル 苫小牧)
        Hotel Wing International Tomakomai(ホテルウィングインターナショナル苫小牧)
        Tomakomai Green Hotel(苫小牧グリーンホテル)
        Hotel Route Inn Tomakomai(ホテルルートイン苫小牧駅前)
        Dormy Inn Tomakomai(ドーミーイン苫小牧)
        Toyoko Inn Tomakomai(東横イン苫小牧駅前)
        Hotel Sugita(ホテル杉田)
        Business Hotel Motonakano(ビジネスホテル モトナカノ)
        Grand Hotel New Oji(グランドホテル ニュー王子)
        Hotel Okuni(ホテル於久仁)
        Business Hotel Hachinohe(ビジネスホテルはちのへ)
        Oyado Hishokan(おやど 翔馬館)
        Hotel Nidom(ホテル ニドム)
        Automobile Resort Tomakomai Arten(オートリゾート 苫小牧アルテン)

        A page of Tomakomai 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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