- June 7th, 2015
[Mitsuboshi Head Office in Tomakomai] Haskap Flavored Yoitomake Swiss Roll Is Famous as One of The Hardest Sweets to Eat in Japan
Mitsuboshi (三星) is a long-established confectionery maker based in Tomakomai city, and has been established in Otaru in 1898. Mr. Michiyoshi Kobayashi (小林慶義), an uncle of Mr. Takiji Kobayashi (小林多喜二) that was a famous novelist, was the founder, and moved to the Tomakomai in 1912. Mitsuboshi corp. (株式会社 三星) runs it at present. They produced Yoitomake Swiss Roll (よいとまけ) using Haskap, a local fruit in this region, and has become one of the most famous confectionerries in the Tomakomai. Except it, they serve baked confectioneries, cakes, breads, yokan sweet beans jelly and so on.
The Yotitomake refers to a shout that Oji Paper (王子製紙) workers piled up a log with human power. A log is used as a motif in its appearance. The Tomakomai has been famous as a paper mill town, and the Yoitomake Swiss Roll is a confectionery rooted in the Tomakomai. It is famous as one of the hardest sweets to eat in Japan, and is hard to cut a swiss roll.
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.
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
Yoitomake Swiss Roll
I visited the head office to eat the Yoitomake Swiss Roll. Mitsuboshi Head Office was considerably wide, and breads hot from an oven other than the cakes including Yoitomake Swiss Roll were sold. Coffee shop “Cafe Nonno (カフェのんの)” was at the building, and customers could eat a Yoitomake Swiss Roll set. The price was JPY 324.
About 10 minutes later, 2 slices of the Yoitomake Swiss Roll on a dish and a cup of coffee were served. I ate it immediately, and the Yoitomake Swiss Roll was very sweet, and tasted a little sour in the sweetness. It was too sweet for me, but I supposed that people with a sweet tooth liked it. Thank you!
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (100 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 093 501*63|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Tomakomai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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