- June 8th, 2014
[Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro in Furen] Sweet and Chewy Soft Daifuku
Roadside Station "Mochigome-no-sato Nayoro (もち米の里☆なよろ)" is a roadside station in Fuuren, Nayoro city located in the northern part of Asahikawa city, and is famous for selling Soft Daifuku (ソフト大福), a rice cake stuffed with sweetened bean jam. The Furen is the largest production center of glutinous rice in Hokkaido, and it is well-known as a production center supplying raw materials of "Akafuku Rice Cake in Ise (伊勢の赤福餅)" and "Millet Dumpling in Okayama (岡山のきび団子)". Those are famous Japanese-style rice cakes, and Hakucho-mochi Glutinous Rice (はくちょうもち) is used in those. The Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice is not hardened even if time passes. It is a good material for the Soft Daifuku.
A local speciality sales place, an agricultural product sales place, Restaurant Kaze-no-Yorimichi (レストラン「風の寄り道」), a food stand, a coin-operated laundry, a resting place and a restroom are at the building, and places for customers to enjoy foods and drinks are provided inside and outside. A parking lot is large, so a lots of visitors come.
Nayoro (名寄) that about 30,000 people live is the 24th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is located between Wakkanai city and Asahikawa city, and is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area. The Nayoro means "A country near rivers" in Ainu language, and the downtown is between Nayoro River (名寄川) and Teshio River (天塩川). Furen that became incorporated with the Nayoro in 2006 is well-known for glutinous rice, and the planted area is the largest in Japan. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -30 degrees in a winter because Nayoro is located in a basin. Natural environment of abou 60-degrees temperature difference is one of features of the Nayoro. So natural phenomena such as SunPillar and Diamond Dust can be enjoyed. The Nayoro is just beside Bifuka town recorded the coldest temperature, -41.5 degrees, in Japan, and is one of the coldest region in the Hokkaido. Read More
Soft Daifuku had 18 types of flavors, and the price was JPY 126 per one. I bought 2 Soft Daifuku with blue honeysuckle flavor and cheese flavor this time, and decided to eat those outside. Outside rice cake had elasticity and soft chewy texture. The sweetness of bean jam was very rich. It was a little too sweet for me, but there were a lots of fans around me. I supposed that it was excellent rice cake for people with a sweet tooth. Thanks for the tasty rice cake!
I savored a melon flavored soft daifuku and a strawberry daifuku on another day.
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (About 80 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||January 1|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||272 440 183*63|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nayoro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Nayoro 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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