• June 18th, 2015
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[Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru] Popular Panju Loved by Local People

Nishikawa Panju Store

Nishikawa Panju Store (西川ぱんじゅう店) is a long-established panju store facing Miyakodori Shopping Street (都通り) in Inaho, Otaru city, and has been setablished since 1965, and is near Otaru Station and Otaru Canal. The Nishikawa Panju Store is well-known as the oldest panju store in the Otaru. The panjyu is a muffin as if to combine Japanese muffin containing bean jam (今川焼き) with an octopus dumpling (たこ焼き). Bean jam or custard cream and so on are at baked wheat flour dough. In Hokkaido as well as Ise in Mie prefecture and Ashikaga in Tochigi prefecture, the panju is well-known as a famous sweets, and panju stores open a business in the Otaru, the Sapporo and Yubari. Since the most tasty panju in the Otaru is written on a shop sign, I guess that they have confident of their traditional taste.

Appearance of Building
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-

The appearance and the interior decoration of the building are very shibui, and remind me of a good old Showa period. The store is not so large, and a place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks is provided, so I guess that customers enjoy their sweets. But an owner did not make me use it for some reason.

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal (小樽運河) is a canal in the center of Otaru city, and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Otaru Canal and the station is about 700 m. It takes about 10 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. It is well-known as one of most famous tourist attractions in the Otaru, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. At Ironai area once called Northern Wall Street (北のウォール街) beside the canal, historical buildings of the Bank of Japan (日本銀行), Former Nippon Yusen (旧日本郵船), Former Mitsubishi Bank (旧三菱銀行), Former Yasuda Bank (旧安田銀行) and Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank (旧北海道拓殖銀行) make poeple feel a splendid atmosphere of Meiji period. The stone canal goes well with the Ironai area, and the tourists feel Taisho Roman (大正浪漫). Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Read More

Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and Marchen Crossroads

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り) and Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) are tourist attractions between Otaru Station (小樽駅) and Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅), and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and the station is about 900 m. It takes about 15 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. The street with atomosphere of Taisho Period and Medieval Europe is one of most popular tourist attractions in the Otaru along with Otaru Canal, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime (小樽堺町ゆかた風鈴まつり) is held between 2days in early August. Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Read More

Sakaimachi-Dori Street
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. 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)中央バス From Sapporo to Otaru
Jalan
Rakuten
(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Otaru to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Otaru Canal.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Otaru Station.
Jalan
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.

OTARU

Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More

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Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
Otaru

Panju

In fact, the Nishikawa Panju Store has been loved by local people very much, and will close a store as soon as ingredients run out. I visited here 3 times, and at last I was able to visit within a business time. It was around 13:00. Preceding customers that were all local people bought tens of panju. I suppose that people may savor their traditional taste if they visit here around lunchtime. My visited time used to be around 14:00 and 15:00, but the store was already closed.

Panjyu from Top
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-

The price was JPY 90 per one. The flavor was only mashed bean paste (つぶあん). Both handmade dough and handmade bean jam were additive-free. Since they were particular about ingredients for the panju, I thougt that they were popular. When I ordered 2 pieces of the panju, the owner said to me "You come again 20 minutes later". Therefore I decided to come again. 20 minutes later, my panju were baked, and I paid JPY 180. I decided to eat it at a bench on the Miyakodoru Shopping Street. The owner said to me "Please enjoy eating the circular side down". Because the circular side was hard crunchy, I guessed that it was a bean jam accepter. It was not too sweet, and I enjoyed eating. Thanks for the tasty panju!

Semicircular Panju
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-
Panjyu from Bottom
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-
Mashed Bean Paste
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-
Parking lot Parking is not provided
Business hours 10:00-18:00 * They close a store as soon as ingredients run out
Regular closing day Wednesday and Thursday
Telephone number +81-134-22-4297
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 164 719 389*67

List of Activities

Various activities are held in the Otaru. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Otaru Canal Cruise

Movie of Otaru Canal Cruise


Otaru Canal Cruise(小樽運河クルーズ)
Jalan

Blue Cave Cruising

Movie of Blue Cave Cruising


Hokuo Sangyo(北欧産業)
ASOVIEW
Salt Valley 408(ソルトバレー408)
Jalan
KANEHIDE MARINE(カネヒデマリーン)
Prorow Marine(プロロマリン)

Rickshaw

Movie of Rickshaw


Jinrikisha-no-Ebisuya(人力車のえびす屋)

Experiences of Making

Taishou Glass Palace(大正硝子館)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Otaru Glass Ayaya(小樽硝子の灯・彩や)
Otaru Orgel Doh Yukobo(小樽オルゴール堂 遊工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Otaru Candle Studio(小樽キャンドル工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Shoya(硝屋)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Joie Joie Glass Collection(ジョワ・ジョワ グラスコレクション)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Otaru Handmade Glass Studio(小樽手作り硝子工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Otaru il PONTE(小樽 il PONTE)

Sightseeing Taxi

Otaru Hana Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人はなタクシー)
Otaru Ikuta Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人生田タクシー)
Takahashi Taxi(高橋タクシー)
ASOVIEW
Mayama Taxi(真山タクシー)

List of Accommodations

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

Ginrinso(銀鱗荘)
Jalan
Former Okagawa Pharmacy((旧)岡川薬局)
Booking
Uomatsu Ryokan(魚松旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Sonia Otaru(ホテルソニア小樽)
Unga-no-Yado Otaru Furukawa(運河の宿 小樽 ふる川)
Hotel Nord Otaru(ホテルノルド小樽)
Dormy Inn Premium Otaru(ドーミーインPREMIUM小樽)
Authent Hotel Otaru(オーセントホテル小樽)
Hotel Inaho(ホテル稲穂)
Booking
Tabino Sanpoyado Otaru Ekimae Guest House Ito(小樽駅前ゲストハウスIto)
THE GREEN OTARU(ザ グリーン オタル)
Oyado Sakurai(御宿 櫻井)
Booking
Etchuya Ryokan(越中屋旅館)
Booking
The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki(おたるないバックパッカーズホステル杜の樹)
DORMITORY L(ドミトリー L)
HP
Jalan
Otarukitaunga Kamomeya(おたる北運河かもめや)
Booking
Life House IPPO(Life House IPPO)
Booking
Rakuten
Otaru Nupuri Hostel (Female Only)(小樽ヌプリホステル)
Jalan
Rakuten
Otaru Guest House(小樽ゲストハウス)
Booking
Otaru Villa Mount Tengu(小樽ヴィラマウンテング)
Otaru Tenguyama Honkan(小樽天狗山 本館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Otaru Tenguyama Sanrokukan(小樽天狗山 山麓館)
emina backpackers(えみな バックパッカーズ)
Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru(ホテルノイシュロス小樽)
Tabi-no-Ie Sha Tomaya(旅人の家 舎 とまや)
Booking
Rakuten
Hotel Musashitei(ホテル武蔵亭)
Korakuen(宏楽園)
Booking
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel(小樽朝里 クラッセホテル)
Otaru Ryotei Kuramure(小樽旅亭 蔵群)
Winkel Village(ウィンケルビレッジ)
Pine House(パインハウス)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Shadow Classe(ペンション・シャドウクラッセ)
Booking
Pension Puti Hotel Roman(ペンション プチホテルろーまん) Only Tel:+81-134-52-2118
Ryobo Hanaemi(旅房はなえみ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Otaru is here

Otaru

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