- August 4th, 2017
[Risu-no-Mori in Abashiri] Tasty Gelato with Good Reputation Internationally
Risu-no-Mori (リスの森) is a popular gelato shop founded in 1998 along National Route 39 in Yobito, Abashiri city, and is far away from Abashiri Station, and is relatively near Abashiri Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) and Okhotsk Chipmunk Park (オホーツクシマリス公園). The Risu-no-Mori means "A forest of squirrel" in English. Mr. Satoshi Takada (高田 聡) that used to train his gelato cooking skill in Italy is a gelato maestro. He won the champion ship in the 9th Sherbeth Festival 2017 (The world's largest gelato international convention) held in Palermo city, Italy. Their name has been renamed as Rimo since 2019.
He makes fine gelatos using ingredients produced in Hokkaido and 10 types of sugar at a same facility as the Italy. Milk, the primary ingredient, is produced in Abe Ranch (阿部牧場) in the Abashiri. It is popular for a reason that they particular about ingredients produced in the Hokkaido and the Abashiri. They have about 60 types of gelato flavors, and about 12 types of the gelato flavors that change from day to day hit a showcase every day. The appearance of the building is stylish, and rest tables with parasols are provided at the out of the building. The shop is not large, and a place for customers to enjoy gelato is not provided at the shop.
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) facing Lake Abashiri (網走湖) is a hot spring resort located in the south side of Abashiri city. Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘) succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1981, so the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen became well-known to the public and has known as the hot spring resort. 4 onsen accommodations dot for about 3 km along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39) in the northeast of the Lake Abahiri. There are Yobitoura Campsite, cafes, restaurants, a variety goods shop and a forest of Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony along the Kitami National Route. Risu-no-Mori (リスの森), Sobakiri On (そば切り 温) and cafe & cake Fuka (風花) are popular in particular. By the way, there is not a convenience store. Read More
By the way, "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Abashiri Station.
Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Read More
Customers should order gelatos at a cash desk. The price of a scoop gelato was about JPY 370, and the price of a double scoop gelato was JPY 460, and the price of a triple scoop gelato was JPY 510. I ordered a triple scoop gelato, and chose Pistachio Flavor (ピスタチオ), most popular, Milk Flavor (牛乳) and Hazelnut Flavor (ヘーゲルナッツ). Customers could choose a cup or a soft serve cream cone without any cost. I chose the soft serve cream cone.
I decided to eat my gelato at the resting place. The Pistachio Flavor was not too sweet, and was tasty! The Milk Flavor was the light and refreshing taste. The Hazelnut Flavor had a texture like nuts. The 3 flavors mixed taste was very tasty, too. Thanks for the tasty gelato!
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Business hours||Summer season 10:00-17:15, Winter season 10:00-16:00|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day * Winter season: Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||305 431 409*27|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Abashiri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Abashiri Kohan Onsen
A page of Abashiri 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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