- June 28th, 2014
[Rokkatei Nishi 3Jo Branch in Obihiro] Tasty Fluffy Pancake
Rokkatei (六花亭) is a popular confectionery store based in Obihiro city, and has been established by Mr. Toyoshiro Oda (小田 豊四郎), the founder, since 1977, and is well-known as the 2 most famous confectioneries in the Obihiro together with Ryugetsu (柳月). Originally, the Rokkatei used to be Obihiro Branch of Senshuan (千秋庵), a famous long-established confectionery company in Hakodate, but they returned the name of the Senshuan, and the Rokkatei has become independent. The Rokka means "A snowy crystal" in English. The head office is in the Obihiro, and branches and shops open a business in the Obihiro, Otofuke, Makubetsu, Sapporo, Iwamizawa, Chitose, Ebetsu, Tomakomai, Otaru, Eniwa, Kushiro, Hakodate, Hokuto, Asahikawa and Furano. They serve baked confectioneries, Western confectioneries, Japanese confectioneries and chocolate, and Marusei Butter Sandwich (マルセイバターサンド) and Strawberry Chocolate (ストロベリーチョコレート), a long seller standard confectionery, are famous in particular.
My visited place is the Nishi 3jo Branch (西三条店) along National Route 38 this time, and it is near Obihiro Police Station. Stylish 2 story building made of red bricks has been rebuilt since 2000. The store is large, and a confectionery sales place and a place for customers to enjoy foods and drinks are on the 1st floor, and a tea room is on the 2nd floor. A parking lot is large, so Nishi 3jo Branch is convenient for people that visit by cars. By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. 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 -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
I visited the tea room around 13:00 on a weekday. I expected a long line, but I sat a table seat without waiting immediately. That was lucky. A waitress shown my seat, and I asked the waitress about sweets' recommendation, so she replied to me "Those are Pancake (ホットケーキ) or Sakusaku (Crispy) Croissant (サクサククロワッサン)". Since the pancake with a high reputation was in prior investigation, I ordered the it. * In retrospect, I should have ordered the Sakusaku Croissant limited to the Nishi 3jo Branch.
About 8 minutes later, the pancake was served separately with a dish of butter and a cup of syrup. I put the butter on the pancake, and poured the syrup over the pancake. The melted butter and the syrup soaked into the fluffy pancakes. I enjoyed eating the slightly sweet pancakes. When I went back, 5 groups of customers lined up at the entrance. I was lucky. Thanks for the tasty pancake!
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (about 30 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 654 429*60|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro 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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