- May 15th, 2015
[Shofukuya in Otaru] Panjyu That Succeeded to Traditional Taste
Shofukuya (正福屋) is a popular panjyu store in Inaho, Otaru city, and is near Otaru Station and Otaru Canal. Mr. Shoichi Sato is a shop owner. They succeeded to recipes of "Tanaka-no-Panjyu (田中のぱんじゅう)", a famous panjyu store, in the Otaru and "18ban (十八番)", a famous panjyu store, in Sapporo, and opened a business in the Sapporo in 2007, and moved to the Otaru in 2014. 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.
Except the panju, they Serve Mini Japanese Sponge Cakes (ベビーカステラ), Soft Serve Ice Cream, Shaved Ice, Variety Goods and so on. The apperance of the building is lively, and the store is not large. Only a sales place is provided, so a place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks is not provided at the building. By the way, a photography is prohibited inside.
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
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
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.
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
I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday. There was no customer. They serve 6 types of panjyu, Green Tea Bean Paste Flavor (抹茶味), Chocolate Flavor (チョコレート味), Custard Cream Flavor (クリーム味), Smooth Bean Paste Flavor (こしあん味), Mashed Bean Paste Flavor (つぶあん味) and Sesame and Walnuts Bean Paste Flavor (ごまくるみ味). The price was JPY 70 per one. Since I was here, might as well ordered all types of the panju. The price was JPY 420 in total.
Because the place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks was not provided, I decided to eat my panjyu on a street. The height of the panju was about 3 cm and, its size was about 3-4 cm in diameter. Its shape resembled the octopus dumpling, and crispy outside and chewy inside. Inside ingredients were very sweet, so it was hard to eat all the panju at a time, but I savored their traditional taste. Thanks for the tasty panju!
|Parking lot||Parking is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Monday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||493 690 451*50|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Otaru 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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