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  • May 15th, 2015
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[Shofukuya in Otaru] Panjyu That Succeeded to Traditional Taste

Shofukuya

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.

Appearance of Building
Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-

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

Otaru Canal (小樽運河) is a canal in the center of Otaru city, and is located in the eastern direction 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 eastern direction 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 direction 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

    Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
    Otaru

    Panjyu

    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.

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    Panjyu from Top
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-

    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!

    Panjyu from Bottom
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Green Tea Bean Paste Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Chocolate Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Custard Cream Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Smooth Bean Paste Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Mashed Bean Paste Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Sesame and Walnuts Bean Paste Flavor
    Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-
    Parking lot Parking is not provided
    Business hours 10:15-18:30
    Regular closing day Monday
    Telephone number +81-134-26-6910
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 493 690 451*50

      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.

      OTARU

        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
        Otaru Nature Village(おたる自然の村)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        ASARIGAWA ONSEN

          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
          Otaru Boyo Schanze Automobile Campsite(小樽望洋シャンツェオートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Asarigawa Onsen Automobile Campsite(朝里川温泉オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Otaru is here

          Otaru

          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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