• May 20th, 2014
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[Wakasaimo Honpo Head Office around Lake Toya-] Wakasaimo Looks More Real Than Real Potato

Wakasaimo Honpo

Wakasaimo Honpo (わかさいも本舗) is a long-established Japanese confectionery store based at the lakeside of Lake Toya. Mr. Hakosu Wakasa (若狭 函寿), the founder, used to start selling Wakasaimo (わかさいも) in 1930. Now all of Hokkaido people know it as an icon of the Wakasaimo Honpo. The Wakasaimo has been standard as a souvenir of Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) from old days. Except it, they also sell baked confectioneries, cookies and Japanese bun filled with sweet bean paste. Some branches open a business in Rusutsu, Date, Muroran, Noboribetsu, Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. The Wakasaimo Honpo also runs Choise (ちょいす), conveyor belt sushi restaurant chains, and has French Restaurant "Cote Dor" that got one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition, Usuzan Ropeway and Daisetsuzan Asahidake Ropeway as group companies.

Appearance of Building
Wakasaimo, Wakasaimo Honpo near Lake Toya

Lake Toya

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern part of Muroran city is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan after Lake Kussharo and Lake Shikotsu, and was born by large-scale eruptions 110,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 43 km, and 58 sculptures are located around the lake, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. Geographical features of mountains and the lake have been authorized in the World Geopark. The lake is one of major tourist attractoions in Hokkaido, and a lot of international tourists come. Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous, too. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base, Toya Silo Observation Deck (サイロ展望台), Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園), Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場), Green Stay Toyako (グリーンステイ洞爺湖), Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場), Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉), Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) and Mt. Usu (有珠山). Read More

Sunset Lake Toya
Lake Toya

Toya Onsen

Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉) is a hot spring place in the north side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖). Toya Ikoi-no-Ie (洞爺憩いの家) is built on a hill at around 110 m above sea level, and is beside old Hotel Toya Sunshine. Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園) that is one of 8 beauty spots around the Lake Toya and Akebono Park (曙公園) are around here, and those are well-known as a place famous for cherry blossoms. In addition, Toya Water Station (とうや水の駅), Silo Viewing Platform (サイロ展望台) and Takarada Campground (財田キャンプ場) are relatively near here. Read More

Toya Ikoi-no-Ie
Toya Onsen Ikoi-no-Ie

Although there are various theories, it is said that a root of the Wakasaimo is Wakasayaimo of Wakasaya-Shinise (若狭屋老舗) run by a same family in Suttu. In addition, Wakasaya Honpo (わかさや本舗) run by a same family in the Sapporo sales Imofumi (いも風味). The various potate-like sweets makee me understand those were popular at that time. My visited place is the Toyako Head Office near Toyako Visitor Center (洞爺湖ビジターセンター). Since the head office is built at the lakeside, a good view can be enjoyed. The building is large, a factory, a souvenir shop and a cafe are on the 1st floor, and Restaurant "Sendoan (仙堂庵)" opens a business on the 2nd floor. A hand bath for free is built in front of the entrance of the building.

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Wakasayaimo of Wakasaya-Shinise
Wakasayaimo of Wakasaya-Shinise

    List of Means of Transportation

    A local bus runs between the Toyako Onsen and the Sapporo, and "Iburi-go (いぶり号)", an express bus, runs between the Toyako Onsen and the Noboribetsu Onsen. Refer to following the means of the transportation. 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).

    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Sapporo to Toyako Onsen
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Toyako Onsen to Sapporo
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Noboribetsu Onsen to Toyako Onsen
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    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Toyako Onsen to Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is at Toya Station

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park

    Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) has Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖), the 2nd largest caldera lake in Japan, and Lake Toya (洞爺湖), the 3rd largest caldera lake in the Japan, in the southwestern part of Hokkaido. In the national park, there are unique mountains such as Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) in the 3 major onsen in the Hokkaido. Because it is easy to access the tourist attracions from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo city, the Shikotsu-Toya National Park gets popularity from tourists. The Shikotsu-Toya National Park is roughly divided into 5 areas, Yoteizan Area, Toyako Area, Noboribetsu Area, Shikotsuko Area and Jozankei Area. The area is 99,473 ha in total, it is very vast. It blows my mind why it adds the Yoteizan Area and the Jozankei Area, but I googled it, but I could not find. Read More

    Lake Shikotsu
    Lake Shikotsu

    Wakasaimo

    I visited here around 11:00 on a weekday. A lots of customers came. Here was a popular tourist facility after all. The Toyako Head Office was the only store that customers could sample "Imoten (いもてん)", fried Wakasaimo, in the Wakasaimo Honpo. So I guessed that a lots of customers came. I wanted to eat the Wakasaimo, a traditional Japanese confectionery, so I purchased a pack of the Wakasaimo. The price was JPY 648. A shop clerk allowed me to eat my Wakasaimo at the cafe, so I decided to eat it there.

    Price is JPY 648 (6 pieces)
    Wakasaimo, Wakasaimo Honpo near Lake Toya

    Because it had been a long time since I had eaten this, I had a new discovery. I had thought that the Wakasaimo was sweet potato baked by soy sauce. * Imo means "Potato" in English. But it was wrong. I found a shocking papper that potatoes were not used at all. Bean jam made from beans was used to resemble mashed potatoes, and Kezuri Konbu was used as muscles of potatoes. Its appearance looked just a small potato. A slogan of the Waksaimo was that it looked more real than a real potato. The texture was same as the potato. It might be said that it was just the sweet potato. The taste of the Wakasaimo reminds a lot of Hokkaido people of their childhood. Thanks for the tsaty sweets!

    In Fact, Wakasaimo Is Not Potato!
    Wakasaimo, Wakasaimo Honpo near Lake Toya
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (105 Cars)
    Business hours 09:00-18:00
    Regular closing day Irregular closing day
    Telephone number +81-142-75-4111
    Home page Home page is this
    Mapcode 321 518 489*42

      List of Activities

      Some activity companies serve the Horse Trekking, the Canoe, the Birdwatching Tour, the Handmade Soft Serve Ice Cream Experience and so on around the Lake Toya. At Rental Cycle Takayanagi Shokai (レンタサイクル高柳商会), Toyako Onsen, a bicycle is rented for JPY 700 per a hour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around Lake Toya. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Canoe

      Movie of Canoe


      Toya Guide Center(洞爺ガイドセンター)
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      TOYA TOY BOX(洞爺トイボックス)
      ASOVIEW

      Nature Tour

      Toya Guide Center(洞爺ガイドセンター)
      Jalan

      Horse Trekking

      Movie of Horse Trekking


      Lake Toya Ranch(レイクトーヤランチ)
      ASOVIEW

      Helicopter Cruising

      Movie of Helicopter Cruising


      Helisys Japan(日本ヘリシス)
      ASOVIEW

      Various Experiense Activities

      Lake Hill Farm(レークヒル・ファーム)
      ASOVIEW
      glass cafe gla_gla(glass cafe gla_gla)
      ASOVIEW
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      Toya Takarada Nature Experience House(洞爺財田自然体験ハウス)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Sobetsu Fruit Village(そうべつくだもの村)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Toya. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Toyako Onsen

        Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace(洞爺湖万世閣 ホテルレイクサイドテラス)
        Toya Kohantei(洞爺湖畔亭)
        Toya Gokirakutei(洞爺湖畔 ごきらく亭)
        Toya Kanko Hotel(洞爺観光ホテル)
        Hotel Grand Toya(ホテル グランドトーヤ)
        Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
        Toya Sansui Hotel Kafu(洞爺山水ホテル 和風)
        Hotel New Toyako(ホテル ニュー洞爺湖) Only Tel:+81-142-75-2818
        Toya Green Hotel(洞爺グリーンホテル)
        Booking
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        Toya Sun Palace(洞爺サンパレス リゾート&スパ)
        The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort(ザ レイクビュー TOYA 乃の風リゾート)
        Daiwa Ryokan Annex(大和旅館 アネックス)
        Toyako Onsen Hotel Hanabi(洞爺温泉 ホテル華美)
        Daiwa Ryokan(大和旅館)
        Kitsutsuki Canadian Club(きつつき カナディアンクラブ)
        Rakuten
        Petit Hotel Koizumi(西山高原プチホテル恋泉)
        HP
        Jalan
        The Lake Suite Ko no Sumika(ザ・レイクスイート 湖の栖)
        Second house TOYA(セカンドハウスToya)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        TOYA HOME Kairou(TOYA HOME廻廊)
        HP
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        Rakuten
        Guest House COCO(ゲストハウス 湖湖)
        Guest house HiDE(ゲストハウス HiDE)
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Sobetsu-cho Onsen

          Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so(温泉旅館 いこい荘)
          Toya Kaawanami(洞爺かわなみ)
          HP
          Booking
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          Rakuten
          Hotel Nakanoshima(ホテル中の島)
          Showa Shinzan Youth Hostel(昭和新山ユースホステル)
          Pension Ono(ペンションおおの)
          レイクサイドクラシックハウス チャイハナ(Lakeside Classic House Chaihana)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          Nakatoya Onsen

            Nakatoya Onsen Campsite(仲洞爺キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
             

            Toyako

              The Windsor Hotel TOYA(ザ・ウィンザーホテル 洞爺リゾート&スパ)
              Hotel Cocoa(ホテルココア)
              HP
              Lakehouse At Toyako(レイクハウスアット洞爺湖)
              WE Hotel Toya(WE Hotel Toya)
              Phoenix Toya Club(フェニックス洞爺クラブ)
              Booking
              Rakuten
              LAKE TOYA Great View Log Cabin(LAKE TOYA グレートビューログキャビン)
              HP
              Jalan
              Rakuten
              lakeside villa kohansanso(lakeside villa 湖畔山莊)
              HP
              Jalan
              Rakuten
              Takarada Campsite(水辺の里財田キャンプ場)
              Booking
              Jalan
              Rakuten
              Lakeside Campsite(湖畔キャンプ場)
              Booking
              Jalan
              Rakuten
              Booking.com

              A page of Lake Toya

              Lake Toya

              A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

              Shikotsu-Toya National Park

              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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