- June 5th, 2017
[Murakami Udon in Nakashibetsu] Tempura Udon Noodles Is Offshoot of Kagawa Udon
Murakami Udon (むらかみうどん) is an udon noodle specialty restaurant founded in 2015 in Nakashibetsu, and appeared in in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. Mr. Yuya Murakami (村上雄弥), an owner, trained his Udon cooking in Kagawa prefecture (香川県 * Udon country), and has opened a business in the Nakashibetsu. The MICHELIN GUIDE appreciated their dishes for less than 2 years, so one can infer tasty dishes.
The restraunt has an atmosphere like a cafe, and the white appearance and interior decoration are stylish. The building was designed by Ambient Corp. The restraunt is not so large, but counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals. Visitors often form a line at lunchtime.
The Nakashibetsu has rich hot springs, and Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is famous. Fresh hot springs gush out even in the downtown. As for a tourist attracation, Kaiyodai Hill (開陽台) is well-known in particular. The Nakashibetsu has Nakashibetsu Airport, so it is developed as a base town of Eastern Hokkaido.
Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nakashibetsu town located between Lake Mashu (摩周湖) and Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). 2 onsen ryokan, Hotel Yoroushi (ホテル養老牛) and Yuyado Daiichi (湯宿だいいち) are built along Hokkaido Route 505, and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), a mixed bathing open-air bath for free, is a little away from the center of the Yoroushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The hot-spring place is surrounded by nature, and rare animals such as Blakiston's Fish Owl and Japanese sable inhabit a forest, so those animals sometimes appear at the accommodations. There are Yoro Falls (養老の滝), Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Yoroushi Onsen. Read More
Kaiyodai Hill (開陽台) is a hill in Nakashibetsu town is located in the northwestern part of Nemuro city. A round observation deck is built on the hilltop at about 270 m above sea level, and is famous for looking over 330 degrees view along the horizon. I wondered why it was not 360 degree. On investigation, the horizon looks round in 330 degree. The other 30 degree may be the back side. Kaiyodai Ranch (開陽台牧場) with area of about 780 ha is built on the hill, too, and 1000 milk cows are put out to pasture. A walk with the total length of 2.6 km and Kaiyodai Ranch Fureai Park (開陽台牧場ふれあい広場) are built along the ranch, and a walking is available. Bell of Happiness (幸せの鐘) and Figures of Dairy Cow (乳牛の像) are built, too. By the way, the straight road "North 19 Line" in front of the Kaiyodai Hill is called Milk Road (ミルクロード) because most tank trucks for milk run on the road, and it is popular with motor tour riders. Read More
Tempura Udon Noodles
I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday. 3 going great lengths written on a paper is put up on a wall near an entrance. [Noodles] Udon noodles are used 100% flour produced in Japan, and are made by the owner at the restraunt everyday. [Soup Stock] The owner make Japanese soup stock from high quality Hidaka Kombu (日高昆布) and carefully selected 3 types of sliced dried fish (雑節) and sliced dried bonito (本節) produced in Kagoshima prefecture everyday. It is not used a synthetic seasoning. [Tempura] Tempura is deep fried with high quality rice oil (米油) and carefully selected tempura flour, so it has good taste and crispy texture. Stomach does not feel heavy. A group of customers was at the restraunt at this halfway hour. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu, and ordered Tempura Udon Noodles with Hot Broth (温かい天ぷらうどん). The price was JPY 980.
Afer waiting for about 10-15 minutes, a bowl of udon noodles separated from tempura was served. I asked a waitress how to eat those. She replied "You would like to eat only the tempura or to put the tempura on the udon noodles as you like". So I decided to put a half of the tempura and eat the half of the tempura.
After decorating the udon noodles, I had a sip of the soup broth. The taste was light, and had tasty soup stock. Tasty! I ate the udon noodles successively. The appearance looked tough. But those were surprisingly soft. Interesting! Then I ate the tempura. Deep fried vegetable were crispy, and my stomach did not felt heavy. I understood they recommended the tempura. I ate the udon noodles with the hot broth this time. As for the Udon Noodles with Cold Broth, the appearance seems to be intersted and the udon noodles are chewy. In addtion, I want to eat Udon Carbonara next time.
Atmosphere of Tempura Udon Noodles Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hour||Weekdays 11:00-20:00, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays 11:00-15:00|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||429 777 673*57|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nakashibetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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