- May 24th, 2014
[Okhotsk Palace in Monbetsu] Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice Looks Stew or Curry
Hotel Okhotsk Palace
Hotel Okhotsk Palace (ホテルオホーツクパレス) is a famous hotle founded in 1960 in Monbetsu city located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is near Roadside Station "Okhotsk Hyomon Station (オホーツク氷紋の駅)". The hotel has 2 restraunts, Cafe and Restraunt Marina (カフェ＆レストラン マリーナ) and Sushi and Japanese Dish Kitaji (寿司・和食 北路), and also has a bowling alley. At the Cafe and Restraunt Marina, Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice (オホーツク紋別ホワイトカレー) and Monbetsu Hamburger Brothers (紋別バーガー兄弟), local specialities in the Monbetsu, are served. My visited restraunt is the Cafe and Restraunt Marina. The restraunt is large, and all seats are table seats, so I guess that even family customers also enjoy meals.
The Monbetsu is well-known as an drift ice town, and drift ice cruise can be enjoyed in a winter. As for tourist attractions in the Monbetsu, Lake Komuke, Komuke Primeval Flower Garden, Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden, Okhotsk Tokkari Center, Hokkaido Okhotsk Ryuhyo Park, Roadside Station Okhotsk Monbetsu, Monbetsu City Museum, Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center "GIZA", Sea Ice Observation Tower Okhotsk Tower, Monbetsu Park, Okhotsk Sky Tower, Okhotsk Garden, Monbetsu Crab Claw Statue are relatively famous. Hot springs gush out in the Monbetsu, and a day trip onsen can be enjoyed in Monbetsu Onsen.
Drift Ice Sightseeing in Monbetsu
There are 2 sightseeing spots that tourists can enjoy the scheduled drift ice cruising in Japan. Monbetsu in the northeast of the Hokkaido faces the Sea of Okhotsk, and is one of the sightseeing spots for drift ice cruising. Drift ice drifts to the offing of Monbetsu around mid January. If common ships collide with the drift ice, those are broken, but Drift Ice Icebreaker Garinkogo2 (流氷砕氷船ガリンコ号Ⅱ) that can break the drift ice zone goes into service. A lot of tourists visit here to see the drift ice from early January to late March. The drift ice icebreaker Garinkogo2 goes into service from 5 to 7 each day, and cruising time is around 60 minutes. The tourists can get aboard a ship at Kaiyokoryukan boarding point (海洋交流館). Read More
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival (もんべつ流氷まつり * The Ryuhyo means "Drift Ice" in Japanese) is a winter event held in Monbetsu city located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and has started since 1963. The festival is held at the side of Kaiyo-Koryukan (海洋交流館) during 3-4 days in mid February, and about 60,000 tourists come. There are ice sculptures, ice slides, food stalls, a public restroom at the site, and some events such as concerts are held, too. It is very cold, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Lake Komuke (コムケ湖) is a brackish water lake in Monbetsu city located in the northwest part of Abashiri city, and means "Bent Marsh" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 22.7 km. The maximum water depth is 3.8 m. 3 large and small lakes are connected each other, and are collectively called the Lake Komuke. It is hardly become a sightseeing spot, and a beautiful scenery has been left in its natural state. A sandy road is between the Lake Komuke and the Sea of Okhotsk, and visitors can observe the nature along the road. But pay attention to stuck your car. A lot of flowers grow naturally in sandy beach, and I think that here is a primeval flower garden. The moderate salty lakeshore is suitable for coral grass, and some coral grass colonies are around the lake. It begins turning red in early September. It can be said a valuable place that the natural Coral Grass can be seen. Admission free. Read More
By the way, an express bus "Ryuhyo Monbetsu-go (流氷もんべつ号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Monbetsu.
Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice
In the Monbetsu facing the Sea of Okhotsk, the Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice is selected as a local specialty, and can be eaten at several restaurants, and the whole of the Monbetsu spreads recognition of the curry and rice. I visited to eat the curry and rice around 13:00 on a weekday. A waitress shown my seat beside a window, and I sat at a table seat, and ordered the Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice that I craved. The price was JPY 1000.
The Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice images the Monbetsu, and seafood and mountain vegetables are filled. Ingredients are Scallop, Prawn and so on. Meringue of curry sauce expresses drift ice, and Red Bell Pepper expresses Garinko-go2 (ガリンコ号2 * ice boat), and Asparagus expresses Okhotsk Tower (オホーツクタワー). I think that this is a very creative dish. It tasted like stew sauce and like curry sauce, and it was mysterious! The taste was good.
The Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice is served at some restaurants in the Monbetsu. They have some rules and regulations to name a dish as the Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice. Those are as follows. But thanks to that, restaurants compete with each other, and different Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rices are born. You might as well eat those at different restaurants.
1. White curry and rice imaging Okhotsk Monbetsu, the town of drift ice, a fishing industry, an agricultural industry and a dairy industry, should be served.
2. Scallop caught in the Okhotsk Monbetsu and milk produced in the Okhotsk Monbetsu should be used.
3. Seasonal ingredients are used as soon as possible.
4. Ingredients are put on rice produced in Hokkaido, and carry sauce is served on the side.
5. Ingredients imaging the Garinko-go2 should be used.
6. A round dish should be provided.
7. Mild sauce (Rosa rugosa chutney) shuold be served on the side as people like.
8. A spoon should be covered with a spoon bag that the Garinko-go2, the Scallop and Earless Seal are printed on.
Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry and Rice and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (150 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Hotel Reservation||Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||401 357 801*75|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Monbetsu. 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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