• November 24th, 2015
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[Torimatsu in Kushiro] Traditional Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken with Crispy Outside and Tender Inside

Torimatsu

Torimatsu (鳥松) is a famous Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken (ザンギ) restraunt founded in 1960 in Sakae-machi, Kushiro city, and is near Karaoke Utaya (カラオケ歌屋). The restraunt run by Mr. Satoru Takakura (高倉悟), the 2nd owner, is well-known as the originator of the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken called a local speciality of the Hokkaido. But I do not know whether correct or not because some restraunts declare the originator. But it is a fact that a lot of people visit the long-established Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken restraunt.

Appearance of Building
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

The restraunt is small, and only U-shaped table is provided. Visitors must seat one by one from the innermost counter seat. I guess that it is full if about 8 people sit at counter seats, so I suppose that family customers and large number of people can hardly enjoy meals. The restraunt has a good atmosphere such as a typical Japanese old bar. It is Shibui! 3 members manage the restraunt at the counter.

Look of Restraunt
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. An airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport. As for transport facilities for the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland sightseeing, Kushiro-shitsugen train Norokko-go (くしろ湿原ノロッコ号) and Kushiro-shitsugen bus Isshu-go (釧路湿原一周号) run.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. 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 Kushiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
Jalan
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Jalan
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.

KUSHIRO

Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More

Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chickens

I visited here around 17:00, just opening hour, on a weekday. However, I visited here again 15 minutes later because an owner said "Opening time is delayed today". After entering the restraunt, I sat at the innermost counter seat. The first visitor was me on that day. I read menus hanging on a wall, and ordered a dish of Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones (ザンギ), a dish of Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones (骨なしザンギ), a dish of deep-fried chicken wing (手羽先) and an alcohol-free beer. The price were JPY 580, JPY 690, JPY 690 and JPY 420.

Owner Fries Chickens Before My Eyes
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

A kitchen was in front of customers' eyes, and the customers could see that the owner fried a lots of chickens. It was a rhythmic movement. A customer was just me, but a telephone ringed when I wondered why he fried so much chickens. The call was an order (to-go) of the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken. They got a succession of phone calls, so it looked quite tough. A waitress served fresh Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bare hands on a plate. When I asked whether your hands were not hot, she replied "I get used to hot". Getting into the habit was amazing.

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken without Bones
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

After waiting for about 10 minutes, the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones was served. First I would eat it without dipping sauce. The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones had crispy outside and tender inside. It was tasty! The waitress said "Customers always eat it with dipping sauce", so second I did, and it was tasty, too!

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Tender and Tasty!
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

While eating, some visitors took the seats next to me. The visitors next to me were Mr. Yoshidai and his co-worker. They told me "The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones is tasty with dipping sauce mixed black pepper". Actually, it was tasty with spicy hot when I ate it. It was nice. The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones and the deep-fried chicken wing were served shortly afterward. The both had bones, and it took time to pull out bones, but the labor made me feel tasty.

Black Pepper Are Mixed with Sauce
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
I Dip Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken into Black Pepper Sauce
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken with Bones
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Crispy
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

They said "We must visit here by all means on a business trip to Kushiro, and look forward to eating the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones" when I talked to them. They told me "A dish of chicken and sauteed vegetables is tasty, too", and it was surely tasty when they gave me a share. I was happy that I was able to talk to them. Meanwhile the restraunt was filled to capacity around 18:00. It was really popular restraunt.

Deep-fried Chicken Wing
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Yummy!
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken

Parking lot Free parking is not provided
Business hours 17:00-24:30
Regular closing day Sunday
Telephone number +81-154-22-9761
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 149 227 660*72

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near or in the Kushiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

KUSHIRO

Palude Kushiro(駅前ホテル パルーデ釧路)
Super Hotel Kushiro-ekimae(スーパーホテル 釧路駅前)
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Super Hotel Kushiro(スーパーホテル釧路)
Booking
Hotel Route-Inn Kushiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン釧路駅前)
Hotel AreaOne Kushiro(ホテルエリアワン釧路)
Kushiro Century Castle Hotel(釧路センチュリーキャッスルホテル)
La Vista Kushirogawa(ラビスタ釧路川)
Hotel Rasso Kushiro(ホテルラッソ釧路)
Comfort Hotel Kushiro(コンフォートホテル釧路)
Hotel Crown Hills Kushiro(ホテルクラウンヒルズ釧路)
Hotel Axia Inn Kushiro(ホテルアクシアイン釧路)
Kushiro Royal Inn(釧路ロイヤルイン)
Hotel Paco Kushiro(天然温泉ホテルパコ釧路)
Kushiro Prince Hotel(釧路プリンスホテル)
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kushiro(ANAクラウンプラザホテル釧路)
Toyoko Inn Kushiro Jujigai(東横イン釧路十字街)
Booking
Athele Inn(アスリートイン)
Booking
Jalan
Lasting Hotel(ラスティングホテル)
Booking
Minshuku Kano(民宿かのう)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Frontier(ビジネスホテル フロンティア)
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Marshland(ホテル マーシュランド)
Booking
Business Ryokan Tokiwaso(ビジネス旅館 富喜和荘)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Marshland Annex(ホテル マーシュランド別館)
Booking
Minshuku Green Park(民宿グリーンパーク)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Sumire Ryokan(すみれ旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Nakazono Daiichi(ビジネス ホテル 中園第一)
Booking
Jalan
Wakatake Ryokan(若竹旅館)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Takkobunuma Automobile Campsite(達古武沼オートキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kitoushi Campsite(キトウシ野営場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Shibecha

Kushiro Shitsugen Tohro Youth Hostel(釧路湿原とうろユースホステル)
Rakuten
Kushiroshitsugen Toro Inn(釧路湿原 とうろの宿)
Booking
Lodge Shirarutoro(シラルトロ温泉 ロッジ シラルトロ)
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Minshuku Mokuri(民宿 木理)
Booking
Rakuten
Fuji Onsen(富士温泉)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Restaurant and Hotel Hazel Grouse Manor(レストラン&ホテル ヘイゼルグラウスマナー)
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Jalan
Hotel Terreno Kisen(ホテル・テレーノ気仙)
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Fujika Onsen Hotel(藤花温泉ホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sanraku-so(三楽荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tanigawa Ryokan(谷川旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Lake Shirarutoro Campsite(シラルトロ湖キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tawadaira Campsite(多和平キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Nijibetsu Automobile Campsite(虹別オートキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Tsurui

Heart'n Tree(ハートン ツリー)
Jalan
Tsurui Dosanko Ranch(鶴居どさんこ牧場)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Tsurui(民宿つるい)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Woody Hotel and Restaurant Yumekobo(ウッディホテル&レストラン夢工房)
Rakuten
Manami Cabin(Manami Cabin)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Green Park Tsurui(ホテル グリーンパークつるい)
Booking
HOTEL TAITO(HOTEL TAITO)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind(ヒッコリーウインド)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Farm Inn Torch(ファームイン トーチ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Farm Inn Mumin(ファームイン夢民)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Shukubo Makigoya(宿房 まきごや)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Farm Eco Lodge Tanocho-no-Ie(ファームエコロッジ 丹頂の家)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tsukushi Village(つくしヴィレッジ)
Jalan
Farm Inn Tsurui(ファームインつるい)
Jalan
Rakuten
Tsurui Villagers Forest Automobile Campsite(つるい村民の森 オートキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tsurui Campsite(つるいキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)
Booking

Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)
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Akanko Onsen

Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings(あかん湖 鶴雅ウィングス)
Akan Yuku-no-Sato Tsuruga(阿寒悠久の里鶴雅)
New Akan Hotel(ニュー阿寒ホテル)
Hotel Akankoso(ホテル阿寒湖荘)
Akan-no-Mori Tsuruga Resort Hanayuuka(阿寒の森 鶴雅リゾート花ゆう香)
Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza(あかん鶴雅 別荘 鄙の座)
La Vista Akangawa(カムイの湯 ラビスタ阿寒川)  
Onsen Minshuku Ryougoku(温泉民宿 両国)
Rakuten
Sansuiso(山水荘)
Booking
Hoyuso(芳友荘) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2728
Hachiya Ryokan(八谷旅館) Only Tel:+81-154-67-2747
Hotel Gozensui(ホテル御前水)
Onsen Minshuku Yamaguchi(温泉民宿山口)
Booking
Rakuten
Tohokan(東邦館)
Booking
Onsen Minshuku Kiri(温泉民宿 桐)
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Business Hotel Matsuoka(ビジネスホテルまつおか)
Jalan
Rakuten
Akankohan Campsite(阿寒湖畔キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Kushiro is here

Kushiro

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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