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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Wakkanai / Rumoi Area

  • Kita no Ajigokoro Take-chan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-8-7
    Kita no Ajigokoro Take-chan is a seafood restaurant which is a five-minute walk from Wakkanai Station. You can enjoy sushi, the seafood-bowl and local dishes which include the very fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk. A popular menu item is the fried North Pacific giant octopus, which is a Wakkanai specialty, and the shabu-shabu. There is a full course menu which allows you to enjoy produce from the local mountains and ocean together and can be ordered for one person or more.
  • Kurumaya Genji
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-8-22
    A Wakkanai regional restaurant just a five-minute walk from Wakkanai Station. Try Takoshabu, one of Wakkanai's most famous dishes made from thinly sliced fresh Japanese giant octopus that is quickly dipped in dashi stock. Enjoy it with their special miso sauce hot pot with lettuce and mushrooms. Try other items from their popular menu such as fried sailfin poacher, which can only be caught in small amounts in neighboring Otaru, or Toban-yaki (ceramic hot pot) which bakes pork, seafood and vegetables with butter.
  • Guest House Almelia
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamisaki
    With its large, distinctive windmill is this guest house located near Cape Soya in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido. Almelia offers cuisine using Soya Black cattle raised in the natural surroundings of Cape Soya, and fresh seafood from the Sea of Okhotsk. Hamburg steak with plenty of meat juices, and Hamburg steak stew are popular dishes here. Seafood-wise they have Saihoku (northernmost)-don, which is rice topped abundantly with raw sea urchin, and Saihoku-ramen, which is a bowl of noodles topped with red king crab, scallops and octopus, etc. Guest House Almelia is also a place from where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding Soya Kyuryo Hills, a Hokkaido heritage site.
  • Restaurant Sato
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oshidomari Minatomachi
    At Restaurant Sato, located in Rishirifuji Town, Rishiri County, Hokkaido, you can eat food that uses plenty of seafood from Rishiri. The interior of the restaurant is like an old-fashioned dining hall. It is usually only open from May to mid-October. The menu is full of seafood delights such as sea urchin rice bowl with lashings of sea urchin, seafood rice bowl, sea urchin ramen, and Rishiri seaweed ramen, etc. Octopus sashimi and rockfish (related to sea bream) sashimi are also very popular.
  • Kafuka Seafood Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rebungunrebunchou Kafukamura Tonnai 558 - 1 MARINE MARINE STORE 2F
    Kafuka is a seafood restaurant directly operated by the Kafuka Fishermen’s Cooperative in Rebun Town, Rebun County, Hokkaido. The restaurant serves food using mainly fresh seafood caught in the waters of Kafuka on Rebun Island. The seafood rice bowls and grilled seafood are especially well liked. Among them, the ezo-bafun uni (short-spined sea urchin) raised in Rebun is fed high quality Rishiri kelp and tastes exquisite. Many people come here from far away, looking for sea urchin rice bowls and live sea urchin which can only be had from May to September. The grilled Okhotsk atka mackerel topped with miso is also a very popular and well-known dish.
  • Rishiri Kaiso no Sato (Home of Seaweed)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirichou Kutsugata Town Honcho 51
    Located in Rishiri Town in Rishiri District, Hokkaido (on Rishiri Island), Rishiri Kaiso no Sato (Home of Seaweed) is a café and art gallery (with a crafts experience corner) complex housed in a century-old building that was formerly a seafood wholesaler’s warehouse. One of Rishiri Kaiso no Sato’s most popular experiential classes is the “Seaweed Crafts” activity, which involves making pressed-flower craft-works using local flowers and seaweeds from Rishiri Island. You can make your own unique items, such as bookmarks, key-holders, etc. Visitors can also look round the Seaweed Crafts Gallery, free of charge. In the café, visitors can enjoy special-blend coffee brewed using water from Reihou Yusui Springs.
  • Koshika Japanese Confectionery Store
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 1-3-35
    This is a long-established confectionery shop in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, the northernmost tip of Japan and sells a variety of items ranging from souvenirs to daily snacks. The most popular western-style cake is the “Drift Ice Manju” which is a moist sponge cake covered with white chocolate and portrays the image of drift ice. In addition, bittersweet “Mocha Shofuku” and milky “Wakkanai Condensed Milk Sweets” are also popular. Local produce from Hokkaido, and especially milk produced only in the neighboring area is used. The careful selection of ingredients to make the sweets is the secret of their popularity.
  • Karafuto Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanai City No Shap 2-2-6
    This seafood restaurant in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, open during the sea urchin fishing season from late April to early October, is a popular shop. It has had good reviews from riders and is a popular restaurant that has been reported on in the media many times. The dish called “Unidakeuni-don” with a surprising amount of sea urchin and salmon roe is a signature dish. The “Karafuto-don” overflowing with seafood is also popular. The messages visitors have written filling the walls and ceiling of the store are a unique and astonishing sight and proof of the popularity of the restaurant.
  • Takechan Sushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rebungunrebunchou Kafukamura Shinoni Kaoru Ferry Terminal 2F
    Located in the Kafuka Ferry Terminal on Rebun Island, this is Japan's northernmost sushi restaurant. Despite primarily being a sushi restaurant, the restaurant also serves ramen, set meals, and a variety of other dishes. The restaurant also serves as a diner where local families like to relax. The sea urchin is a Rebun Island specialty and has a rich flavor. During fishing season, many people come here to order the sea urchin rice bowl. The restaurant also offers a variety of renowned dishes made with Hokkaido seafood, like the thick cut broiled arabesque greenling rice bowl.
  • Trim Chikusankan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rumoishi Reukechou 294 - 1 within the reception farm
    This restaurant at the Reuke Ranch in Reukecho, Rumoi City is famous for its ramen noodles and soft serve ice cream. Their original Ororon Ramen features Rumoi harvested northern shrimp and broth made with tomato juice that's red like the setting sun. Their exceptional Ranch Soft Serve Ice Cream and Ranch Curry are also popular. The location features a line of large windmills, and they say it's a hill where you can see the wind. Guests also enjoy barbecues in the terrace seating area with a view of the Japan Sea and Mt. Shokanbetsu. It's open from April until early October and is closed in winter.
  • Kaisen Robata Urokotei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 5-6-8
    This seafood restaurant directly operated by a veteran marine product processing company is located about 15 minutes on foot from JR Wakkanai Station. The most popular dish is its Urokoshi Rice Bowl that's been featured in the media. This hearty and sumptuous seafood bowl features eight types of fish and shellfish selected according to the season and the day's catch. In addition to the Wakkanai specialty Tako Shabu, they offer thinly sliced ??fresh mizudako octopus from Soya that after a quick dip in hot water seems to melt in your mouth. You can try your hand at making Hokkaido specialties like squid shiokara and ichiyaboshi dried fish at their factory on the premises. Reservations are required.
  • Daio Main Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 3-16-26
    This historic Chinese restaurant is located in the Chuo Shotengai arcade in Wakkanai. In addition to counter seating, small fourperson tables are available. The restaurant preserves the standard flavors of Wakkanai with miso, shoyu and saltflavor ramen, and also serves the Wakkanai soul food, Chamen in both shoyu and saltflavors. Fried rice and pot-stickers are available for take-out. Students under high school age get a discount.
  • Ramen no Takaraya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-11-15
    Located right next to Wakkanai Station, it was listed in Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2012 and 2017. Introduced as a delicious salt ramen shop, this popular store is loved by fans because of the unchanging taste since it first opened. The menu only has two types of ramen soup base: salt and soy sauce. The salt ramen is highly recommended. It has a great combination of thin, tapered noodles and a clear, light soup made from kombu kelp, pork bones and vegetables. They have toppings from chashu (roasted pork) to menma (fermented and seasoned bamboo), dried wheat gluten and green onions. While its simple, the flavor has umami and richness.
  • Jyanome Sushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rumoi-shi Nishikimachi 3-1-13
    This sushi restaurant opened in 1976. It is popular for offering sushi topped with seasonal Hokkaido seafood. Our recommendation is the “Jyanome Special,” a stunning plate of 21 pieces of sushi. You will be able to enjoy scallops, sea urchin, Sakhalin surf-clam, salmon roe, and more to your heart’s content.
  • Midori Tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Esashi-gun Esashicho Utanoborinishimachi 122
  • Wasurenagusa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirichou Kutsugata Midorichou
  • Ajimaisanjitugetu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oniwaki Oniwaki
  • Marui Dining Hall
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirichou Senhoushi Honcho
  • Ajisai Kawa 1
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishiri-gun Rishiri-gun Rishirifujicho Oniwaki Oniwaki
  • Matsuya Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rishiri-gun Rishiricho

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