* Hokkaido Travel Tips的部落格

*Hokkaido Travel Tips’ Blog
We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.



YAKISOBA屋 / Yakisobaya


Yakisobaya (Sapporo City Chuo-ku) is a specialist fried noodle shop. Yakisoba means fried noodles, and Ya stands for shop. This is a casual place to have a meal. At lunch time, office workers (mainly men) line up for a quick bite, and in the evening, teenagers enjoy it as a place to hang out over a snack. The key concept of this shop is ‘reasonable price, quick service, generous size, and good taste.’ The fried noodle dishes are served immediately upon ordering. A customer selects their desired volume, and the price varies. The regular option is 330 yen for one portion, with biggest at 1280 yen for 12 portions.

本膳料理 / Honzen Ryori


Honzen Ryori is an important style of Japanese cuisine which consists of many small dishes. Originally started and developed among the samurai warrior class in the medieval ages, it was mainly for welcoming guests. In Honzen Ryori, three small dining courses are served on legged tables. The first is called Honzen, and consists of a bowl of rice, a soup, and three side dishes. Ni-no Zen, meaning the second table, and San-no Zen, or the third table are then served. Each consists of one soup and one side dish. Genuine traditional style can now only be seen at high class restaurants or Onsen hotels.



Esukaroppu is a local dish of Nemuro City in the Nemuro District. Tonkatsu, which is Japanese pork cutlet, is set on butter or ketchup-flavored fried rice. There are two types of this dish. Demi-glace (type of brown sauce) is poured over. In the early 1960s, a cook who was working for the western style restaurant ‘Mont Blanc’ created it. It then grew very popular, and spread throughout the city. The name originates from the French ‘escalope’, which means thin pork in English. Actually, relatively thin pork is used for Tonkatsu of Esukaroppu. This is another example of fusion cuisine.



Torimeshi is a local dish of Bibai City in Sorachi District. Tori means chicken and Meshi stands for rice. Simply saying, torimeshi is boiled rice seasoned with soy sauce and sake, and cooked with chicken fillet and edible offal. The origin of this dish is in home cooking of yesteryear farms. In the late 19th century, those who cultivated the land raised fowls for a secondary income stream. They cooked their chickens when they entertained guests or had parties. Now, some restaurants in the city serve their own torimeshi, or you can find in the bento section of supermarkets.

銀喉長尾山雀 / Shima Enaga


Shima Enaga is a subspecies of the long-tailed tit (Enaga in Japanese) which lives only in Hokkaido. It’s quite a small bird, at about 14 centimeters (which includes a long tail,) with small black eyes like two dots. Its feathers are white and puffy, and its round body is like a small white ball. In Japan, some photos of the Shima Enaga went kind of viral on Twitter in 2013 or 2014, and the bird gained fame. Since then, it has been very popular, especially for ornithologists and photography enthusiasts. Some people call it the sprite of snow. It can be seen in forest environments.

塘路湖 / Lake Toro


Lake Toro (Shibecha Town) is a freshwater lake in Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park. The name originates from a word from the Ainu language; Toh means a lake and Oro means a place. The lake itself and the surrounding area are designated as a wildlife sanctuary. Various birds, such as the white-tailed eagle and grey heron have made their homes there. The white-tailed eagle is on the red list of endangered animals. In winter, the surface of the lake freezes, and fishing for wakasagi (pond smells) becomes a popular activity. A hole is drilled through the ice, enabling a fishing line to be suspended into the water below.

小規模的藝廊 / Small art gallerie


There are a lot of small art galleries in Sapporo. Some are located in coffee shops, some are rental rooms for artists to use, while some are located in free or available space in buildings. Private exhibitions and artists group exhibitions are held anywhere, anytime, throughout the year. The official website of Sapporo City shows a list of galleries. Almost all galleries are free, but visitors are kindly asked to have a drink at the coffee shop to support the host. There are more than 70 art galleries in Chuo-ku, which is the central area of Sapporo.
Here is the webpage but only Japanese language