Tokachi – Feel the region’s hospitality through heartwarming gourmet!
Famous for being the region that has the most “Hokkaido-like” flavour, Tokachi is known for its unique nature attractions, good food and great hot springs. Here is where you will truly get a taste of local activities and experiences!
The first to make it on our list of recommendations is the Bitou Farm tour. It was an eye-opening experience to see how they made use of nature’s elements to grow potatoes. We even had the chance to ride on tractors, which was no doubt the highlight of the day! After spending a day outdoors, the owners kindly prepared samples of fried potatoes for us. Fried in butter, the generous servings of chips was an irresistible snack which warmed our tummies.
If you’re looking for something unique to watch, head to Obihiro Racecourse. This is no run-off-the-mill horse race as it involves majestic horses competing in a battle of strength and speed; the jockeys stand on metal sleighs that weigh up to a whopping 450 kilograms! Marvel at the synergy between jockey and horse as they complete a challenging obstacle course.
Do try Robatayaki for an engaging dining experience. This style of fireside cooking originated in Hokkaido, where fishermen would grill their fresh catch using coal kept in a wooden box. The food was prepared on an oar from the boat and then handed out.
Rokkatei(六花亭) and Ryugestu (柳月) will delight those with a sweet tooth. These stores boast a wide variety of sweet treats that will satisfy your cravings.
Last but not least, a trip to Hokkaido is not complete without tucking into their soul food―a piping hot bowl of Soup Curry. Unlike the regular Japanese curry, Soup Curry is less thick and more broth-like. Expect to find a generous amount of chunky vegetables like carrots, lotus root and broccoli in this flavourful dish. Eating your veggies has never been easier!
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(This feature first appeared on WAttention Singapore magazine, Sep/Oct 2018 Vol. 46)