5 Reviews and Opinions
If you wanted to stay in one of the better hotels in Kushiro you would probably choose between the...more
14-9-2 Kurogane-cho, Kushiro, Hokkaido, 085-0018, Japan
Good for: Business
2-8-1 Akanko-onsen, Akancho, Kushiro, Hokkaido, 085-0467, Japan
Good for: Couples
Toraya is a great introduction to famous Robata Yaki style of Kushiro. Robata Yaki is said to have originated in Kushiro. The food is cooked on a charcoal grill and often served with an oar-like pole. Tora means tiger and no doubt the master of Toraya is a fan of the Tigers baseball team in Japan with memorabilia tastefully combined with the rustic...more
Bright informal restaurant with bar and box (booth) seating available. All the dishes are just 126 yen each including tax! You can get all the favourites (salmon, tuna, etc.), but also chicken karaage, tempura prawns, chawan mushi, soba, caviar, whale meat (ugh!), and many others too numerous to mention. I love the crab salad and tako (octopus)...more
Was it my imagination or Kushiro actually has a much greater concentration of 'night clubs' (the bussiness-men type) than any other city in Japan? I was surprised to see not less than four 'hostesses wanted' signs posted on the street, in the short time I spent walking around there.
But, on the other side, I found a few youngsters playing the guitar and singing for change on a corner. Something typical in European cities but still a rare view in Japan, especially when the air temperature is below zero, like that night!
If you're in Sapporo, the cheapest option to get to Kushiro is probably the overnight bus from the Chuo Bus Terminal behind the Sapporo Tower (Odori Park). One way is 5 000yen. The bus leaves at 11.30pm and arrives at Moo / EGG in Kushiro at about 6am. So you get to save on anights accomm too. The bus has only about 30 seats that recline all the way back with plenty of leg room and and aisle between you and the next person. There's also a bus back to Sapporo at 11.30pm from Moo.
A large department store with a mall, food fair and grocery store as well as the only movie theatre in Kushiro.
What to buy: Food is discounted near 5pm and cheap veggies and fruit are found in the produce section near the seafood area (in big green wagon bins).
This is sushi rice topped with Hokkaido's specialty seafoods: sliced raw salmon, boiled crab legs and "ikura" salmon roe, with a side of pickled aubergine/eggplant and wrapped seaweed with a little shredded scrambled egg. The cost is a little on the higher end of the "ekiben" spectrum, due to the use of fanciful fishes. These sorts of ingredients, however though special to Hokkaido (and probably relatively cheaper) is also widely available elsewhere in Japan, so I think there is a somewhat lessened effect of eating a "uniquely local specialty". But still it's quite tasty!
Generally, it is available for purchase only in this area, primarily at Kushiro Station.
Manufactured by local company KK Senshokan which was founded in the year 1953.
You are likely to experience at least one earthquake if you are in Kushiro for 2 weeks or longer. We experienced dozens including the rather jarring 8.5 earthquake in September 2003.
The Japanese are very prepared when it comes to earthquakes though, and we experienced little significant damage in our house.
Don't forget to duck and cover!
The Kushiro line runs from here to Abashiri, on the north (three hours, only local trains). This line passes through two National Parks with volcanoes, springs and lakes. Usually the train has to reduce its speed because the wild deers decided to take a shortcut through the railway. The natural experience for most urban Japaneses on holidays.See...more
If you're in Kushiro in winter and looking for a chance to get outdoors and see the marshland you can rent x-country skiis for free from the Onnenai Visitor Centre. Take the road to Tsurui (North of town) and when you see the big Marshland Observatory continue along for 5km. On the right is a largish car park, and steps leading down to the Onnenai...more
I was there only during the night, but was impressed by the beauty and delicate planning of the city. There has been some good architects behind that, for sure, and the results are more than good. One of the landmarks of Kushiro are the countless statues along the main avenue, especially 'the four seasons' over the bridge. The one on the picture...more
Well you can't come to Kushiro and not take a drive out to see the Red Crested Cranes between Kushiro and Tsurui. The best time to see them is winter, especially if it has snowed recently. Then you can get really great 'winter wonderland' snaps of the cranes frolicking in the snow. Also, there's usually blue skies in Winter. Summer is often a bit...more