In the morning, headed to Shiretoko, which is over 400 kilometers away from Sapporo. Followed the road to pass by Lake Saroma. It is a large lake that looks like the sea, and is actually the largest lake in Hokkaido, and is the third largest lake in Japan (1st is Lake Biwa). It is connected to the Sea of Okhotsk and is said the largest brackish lake in Japan.
Long distance view of Mount Shari. At this time of Hokkaido, can see the harvested wheat fields. Recall the season word (summer) of "Bakushu (wheat autumn)". The rolls on the field are called barley rolls and used as beds for cows and horses.
Shiretoko has been highly regarded for its rich land and marine ecosystem, and was recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site in 2005. Of course, these brown bears are also the part of important natural heritage. Want to see them or don't want to see them...
Headed to the fantastic Shiretoko Five Lakes surrounded by native forest. There are two main ways to walk through Shiretoko Five Lakes, a free elevated wooden path, and a nature trail for a fee depending on the season. This time, walk on an elevated wooden road with an observation deck overlooking Lake Ichi and a promenade that goes around the lake. Very comfortable to walk and can easily enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Shiretoko Mountain Range and the native forest. Mt. Rausu is seen over there.
Back to Utoro, small town in Shiretoko, and enjoyed sun setting from the hotel and relax. Enjoyed sun setting at East China Sea a week ago. Southern sea and Northern sea here are quite different in color and view.
At night, headed to “Namishibuki" restaurant's main branch booked for tonight. It seems a well-known restaurant listed at the Hokkaido Michelin Guide (special edition) in the ramen category.
In addition to ramen, thier menu is full of salads and yakitoris at evening time.
First of all, order Japanese sake and eggplants snd scallops as an appetizer.
Appetizer is Caesar salad in Namishibuki style, a very popular salad here. A big tomato is on it.
Bonjiri, tender and fatty yakitori, is with salt.
Tsukune, meatball yakitori, is served with egg yolk.
Chiken yakitori is in a soy based sweet sauce.
Miso ramen. It has a rich and mild texture and goes well with very soft char sius.
Green onion and salt ramen. The shop lady told that they have "Chibi (small size) Ramen" with small amount of noodles. Happy about it because worried about high calories. And delicious! Salt ramen is not good generally unless the soup is rich, and very satisfied the salt ramen here.
A clean, comfortable and delicious restaurant. Can know why the restaurant is liked by many. Highly recommend it if someone goes to Utoro.
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