“When we were kids, we ate sea urchin and abalone instead of snacks,” laughs the shop’s owner Atsushi Kakita. Born and bred in Kumaishi, he has run a sushi restaurant here in Yakumo for 44 years.
In Kumaishi, ezo-abalone are farmed in mineral-rich “Kumaishi deep-sea water,” and can be eaten throughout the year, but this establishment prides itself on only serving abalone caught naturally. Looking in the tank, the difference between natural abalone and farmed abalone is clear: natural abalone are large with a brown shell and pinkish flesh, while the farmed abalone are smaller and have blueish-colored shells and white flesh. The abalone fishing season on the Sea of Japan coast begins in April, with the natural abalone season opening from June to early July in spring and from October through November in autumn.
Hours: 11:00-21:00, weekdays lunch 11:00-14:00
Closed: Occasional Irregular Closures
52-1 Unseki-cho, Kumaishi, Yakumo, Futami-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
Almost 70 head of cattle wander freely on the 40 hectares of pastureland, eating as much grass as they like. The animals' manure becomes the fertilizer for the grass, meaning that agricultural chemicals are unnecessary. Such open grazing like that at Oguri Farm is rare even in Yakumo, which has a long history of dairy farming.
The farm, which has continued operating for 110 years, once produced large amounts of milk by increasing efficiency by means of concentrated feed combining maize and grain. However, from about 20 years ago the farm changed to mainly grass grazing-style dairy farming. From early May, the cows graze during the daytime and even in winter they spend the daytime outdoors. “Cattle are primarily herbivores,” says Mieko Oguri, “after quitting the concentrated feed, the amount of milk they produced decreased but the good thing was that the cows became healthier.” In order to convey the fact that “if the cows are comfortable, they produce better milk and the cheese becomes even more delicious,” the farm opened its own cheese factory in 2004.
164-8 Kasuga, Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan
Tel.: 0137-64-3436 Fax.: 0137-64-3903
Orders via phone, fax or mail are delivered directly from the factory (cash on delivery) * Domestic deliveries within Japan only
Also available at the Oka-no-eki Yakumo Panorama Park Product Center (within Funka Bay Panorama Park)
A butcher's shop that has been in business for approximately 90 years, Furuya's roots extend back to Furuya Farm, a cattle ranch and livestock business that was the first to rear wagyu (Japanese beef) cattle in Yakumo.
Currently, only one establishment, Tahara Farm rears wagyu cattle born and raised in Yakumo. This farm specializes in raising Furuya's wagyu cattle. Leftover cuts of meat from the rare cattle are processed and sold as hamburgers and sausage. One of the characteristics of Yakumo Wagyu is that it is not too fatty, as the meat is from younger cattle, making it extremely palatable.
Even more scarce is the Kitasato Yakumo Beef. These cattle are reared on mineral-rich grass and 100% domestic feed. The fat is a yellowish color and the flavor of the meat can be enjoyed the more the flesh is chewed. Almost all of the meat is shipped to Tokyo but is featured on the menu, here.
Hours: Butcher's Shop 9:30-20:00, Barbeque House 11:30-21:30（Last Order 21:00）
Closed: Every Tuesdays
40 Moto-machi, Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan
Tel.: 0137-62-2533, Fax.: 0137-62-3717
Eat ice cream made from milk fresh from the cow, while enjoying views of the farm. Many farms in Yakumo began when the first settlers kept cows for the manure. Motoyama Farm produces butter, which at one time was sold wholesale in Yokohama. Twenty years ago, Miyoshi Motoyama, the 4th generation owner took over the ice cream factory his father began.
"Temperature control is really difficult in order to make ice cream that is acceptable." There is a lot of physical work that is hard, but there's something enjoyable about it.
"Milk that is straight from the cow and is pasteurized has a subtle natural sweetness and is refreshing. The challenge is to create different flavors while maintaining that delicious taste."
Hours: 11:00-18:00 (from May to October), 11:00-17:00(November)
Closed: Irregular holidays
366-10 Hamamatsu, Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan
Tel.: 0137-62-2078, fax.: 0137-63-4880