Hokkaido Is Home to Some Really Famous Salmon Caviar Bowls

The hype is real.

Kitanokunikara Junnobanya

2-8 Rebun-cho, Rausu-cho

Contact: +81-153-87-5667

Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed during the winter from November to April.


Salmon caviar rice bowls have always been popular because of the way they look and taste, but there’s nothing like having a bowl in Hokkaido.

At Rausu-cho, the northeast part of Hokkaido, there is a store where you can eat salmon caviar rice bowls at the same place where the popular drama Kita no kuni kara 2002 yuigon took place. Called Kitanokunikara Junnobanya, the store is six minutes away by foot from the Shiretoko Rausu roadside station, and it looks exactly like the shack where Hidetaka Yoshioka lived in as Jun Kuroita.

While the store is now known as a tourist attraction in Rausu, it’s also pretty popular for its food. Seafood fans will not be disappointed to try the Kitanokunikara Combination Meal (¥1,700) and Jun’s Sea Urchin Rice Bowl (¥2,900).

In Rausu, also known as the “kingdom of fish,” you also can’t leave without trying their oyakodon, a bowl of rice topped with a combination of salmon and salmon caviar. Their Rausu Oyakodon (¥1,680 to ¥1,880) is a favorite. 

The shining caviar look like jewels and the pink salmon looks delicious.

There are many good restaurants and Japanese-style bars in Hokkaido, but it’s not every day when you can spend a luxurious time enjoying fresh seafood near the sea in a store like this. You can also buy souvenirs such as seafood made in Rausu at the souvenir shop attached to the store.

Provided by Walkerplus™, Japan Walker™, and Hokkaido Walker™ (3 July 2018)

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