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Spring delicacies/春のごちそう

Spring is a season for edible plants hunting. A friend of my aunt had collected a lot of watercress and I was give some of them.
watercress

The following day, my mother in law gave me Gyoja-ninniku, a wild plant which is also called Ainu-negi.
行者にんにく

I boiled and ate them with soy sauce. The photos below are the boiled Gyoja-ninniku and Azami, other edible plant.
おひたし

Gyoja-ninniku literally means ascetic's garlic. It has a pronounced odor and goes well with "Genghis Khan" mutton barbecue.
ジンギスカン

Mutton barbecue is a soul food for people of Hokkaido. But the mutton we ate was from New Zealand;p
生ラム

When gyoja-ninniku is grilled as below, you can eat it.
食べ頃アイヌネギ



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Ginkonyu, Japanese style hot spring inn

About one-hour-and-half drive from Hakodate, you can get to Yakumo town. Yakumo literally means "eight clouds" and the name comes from its weather. It is said that there are eight cloudy days a week, hence the name Yakumo. Anyway, Ginkonyu, a good traditional Japanese style inn is located about ten kilometers inland from Route 5. It is a member of Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns and attracts deep onsen(hot spring) lovers nationwide.

My husband and I stayed there a night last November(2010) and enjoyed its onsen and delicious food.

When we reserved the inn, a room with toilet cost 14,850 yen per person while a room without toilet cost 10,650yen per person. The fee includes dinner and breakfast. These fee applies for two people with a room. It varies depend on number of people and a room you choose. Please ask the inn.

The inn is located in a deep forest by a river and you can enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. The photo below is one of their outdoor hot spring bath tubs only for the guests who stay a night or more in the inn.
outdoor bath of Ginkonyu
The bath tub is installed outside, but you can use it privately.

The room we stayed was Japanese style and I think most of them or all of them are Japanese style.
Futon

I forgot to take a photo before futon were ready. As you probably know, futon are Japanese bedding and they are prepared by staff after you finish your dinner.

The scroll of the room says a famous old Chinese poem.
Chinese poem
If you are interested in the meaning of the poem, please see this page in Japanese and this in English.

The dinner we had was wonderful. You can see the dishes we had;p
ginkonyu dinner

We were almost full but there is always room for dessertXD.
dessert at Ginkonyu

But there wasn't room for this bedtime snack. It is a steamed bean-jam bun.
steamed_bean_jam_bun

While you are staying at this inn, yukata(casual cotton kimono) and tanzen(thick coat) are good to relax.


A noteworthy thing was that you were not offered slippers. But this two-toe socks were provided. This inn was slippers-free inn!
two toe socks

Another worth mentioning thing was you can enjoy beautiful flower arrangements.
銀婚湯・花

銀婚湯花2

How about visiting this secluded inn and spending a relaxing time?






Hotel Keipu, Japanese style hot spring hotel in Esan

Now, the places not affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami need to vitalize the economy. Let's go outside and spend money!!

I'd like to show some photos I took when I stayed a night at the hotel last month.
hot spring attached to the room

I reserved the hotel through Jaran and the course we chose was "Misaki course with a little luxurious dinner". An adult costs 12,075 yen including dinner and breakfast. The room we chose had a private hot spring, so the payment was higher than other courses. The photo above was the private hot spring attached to the room. I want to show a photo of the room, but when I arrived at the hotel, my family had already messed up the room. So I gave up taking a photo of it, but it was a good Japanese style tatami matted room. I stayed with my mom, sister and two nephews.

The dinner was great.
dinner menu of hotel cape

刺身

アワビ

前菜

メインの肉と魚

茶碗蒸し

デザート

For children, a different menu was provided.



Are you interested in visiting this hotel? Then, have a contact with Hakodate Hotel Keipu(Cape)! It's only one hour and half drive from the center of the city(^ -)=☆



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Author:Akiko
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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