Abashiri Chanpon



Abashiri Chanpon

What is Abashiri Chanpon?

Abashiri City and Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture started cultural exchanges after the battle for the "longest roasted chikuwa in Japan" between the two cities. One day someone thought of an idea, "What if Obama Chanpon, a famous dish of Unzen City, was cooked with the use of locally produced food of Abashiri? Wouldn't it be delicious?" In September 2011, a group of Unzen citizens visited Abashiri and experimentally cooked Chanpon using locally produced food of of Abashiri. This was the start of Abashiri Chanpon.

The battle for the longest roasted chikuwa in Japan

In June 2009, members of the Junior Chamber International Abashiri tried production of the longest roasted chikuwa in Japan. They succeeded in making a roasted chikuwa which was 7.56 meters long and obtained the title of number one in Japan.
However, similar efforts were made in Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture in November of the same year, and a roasted chikuwa with the length of 11.15m, which was longer than the one in Abashiri City, was completed.
As both cities made these efforts on their own initiative, the members of Abashiri City felt "We cannot lose this one," and visited Unzen City in August 2010. This is how the battle for the longest roasted chikuwa in Japan started between the two cities.
Abashiri and Unzen started cultural exchanges after this battle, and created the "gotochi gourmet" Abashiri Chanpon through mutual cooperation.

[Rules for Abashiri Chanpon]

  1. On the basis of the soup for Unzen Obama Chanpon, local food materials of Okhotsk should be added and unique presentation should be performed.
  2. Fish meat processed foods produced in Abashiri should be used as ingredients.
  3. The "noodles dedicated for Abashiri Chanpon", specially developed by Takenaka Seimen in Abashiri City, should be used.


List of restaurants offering Abashiri Chanpon

Grand Glacier, Abashiri Central Hotel

網走セントラルホテル グラングラシェ

1,000 yen (tax included)

This is the first Abashiri Chanpon produced in this city.

Nagaten (rectangular Kamaboko) produced in Abashiri, the birthplace of frozen minced flesh, basket clams produced in Abashiri, three-colored naruto kamaboko (specialty of Hokkaido), squid legs, pork, and plenty of vegetables are used.

AddressMinami 3-jo Higashi 1-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido 093-0003
ClosedNo scheduled holidays

Food Court Kinema Kan


900 yen (tax included)

Scallops are so fresh that they can be eaten as sashimi
The soup is a blend of the basic soup and a special chicken-carcass soup. First, scallops and short-necked clams are steamed with sake to enhance umami. Then ingredients such as cabbage, onions, pork back ribs, three-colored naruto kamaboko, Nagaten and roasted chikuwa, are added and fried together, and the soup is poured over the ingredients when they are cooked. The ingredients and boiled noodles are mixed in a bowl, and are topped with the mixture of red pickled ginger and crunchy bits of deep-fried dough.

AddressMinami 3-jo Higashi 4-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido 093-0003
Open hours11:00 to 16:30
ClosedNo scheduled holidays

Okonomiyaki Hattensho

お好み焼き 八点鐘

Fried Chanpon 800 yen (tax included)
Neapolitan 900 yen (tax included)

Original menu based on the characteristics of Teppan-yaki

Large pieces of ingredients are used in abundance, and are daringly mixed with noodles steamed with the soup on the iron plate. As a secret ingredient, residue of Emu oil, a specialty of Abashiri, is added. Then the dish is topped with red pickled ginger.

AddressMinami 3-jo Nishi 1-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido 093-0013
Open hours17:00 to 24:00

YAKINIKU Abashiri Beer Hall


896 yen (tax included)

Gochujang gives an accent to a special soup for Abashiri Chanpon

Ingredients are scallops, squid, Nagaten, three-colored naruto kamaboko, chikuwa, bean sprouts, long green onions, onions, cabbages and, surprisingly, Mimiga (cartilage of pigs' ears) of Okinawa.

AddressMinami 2-jo Nishi 4-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido 093-0012
Open hours17:00 to 23:00 (or to 24:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and days before national holidays)
ClosedNo scheduled holidays



880 yen (tax included)

A homemade chicken-carcass soup is added to create a silky flavor.

Ingredients are basket clams, cabbage, onions, squid, carrots, kamaboko produced in Abashiri, crab claws for emphasizing the uniqueness of Abashiri, and another unique material, chicken legs, for symbolizing the name Kitadori. The umami of the noodles and ingredients can be fully enjoyed, in contrast to the light taste of the soup. If you add a drop of sesame chili oil, the overall taste will become sharper and unique.

AddressMarronnier Building 1F, Minami 3-jo Nishi 1-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido 093-0013
Open hours17:00 to 27:00
Closedthe 2nd and 4th Sundays

Gnome café

GNOME café(ノームカフェ)

800 yen (tax included) (Meals are offered only about twice a day)

Orthodox Chanpon containing plenty of vegetables

The umami stock plus the stock of basket clams produced in Lake Abashiri are used as a soup. Basic vegetables such as onions, cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts are put into the soup, and white radish sprouts are added as topping. Optionally, the curry of the cafe can be added as topping, too (plus 50 yen).

AddressApartment Appula 3F, Daimachi 3-chome 7-4, Abashiri City
Open hours18:30 to 22:00
ClosedMondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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