A view and more

Our first stop as we headed out from Chitose was Cape Chikyu – voted one of Hokkaido’s Top 100 nature spots.  “Chikyu” means Earth in Japanese, and it’s been said that from here, you can see the curve of the earth on the horizon.  On a clear day, Cape Chikyu boasts of a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

The scenery from Cape Chikyu was great but what really took my breath away was this:

The best tamagoyaki I’ve ever had! Tamagoyaki is basically a Japanese sweet egg omelette that’s made in a special rectangular pan by patiently rolling together layers of cooked egg.

I had spied some stalls just beside the carpark as we made our way down from the very windy observation deck.  Always greedy game for a snack, I happily plonked myself down at a rickety wooden table beside a huge stuffed teddy bear and ordered a tamagoyaki while The Hubs picked out some grilled shellfish.

The obasan took her time preparing my tamagoyaki.  We could hear her furiously beating the eggs, and then silence before she cheerfully popped out of her stall a good ten minutes later.  It was well worth the wait.  The moist, slightly sweet egg omelette was absolutely delicious.  Unlike the pale yellow tamagoyaki usually served in restaurants,  this one was made with each layer slightly browned, adding to the flavor of the omelette.  Biting into the tamago, it had the warm goodness of a home cooked dish.  The humble tamagoyaki set the stage for the rest of our trip in Hokkaido.  We went to bed every night with our bellies filled with meals cooked with the freshest ingredients, and more importantly heart.

Mapcode: 159 195 015

Itinerary (Day 2): Chitose — Cape Chikyu — Hakodate