Hokkaido is legendary for its wide-open vistas, a rarity in mostly mountainous Japan, and its delicious food. So on a recent trip to the country’s northernmost prefecture, our reporter Masanuki Sunakoma went in search of a spot where he could enjoy each at the identical time.
That search led him to the town of Furano, where Hokkaido confectioner Rokkatei has a restaurant called Campana Rokkatei. Campana is Italian for “bell,” and sure enough, during Masanuki’s eight-minute drive from Furano Station to the cafe, he spotted a bell tower along the side of the road, standing in a vineyard.
Also in the midst of the vineyard is the cafe, with a rustic-looking storefront and an indication bearing the characters for Rokkatei (六花亭) in a calligraphy-style font next to the doorway.
Where things get really, beautiful, though, is when you’re contained in the constructing and get a have a look at the view out the back.
Scenery like this is difficult to come back by on Japan’s important island of Honshu, where wide flat areas are inclined to get quickly filled in by urban development. Having the ability to see up to now with an unbroken line of sight without first climbing to the highest of a mountain or riding an elevator to a skyscraper remark deck was something Masanuki hadn’t been in a position to do for a very long time, and he spent a couple of moments in appreciative awe.
He wasn’t just here to drink within the scenery, though, but in addition to eat the sweets.
The cafe offers treats each to-go and for eat-in, and Masanuki began with the Furano Mochi, which is just available at Campana Rokkatei. It’s a baked mochi morsel with each locally grown sweet red beans kneaded into the rice cake and a bean paste center.
It was so good that, flavor-wise, Masanuki could have happily eaten two or three in a single sitting, and at just 110 yen, even a triple helping wouldn’t have busted his budget. He only had a lot space in his stomach, though, and he needed to save lots of room for the Pudding Cake too.
At 500 yen that is a bit costlier, but still a superbly reasonable price for a restaurant dessert in Japan. The Pudding Cake is a firm purin-style pudding with a cake core that sits on a dollop of cream.
The mixture of custard and caramel flavors give this one a nostalgic appeal, and after Masanuki finished his last bite while sitting on the terrace, he set down his spoon and looked up at the large, blue, beautiful Hokkaido sky.
By the best way, there’s yet one more thing Hokkaido is legendary for: snow. Because the coldest prefecture in Japan, the prefecture spends a whole lot of the winter blanketed under a layer of snow, and Furano is not any exception. Due to that, Campana Rokkatei will likely be closed through the winter, but in case you can visit on a day just like the one on which Masayuki did, it’s hard to assume a greater place for a mid-afternoon sweets session.
Campana Rokkatei / カンパーナ六花亭
Address: Hokkaido, Furano-shi, Kiyomizuyama
Cafe open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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