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Enjoy one of the most popular sweets in Hokkaido at Rokkatei Obihiro Honten.

Enjoy one of the most popular sweets in Hokkaido at Rokkatei Obihiro Honten.

Enjoy one of the most popular sweets in Hokkaido at Rokkatei Obihiro Honten. 

Rokkatei is a famous confectionary producing now greatly popular sweets one after another. 

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Rokkatei is based in Obihiro and its shops are located only in Hokkaido area. There are tearooms in Rokkatei shops where customers can relax and enjoy some sweets available only at the tearoom.

※ This content was originally from “Hokkaido Labo”. Original content is available here.

1. What is Rokkatei?

Rokkatei was established in 1933. It is a confectionary with strong local ties. (It changed the name from Obihior Senshuan to Rokkatei in 1952.)

Rikka, another way to read the Kanji for Rokka, means a snow crystal. It reflects the wish for the shop to be a representative confectionary in Hokkaido. This name was given by Kosho Shimizu, the chief abbot of Todaiji Temple at that time.

Rokkatei Obihiro Honten opened in 1933 at the very same place as it is now.

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The change of the company name became a turning point. Some feared that the customers might not recognize them with a new name. However, their flower patterned wrapping paper represented them like their business card.

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Probably a lot of people have seen this flower patterned wrapping paper.

These lovely flowers were drawn by Chokko Sakamoto. The motif of these pictures are six flowers in Tokachi area called Tokachi Rokka (Gentiana triflora, Sweetbrier, Trillium camschatcense, Erythronium japonicum, and Caltha palustris var. barthei) and other wild grass or flowers seen in Hokkaido.

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Just looking at those wrapping paper and the package reminds us of Rokkatei’s sweets.

Lovely flower patterned masking tape is also available at their shops.

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2. Most popular sweets for souvenir at Obihiro Honten.

Let us introduce some of the most popular sweets for souvenir sold at the shop located in the first ground of Obihiro Honten.

The most popular one is “Marusei Butter Sandwich”.
It was made to celebrate the change in the company name in 1952. The reputation passed from mouth to mouth, and now it became one of the most famous souvenir of Hokkaido.

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It is the biscuit sandwich made from original flour especially produced for Rokkatei. Between two biscuits, the cream made from white chocolate, raisins, and Hokkaido butter is sandwiched.

It is no doubt a good-seller.

The wrapping paper is the reproduction of the label of butter produced by the company called Banseisha, the company directed by Benzo Yoda, the father of Obihiro reclamation.

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“I always had Rokkatei’s sweets at home.”
“I was impressed by the taste of Marusei Butter Sandwich somebody gave me as Hokkaido souvenir”
These are often the reasons why people apply for the job at Rokkatei.

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The most popular assortment box is “Tokachi Nisshi” (right)
It is the assortment of baked sweets. The box is designed like the travel journal of Tokachi around 1858. It is another long-seller product since the time when Rokkatei was named Obihiro Senshuan.

3. Popular menus at the tearoom.

If you come to Obihiro Honten, you cannot miss the tearoom.
It is situated in the second floor. It is a relaxing space based around the colour white. (All seats are non-smoking)

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What is the popular menus at this tearoom?

“Sakusaku Pie”
It is made to offer something special to customers who come here. This crispy pie is available only at limited shops. (180 yen per piece)

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Crispy pie and creamy filling make great harmony!
The cream is filled generously and it tastes great. It is available at directly-managed shops in Obihiro area and Sapporo Honten now.

You are recommended to eat this pie in 3 hours before the pie loses its crispiness. Enjoy the texture available only for a short time.

In summer, many riders visit Rokkatei and eat this Sakusaku Pie sitting on the motorbike parked at the parking space. It is becoming a common feature at Rokkatei in the summer time.

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The shop also provides eat-in space on the first floor.

“Marusei Ice Sandwich”

“Maruisei Ice Sandwich” (200 yen) is ice cream added with chocolate and raisins, then sandwiched with biscuits.

One bite into the crispy biscuits, and the cool, rich tasting ice cream will melt in your mouth.
If you like Marusei Butter Sandwich, you must try this.
It is only available at Obihiro Honten and Sapporo Honten.

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The photo was taken on 14th November 2016. The menu changes seasonally.

“Hotcake” is another popular menu for winter time.
While most menus change seasonally, hotcake has many fans all year round.

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Indulge yourself with plenty of butter and maple syrup.

Pizza (700 yen) can be chosen from several kinds. It is also a popular snack of this tearoom.

The photo was taken on 14th November 2016. The menu changes seasonally.

The new menu debuted in 2015, “Rokka no Mori Yogurt”, Rokkatei original yogurt is loved by many people.

There are various seasonal menus. In summer, they serve “Rokka Gori”, the frozen and shaved condensed milk, and “Yukiyakonko Majirikkenashi”, soft ice cream. Whereas in winter, “Zenzai” is a popular menu.

We can find different pleasures each season.

4. Fantastic service at Rokkatei.

I ordered “Sakusaku Pie” and “Marusei Ice Sandwich”.  Just the moment I opened my mouth to eat, some staff members started to sing “Happy birthday!”

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If you go to the Rokkatei tearoom on the day of your birthday, you will get free cake and drink, and even a birthday chorus if you want! (Certification is needed)

What a wonderful service they have!

Three staffs come to your table and celebrate your birthday with a great chorus.

There are many regular customers who make it a habit to celebrate birthdays, even three generations in a family together, here at the Rokkatei tearoom.

Make it more fun! How to enjoy Rokkatei sweets more.

If you go to the Rokkatei tearoom on the day of your birthday, you will get free cake and drink, and even a birthday chorus if you want! (Certification is needed)

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What a wonderful service they have!

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Three staffs come to your table and celebrate your birthday with a great chorus.

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6. Access to Rokkatei Obihiro Honten

There are many regular customers who make it a habit to celebrate birthdays, even three generations in a family together, here at Rokkatei tearoom.

Closing remarks.

Rokkatei is the long standing confectionary that make us feel like visiting even every day.
They offer so many kinds of Japanese, Western and baked sweets that we find it difficult to choose just one.

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If you have a chance to come to Obihiro, enjoy choosing souvenirs and try some delicious sweets at the tearoom at Rokkatei.

※ This content was originally from “Hokkaido Labo”. Original content is available here.