People, town, nature, shining central city of the Okhotsk
Kitami city is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido and is the central and largest city in the Okhotsk area with approximately 120,000 people living. It is also the largest in Hokkaido and its length is 110 kilometers from Daisetsuzan National Park-Sekihoku Pass to the Sea of Okhotsk. It is a kitchen of the Okhotsk area where rich food from the Sea and mountains gather. The difference of its temperature is 60 Celsius in a year between winter (-30 Celsius) and summer (30 Celsius), and this gives nature grow wealthy and rich food is produced. Its food culture, which is about using local food, such as “Kitami Yakiniku (Japanese style barbecue in Kitami)” and “Kitami Shio Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles with salt)” is rooted in people’s lives. You may notice a bond in Kitami city about views of fields colored with four seasons and local production for local consumption with people and this local area.