February 19, 2017
The Best 10 Ramen Shops You Must Eat in Hokkaido
In Japan, there are a million delicious foods but amongst them, each local ramen is very popular. Hokkaido is a closely contested district in ramen, so there are many ramen shops which provide delicious ramen. Here are extremely tasty ramens in Hokkaido focusing on Sapporo.
This is very Sapporo miso-ramen. Needless to say, it is the renowned ramen-shop, “Keyaki”. This ramen has a lot of vegetables in it. The shop is small with only 10 seats, but the taste is top-class! The sweetness of the vegetables harmonizes with the miso body very well.
The shop is open until 4 o’clock in the morning! It is just the right shop after drinking in Sapporo. As it is popular, there is a queue all the time until mid-night. But it is worth joining the queue.
Name: Keyaki Susukino Honten
Address: Nakadori Nishi 3-chome Minami 6-jo Chuo-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 10:30 – following morning 4:00
(3:00 am on Sundays & National holidays)
Access: just a short walk from the Susukino station on the underground Nanboku-line
Speaking of Sapporo miso-ramen, the “Sumire” is as famous as the “Keyaki”. Every day, the shop is crowded by customers. The fat carpets the surface of the soup and you can eat it piping-hot all the way. The inside of the shop is very clean looking, so you can have the delicious ramen in the relaxing atmosphere.
The “Sumire” is well-known and the taste is highly valued. Besides the Sapporo Honten, they have their shop in Susukino as well. You can visit either of them depending on your schedule.
Name: Sumire Sapporo Honten
Address: 2-4-7-28 Nakanoshima Toyohira-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Access: just a short walk from the Nakanoshima station on the underground Nanboku-line
3． Menya Saimi
The owner used to work for the “Sumire”. Nowadays, it is said that this “Menya Saimi” has been more popular than the “Sumire”. The characteristic of the ramen of this shop is that ground fresh ginger is topped on the sliced roast pork. When this ground fresh ginger is mixed with the soup just before you start eating, the ramen will be completed in terms of its taste.
It becomes mellow with the balanced taste of the miso-ramen. It is worth eating, even if you wait for your turn in a long queue. If you are a ramen lover, it may be interesting to compare it with the one at “Sumire”. The closing time is a little earlier than other shops. So please be aware of it.
Name: Menya Saimi
Address: 5-3-12 Misono 10-jo Toyohira-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:00 – 15:15 / 17:00 – 19:30
Closed Mondays / twice a month irregularly
Access: just a short walk from the Misono station on the underground Toho-line
4. Menya Nanabee
This shop has come 1st for 4 years consecutively in the “Taberogu” which is the largest word of mouth site of food shops in Japan. They have variety in the menu such as the salt-taste, the miso-taste and the Nagoya chicken soy-sauce taste. It is convenient that you can choose your favourite taste.
Each one of them is popular, but the “Toripaitan ramen” which is synonymous with the “Menya Nanabee” is most popular. If you visit this shop for the first time, please try this one. The owner who used to be a Japanese styled food cook creates the delicate and rich soup. It is exquisite!
Name: Menya Nanabee
Address: 4-3-21 Kawashimo 3-jo Shiroishi-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Access: just a short walk from the Heiwa station on the JR Chitose-line
5. Ebisoba Ichigen
The “Ebisoba Ichigen” is the head shop but it has started some shops in the Kanto area and oversea. You can taste amazingly rich prawn taste. It is the taste just like Hokkaido with its abundant nature could create.
Depending on the ratio of the prawn soup stock and the pork-bone soup stock, they have 3 different soup tastes. They are named, “Sonomama (standard)”, “Hodohodo (lighter)” and “Ajiwai (rich)”. So, you can choose your favourite soup taste among them. The flavour of sweet prawns is concentrated in the soup. People who love prawns can’t wait, can they?
Name: Ebisoba Ichigen Sohonten
Address: 9-1024-10 Minami 7-jo Chuo-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:00 – following morning 3:00
Access: just a short walk from the Nakashimakoen station on the underground Nanboku-line
6. Isono Kazuo
Hokkaido is proud of the popular ramen shop, the “Isono Kazuo”. What is unique is not only the name but also the opening hours. It opens at 22:00 and closes at 7:00 am. It is open only during the night. Despite of these unique opening hours, there is always a long queue in front of the shop at mid-night.
And the black soy-sauce soup is called, “Sapporo Black”. The soup wouldn’t let your impression down. It has a really rich taste. After enjoying your night out in Susukino, please drop in at this shop and taste this ramen as your closing treat of the day.
Name: Isono Kazuo
Address: c/o No.2 Asahi Kanko Building 1F 5-21 Minami 5-jo Nishi Chuo-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Tel: 011- 520-5533
Opening hours: 22:00 – following morning 6:00
Access: just a short walk from the Shiseikan Shogakko-mae station on the tram Yamahana-line.
7. Men Chubo Ajisai
Hakodate is famous for the salt-ramen. This ramen shop, “Ajisai” is a long-established historical shop since its opening, 80 years ago. The soup is transparent and you can’t guess at the rich taste from the clear soup. It has the delicate taste to be very impressive.
This shop has a few branches in the Hakodate-city, Sapporo-city and Chitose-city. So, you can enjoy its special taste somewhere in those cities.
Name: Men Chubo Ajisai Honten
Address: 29-22 Goryokaku-cho Hakodate-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:00 – 20:25
Closed: the 4th Wednesday
Access: just a short walk from the Goryokaku-mae station on the tram Yunokawa-line
This is another famous salt-ramen shop in Hakodate. The clear gentle coloured soup with the topping of large sliced roast pork and mitsuba (Japanese parsley) leaves is special. The price is reasonable and the access is good. It’s a 5-minute-walk from the station. Don’t hesitate. Just pop in!
Address: 7-3 Wakamatsu-cho Hakodate-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:00 – 17:00
Closed: Sundays & Mondays
Access: just a short walk from the Hakodate station
9. Ramen Maruhira
This ramen’s characteristic is its fish flavour soup. The bonito’s flavour attracts customers. Their menu is very simple, just the soy-sauce-ramen or the salt-ramen, so that they could stick to them perfectly. It reminds customers of the good olden times in Japan.
The shop is open at 9:30 in the morning. You can enjoy the exquisite ramen for your breakfast! It will be the best breakfast on your Kushiro-sightseeing. Their closing time is 17:00.
Name: Ramen Maruhira
Address: 8-1-13 Urami Kushiro-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:00
Closed: Wednesdays / the 2nd & the 4th Thursday
Access: just a short walk from the Kushiro station
10. Ramen Sapporo Ichiryuan
They only use the flour produced in Hokkaido to make their own ramen noodles. The ingredients are all Hokkaido productions. The flavour is miso. That’s the ramen at the “Ramen Sapporo Ichiryuan”. The best hit menu is “Genkinoderu miso-ramen (miso-ramen to cheer you up). It contains a whole gyoja-garlic, the top-class sliced roast pork and the scrambled-egg. It looks very original and gorgeous.
Their home-made Gyoza is also very delicious. Please try the ramen to cheer you up in the ramen town, Sapporo in Hokkaido.
Name: Ramen Sapporo Ichiryuan
Address: Hokuren Building B1F Nivhi 1 Kita 4-jo Chuo-ward Sapporo-city Hokkaido
Opening hours: 11:30 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 21:00
Access: just a short walk from the Sapporo station
Let’s Enjoy the Delicious Ramen in Hokkaido!
Hokkaido is a battle field of ramen. A lot of ramen shops have been competing for the best taste amongst each other. You may want to visit those ramen shops from one to another. I hope you can find your ultimate special ramen in Hokkaido.