Hokkaido's Best Ramen

Hokkaido's Best Ramen

Some of the best places to try Hokkaido's local specialty ramen!
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Ramen is the quintessential Japanese soul food. In Hokkaido where Winter temperatures fall below freezing, a hot soupy bowl of ramen is even more revered. Make sure to try the flavours from the North Island - Sapporo miso ramen, Asahikawa shoyu ramen & Hakodate's shio ramen.

Hokkaido, the Northernmost prefecture has several local ramen flavours which you should try. Sapporo Miso Ramen is made by wok frying the ingredients, miso and broth first before topping with corn & a knob of butter for extra richness. While Hakodate is famous for its Shio Ramen with a lighter, clearer salt based soup. In Asahikawa, the local Shoyu Ramen is made with a soya sauce broth and thiner noodles.

Hokkaido Ramen Dojo


One of the best places for ramen is actually at the New Chitose Airport. The Ramen Dojo is a ramen street housing 10 ramen stores from around Hokkaido. Walk the street, peruse the choices. You will find all the local flavours represented here. Stores are tourist friendly with English menus and lots of seating. A bowl of ramen at the Dojo is an end of snow trip ritual that will have you planning your return.


Ebisoba Echigen's ramen made with a unique shrimp based broth and is utterly delicious.

Sapporo Ramen Republic (Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku)


Located in the ESTA mall next to JR Sapporo station, Sapporo Ramen Republic (Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku) is collection of Hokkaido's famous ramen restaurants brought together in one place. This ramen theme park is modelled on the Japan of yesteryear with faux streets and retro looking shop fronts, memorabilia and even a train station.

Each shop specialises in their own unique styles of ramen so you can experience ramen from the different regions of Hokkaido - Sapporo, Asahikawa, Hakodate, and Otaru, without needing to travel. Great option for families, as there are sit down tables, english menus and you wont even need to step outside into the cold. Visit the souvenir shop where you can buy instant ramen packets andramen related gifts.


Misono's ramen is topped with a juicy slice of tasty grilled pork.

Sapporo Ramen Alleys (Sapporo Ramen Yokocho)


The Sapporo Ramen Alley (Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho) has cemented it's spot in ramen lore because it's where Sapporo miso ramen was bought into steaming hot, delicious existence.

The original started in the 1950s with 7 ramen vendors and now houses around 17 stalls. The success of this alley, prompted another group of ramen vendors to set up their own ramen alley a few blocks away called Shin Ramen Yokocho New Ramen Alley). Snow tripping ramen aficionados now have more choice than ever in downtown Sapporo.

Stores have picture menus outside advertising their signature ramen dishes. Alternatively, employ the wisdom of crowds and join the longest line. Just be prepared for the cold as the original alley is outdoors and not heated. Ramen stalls in the alley are quite small with limited counter seating and are more suited to a quick meal.


Kumakichi's Hokkaido Special Miso Ramen wth local crab scallop topped with butter is super tasty.

Asahikawa Ramen Village


A short walk from the JR Asahikawa station gets you to the Ramen village, an outpost of ramen shops from 8 of Asahikawa's famous ramen houses. The village has a ramen souvenir shop and even a ramen shrine. You won't go wrong with the local specialty Shoyu ramen which uses a soya sauce based broth simmered with meat and seafood.


One of the Asahikawa's most famous ramen names - Asahikawarame Aoba


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