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Ajisai at Hokkaido Ramen Dojo

I found a delicious ramen shop which becomes one of my favorite ramen restaurants in Hokkaido.
Ajisai, this ramen restaurant was born in Hakodate, in south Hokkaido more than 80 years ago, which now has some branch shops including at Ramen Dojo in new Chitose airport.
Hokkaido is a popular place to enjoy Ramen, besides, Hakodate is especially famous for ramen with Salt taste (Shio ramen). I surely recommend to try Shio ramen at Ajisai as well.

The soup with clear colour is not greasy and light flavored as it looks. It is not strongly flavored, but the soup with stock taken from Konbu, pork and chicken is so tasty that I finished it all. Those who don’t like food with thick taste such as most ramens would be able to accept Ajisai’s and I exactly recommend them to try it!

New Chitose Airport Branch
Address: Hokkaido Ramen Dojo, 3F New Chitose Airport terminal building
Open: 10:00-20:30

Sapporo Esta Branch
Address: Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku, Esta 10F, Kita 5 Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open: 11:00-21:45

Main store
Address: 29-22 Goryokaku Cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Open: 11:00-20:25

Ajisai Official Website

Ebisoba Ichigen at Hokkaido Ramen Dojo

There are a lot of popular ramen shops in Sapporo. Among them, I introduce “Ebisoba Ichigen”, one of my favorite Ramen shops recently. “Ebisoba Ichigen”‘s central branch is located in Sapporo city center, and a branch shop is even located in Tokyo, however the most convenient branch for travellers to Hokkaido would be New Chitose airport branch.
If you come to the international terminal in New Chitose airport, you need to move to the domestic terminal which has the shopping zone and restaurants area. Reaching 3rd floor of the domestic terminal, you could find “Hokkaido Ramen Dojo” many popular ramen shops are gathering. “Ebisoba Ichigen” is just standing very close to the entrance of it.ichigen1
By the way, the characteristic of ramen by “Ebisoba Ichigen” is the noodle soup made of prawn just as the shop name implies. (Ebi in Japanese means prawn). You can select a favorite taste from three kinds, Ebi shoyu, Ebi miso and Ebi shio, and also choose the thickness of each soup such as Sonomama, a standard prawn soup, Hodohodo, a prawn + pork based Tonkotsu soup and Ajiwai which is much thicker taste of Hodohodo. The shop has the menu in English, Chinese and Korean, so it is easy to order any ramen for people who don’t understand Japanese too.

ichigen2 Ramen offered by “Ebisoba Ichigen” may not like traditional Hokkaido Ramen, but once you try it, may be addicted it like me! Unfortunately, the chance we can eat it is only on the occasion we stay in Japan because “Ebisoba Ichigen” has no overseas branches, however it offers packed ramen which enable us to get at the supermarkets in Sapporo. If you buy it, can also try the authentic Ebisoba Ichigen Ramn at your own country. I actually get some when I go back to Sapporo and bring them back to China where I currently live in. The process to cook this packed ramen is different from ordinary instant noodle as noodle and soup need to be boiled separately, and noodle type used is fresh type rather than dry type like normal instant noodle. It takes more time consumed to prepare a bawl of ramen than normal instant noodle, but the taste is much close to the one we try at the actual ramen shop.
I also recommend the packed ramen as a souvenir for friends who especially like Japanese food.


Ebisoba Ichigen

Address: 3F New Chitose Airport domestic terminal
Open: 10:00-21:00

Eat Miso ramen at Yoshino

Speaking of Sapporo local food, most travellers may come up with Ramen first.
Sapporo especially has a lot of Ramen restaurants, and it is said there are more than 600 ramen restaurants in the city.
Ramen is one of the soul foods for most Hokkaido local people.
Asahikawa city is famous for soy source taste ramen, Hakodate city is the city of the salt taste ramen and Sapporo city is famous for Miso taste ramen, even though those cities are all located in Hokkaido.
I will introduce a delicious Miso taste ramen I’ve eaten at Sapporo city center.
The ramen restaurant is Yoshino (よし乃) which is located in the underground shopping center very close to Sapporo station. Though its central branch is located in Asahikawa city, the most popular taste in Yoshino is Miso taste ramen (JPY 800). The soup looks very rich, but you would find it is not actually heavy after eating it. The rich soup matches wavy and medium thin noodle very much. Yoshino serves traditional Hokkaido ramen which includes stir-fried bean sprouts, and onions on the noodles.
When you order any ramen at Yoshino, firstly have to buy meal voucher at the vending machine in front of the restaurant. If you have any trouble about the way of buying voucher, please ask the restaurant staff to show you English menu.
The shop is not very big with 18 seats only, and so you might wait for a while at the lunch time. However, don’t worry! it would not become more than 30 minutes, because most local customer can finish eating Ramen within 30 minutes after it serves!

Yoshino (APIA Branch)
Address: APIA Joyful walk Kita 5 Nishi 4, Chuo Ku, Sapporo
Open: 10:30〜21:30
Official Website: http://www.asahikawa.co.jp/