FuJET- An Inside Look to the 2014 Hokkaido Trip, Part 11- Ramen Alley

Japan is big on there “Top 3s” and “Best” places. Ask anyone where to find the best ramen and you’ll undoubtedly be told that you need to go to Sapporo. There you will find ramen alley, a narrow little passage in the Susukino district with 17 different ramen shops lining either side of the alley. 

ramen_alley2So you’ve decided you want to try some ramen at the eponymous ramen alley. What are the different shops and what are they known for? What are their hours? How can I eat all of the ramen to be had?! Check out the map below and the following descriptions to get a quick overview as to what the stores have to offer. (Vegetarians, please note that all of the shops use pork and/or chicken bones in the production of their broths.) Check out the official Ramen Alley website, too!

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1. Sapporo Ramen Bar Keraan / 札幌らーめん酒場けらあん

Keraan offers four different types of noodles and you can up-size your noodles to 1.5 the size for free. While their broth is not vegetarian friendly (A vegetable-pork-chicken combination) they do have meat-free options.

Garlic-Soy Ramen

Garlic-Soy Ramen

Tomato Ramen

Tomato Ramen

Seats: 10
Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00-04:00/Sun&Holidays 11:00-23:00
Specialities: Tomato-Basil/ Miso /Garlic-Soy Ramen
Website

 

2. Yoshino / よし乃

With locations at the Sapporo TV tower underground, Asahikawa, and Odaiba, you will have a few chances to sample their ramen.

Butter-corn Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Tokunikisakari Pork Ramen

Tokunikisakari Pork Ramen

Seats: 9
Hours: 18:00-03:00
Specialities: Miso / Tokunikisakari Pork/ Miso-Butter-Corn Ramen
Website

 

 

3. Taste of Sapporo Kiryu / 札幌の味 喜龍

Kiryu does offer a taste of Sapporo with seafood,corn, and miso ramen all available.

Spicy Negi Ramen

Spicy Negi Ramen

"Old Fashioned" Ramen

“Old Fashioned” Ramen

Seats: 23
Hours: 17:00-02:00 (Closed Sundays)
Specialities: Meat-Miso / Spicy Negi / “Old Fashioned” Ramen

 

4. Drums Soup Tenotori / ドラムカンスープ 天鳳

Founded in 1975, this shop is currently run by a third generation of ramen chefs.

Peanut-Pepper-Miso Sauce Ramen

Peanut-Pepper-Miso Sauce Ramen

Peanut-Pepper-Miso Sauce Ramen

Peanut-Pepper-Miso Sauce Ramen

Seats: 10
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-02:00/Sun 11:00-22:00
Specialities: Peanut-Pepper-Miso Sauce / Scallop-Miso Ramen
Website

 

5. Sapporo Ramen Kumakichi / 札幌ラーメン 熊吉

Butter-Corn Ramen

Butter-Corn Ramen

Double Pork Rman

Double Pork Rman

Seats: 9
Hours: 11:00-05:00
Specialities: Miso/Butter-corn/Double Pork Ramen

Website

 

6. Tokuichitomiya / 特一富屋

Founded in 1935, you can go back to ramen basics at this shop.

Miso Ramen

Miso Ramen

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Seats: 24
Hours: 10:00-23:00
Specialities: Miso ramen/Fried Rice
Website

 

7. Kunimitsu Noodle Shop / 麺屋 國光

Shoyu Ramen

Shoyu Ramen

Miso Ramen

Miso Ramen

Seats: 15
Hours: 11:30-24:00
Specialities: Salt-Shrimp/Soy-seafood broth ramen

 

8. Mensho Shirakaba Sanso / 麺処 白樺山荘

For more a taste from the sea, try their kelp-vegetable-pork bone broth.

Miso Ramen

Miso Ramen

Shio Ramen

Shio Ramen

Seats: 7
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-03:00/Fri-Sat 11:00-04:00/Closed Sundays
Specialities: Miso/Salt/Dark-Miso Ramen
Website

 

9. Ya-chan / ちゃんや

No information is available on this shop.

 

10. Ganzosakebushi Ramen Ichikura / 元祖鮭ぶしらーめん一蔵

This shop strives to incorporate one of Hokkaido’s other iconic foods- salmon- into their dishes, incorporating it into their soup stock.

Shio Ramen

Shio Ramen

Miso Ramen

Miso Ramen

Seats: 8
Hours: 18:00-02:00
Specialities: Soy/Miso/Salt Ramen

 

 

11. Teshikaga Ramen / 弟子屈ラーメン

This shops offers two types of noodles and another big draw is their vegetable-only gyoza.

Veggie Dumplings

Veggie Dumplings

Big Mata-sho Ramen

Big Mata-sho Ramen

Seats: 9
Hours: 11:00-03:00
Specialities: Veggie Gyoza/Big Matsa-sho Miso Ramen
Website

 

12. Ojiji Best Taste / 味一番おぢぢ

This shop has been in business for over 40 years.

Tide Ramen

Tide Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Seats: 11
Hours: 11:00-03:00
Specialities: Miso/Butter-corn/Tide(seafood) Ramen
Website

 

 

13. Second Generation Banraiken / 二代目 萬来軒

With a boast that they have been serving ramen in ramen alley before the street even had a sign, Banraiken has several different varieties for you to try out.

Banraiken Special Ramen

Banraiken Special Ramen

Black Miso Ramen

Black Miso Ramen

Seats: 8
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-02:00/Fri-Sat 11:00-03:00/Closed Sundays
Specialities: Banraiken Special/Black Miso Ramen
Website

 

14. Fourth Generation Toraya Shokudo / 四代目 とらや食堂

Founded in 1933, this shop boasts a full-bodied broth with a seafood tastes, incorporated with chicken and pork.

Scorched Miso Ramen

Scorched Miso Ramen

Original 1933 Buckwheat Noodle Recipe

Original 1933 Buckwheat Noodle Recipe

Seats: 7
Hours: 20:00-02:00
Specialities: Scorched Miso/Scorched Seafood Soy Sauce Ramen /Chinese Buckwheat (the original from 1933)

 

 

15. Brown Bear (Higuma) / ひぐま

Established in 1972, you can find a variety of different miso here.

White Miso Ramen

White Miso Ramen

Spicy Miso Ramen

Spicy Miso Ramen

Seats: 9
Hours: 11:00-03:00 (Closed from 14:00-17:00)
Specialities: Miso/White Miso/Spicy Miso Ramen
Website

 

16. Rairaken / 来々軒

Butter-corn Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Pork Ramen

Pork Ramen

Seats: 14
Hours: 11:00-03:00
Specialities: Crab/Pork/Butter-corn Ramen
Website

 

 

17. Taste of Karyu / 味の華龍

Scallop-Clam Ramen

Scallop-Clam Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Butter-corn Ramen

Seats: 24
Hours: 10:00-04:00
Specialities: Miso/Butter-corn/Clam&Scallop Ramen
Website

 

 

If you want to try ALL OF THE RAMEN, you’re probably going to have to hit up this little alley more than once. To get to ramen alley from our hotel, head to Nishi18 subway station and take the Tozai line Odori station. From there, head south (~650m) towards Susukino, following the scent of delicious ramen along the way.

Links
Part 1-Snow Festival
Part 2-Sapporo
Part 3-Dressing for the Cold
Part 4-Asahikawa
Part 5-Otaru
Part 6-I’m on a Boat
Part 7-Asano Hotel
Part 8– Getting Around Sapporo
Part 9– Skiing&Snowboarding
Part 10– Hokkaido Food
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