Source: Jun Seita
Located in the Island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is amongst Japan’s top 10 destinations because of its gastronomic tastes which precede it. Sapporo is famous for its beer and other than hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, many foodies know it as a birthplace for the cheap and the readily available Ramen, a delicious noodle dish whose origins can be traced to China. If you are here already, explore this administrative capital and later dine in any of these ramenteyas:
1. Sakurajima Ramen
If you spot a place with red curtains hanging with some Japanese inscription and a tiled wall in black and white with a small opening to order food, then you have reached Ramen Sakurajima. A little bit out of town, you may need to work a little for this ramen but it is worth every mile you travel. They do serve big helpings, at around 880 yen and you get 3 good pieces of Kakuni, which is a pretty good offer for such delicious Ramen.
- Name:Sakurajima Ramen
- Address:1-38 3-chome 4-jo Nishino-ku Sapporo-shi
- Price: Approximately 880 Yen
- Access:15 minutes on foot from JR Hassamuminami Station
2. Ramen Tetsuya
A short walk away from the Streetcar 6-Jo Station, Ramen Tetsuya will come to sight within seven minutes. A few calories burning is something you needed anyway before diving into their pork-based ramen. With a little crisp on the outside and perfectly cooked from the inside the pork makes every bite ask for more. It has around six branches within the city; I preferred this one which had a little plus in terms of convenience. So take a hike and make sure to get a taste of their Ramen as you slide past.
- Address:2-19 W12 S7 Chuo-ku Sapporo-Shi
- Tel: 011-563-0005
- Access: 7 minutes by foot from the Streetcar 6-jo Station
- Opening hour: 1100-2000
3. Zero Ramen
It is located at the most convenient of places, right at the center of the city. A few boards outside with a little wooden touch on the exterior, it is a cozy place indeed. Its delicacy is the ramen which is served with a good piece of Charsui which is grilled amazingly. One thing to keep in mind about this place is that you might want to get there early because as it nears evening time they usually run out of things to sell. So reach as quickly as you can to get the perfect ramen!
- Address:Minami 2 Jo Nishi 1 cho-me, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
- Tel: +81 11-219-5200
- Access: subway Nanboku Line Susukino a 5-minute walk from the train station
- Opening hour:11:00 to 20:45
- Holiday: Wednesday
- Website: http://ramen-zero.com/shop/index.html
Toranoko is a place to be if you love a little spice in your dish. They are known for their spicy curry ramen, it is a delicacy you simply can’t miss in Sapporo. It is a small cozy looking place with a red sign saying ‘spicy curry’, something that draws you instantly. The interior is cream colored. A few wooden laminated tables with black bar stools for people to sit on and welcome tourists to this short tabled Japanese tradition.
- Address: 24-3-17 Minami 5 Jonishi, Chuo-ku | 1F 17th Fujiei Bldg., Sapporo 064-0805, Hokkaido
- Price:Between ￥3,000 and ￥3,999
- Access: Nishi 25 dori, between Minami 5 and 6, across the road from the Shinkoji shrine.
- Opening hour:17:30 to 23:00
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, its particularly true about this place. At a first glance, you wouldn’t want to step into this place. It is quite shanty looking and the smell does no justice. They have a tendency of boiling the pork bones for about three days, thus the smell gets pretty nasty. Other than that, if you choose to look and smell past that, they serve amazing Miso ramen. It is really rich in flavors and highly thick.
- Tel: +81-153-74-0934
- Address: Hokkaido shibetsu district nakashibetsu South East 6 11-2
- Operating hours: 11:00 to 3:00 everyday
- Price: Between ￥1,000 and ￥1,999
- Website: https://www.yamaokaya.com/
At the center of Susukino, the point for entertainment lays Ramen Meijinbou within the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are the type who loves their pork, then this place offers you the best kind of ramen style. The special kind goes for 1000 yen but it’s worth every bit of your penny. They give really big helpings; you might even decide to share if you are the weak kind. The regular ramen goes for roughly 700 Yen. The menu comes in a variation of languages that is Chinese, Korean and English.
- Address: South 6, West 3, Susukino, Sapporo Japan
- Tel: 011-533-3600
- Operating Hours: Everyday 16:30 – 06:00
- Access: 5 minutes from Susukino train station
7. Ramen Aji no kura
With an easy access point, this place is highly convenient plus it serves the great ramen. A thick rich soup of 700 yen and I can assure you, walking back home is something you might not be able to do. In order to spot this place, there are a few white lamps hanging around with a glass door entrance. There are a few appetizing pictures near the entrance too. They have a menu in English and the staff is really friendly too.
- Address: 1-7 Minami3-Jonishi Chuo-ku | Parking Towa Bldg.2F, Sapporo 060-0063, Hokkaido
- Price: Approximately 750 yen
- Tel: +81 11-210-6669
8. Ramen Sora
Looking for a late night place to satisfy your hunger pangs? Then Ramen Sora is the place. Highly easy to locate, ground floor, with reasonable price tags on the ramen, you should totally try this place. This place is quite small thus you might find long lines outside but don’t let this put you off because the ramen there is served hot! A large bowl of absolutely hot ramen, it’s like tasting a piece of heaven.
- Tel: +81 11-209-5031
- Address: 5 Chome Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
- Website: http://www.sapporo-esta.jp/ramen/shop/sora.html#_=_
- Operating hours: everyday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
9. Ramen Sumire
This is a place where you get the local feel of Sapporo as it is very popular with the locals here. They serve their ramen really hot although they can be a little stingy with the toppings. The taste of the ramen makes it up for it. The delicacy there is the Miso ramen, most people travel till there to have that. It has a bluish exterior with a few steps with a yellow and red hanging flags. They provide really good service, although they are quite busy during lunch hours.
- Address: Chuo-ku, Minami 3 Nishi 3 -chome, 9-2
- Pyxis Building 2F
- Sapporo, Hokkaido Yubinbango060-0063, Japan
- Tel: +81 11 200 4567
- Website: http://www.sumireya.com/
- Operating Hours: mon-Fri 5:00 pm – 3:00 am, Weekends-11:00 am – 3:00 am
- Access: 15 mins walk from Nashijugochome train station
10. Ramen Santouka
Ramen Santouka is known for its soya sauce and salty ramen. It is the best kind I have ever had. Normally I tend to stay away from the soya sauce, but with this one I couldn’t resist taking more spoonfuls. They go for a reasonable price of 700 yen, that too for the finest kind. They also have car parks and glass doors for the entrance. There are a few signs hanging outside just in case you lose your way.
- Address: 3- Minami 3 Jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
- Tel: +81 11-232-3103
- Operating hours: 1000am to 2230PM everyday
- Access: 20 mins drive from Shiroishi station
- Website: www.santouka.co.jp/en
These are the best ramen restaurants in Sapporo, make sure you pop in and enjoy if ever you tour this place.
Have a good trip and travel!