The city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido is also famous for its ramen. Because of this, the various ramen shops in the area decided to come together and create the so called “Asahikawa Ramen Village” on the outskirts of the city. People from all over Japan visit the ramen village in pursuit of the unique tastes that can only be found in Asahikawa.
1. 8 Ramen Shops in 1 Location
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The great thing about the Asahikawa Ramen Village is that you get to experience different kinds of ramen specialties in one convenient location. There are 8 ramen shops that make up the Ramen village and these are the Ramen Aoba, Santoka, Ittetsu-an Matsuda, Ishida, Tenkin, Saijo, Baikoken and Kobo Kato Ramen.
2. Giant Ramen Display
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There is an interesting Giant Ramen Display that can be found within the Asahikawa Ramen Village. You’ll often find tourists and visitors from all over Japan taking pictures beside the ramen display to commemorate their visit at the Asahikawa Ramen Village. For ramen enthusiasts, this commemorative photo is a must!
3. Different Variations of Ramen
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Some of you may already know that Ramen are usually categorized into four classes. These classes are the salt (hio), soy sauce (shoyu), miso (fermented bean paste) and tonkotsu (pork) that are used as flavorings. Since the Asahikawa Ramen Village is a collection of 8 ramen stores with their own unique specialty ramen, you’ll be able to compare and find the best flavor that is suited for your palate.
4. Japanese Menu
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While some of the stores in the ramen village have an English menu, the majority of them are only available in Japanese. However, the good thing about these Japanese Menus is that they have pictures of the ramen which makes ordering them easier. Customers are able to browse the different ramen dishes and pick out what they like based on the pictures on the menu.
5. Unique Ramen Dishes
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Ramen is one of the traditional dishes in Japan and it is constantly evolving into greater heights. The various efforts of the ramen masters have given birth to new flavors, that are able to satisfy even the pickiest ramen eaters. When you visit Asahikawa Ramen Village, don’t be afraid to try ramen dishes that you had never tried before. You might find a delicious surprise if you do!
6. Sometimes 1 Ramen is not Enough
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Ramen Lovers usually order more than 1 ramen at the same time. They tend to indulge themselves on the unique flavors and seasonings of each ramen and at times, combine them to create a new flavor. This is not an uncommon sight, especially when you visit places like the ramen village. Of course, there are others who just find 1 bowl of ramen not enough to satisfy their ramen cravings.
7. It Can Get Very Crowded During Peak Hours
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As you may already know, the Asahikawa Ramen Village is quite famous. Because of this, there are times when it gets very crowded and you have to wait in line in order to enter one of the ramen shops. If you want to avoid this, try to get there a bit earlier during lunch and dinner so that you will be able to secure a sit and enjoy your ramen without waiting in line.
- Address: Nagayama 11-jyo, 4-chome, Asahikawa, Hokkaido 079-8421
- Phone: +81 166-48-2153
- Price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000 (Estimated Budget Per Person)
- Business Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Access: 20 minutes by taxi from the JR Asahikawa Station
- Website: http://www.ramenmura.com/
Have a Good Trip and Travel!