12 Seasonal Ramen Shops in Hokkaido That You Must Try Now

The birthplace of miso ramen, Hokkaido, is a treasure trove of delicious food. If you travel to Hokkaido, here are some highly recommended ramen shops that you have to try.

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1. Nanabee


If you talking about ramen that’s popular right now in Hokkaido then it’s this. It’s also been featured in the Hokkaido Michelin guide and there is a queue every day. Although it’s quickly made using Nagoya Cochin chicken in boiled water, the umami of the chicken broth makes an extremely refined flavor.

4-3 Kawashimo 3 Jo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


2. Isenojo


This well known store offers ramen made with Chinese cabbage (Hakusai) and inevitably has a line during lunch hours. The recommendation is the “karakuchi hakusai ramen” (spicy chinese cabbage ramen). The soy sauce flavor of the chicken bone soup goes well with the sweetness of the hakusai. It contains chili peppers so the flavor packs a punch and you’ll surely become addicted. It’s perfect for the cold winters.

1F Kikusui Kaikan, 1-3-2 Kikusui 1 Jo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


3. Kiraito


This is a negi (spring onion) ramen shop located in the heart of Sapporo city. The recommendation here is the miso ramen which has a soup with a mild aftertaste. Negi come piled on top of the ramen so you should let it sink into the soup and blend the flavor before you eat.

6 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


4. Saimi


This shop succeeded the recipe from the veteran shoyu (soy sauce) ramen shop “Sumire”. The recommendation is the miso ramen which became hugely popular with the locals first, then the tourists. The rich, piping-hot miso soup is delicious to the last drop. There is finely chopped ginger on the top so mix it in well before you eat.

5-3-3, 10 Jo, Misono, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


5. Mokuyoubi


This is a niboshi (small dried sardine) ramen shop. The noodles are thick noodles made with whole wheat flour with a body that doesn’t lose out to the characteristic broth. The recommendation is the “Niboshi Shoyu Ramen” which comes with free servings of niboshi so why not give it a try? It’s a popular shop with short business hours so pay a visit as early as you can.

13-3-35 Minami 8 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


6. 175°DENO~Tantanmen~ Main Branch


This is a hugely popular tantanmen shop in Sapporo. It opened in 2013 and grew rapidly, opening a second shop in 2014. The special feature of this shop is their use of “Chinese pepper” which the owner buys directly from mainland China so you can enjoy the authentic, full-blown flavor. The tantanmen without soup is also delicious.

1F KY Bld., 6-20 Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


7. Hokuzanryu


This is a style that sells Asakawa style ramen using fish-based dashi. A unique trait of this shop is that they have “Oja” (rice gruel). When the leftover ramen soup is left with the shopkeeper, it is remade into oja. There are half sizes available so do give it a try.

1F Daisan Yamashige Bld., 2-4-8 Asabucho, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


8. Ramen Zero


This is a gatsuri-style ramen shop. They offer ramen with big bones in a rich miso soup, that is fully satisfying and gets a perfect score. The recommendation for this shop is “Aburi Chashu Men (broiled pork filet noodles)”. The broiled, juicy chashu is extremely delicious so please give it a try.

(Tanukikoji 1-chome) 1 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


9. Ebisoba Ichigen

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This is a ramen shop that uses shrimp stock. The unique and savory rich soup made with a mix of shrimp and pork is immensely popular and the line to get it is endless. The shrimp here uses the extravagant amaebi (sweet shrimp). The toppings are simple but the soup itself is splendid so you’ll no doubt be satisfied.

9-1024-10 Minami 7 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


10. Ame ha Yasashiku


In the world of Sapporo ramen, this is a considerably unique ramen and an incredibly popular shop. Without using any of the usual animal-based dashi, their Japanese style soup made from vegetables like shiitake mushrooms or niboshi is quite unique. When the liver paste topping melts into the soup, the richness increases and it becomes even more delicious.

1F Furukawa Bld., 2-1-7 Kikusui Motomachi 4 Jo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


11. Ginparou Sapporo branch

This is a shop that is known for its savory soup that comes with plenty sesame seeds and fried garlic. The soup is tonkotsu (pork bone) and although it appears to be quite heavy, the flavor is quite light and not lingering. The large volume of sesame seeds and vegetable extract that permeates the soup will become a habit.

13-1-23 Tsukisamu Higashi 5 Jo, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


12. men-eiji HIRAGISHI BASE


This shop offers mukacho miso ramen. The recommendation is the “Gyokai Tonkotsu Shoyu (seafood pork bone soy sauce)” with its tonkotsu and seafood dashi that gives a light soup with good umami and topped with “wafu (japanese-style) gelatin” made from seafood broth. This is a recommended ramen for those who like seafood dashi.

11-1-12 Hiragishi 2 Jo, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido


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