• July 31st, 2017
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[Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa] Traditional Soy Sauce Broth Ramen

Aoba

Asahikawa Ramen Aoba (旭川らぅめん 青葉) is a famous long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1947 in Asahikawa city. Mr. Yuichi Murayama (村山 有一) is a ramen restaurant owner at present. The foundation year is same as Hachiya (蜂屋), a famous long-established ramen restaurant in the Asahikawa, and the Aoba is well-known as one of the root of Asahikawa Ramen. The head office facing Midoribashi street (緑橋通り) is relatively near Asahikawa Station, and a branch ramen restaurant opens a business at Asahikawa Ramen Village (旭川ラーメン村).

Appearance of Building
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-

My visited place is the head office. An orange shop curtain is eye-catching, so it is easy to find it. The ramen restaurant is not large, and the interior decoration is shibui. A wall is covered by cards for autographs. Except for some tables, seats are counter seats. I guess that family customers might not enjoy meals in busy hour because of small tables.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Asahikawa. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
Jalan
Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa
Jalan
Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Asahikawa Station, Shin-asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station, Asahikawa-yojo Station, Chuwa, Higashi-takasu and the Asahikawa Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Station.
Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
AG Rent-a-car(AGレンタカー) Their office is near Suehiro.
Jalan
World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Airport.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa-yojo Station and the Asahikawa Airport.

ASAHIKAWA

Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More

Downtown of Asahikawa
ASAHIKAWA

Ramen of Hokkaido

Ramen is a noodle soup dish topped with ingredients. It is said that Chinese noodles is the root of the ramen, and there are various theories, for example, Mr. Mistukuni Tokugawa (徳川光圀 * Mitokomon (水戸黄門)) ate the ramen in 1697 for the first time in Japan or the first ramen was that Keitaimen noodles (経帯麺) served in 1488 was written in Biryueken Diary (蔭涼軒日録). Noodle soup dishes were spread out in Japan because Nanking noodles (南京そば) was served in various China Towns, Japan. In Hakodate with a China Town, Yowaken (養和軒) served the Nanking noodles in 1884. In Sapporo, it is a root of Sapporo Ramen that a noodle soup dish was cooked by Mr. Wang Wen Zai (王 文彩), a chief chef of Takeya Shokudo (竹家食堂), in 1922. Houran (芳蘭), a branch of the Takeya Shokudo, opened a business in 1933 in Asahikawa. Asahikawa Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Hakodate Ramen called the 3 Major Ramen in Hokkaido were born. But current ramen do not succeed to the taste of those ramen. Read More

Ramen
Ramen of Hokkaido

Soy Sauce Broth Ramen

When I visited here around 15:00 on a weekday, they just started afternoon business hours, and a lot of visitors already formed a line in front of the ramen restraunt. The ramen restaurant was full just before my turn came. Therefore, I waited in front of the ramen restraunt. When I waited outside, a waiter asked me "What will you order?", so I ordered the most popular Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (正油らぅめん). The price was JPY 750.

Customers Form A Line Before Opening Ramen Restraunt at Afternoon Business Hours
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-

Customers came one after another while I was waiting. A person next to me was a South Korean tourist, and he asked the waitress Hangul menu. A lot of oversea visitors seem to come, so an English menu is provided, too. After all, the Aoba become widely known.

Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-

I sat a couner seat after waiting for about 20 minutes. The Soy Sauce Broth Ramen was served after taking the seat for about 3 minutes. A large roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, a dried laver and green onions were on noodles. First of all, an octopus printed on the dried laver caught my eyes. In case of looking at a picture on the internet, the picture looks like a photoshoped picture.

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Octopus Is Printed on Dried Laver
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-

I ate a sip of soup immediately. The soup was covered with lard oil, and was very hot, and it was the taste of just traditional Asahikawa Ramen. The soup was not salty than it looked, and I felt light taste. Double soup (ダブルスープ), traditional Asahikawa ramen soup, that was made broth from seafood and mountain food went well with soy sauce. It was tasty!

Soup
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-

The homemade noodles were tough, and were nice texture, so I enjoyed chewy texture. When I drank up the soup, letters of thanks (感謝) in Japanese appeared on the bottom of a bowl. No, thank YOU! Thanks for the tasty ramen!

Homemade Noodles
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-
Large Roasted Pork Fillet
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-
Bamboo Shoot
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-
Very Hot Soup
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-
Thanks!
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen -Aoba Head Office in Asahikawa-
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours 09:30-14:00, 15:00-18:30
Parking lot Wednesday
Telephone number +81-166-23-2820
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 79 343 653*18

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa(ホテルWBFグランデ旭川)
JR Inn Asahikawa(JRイン旭川)
Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa(星野リゾート OMO7 旭川)
Jalan
Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa(プレミアホテル―CABIN―旭川)
Hotel Trend Asahikawa(ホテルトレンド旭川)
Super Hotel Asahikawa(スーパーホテル旭川 天然温泉 大雪山の湯)
Asahikawa Toyo Hotel(旭川トーヨーホテル)
R Hotels Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa(Rホテルズイン北海道旭川)
Jalan
Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae(ホテルルートインGrand旭川駅前)
Smile Hotel Asahikawa(スマイルホテル旭川)
Hotel Crescent Asahikawa(ホテルクレッセント旭川)
Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae(Y’s HOTEL旭川駅前)
Kuretake Inn Asahikawa(くれたけイン旭川)
Art Hotel Asahikawa(アートホテル旭川)
Dormy Inn Asahikawa(天然温泉 神威の湯 ドーミーイン旭川)
9C Hotel Asahikawa(9Cホテル旭川)
Booking
Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
Booking
Court Hotel Asahikawa(コートホテル旭川)
Asahikawa Park Hotel(旭川パークホテル)
Asahikawa Plaza Hotel(旭川プラザホテル)
Asahikawa Sun Hotel(旭川サンホテル)
Toyoko Inn Asahikawa-Eki Higashiguchi(東横イン旭川駅東口)
Booking
Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House Asahikawa Ride(ゲストハウス アサヒカワライド)
Hotel Tetora Asahikawa Station(ホテルテトラ旭川駅前)
Sora E Hotel Asahikawa(ソラヘホテル)
Jalan
Hotel Route-Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(ルートイン旭川駅前一条通)
Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa(宿レトロハウス銀座旭川)
Jalan
Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
Booking
Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
HP
Jalan
Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
HP
Booking
Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
Booking
Ryokan Senshoen(和風旅館扇松園)
Takasago Onsen(高砂温泉)
A-Gate Hotel(えーげーと ほてる)
Booking
Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
Booking
Jalan
Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Toukaen(東花苑)
Booking
Jalan
HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
Booking
Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
HP
Booking
Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
Booking
Jalan
Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
HP
Booking
Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
Jalan
Rakuten
M's HOME(えむずや)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
21th Century Woods(21世紀の森)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

A page of Ramen of Hokkaido is here

Ramen of Hokkaido

By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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