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[Maruhira in Kushiro] Light Taste Kushiro Ramen Is Eaten at Long-established Ramen Restaurant

July 6th, 2014


Maruhira (まるひら) is a long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1959 in Urami, Kushiro city, and is near Yonemachi Park (米町公園). Mr. Masao Hirano (平野 正夫) is a ramen restaurant owner at present. The Maruhira is famous for serving traditional Kushiro Ramen, and a lot of local people and tourists come. The ramen restaurant on the 1st floor of a solitary house is not so large, and looks new. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But a long line may be expected at lunchtime.

Appearance of Building
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-

Movie of Cooking Ramen

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. 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 Kushiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.


Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Article is here


Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge

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. Article is here

Ramen of Hokkaido

Salt Broth Ramen

Their business time starts at 09:30. But I visited here before 10 minutes the business started, and the ramen restaurant was already opened. Preceding customers sat at their seats, so the owner thought to sorry probably that he kept visitors waiting, and might open the ramen restaurant. He is a kind man. They serve only 2 types of ramen, Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン) and Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (醬油ラーメン). Customers will choose a portion of noodles. I sat a counter seat, and ordered the Salt Broth Ramen. The price was JPY 600.

Salt Broth Ramen from Top
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-
Roasted Pork Fillet
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-

About 10 minutes later, the Salt Broth Ramen was served. Roasted pork fillets, green onions, bamboo shoots and a dried laver were on noodles. The soup made from bonito soup stock was clear and was very beautiful. It was light taste, but it had Umami. In addition, it was not too salty. I guessed that the soup stock of vegetables might be tasty. This was my favorite taste. The noodles made by Mihara Noodles-making Factory (三原製麺) went well with the soup. This thinness was a characteristic of the Kushiro Ramen. Customers entered the ramen restraunt one after another, too, and it was about full at 09:40. The ramen restaurant was popular after all.

Beautiful Looks
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-
Light Taste Soup
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-
Noodles Made by Mihara Making-Noodles Factory
Salt Broth Ramen -Maruhira in Kushiro-

Salt Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Salt Broth Ramen

Parking lot Free parking is provided (14 Cars)
Business hours 09:30-17:00
Regular closing day Wednesday, Second and Fourth Thursday
Telephone number +81-154-41-7233
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 149 195 530*28

A page of Kushiro is here




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