• May 1st, 2016
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[Shut Down: Ichiryu in Tomakomai] Surf Clam Ramen Topped with Chewy Surf Clam

Ichiryu

Aji-no-Ichiryu (味の一龍) is a popular ramen restraunt founded in 1984 in Shirakaba-cho, Tomakomai city, and is relatively near Itoi Station. Mr. Kenji Asano (浅野 憲治) is a ramen restraunt owner. The Ichiryu is famous for serving Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen (ジャンボチャーシューラーメン), and is very popular with big eaters. Unfortunately, The Ichiryu has been closed down since September 2019. The following is an article before closing down.

Appearance of Building
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

The ramen restraunt on the 1st floor of 2 story private house is not so large, and has an atomosphere such as a typical ramen restaurant. The interior decoration uses a lot of woods, so the warmth of the woods is felt. Counter seats, table seats and a small separate Japanese style room are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. In addition, a lot of Manga books are provided, so local people relax themselves.

Counter Seats
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Table Seat and Small Separate Japanese Style Room
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Many Manga Books
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

By the way, Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Tomakomai and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Tomakomai. 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 / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Sapporo to Tomakomai
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus / Donan Bus(中央バス・道南バス) From Tomakomai to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is in Yanagi-cho.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Tomakomai Station and Tomakomai Ferry Terminal.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are in Shinkai-cho and Sanko-cho.
Jalan
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Tomakomai Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near Numanohata Station.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is in Ipponmatsu-cho.

TOMAKOMAI

Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More

Tarumae Garo Gorge
Tomakomai, Tarumae Garo Gorge

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

Ramen

I ate Surf Clam Ramen (ホッキラーメン) and the Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen.

Surf Clam Ramen

I visited here around 17:00 on a weekday. A group of cusstomers enjoyed their meals. I sat a counter seat, and read a menu. The Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen was most popular, but I had no motivation to eat a large portion of ramen, and ordered the Surf Clam Ramen using surf clam, specialty products of Tomakomai. The Tomakomai is the most caching place of the surf clam in Japan. The price was JPY 980.

Surf Clam Ramen
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

About 10 minutes later, the ramen was served. Surf clam, bamboo shoots, wakame seaweed and green onions were on noodles. The ramen with 8 slices of the surf clam and the wakame seaweed was salt broth, so it was just like the sea. I ate a sip of soup immediately. It was tasty! I wondered if the surf clam flavor came out, so the taste of the soup enhanced good flavor.

Surf Clam Ramen from Top
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Salt Broth Soup
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

The noodles were curled chewy egg noodles, and went well with the soup. Speaking of chewy, the surf clam was very chewy, so I had difficulty chewing it, but it was very tasty. After I finished eating, the owner served acup of coffee for free. Thanks owner!, and thanks for the tasty ramen!

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Egg Noodles
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Chewy Surf Clam
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Bamboo Shoot
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Wakame Seaweed
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Coffee
Surf Clam Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen

I visited here to eat the Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen around 15:00 on another day. No one enjoyed a meal. I sat a counter seat, and read a menu. The Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen has 2 types of flavor, soy sauce broth and miso broth, so I ordered Black Soy Sauce Broth Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen. The price was JPY 1550.

Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

About 13 minutes later, the ramen was served. First I was suprised at sight before my eyes because noodles could not be seen. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots, a Japanese marinated soft boiled egg, fried bean sprouts and green onions were on noodles. I would eat a sip of soup immediately. But 4 huge roasted pork fillets covered with the noodles, so those blocked off my Chinese soup spoon. I barely had the soup. It was light taste, and tasted a little ginger. The soup was not as salty as its looks.

Jumobo Roasted Pork Fillet Ramen from Top
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

Then I would eat the noodles, but the noodles could not be seen, so I would eat the large roasted pork fillet first. The thickness of the roasted pork fillet was about 3 cm, and the length was about 8cm. Anyway, it was very large. It was not as tender as its looks, so it was easy to cut. It was a little salty for me, but it was tasty. If it taked time to eat the roasted pork fillet, the noodles might go limp, so I ate the noodles fast. The noodles were curled egg noodles, and were chewy. Finally I was full, so I had only 1 roasted pork fillet. I requested the owner a packing, and brougt back the rest of the roasted pork fillet. I was stuffed!

Thickness 3 cm
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Japanese Marinated Soft Boiled Egg
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Egg Noodles
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Bamboo Shoot
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Chewy Noodles
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
Dark Brown Soup
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-
I Bring Back Packed Roasted Pork Fillet
Tomakomai Ramen -Aji-no-Ichiryu in Tomakomai-

Surf Clam Ramen and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Surf Clam Ramen

Parking lot Free parking is provided (3 cars)
Business hours 11:00-21:30
Regular closing day First Monday, Second Monday, Third Monday and Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-144-73-0751
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 113 124 587*61

List of Activities

In the Tomakomai, some activity companies serve guided hiking for the Mt. Tarumae, canoe tours along Bibi River and Glass Making Experience around the Lake Utonai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos. By the way, visitors can contact with horses at Northern Horse Park (ノーザンホースパーク). In addition, the Utonaiko Sanctuary and the Utonaiko Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center hold some free events.

Guided Hiking

Movie of Guided Hiking


Noasobi Guide Michikusa(野あそびガイドみちくさ)
North Adventure Bandit(ノースアドベンチャー・バンディット)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Hokkaido Private Adventure(北海道プライベートアドベェンチャー)
ASOVIEW

Canoe Tour

Movie of Canoe Tour


Amuse Sports(アミューズスポーツ)
Gateway Tours(ゲートウェイツアーズ)
Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)
ASOVIEW

Glass Making Experience

Uenae Mura(自然体験工房うえなえ村)

Horse Trekking

Movie of Northern Horse Park


NORTHERN HORSE PARK(ノーザンホースパーク)
ASOVIEW

List of Accommodations

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

Smile Hotel Tomakomai(スマイルホテル苫小牧)
Comfort Hotel Tomakomai(コンフォートホテル 苫小牧)
Hotel Wing International Tomakomai(ホテルウィングインターナショナル苫小牧)
Tomakomai Green Hotel(苫小牧グリーンホテル)
Booking
Hotel Route Inn Tomakomai(ホテルルートイン苫小牧駅前)
Dormy Inn Tomakomai(ドーミーイン苫小牧)
Toyoko Inn Tomakomai(東横イン苫小牧駅前)
Hotel Sugita(ホテル杉田)
Booking
Business Hotel Motonakano(ビジネスホテル モトナカノ)
Grand Hotel New Oji(グランドホテル ニュー王子)
Hotel Okuni(ホテル於久仁)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Hachinohe(ビジネスホテルはちのへ)
Booking
Oyado Hishokan(おやど 翔馬館)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Nidom(ホテル ニドム)
Jalan
Rakuten
Automobile Resort Tomakomai Arten(オートリゾート 苫小牧アルテン)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Tomakomai is here

Tomakomai

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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