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[Ajisai Head Office in Hakodate] Tasty Salt Broth Ramen with Light Taste

September 4th, 2014

Ajisai

Hakodate Noodles Studio Ajisai (函館麺厨房あじさい) is a long-established ramen restaurant based in Hakodate city, and has been founded since 1930. Men Chubo Ajisai corp. (有限会社 麺厨房あじさい) runs it, and Mr. Shuichi Azuma (東 秀一) is a comapny president. The Ajisai is very popular for serving Hakodate Ramen (函館ラーメン), and has a lot of fans. The head office is in Goryokaku, Hakodate, and some ramen restraunt braches open a business in the Hakodate, New Chitose Airport and Ramen Republic, Sapporo. In addition, they also have overseas ramen restaurant as well as the Japan, and a branch open a business in Singapore.

Appearance of Building
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-

My visited place is the head office nearby Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園), and it is relatively near Goryokaku Koen-mae Streetcar Stop (市電五稜郭公園前). The ramen restaurant on the 2nd floor of a stylish 3 story building, and a cafe opens a business on the 1st floor. The ramen restaurant is not large, and the interior decoration like a cafe is stylish, and resembles a trendy shop in Shibuya or Ebisu. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.

Movie of Ajisai Head Office

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. 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 Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) is a fromer fort in the center of Hakodate city located in the northeastern part of Hakodate Station, and is well-known as the Japan's first Western-style fort built in 1866, and is one of only 2 pentagon forts in the Japan together with Tatsuoka Castle (龍岡城) in Nagano prefecture. The Goryokaku is also famous as the last place that the former Tokugawa Shogunate Army fought with the new government during the Boshin War (戊辰戦争), and is open to general public at present, and a lot of tourists come. The Goryokaku Park is one of great places to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido, and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom from late April to mid May, and a lot of tourists from all over the Japan or overseas tourists come to savor. In an autumn, leaves of the cherry trees turn into red color, and the park is well-known as a good place to see the fall foliage, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Article is here

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Goryokaku Park Covered with Cherry Blossoms
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

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
Ramen of Hokkaido

Salt Broth Ramen

I visited here around 17:00 on a weekday. I sat at a counter seat, and asked a waitress about ramen restaurant's recommendation. She replied me "Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン)" after all. So I ordered it. The price was JPY 750.

Light Taste Salt Broth Ramen from Top
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-

About 5 minutes later, the ramen was served. A waitress served the ramen. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots, green onions and honeworts were on noodles. Clear soup was very beautiful. I had a sip of soup immediately. It was tasty! It had a light taste and good flavor. I felt that the soup was slightly too salty, but the good flavor was also much.

Clear Soup with Good Flavor
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-

The chewy noodles were straight noodles Made by Okada Making-Noodles Factory (岡田製麺), and went well with the soup. Finally I drank up the soup. Thanks for the tasty ramen!

Straight Noodles Made by Okada Making-Noodles Factory
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-
Thick Sliced Roasted Pork Fillet
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-
Bamboo Shoot
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-

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

Movie of Salt Broth Ramen

Parking lot Free parking is provided (8 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-20:25
Regular closing day Fourth Wednesday * If it is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day
Telephone number +81-138-51-8373
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 165 054*00

A page of Hakodate is here

Hakodate

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