- September 4th, 2014
[Ajisai Head Office in Hakodate] Tasty Salt Broth Ramen with Light Taste
- Salt Broth Ramen
- List of Activities
- List of accommodations
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.
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.
Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) is a fromer fort in the center of Hakodate city located in the northeastern direction 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. Read More
By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.
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. Read More
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
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.
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.
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!
Salt Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Fourth Wednesday * If it is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||86 165 054*00|
List of accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
SOUTHERN PART of HAKODATE DOWNTOWN
NORTHERN PART of HAKODATE DOWNTOWN
A page of Hakodate is here
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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