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  • March 1st, 2017
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[Mikan in Otaru] Jun-Sumi Style Miso Broth Ramen Aims for Perfect Step by Step

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Ramen Mikan (らーめん みかん) is a popular ramen restraunt nearby Nantaru Market (南樽市場) in Shintomi-cho, Otaru city, and is relatively near Minami-otaru Station. An owner trained his cooking skill at Sumire (すみれ), a famous ramen restraunt, and became independent in 2004. The Mikan was named after Mikansei (未完成 * the uncompleted way of ramen) because he has not mastered the way of the ramen perfectly, and has been improving it step by step. The Mikan means "A mandarin orange" in Japanese, and I imagined it, But it is not even close to the truth. Mr. Masatoshi Hamada (浜田 雅功), a member of Japanese comedy duo Downtown, mistook the Mikan for Orange, so the ramen restraunt became more popular.

Appearance of Building
Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
Nantaru Market Is near Building
Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

The ramen restraunt on the 1st floor of private 2 story house is not so large, and a lot of woods are used at the house, so the warmth of the woods is felt. It has a good atmosphere. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But the ramen restraunt is crowded with customers at lunchtime, so a line is expected.

Look of Counter Seats
Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
Table
Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Otaru 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 Otaru
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Otaru to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Otaru Canal.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Otaru Station.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.

    OTARU

    Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the located in the northwestern direction of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More

    Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
    Otaru

    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

    Miso Broth Ramen

    I visited here around 14:30 on a weekday. I came to avoid lunchtime at this kind of time, so tables were empty, and I sat a table seat. A menu was on a wall, and I read it, and ordered Miso Broth Ramen, the most popular ramen. The price was JPY 750. A Japanese kettle for drinking water is on the table. It caught my eye. Customers can drink it freely.

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    Miso Broth Ramen
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    Japanese Kettle (Yakan) for Drinking Water
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

    About 7 minutes later, the ramen was served. While I was waiting for the ramen, customers came in one after another, so all the tables were almost fulled. It was very popular ramen restraunt after all. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots and green onions were on noodles. I ate a sip of the soup immediately. It was very rich taste, and tasted fat and ginger. The taste was just Junsumi style (純すみ系).

    Miso Broth Ramen from Top
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

    The noodles were egg noodles made by Kobayashi Making Noodles Facotry (小林製麺), and were chewy. Those went well with the soup. The roasted pork fillets had 2 types, a sliced roasted pork fillet and cube roasted pork fillets, and the texture was achewy like ham. Most of other customers ordered the Miso Broth Ramen with a large serving of roasted pork fillets, so I supposeed that the roasted pork fillet was one of highlights. Thanks for the tasty ramen!

    Egg Noodles
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
    Large Roasted Pork Fillet
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
    Bamboo Shoot
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
    Japanese Green Onions
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-
    Fatty Soup
    Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

    Miso Broth Ramen Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Miso Broth Ramen

    Parking lot A parking lot is shared with Nantaru Market.
    Business hours 11:00-18:00 * Wednesday 11:00-15:00. If the soup runs out, they close a ramen restraunt.
    Regular closing day Thursday
    Telephone number +81-134-22-1221
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 493 631 497*81

      List of Activities

      Various activities are held in the Otaru. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Otaru Canal Cruise

      Movie of Otaru Canal Cruise


      Otaru Canal Cruise(小樽運河クルーズ)
      Jalan

      Blue Cave Cruising

      Movie of Blue Cave Cruising


      Hokuo Sangyo(北欧産業)
      ASOVIEW
      Salt Valley 408(ソルトバレー408)
      Jalan
      KANEHIDE MARINE(カネヒデマリーン)
      Prorow Marine(プロロマリン)

      Rickshaw

      Movie of Rickshaw


      Jinrikisha-no-Ebisuya(人力車のえびす屋)

      Experiences of Making

      Taishou Glass Palace(大正硝子館)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Glass Ayaya(小樽硝子の灯・彩や)
      Otaru Orgel Doh Yukobo(小樽オルゴール堂 遊工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Candle Studio(小樽キャンドル工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shoya(硝屋)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Joie Joie Glass Collection(ジョワ・ジョワ グラスコレクション)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Handmade Glass Studio(小樽手作り硝子工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru il PONTE(小樽 il PONTE)

      Sightseeing Taxi

      Otaru Hana Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人はなタクシー)
      Otaru Ikuta Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人生田タクシー)
      Takahashi Taxi(高橋タクシー)
      ASOVIEW
      Mayama Taxi(真山タクシー)

      List of Accommodations

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

      OTARU

        Ginrinso(銀鱗荘)
        Jalan
        Former Okagawa Pharmacy((旧)岡川薬局)
        Booking
        Uomatsu Ryokan(魚松旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Hotel Sonia Otaru(ホテルソニア小樽)
        Unga-no-Yado Otaru Furukawa(運河の宿 小樽 ふる川)
        Hotel Nord Otaru(ホテルノルド小樽)
        Dormy Inn Premium Otaru(ドーミーインPREMIUM小樽)
        Authent Hotel Otaru(オーセントホテル小樽)
        Hotel Inaho(ホテル稲穂)
        Booking
        Tabino Sanpoyado Otaru Ekimae Guest House Ito(小樽駅前ゲストハウスIto)
        THE GREEN OTARU(ザ グリーン オタル)
        Oyado Sakurai(御宿 櫻井)
        Booking
        Etchuya Ryokan(越中屋旅館)
        Booking
        The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki(おたるないバックパッカーズホステル杜の樹)
        DORMITORY L(ドミトリー L)
        HP
        Jalan
        Otarukitaunga Kamomeya(おたる北運河かもめや)
        Booking
        Life House IPPO(Life House IPPO)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Otaru Nupuri Hostel (Female Only)(小樽ヌプリホステル)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Otaru Guest House(小樽ゲストハウス)
        Booking
        Otaru Villa Mount Tengu(小樽ヴィラマウンテング)
        Otaru Tenguyama Honkan(小樽天狗山 本館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Otaru Tenguyama Sanrokukan(小樽天狗山 山麓館)
        emina backpackers(えみな バックパッカーズ)
        Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru(ホテルノイシュロス小樽)
        Tabi-no-Ie Sha Tomaya(旅人の家 舎 とまや)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Otaru Nature Village(おたる自然の村)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        ASARIGAWA ONSEN

          Hotel Musashitei(ホテル武蔵亭)
          Korakuen(宏楽園)
          Booking
          Otaru Asari Classe Hotel(小樽朝里 クラッセホテル)
          Otaru Ryotei Kuramure(小樽旅亭 蔵群)
          Winkel Village(ウィンケルビレッジ)
          Pine House(パインハウス)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Pension Shadow Classe(ペンション・シャドウクラッセ)
          Booking
          Pension Puti Hotel Roman(ペンション プチホテルろーまん) Only Tel:+81-134-52-2118
          Ryobo Hanaemi(旅房はなえみ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Otaru Boyo Schanze Automobile Campsite(小樽望洋シャンツェオートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Asarigawa Onsen Automobile Campsite(朝里川温泉オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Otaru is here

          Otaru

          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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