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[Shut Down: Seiryuken in Hakodate] Hakodate Ramen Evaluated by Michelin Guide

September 5th, 2014


Seiryuken (星龍軒) is a long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1951 in Hakodate city, and is near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市). Mr. Yoshinori Sasaki (佐々木 由了) is a ramen restaurant owner at present. The Seiryuken is well-known as one of the best ramen restraunts to serve Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン) in the Hakodate. They also got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. The ramen restaurant on the 1st floor of a 3 story house has an atomosphere such as a typical Japanese good old restraunt, and is not large. A conbination of red, white and black colors remainds me of a Japanese style Chinese restaurant. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. But the ramen restraunt is crowded with customers at lunchtime. Unfortunately, they closed down in April, 2018. This article before closing is as follows.

Appearance of Building
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-

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
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
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.
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.


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

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

I expected that a lot of customers lined up before opening hour, so I reached here at 10 minutes before opening hour, 11:00. Only a couple formed a line at that time. Finally 14 groups of customers lined up at the opening time. The Seiryuken was very popular after all. By the way, that reminds me of a lot of Hokkaido people begun to line up at around opening time. I sat at a counter seat, and ordered the Salt Broth Ramen without reading a menu. The price was JPY 580.

Hakodate Salt Broth Ramen
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-

About 5 minutes later, the ramen with a high reputation was served. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots, green onions and honewort were on noodles. Clear soup looked beautiful. The soup used pork bone soup stock. The pork bone soup reminds me of milky white soup, so the clear soup was interesting.

Golden Soup
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-

I ate a sip of the soup immediately. It was tasty! As I heard from my friend, the soup was light taste, but had a good flavor. I did not feel too salty. My impression was that the good flavor was just like wrapping salt. This was evaluated by the MICHELIN GUIDE. That was really delicious. The chewy noodles were straight noodles made by Deguchi Making-noodles Factory (出口製麺), and went well with the soup. After I ate up everything, and left the ramen restaurant, 14 groups of visitors formed a line at the entrance. The Seiryuken was really popular. Thanks for the tasty ramen!

Mild Taste
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-
Straight Noodles Made by Deguchi Making-Noodles Factory
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-
Thick Slice Roasted Pork Fillet
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken in Hakodate-
Bamboo Shoot
Salt Broth Ramen -Seiryuken 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 (2 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-18:00 *They close the restraunt if soup runs out
Regular closing day Sunday and Monday
Telephone number +81-138-22-0022
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 072 198*73

A page of Hakodate is here




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