- June 8th, 2014
[Shut Down: Suzuya Shokudo in Bifuka] Soy Sauce Broth Ramen Looks Like Good Old Asahikawa Ramen
Suzuya Shokudo (すゞや食堂) is a long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1953 in Bifuka town located in the northern part of Hokkaido, and faces National Route 40, and is near Bifuka Station. Mr. Souji Sasaki (佐々木 惣次) is a ramen restaurant owner. The ramen restaurant on the 1st floor of a 2 story house has an atomosphere such as a typical Japanese good old restraunt, and is not so large. That is very shibui! Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. Unfortunately, they closed down in September, 2018. This article before closing is as follows.
The Bifuka is famous as the setting of "Wild Sheep Chase" written by Mr. Haruki Murakami (村上春樹), a famous Japanese novelist, and also has Truck Kingdom (トロッコ王国), Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) and Mt. Hakodake (函岳). By the way, founders of Sanpachi Ramen (さんぱちラーメン) and Aji-no-Tokeidai (時計台) are from the Bifuka, and the Bifuka will be a town excited at ramen. All ramen restaurants in the Bifuka seem to be tasty.
Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) in Bifuka town is the northernmost high moor at 797 m above sea level in Japan and is located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city. Tourists must climb a mountain trail with 900 m in length to look around. It takes about 30 minutes from a trailhead to the mountaintop. However, it is quite hard to climb the mountain trail. Because a muddy ground is not good condition, Tourists should wear their non-slip shoes. I slipped and fell down once. Read More
Mt. Hakodake (函岳) in Bifuka town is located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city. Altitude of the mountain is 1,129 m. A signboard written as "Superb View, Mt. hakodake (絶景函岳)" was built along Japan national route 40, and I reach to the mountaintop when I followed a road. Tourists did not climb the mountain on foot. But I had to drive on the gravel road of one car width for a little less than 30 km. Speed did not rise, and it took about 1 hour from Bifuka to the mountaintop by a car. It was a place that many people did not visit here very much, and nature was very rich. I saw North Fox and Yezo Squirrel on the road several times. 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
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
I visited here around 17:00 on a weekday. I sat a table seat, and asked an owner's wife recommendation about ramen, so she replied me "Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (醬油ラーメン)". Therefore I ordered it. The price was JPY 550.
About 7 minutes later, the ramen was served. Roasted pork fillets, green onions and bamboo shoots were on noodles. I ate a sip of soup immediately. It was tasty! The light brown soup made from fishery product soup stock was good old Asahikawa ramen with light taste, but it had a good flavor. Exquisite seasoning was good. The curled noodles were chewy, and went well with the soup. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Soy Sauce broth ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (4 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||651 222 540*06|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bifuka. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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