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[Darumaya Abashiri Branch in Abashiri] Tasty Ramen Can Not Be Even Imagined From Name of Doro Ramen

February 15th, 2016


Ramen Darumaya (ラーメンだるまや) is a chain ramen restraunt in Hokkaido. I have a little information about the Ramen Darumaya, and they are defferent from Darumaya (だるまや), a famous ramen restraunt in Niigata prefecture. I do not know where the head ofiice is, but some ramen restraunt branches open a business in Sapporo, Iwamizawa, Mikasa, Bibai, Takikawa, Kitami and Abashiri. The Ramen Darumaya is famous for serving Doro Ramen (ドロラーメン), and the ramen taste is different depending on the branches, so I wonder if they are franchise restaurants.

Appearance of Building
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-

My visited place is Abashiri Branch. They has started a business since 2010. I decided to visit here because this ramen restraunt received a high evaluation on Tabelog (食べログ). The ramen restraunt on the 1st floor of a 2 story house near Abashiri Civic Hall (網走市民会館) is large. Counter seats, table seats and a small separate Japanese style room are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Abashiri and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Abashiri. 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 Abashiri
(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is in Omagari.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.


Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Article is here


Drift Ice of Abashiri
Drift Ice from Mausuura View Point Parking in Abashiri

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

Doro Ramen

I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. The ramen restraunt was almost full. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. I found the Doro Ramen. It was a strange name (Doro means mud in Japanese), and I was curious about this menu. I ordered the Doro Ramen with a large portion of noodles. The price was JPY 830. While I was wainig for the ramen, some customers came to the ramen restraunt one after another. They were really popular after all.

Doro Ramen
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-

About 12 minutes later, the ramen was served. This was soy sauce broth ramen, but it did not look so. A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, a boiled egg, a dried laver and green onions were on noodles. I ate a sip of soup immediately. It tasted pork bone soup mixed with soy sauce, and had a rich taste, but I did not feel too salty, and felt mild taste. Surely the soup was Tasty! Its name was Doro, but the soup was not thickness.

Tasty Soup
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-
Roasted Pork Fillet
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-
Bamboo Shoot
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-
Boiled Egg
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-
Dried Laver
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-

The chewy noodles were egg noodles of about 30 cm length like Sapporo Ramen indeed. I was not sure that Marunaka Making-Noodles Factory or another making-noodles factory in the Abashiri made the noodles. Other customers ordered a fried chicken, too, and this was popular. Thanks for the tasty ramen!

Egg Noodles
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-
Rich Taste Soup
Doro Ramen -Darumaya Abashiri Branch-

Doro Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Doro Ramen

Parking lot Free parking is provided (3 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Fisrt Monday
Telephone number +81-152-44-7877
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 677 048*13

A page of Abashiri is here




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