Ramen is a noodle which
Japanese people, and "Sapporo ramen" is one of the three major ramens
(The others are "Hakata" in Fukuoka city in Kyushu island and "Kitagata" in Fukushima Prefecture in Tohoku District.)
So there are many ramen restaurants in Sapporo.
"Ramen Yokocho" means "a small street with several ramen restautants".
Two Ramen Yokochos are in Susukino district, and each street with the ramen restaurants is the first floor of a building.
Both Ramen Yokocho are located near each other.
One is "Ganso Ramen Yokocho", and it has more than a dozen restaurants.
"Ganoso" means "original" or "first", and it was opened in 1971.
The other is "Shin Ramen Yokocho", and it has 4 restaurants.
"Shin" means "new", and it was opened in 1976.
Additionally, there is "Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku" (Republic of Ramen) on
the 10th floor in ESTA (a commercial building) in front of JR Sapporo
It is a theme park with 8 ramen restaurants. Half of the restaurants are from Sapporo, but the others are from Hakodate, Asahikawa, and so on.
Generally, ramen comes in shoyu (soy sauce), salt, and miso flavors.
Of them, miso ramen was created in Sapporo.
Sapporo ramen is characterized by topping of fried vegitables.
And some restaurants add butter to the soup.
But there are many ramen resraurants without such stereotype characteristic.
It is said that there are over 1,000 ramen restaurants in Sapporo city.
There are many people with a dainty tooth.
They say that better ramen restaurants are not in such ramen town but rather in downtown.
Of course, it's not to say that the restaurants in Ramen Yokocho are not good.
You can enjoy choosing a restaurant in Ramen Yokocho.
Get off at "Susukino" station.
Photo by Sapporo City
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