When going to Hokkaido via airplane, using New Chitose Airport is convenient as it is close to cities such as Sapporo. In addition, Sapporo has tasty ramen stores and delicious restaurants unique to Hokkaido.
But in actuality, you can visit an area called Hokkaido Ramen Dojo (北海道ラーメン道場) inside of New Chitose Airport where there are various popular Hokkaido ramen dishes, so you don’t have to go out of your way to Sapporo. You can enjoy really delicious ramen at Hokkaido Ramen Dojo, including shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, shio (salt) ramen, and even ramen with unique flavors.
Look Out for This!
Hokkaido Ramen Dojo is located on the third floor of New Chitose Airport’s domestic terminal building. There are a couple of entrances, but this entrance has something which is perhaps the symbol of Hokkaido Ramen Dojo: a map of Hokkaido made out of ramen bowls.
This is it! It represents the shape of Hokkaido with bowls full of Hokkaido ramen.
Since there are many people who take commemorative photos here, you might want to take one too.
The Atmosphere and Characteristics of Hokkaido Ramen
Once you set foot in there, you’ll see that there are ramen restaurants everywhere. You’ll probably get lost at first on what to eat, what with there being so many restaurants. You should decide depending on your tastes, but since Hokkaido ramen has different characteristics as written below, we will be your guide!
[Kagawa: shoyu ramen]
The broth is seafood, pork bone and chicken bone based, and is characterized by its relatively large variety of soy sauces.
[Sapporo: miso ramen]
It is common to add lard to soup made with pork bone broth, to prevent the ramen from going cold with Sapporo’s climate. Shoyu ramen was initially popular, but after the owner of “Aji No Sanpei” came up with miso ramen, Sapporo miso ramen rose to the top spot.
[Hakodate: shio ramen]
It is characterized by its transparent salty soup with stock usually made from pork or chicken bones, with soft medium-thickness straight noodles. Common toppings include roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, green onions, spinach, and naruto (steamed fish cake).
Now for the Tasting!
We ordered miso ramen with corn and butter as toppings, and it was served to us piping hot after about 5 minutes. The soup was very tasty with the unique smell and richness of miso; the thick noodles blended well together with it.
Though each restaurant you find in here has a branch somewhere in Hokkaido, some restaurants have menu items that are exclusively found only here at New Chitose Airport.
New Chitose Airport is Hokkaido’s largest airport. Since there are more travelers from abroad recently, various events are held which aim to showcase the great things of Hokkaido. Hokkaido Ramen Dojo doesn’t just have restaurants, but also bars and places that serve Hokkaido’s popular soup curry. Aside from food, you can also have fun at the airport post-arrival and before departure at its hot spring!
Please check out Hokkaido Ramen Dojo when visiting New Chitose airport!
Hokkaido Ramen Dojo (北海道ラーメン道場)
Address: Bibi, Chitose, Hokkaido
Hours: Depends on store
Closed: Depends on store
Credit Cards: Depends on store
Languages: Depends on store
Multilingual Menus: available
Price Range: 1,000 yen
Official Website (English): Hokkaido Ramen Dojo