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Like several other places in Hokkaido, Asahikawa is famous for its ramen. Whereas Sapporo is known for its miso based broth and Hakodate for its salt based broth, Asahikawa is known for its shoyu (soya sauce) based broths. Shops serving shoyu based ramen can be found throughout the city.

The broth of Asahikawa Ramen (ˆฎ์ƒ‰[ƒƒ“) is also known for being quite oily, and there is often a thin layer of oil on top of the soup. Another characteristic of the local ramen is the generally thin, hard and wavy noodles. The range of toppings is quite typical and includes green onions, pork, bamboo shoots and eggs.

On the outskirts of the city there is an interesting collection of ramen shops called the Asahikawa Ramen Village. Eight famous ramen restaurants from Asahikawa have opened small branch stores besides one another in the complex alongside a gift shop and a small ramen shrine.

Getting there and around

Ramen shops can be found throughout downtown Asahikawa.

The Ramen Village is about five kilometers northeast of JR Asahikawa Station and not conveniently accessed by public transportation. It can be reached by infrequent trains (10 minutes, 300 yen from Asahikawa Station, get off at Minami-Nagayama Station from where the village is a five minute walk) or by bus (35 minutes from Asahikawa Station, get off at Nagayama-Jujo-yonchome bus stop from where the village is a five minute walk). It is more easily accessed by car.

How to get to and around Asahikawa

Hours and Fees

Asahikawa Ramen Village

Hours

Generally 11:00 to 20:00

Closed

January 1, occasional closures by individual restaurants

Admission

Free (a bowl of ramen typically costs around 800 yen)

Hotels around Asahikawa

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    • 9 C Hotel Asahikawa
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Asahikawa, 1.6 km from Ayako Miura Literature Museum, 9 C Hotel Asahikawa features air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Asahikawa Science Center, Asahikawa Taisetsu Arena and Road Station Asahikawa. At the hotel rooms are equipped with a desk, a TV and a shared bathroom. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at 9 C Hotel Asahikawa. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tokiwa Park, Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Civic Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from 9 C Hotel Asahikawa.
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    • Mimatsuso Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      Offering affordable Japanese-style accommodations, Mimatsuso Ryokan is a 5-minute drive on the free shuttle from JR Asahikawa Train Station. Traditional souvenirs such as origami and bookmarks are offered to guests for free. Free Wi-Fi is available. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Yukata robes, a TV and a trouser press are included in each. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Guests can store food in the shared fridge and use the free-use launderette. Japanese meals are served at the shared dining room. Guests can reserve a private dining room, which has a capacity of up to 4 people. Ryokan Mimatsuso is a 10-minute walk from Tokiwa Park and a 30-minute drive from Asahiyama Zoo. Various shopping malls are within a 5-minute walk from the Ryokan.
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    • JR Inn Asahikawa
      Mid-range
      Open from March 2015, JR Inn Asahikawa offers simple accommodation directly connected to JR Asahikawa Station. A public bath and laundry facilities are available on site. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Featuring a minimalistic design, all rooms are fitted with original pillows and a flat-screen TV. Shower facilities are provided in all rooms, while only some rooms come with a bathtub. Asahikawa JR Inn is a 35-minute drive or airport limousine ride from Asahikawa Airport. Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away. There is an Aeon shopping centre adjacent to the hotel. The hotel offers various facilities and services including free luggage storage. Parking is available on site for a fee. A buffet breakfast is available at the on-site restaurant.
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    • Asahikawa Ride
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi and a shared lounge, Asahikawa Ride offers accommodation in Asahikawa, 10 km from Asahiyama Zoo and 600 metres from Tokiwa Park. Around 600 metres from Asahikawa Museum of Art, the property is also close to Asahikawa Science Center. Local points of interest like Kaguraoka Park and Ayako Miura Literature Museum are reachable within 2.3 km and 2.3 km, respectively. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with kitchenette with a kettle, microwave and toaster. Each bed in the dormitory rooms has a reading light and socket. A safety deposit box is provided for each guest. There are storage facilities including ski and snowboard equipment. Guests at Asahikawa Ride will be able to enjoy activities in and around Asahikawa, like skiing, cycling and mountain climbing. The guest house staff can assist guests with local information and tourist destinations. Sutaruhin Stadium is 2.1 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 13 km from Asahikawa Ride.
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    • Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Just a 3-minute walk from Asahikawa Station, Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae offers accommodation with private parking on site. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Decorated in natural earth tones, all carpeted rooms feature air conditioning, heating and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. An air purifier/humidifier, electric kettle, hairdryer and refrigerator are provided. The private bathroom comes with a bath, shower, free toiletries and high-tech toilet. Guests can unwind in the public bath on the 17th floor that boasts a city view. Free ironing services are available at the 24-hour front desk. The property offers a drinks vending machine and coin-operated washing machine. Meeting facilities, fax and photocopying services can be arranged for an additional fee. A Japanese and Western-style buffet breakfast including freshly baked bread is provided at the on-site restaurant La Mer. There is a coffee shop and convenience store on the ground floor. Ayako Miura Literature Museum and Asahikawa Museum of Art are 10 minutes by car from the property. Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae is a 35-minute drive away from Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Airport.
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    • Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae is located in Asahikawa, 2.1 km from Kaguraoka Park and 1.2 km from Asahikawa Civic Cultural Center. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk and a flat-screen TV. All units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Guests at Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. With staff speaking Japanese and English, around-the-clock guidance is available at the reception. Popular points of interest near Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae include Ayako Miura Literature Museum, Tokiwa Park and Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa
      Mid-range
      Set in Asahikawa, 1.5 km from Ayako Miura Literature Museum, Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa features views of the city. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa all rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or an Asian breakfast. Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa also has a wellness area, where guests can make the most of facilities like a hot spring bath and a sauna. Speaking Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and English, staff are ready to help around the clock at the reception. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kaguraoka Park, Tokiwa Park and Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa.
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    • Dormy Inn Asahikawa
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Asahikawa is a 10-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station. It offers modern accommodation with a large public hot-spring bath and free in-room wired internet. Guestrooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle with green tea, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A humidifier and a trouser press are also provided. Guests can enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural hot spring bath located on the hotelfs top floor. Sauna facilities are also available. Other facilities include a coin-operated laundrette. Complimentary Japanese Yonaki (Ramen) noodles are available from 21:30-23:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot coffee is also served from 15:00-23:00 to guests arriving to the property. Asahikawa Dormy Inn is a 40-minute drive from Asahiyama Zoo and about a 10-minute drive to Kamikawa Shrine.
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    • Asahikawa Sun Hotel
      Mid-range
      A 6-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station, Sun Hotel has massage services and a Japanese/Western restaurant. Free WiFi, high-speed wired internet access, a private bathroom and an LCD TV are provided in all rooms. The air-conditioned rooms at Asahikawa Sun Hotel are modern and simply furnished with a desk, a trouser press and a mini-fridge. Instant coffee, green tea bags and slippers are provided. Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away, and Nagayama Shrine is about a 30-minute train trip from the hotel. A coin launderette and a free-use microwave are on site, and vending machines offer beer and soft drinks. The 24-hour reception can keep luggage and store valuables for guests. Restaurant Jurin serves a set-menu Western or Japanese breakfast for a fee, and is also open for dinner. Breakfast must be ordered at least 1 day in advance.
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    • Court Hotel Asahikawa
      Mid-range
      Located just a 2-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station, Court Hotel Asahikawa offers free WiFi in all areas. There are many shopping and dining options nearby the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Court Hotel Asahikawa offers massage and laundry services at an additional charge. Asahikawa Museum of Art is a 20-minute walk away and the popular Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away from the hotel.
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