Asahikawa Ramen Village (旭川 ラーメン村) – Nagayama, Asahikawa, Japan (Hokkaido)

Built in 1996 to pay tribute to the best ramen that Asahikawa city has to offer, the Asahikawa Ramen Village (ラーメン村) brings together 8 proud ramen shops in one convenient location. Yes, all of these ramen-ya’s can be found within the city, but where else can you circle them all in less than a minute. AND there’s even a ramen shrine that (I’ve heard) holds wedding ceremonies. How cool is that! I didn’t get a chance to eat at any of the shops, but I know someday I will…

The lineup:

The nearest station is Minaminagayama but don’t count on getting here by train. You might be waiting for hours. The easiest way to get here is by car. Unfortunately, for most of us that means taxi and a one-way trip from Asahikawa Station can set you back 2,100 yen (~$21). There’s always the option to walk, but that could take an hour in itself. Like I said before, the main shops for all of these ramen-ya’s can be found within Asahikawa city so only go here if you really, really, really want to. I did.

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