For the record, I'm changing my name to Sapporo Keizo. It was inevitable. We all knew it was going to happen. I've been touched by the polaris emblem and my whole ramen world has forever changed. It's only day 9 and so far I've had the trip of my life. The ramen in Sapporo (and everything else for that matter) has been excellent and worth every penny (or should I say yen). I spent the day walking more than I intended to and I really got to see how this city moves. It's like Tokyo, but it's not. I'm not exactly sure what I mean by that, but let's just roll with it. Bartender, I think it's time to cut me off.
Sumire is a legendary ramen shop that has been highly ranked in the Sapporo Ramen scene for several years now. They've even made a couple of visits across the Pacific during Mitsuwa's little food fairs. Anyway, those styrofoam bowls don't compare at all to the ramen I ate today. Sumire's miso ramen was unbelievable!! Served piping hot, every bit of volume was earth-shatteringly good. The sliced onions, the ground pork, and the savory miso. There's no way this stuff can be legal!
Within the JR Tower on the 10th floor of the ESTA building, Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku brings together 8 famous ramen-ya's from around Hokkaido to one convenient location. So if you don't have time to explore or if you're only in Sapporo for a short layover, there's no excuse for not being able to try some of the best ramen out there. There's also a souvenir shop that will take care of all your omiyage needs.
This is all you need to know: Proceed out the North exit of Sapporo Station and find the bus terminal for #188. That bus will take you straight to the Sapporo Beer Museum for just 200 yen. Once there, go straight to the bar on the second floor! Haha! The set pictured below only costs 400 yen, which is like $4.
Once back in Susukino, I decided to end my stay with the butter corn of Keyaki. One word: smooth. Located a block south of Ramen Alley, it's arguably the best ramen-ya in Suskino. I wouldn't argue, but quite frankly my tongue is so numb from the intense heat I can barely talk.
And with that last note, I bid Sapporo farewell. Thanks for the memories...