Located in Sapporo’s strategic and famous Odori Park, the Sapporo Ramen Show 2017 runs until Sunday May 28, and is a big event that attracts ramen lovers from all walks of life. The Ramen Show is divided into two parts, or "rounds", with 9 different ramen shops from all over Japan serving their best ramen during each round. Round 1 (第1幕) was the 16th to the 21st, but Round 2 (第2幕) is the 23rd to the 28th, and that means you still have 9 mouth-watering ramen varieties to choose from.
It's a bit beyond the scope of this article to go into detail about each ramen dish available, but suffice it to say there is tonkotsu shoyu ramen from Osaka, katsuo shoyu ramen from Shizuoka, katsuo shio ramen from Sapporo, lobster miso ramen from Tokyo/Sapporo, ginger miso ramen from Tokyo, gyutan (ox tongue) shio ramen from Tokyo, and more. For photos (and information in Japanese) see their website here: http://www.ramen-kyokai.jp/sapporo/ (warning: you gonna get hungry!)
So if you want to try more ramen in other varieties, this is a good opportunity! Especially since each bowl of ramen only costs 800 yen, so you can fill up without breaking the bank. The event is open from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last call for orders 30 minutes before closing. With several days left of the second round, it's not too late to see how many different ramen varieties you can eat!
Photo courtesy of Sinta Herian POdori Park is easily accessible by walking, cycling, or by subway to Odori Station. It’s important to know that the event is in the Nishi-8 chome area, so if you don’t see any booths or people eating ramen, keep walking through the park till you see them!
You can enter from anywhere and see the 10 ramen booths each offering different dishes, but you can’t order without a ticket. You have to get a ticket (800 yen) at the entrance first. After you've got your ramen ticket in hand, look around at each booth to decide what kind of ramen you want. There’s a lot of people, sure. But the length of the queue depends on how popular the ramen is. If you have the same taste as everyone else, then you might have to wait a little longer.
Photo courtesy of Sinta Herian PIf you want to order more than just one dish, you can buy another ticket. But personally I thought one dish was enough to fill my stomach. To accompany your ramen eating, there’s drink booths, as well as snack booths offering things like takoyaki, onigiri, and even churros. So if it's not enough, you can buy a ticket again, or come back the next day!
I visited the first round of the event, and I chose the dish from Nagano. It was the only dish that has chicken as the main meat, flavoured with shoyu (soy sauce) base soup. It’s really delicious!
Definitely an event worth to visit, especially if you’re one of those ramen lovers!
Sapporo Ramen Show 2017
Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Dates (Round 2): May 23 - May 28, 2017
Tickets: 800 yen per bowl of ramen. Advance tickets are available at 7-Eleven convenience stores until 10 am on May 28.
Address: 8-chome Nishi, Odori Park, Sapporo