I had a few minutes after work in Otaru, so I found the closest ramen shop with a respectable rating. Tokaiya it is!
Otaru is a seaside town about an hour out of Sapporo. It looks like a quaint little place, with restored old-timey buildings and some killer sushi. A sleepy little fisherman's town?
Not this weekend. Hundreds of cosplay enthusiasts and anime car (called itasha in Japanese) owners were having a convention of sorts.
Back to the ramen. The miso, served with a healthy topping of sizzling garlic pork, was pretty good. It won't be winning any awards, but for random, middle-of-nowhere ramen it hit the spot.
And the gyoza was on point.
渡海 (tokai) means crossing the sea. Fitting, as seafaring Koreans, Chinese, or Russians may just show up at any moment, sailing their Evangelion themed sailboats and Miyazaki branded jet skis.
Hokkaido, Otaru-shi, Inaho 3-7-14
Closest station: Otaru