Monday, September 28, 2015

渡海家 (Tokaiya in Otaru, Hokkaido)

らーめん渡海家


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I had a few minutes after work in Otaru, so I found the closest ramen shop with a respectable rating. Tokaiya it is!

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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?

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Not this weekend. Hundreds of cosplay enthusiasts and anime car (called itasha in Japanese) owners were having a convention of sorts.

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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.

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And the gyoza was on point.

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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.

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Map of 3 Chome-7-14 Inaho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaidō 047-0032

北海道小樽市稲穂3-7-14
Hokkaido, Otaru-shi, Inaho 3-7-14
Closest station: Otaru

Open 11:00-23:00
Closed Tuesdays