As an alternative to the hole-in-the-wall ramen restaurants in Ramen Yokocho in the Susukino district of Sapporo, fans of Hokkaido's distinctive ramen can try Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku (Ramen Republic) on the 10th floor of the Esta Building in Sapporo Station.
Eight ramen restaurants from around Hokkaido (usually Sapporo, Asahikawa, Hakodate or Kushiro, though a Tokyo ramen shop is a representative this year) are gathered here in a kind of Meiji-era ramen theme park complete with steam train and period station. The restaurants may change each year depending on votes by ramen restaurant customers.
Ramen Kyowakoku opened in 2004.
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