A few weeks prior to the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, Anthony Bourdain and his crew set out to discover Japan's northernmost prefecture Hokkaido.Go to Episode
Aji no Karyu is a ramen shop where Anthony Bourdain enjoys the local specialty, miso ramen.
South 5-jo West 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan
Tony and Megumi eat some of Hokkaido's best seafood, including one of Tony's favorite foods: uni aka sea urchin.
North 11, West 21, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan
Tony joins Megumi and a few of her friends for Genghis Khan, which is grilled mutton, at the Sapporo brewery.
North 7-jo East 9-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Japan
Soup curry, a relatively new dish in Sapporo, is particularly popular in the university area.
South 8, West 14, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan
In the Niseko ski area, Tony meets some locals for yakitori before a day of skiing and snowboarding.
North 3, West 1 Chuo-ku, Japan
Chef and master soba maker Tatsuru Rai makes soba by hand in this Niseko chalet.
Tony enjoys the onsen (hot spring) and robata-yaki (grilled seafood) at this ryokan (a traditional inn).
31 Noboribetsu Onsen Town, Noboribetsu-City, Hokkaido, Japan
Tony meets the director of the Ainu Village Ikuo Yamamaru and is invited to his home for a traditional Ainu lunch.