Tuesday, May 24, 2011

三八 (Sanpa in Tokushima)



On the futon next to me at a local rider's inn (hotel for motorcycle riders... yes, Japan is a great place) was a friendly guy who went by the name of Mac. At the mention of ramen, he was quick to recommend a few spots. Sanpa has a few shops in Tokushima, and a week later I found myself staying near one of them.


A local favorite, they make a monthly newspaper, featuring fan art from neighborhood children.


Oh, the ramen. It's great. I was told it's the best chashu on Shikoku, and I'll agree with that 100%. Even though I've only had pork in chashu form a couple times out here, this tender and rich cut of meat gets my vote. The tonkotsu shoyu soup is a little different from the accepted Tokushima style.


Tokushima was an interesting place. Nice beaches, an interesting array of nightlife, and plenty of good food. But a few hours after eating here, I loaded my motorcycle up and drove off into the sunrise.


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Tokushima-ken, Tokushima-shi, Kitatamiya 2-467

Open 10:30-20:00
Closed Tuesdays and the 3rd Monday of the month