Wednesday, February 1, 2012

愚直 (Guchoku in Nakaitabashi)

愚直

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The 254 is a road starting somewhere in the middle of Tokyo and heading out towards the northwest of Kanto. Many years ago, when I bought my first motorcycle in the big city and drove it back to Kawagoe, I experienced the 254 for the first time. Impressions? Traffic and ramen shops.

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Guchoku is one of those shops. Just look for the sign!

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I'll be frank about this shop. Because Guchoku is simple and honest. A true to the name bowl of rich tonkotsu ramen. Nothing gimmicky, no tricks.

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The shop, which had a line of about 6 people on a random day of the week, is very local. The 254 is a lifeline to nearby Saitama prefecture that lies firmly inconvenient for pedestrians. Nearby parking is available.

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The creamy soup is worth the trek though. And to be frank, a 15 minute from a station that us 15 minutes from the city center isn't too much of a stretch.

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東京都板橋区大谷口北町12-7
Tokyo, Itabashi-ku, Oyaguchikitacho 12-7
Closest station: Nakaitabashi

Open 12:00-15:00, 20:00-22:00
Closed Monday and Thursday