Mutahiro, in Kokubunji, is one of the best shops on the Chuo line. Ah, the Chuo. The 2nd most famous train line in Tokyo. While the first, the Yamanote, just circles the metropolis in an endless loop, the Chuo heads out in a perfectly straight line deep into the heart of Japan. Don't fall asleep and miss your stop!
Mutahiro was making a bit too much good ramen. Is there such a thing? Not really, but if your shop makes two completely different types of bowls, a fishy niboshi and a simple chicken shio, why not expand? Why not have one shop for each. Mere blocks from each other.
So now, if you want niboshi, head out the south exit. If you want chicken, head out the north.
I've had the original chicken bowl before (it is great), but today was a special limited offering. Famous chicken and eggs from Oyama in Tottori Prefecture. Noodles made pasta-style. And a prize!
On this day only, customers got a Mutahiro sticker. Show it off on your cell phone, and in the future, your toppings are free. That's right, a VIP card.
In the future, you too can get a VIP sticker . . . if you get the lucky bowl. If the you finish the soup, you might see some lucky kanji at the bottom. Good luck!
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Tokyo, Kokubunji-shi, Honmachi 2-3-6
Closest station: Kokubunji
Open 11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:00