Thursday, December 12, 2013

第一旭 (Daiichi Asahi in Kyoto)

本家第一旭たかばし本店

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Step outside Kyoto Station, turn right on Shiokoji Dori, and walk until you smell the ramen.

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The basic bowl of chukasoba at Daiichi Asahi comes with mounds of tasty chashu and a sprinkling of green onions. Nothing shocking, just a classic bowl. Over 50 years of history here, and the customer base shows it. Old-timers enjoying what they know and love sitting next to tourists like me, waiting for our bullet train back to Tokyo.

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I guess my 3pm bowl was eaten at magic hour. Just an hour later, at 4:00, there was a line of 15 people outside. 15 smart people.

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Kyoto continues to surprise me the more I visit. I spent less than two hours there, just enough time to crush a couple bowls and buy a new jacket, and spent the rest of my bullet train home in a blissful ramen-induced food coma.

Even though I didn't see one temple or world heritage site, it was a great day.

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Go for the smaller ミニラーメン at 550 yen if you plan to have another bowl next door!

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Official Site Here

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京都府京都市下京区高倉通り塩小路下ル 東塩小路向畑町845
Kyoto, Kyoto-shi, Higashishiokojimachimukaihatacho 845
Closest station: Kyoto

Open 5:30am-2:00am
Closed Thursdays