Step outside Kyoto Station, turn right on Shiokoji Dori, and walk until you smell the ramen.
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.
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.
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.
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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Kyoto, Kyoto-shi, Higashishiokojimachimukaihatacho 845
Closest station: Kyoto