Everything in Kumamoto closes early! My list of shops to go to included 黒亭 and 火の国, both of which were closed when I finally checked into my hotel. Luckily, for hungry travelers, everything around the Shimotori shopping arcade is open late.
Kumamon is here to welcome you.
Very cool town. There were a ton of fancy dessert cafes. What's that all about? Anyways, back to the ramen.
This is Keika. It is a bit of a mini-chain, so I never gave it much thought. But 本店 means head shop, so this is a once in a blue moon chance to eat at a famous-around-Japan shop's original branch. And with a kiddy-sized option for only 480 yen, the ramen adventure could continue afterwords.
There are a few of these in the Tokyo area, so I might try it someday for comparison. Or maybe not.
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Kumamoto-ken, Kumamoto-shi, Chuo-ku, Hanabatacho 11-9
Closest station: Hanabatacho
Friday and Saturday until 1:45am