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šSaikoro/
Nakano: Ramen
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The north side of
Nakano is famed for
Nakano Broadway, a
center of otaku
culture and inter-
esting traditional
restaurants. But on
the often ignored
south side, there is
a wonderful ramen
shop worth a visit.
Saikoro is part of
the Jiraigen Syndi-
cate, a noodle group
that makes simple,
honest Tokyo ramen
in cool, stylish
shops. Look for the
shop with a DJ booth
and hanging saikoro
(dice) in the win-
dow.

The ticket machine
here is huge, but
head to the upper
row and look for the
one with the niku
(Y730). Niku means
meat, and you'll get
a bowl topped with
slices of perfectly
roasted chashu pork.
The soup is a light-
er shoyu base hit
with a bit of dried
fish. Add to that
handmade noodles
(the noodle factory
is upstairs), and
you have one of the
best simple bowls in
Tokyo.
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Nakano-ku, Nakano
2-28-8.  Open
11am-1:30am (LO; Sun
-11pm) daily.
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