Nakano: Ramen
Saikoro (Nakano: Ramen)
Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
late: Open late
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

The north side of Nakano is famed for Nakano Broadway, a center of otaku culture and interesting traditional restaurants. But on the often ignored south side, there is a wonderful ramen shop worth a visit. Saikoro is part of the Jiraigen Syndicate, 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 window.

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 lighter 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.

by Brian MacDuckston
Nakano-ku, Nakano 2-28-8.
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