Sano is another city that claims to have great water, which ultimately translates to great ramen. Like most small towns, the best ramen shops lie far, far away from the station. Some too far to even think about walking. But I, being a sucker for a little adventure, will walk anywhere and everywhere in search of the best. After all that's part of the fun. Luckily, I didn't have to walk as far as I first thought I would. 20 minutes one way was all it took and I still made it back in time to catch my reserved train to Tokyo.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you THE BEST GYOZA I've ever eaten in my life! Hands Down! Ever!! They come from a place called Tamuraya--a ramen-ya that hand makes their noodles and gyoza skins on a daily basis. And they are stuffed (and I mean STUFFED) with some of the freshest ingredients on this Earth, at least they tasted that way.
The Shoyu Ramen was also sensational! They only use a small dab of shoyu tare, which gives it a light, refreshing flavor. It actually tastes more like shio ramen with a hint of shoyu. The thick, flat noodles are probably top 5, if not the best so far that I've had on this trip. Sano Ramen has definitely left an indelible impression. If you're in Tokyo, I highly recommend that you go. It's less than two hours away by train and very, very, very worth it!
I'll be back in Tokyo for a couple days to unwind and prepare for the rest of my trip. I'm not sure what I'll be doing or where I'll be going, but rest assured I'll find something.
I'm meeting Brian again in Shibuya tonight, so look out for some additional ramen pics in the slide show very soon.