With 40+ ramen shops located in the city, Kitakata can fulfill everyone's ramen fantasy. But when a local tries to describe Kitakata Ramen, they always point to the originator--Gen Rai Ken. Easily the oldest ramen shop around, Gen Rai Ken was founded by an old man who immigrated from China during the Taishō Period. With humble beginnings as a yatai, the secret to this old man's torigara (chicken) soup and handmade noodle technique has been protected and passed down throughout the years. With one sip you'll instantly understand why it's been around so long. The noodles are amazing as well. And do not forget to order the handmade gyoza! That's their other specialty.
From Kitakata Station head North along the main street. After one block where the signal is, make a right and continue East until you see a red building on your right. It should only take about 5-minutes on foot. There's another ramen-ya right next to it so don't mistakenly walk into that one. They are open from 10am to 7:30 pm and closed on Tuesdays.
On the corner of the intersection right in front of the station and across the street, there's a small ramen gift shop where two very nice ladies work. Stop by and say hi to them for me.
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