If you thought the highlight of Canal City was the 5th floor Raumen Stadium...think again. Ichiran's flagship ramen-ya located on the 1st floor screams greatness in the most peaceful fashion. From the unique private individual stalls to the highly customized ordering system, the Canal City location is the only one to feature the black coffin-like bowls, otherwise known as "Juubako." The very smooth tonkotsu soup takes on a tangy, yet spicy, flavor when mixed with the special red sauce. It's to die for, hence the coffin-like bowls (I made that up). So the next time you're searching for ramen in Hakata's Canal City, try not to overlook the first floor.
From Hakata Station head West on the main street. Stay to your right as the street splits and make a left at the 7-Eleven (the 2nd one). Then make a quick right and you should see an entrance to Canal City next to the Washington Hotel. Head to the 1st floor. Open everyday from 10am to midnight. Ordering may be a bit difficult for the first timer, but they have plenty of guides in English that show you how to do it. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
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