Yet another city known for excellent water, Sano is famous for their handmade bamboo noodles. And according to the local taxi drivers, Tamuraya has THE best ramen around. I haven't told anyone this, but if I had to eat at only one ramen-ya for the rest of my life...it would probably be here. Aside from the incredible noodles, Tamuraya's light shoyu soup is something that I can never picture myself getting sick of. It's not immensely complex, but it's just that good. And the gyoza...oooh the gyoza. I think I may have called it "the best I've ever eaten in my life." In addition, Sano is less than 2 hours from Tokyo by train! You can bet I'll be back!
From Sano Station take the North exit down the stairs and make a left at the first street. Follow this small street for about 20 minutes until you reach an intersection with a greenish-blue pedestrian bridge. Cross to the other side, turn left and walk about 100 more steps and it will be on your right. They are closed on Wednesdays.
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