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Ramen Koji

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ramen Street

Kyoto is a ramen town. That’s no surprise to pilgrims of the Japanese staple or the students attending the city’s 30-plus universities who rely on cheap eats like noodles and okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). Fortunately, you don't have to go far to experience ramen: Kyoto’s main train station, on the 10th floor, has an entire space devoted to it. Ramen Koji (Ramen Street), as it's called, serves nine regional styles of the beloved noodle soup, including Masutani, a shoyu ramen with back fat that originated in Kyoto; Osaka-style Araumadu ramen, with its fragrant and herby pork-bone broth; and Sapporo-style Shirakaba Sansou ramen, made with two miso pastes, sesame oil, oyster sauce, and garlic.