This Chuka Soba Specialty Stop Is Only Open for 2 Hours a Day
You need to time your visit right.
20-7 Keya, Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. except Sundays and holidays.
How to get there: It’s an 11-minute walk from JR Uchita Station.
Even though Urashima Shokudo operates only two hours a day, they’re deemed legendary by ramen fans because of their chuka soba, even though they didn’t really start out as a chuka soba restaurant in the first place.
Urashima Shokudo first opened in 1976 as a cheap, no-frills eatery for the general public. After about six to seven years, they added chuka soba to their menu, and eventually became a chuka soba specialty shop.
They made a name for themselves with their tonkotsu soy sauce soup, a steaming bowl of umami and richness, which also pairs outstandingly well with rice. Before long, their reputation for excellent ramen spread across the nation.
The chuboso (moderately thin) noodles, made specially by local ramen maker Miyamoto Seimenjo, are amazing in their own right. Their exquisite texture balances the rich soup, and keeps you coming back for more.
The char siu cooked in the ramen’s soy sauce tare complements the soup splendidly as well. There is a sweetness to the fat that is also enjoyable.
If you’re ever in the area, try the Chuka Soba 1.5 Servings, a thick, full-bodied soup made by adding soy sauce tare to a tonkotsu stock.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (18 October 2017)