Updated: September 13, 2019
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The Most Difficult-to-Get Ramen in Japan: 'Ariran Ramen'

There's a special type of ramen called 'Ariran Ramen' that can only be found at a few ramen shops in the mountains of Chiba prefecture. It's the most difficult-to-get ramen in Japan not just because of the remoteness of the shops, but also because there's often a long line of customers waiting to eat it!

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The Most Difficult-to-Get Ramen in Japan

Have you ever heard of 'Ariran Ramen?' It's one of Chiba prefecture (east of Tokyo)'s local ramen specialties. The spicy bowl consists of a soup made from onions, pork, garlic, chives, and green onions.
The ramen can only be found at a few restaurants tucked away in the mountain recesses on Chiba's Boso Peninsula. Because of the remote location of the restaurants that serve the dish, ariran ramen is said to be the most difficult-to-eat ramen in Japan.
Hachibei no Shokudo's 'Ariran Chashu' ¥1,200
Ariran ramen was first created by Mr. Furuichi the owner of a shop called 'Hachibei no Shokudo' (八平の食堂) which opened in 1972.
Furuichi started out by selling a basic style of ramen from a food cart which he pulled around. Supposedly, a customer one day told Mr. Furuichi that they wished he would make his own unique type ramen to serve. This spurred Mr. Furuichi to create what is now ariran ramen through a 5-year period of trial and error.
Word of the delicious new type of ramen quickly spread throughout Japan, and soon there was a line of customers from around the country forming every day to try the special bowl of noodles.

The name 'ariran' comes from the name of a famous mountain pass in Korea called the 'Arirang Pass.' Since his restaurant was located in a mountain pass, Mr. Furuichi wanted to create a spicy and slightly sweet ramen that would give travelers the stamina to cross the mountains.

Where to get Ariran Ramen

Unfortunately, 'Mikaku,' one of the shops serving ariran ramen will be closed at the end of September 2019, leaving only 2 shops where you can eat authentic ariran ramen. If you're interested in trying this very rare and special ramen, head to one of the two restaurants below. It's quite a trip by public transit from Tokyo, but it is possible if you're dedicated! Otherwise, a car is definitely the easiest way to get there.

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