Hachioji is home to many an excellent ramen joint, including the popular Motsuke – or Hokkori Chuka Soba Motsuke, to give its full name. The flat, medium-thick egg noodles are homemade and use only the best domestic flour, giving them a firm springiness, while the chicken-based soup is simple and light but undoubtedly tasty and full of flavour. Make sure to also explore the extensive topping and side menu, which includes wontons, rice with tuna tartar and much more. For a completely different option, try Motsuke's tantanmen – a spicy concoction that's almost as popular as their standard dish. With an owner known for his neverending curiosity and continuous innovation with limited-edition menus, Motsuke has us hooked – and is more than worth the long trip from the city centre.
34-1 Yorozucho, Hachioji-shi
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Sat, Sun & hols 11.30am-until soup runs out) / closed Tue|
|Transport:||Hachioji Station (Chuo, Yokohama, Hachiko lines)|