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Regional Ramen ~Takeoka Style Ramen~

In Chiba Prefecture, there are a variety of regional ramen flavors. One of which, known as Takeoka Style, can be found at Futtsu City’s “Umenoya”.

Umenoya stands among residencies in the corner of a fishing village. Easy to miss, the store is a favorite ramen shop among the locals. It is a bit far from the station, so we recommend going by car (there is parking available nearby).
The shop often has people lining up to get in, so be prepared to wait, especially on the weekends.

The ramen is made from a simple broth of hot water and pork cutlet, and the noodles used are dried rather than raw. Large slices of rich pork cutlet are added to the dish following the original recipe from over 60 years ago.
The soup with its deep color is brimming with noodles and pork even when you order a regular sized portion. The savory mix of soy sauce and pork come together for an unmatched flavor, truly one of Chiba’s gourmet treats.

With the shop’s long hours, it is best to try to avoid the lunch rush. We recommend enjoying the day traveling about and then stopping in for dinner.

401 Takeoka, Futtsu, Chiba

The shop is a 17 mins drive from Mother Farm. Our previously recommend fried mackerel shop is also nearby!

Fried Golden Mackerel!

After two weeks of a typhoon rolling through, blue skies finally returned.

A short distance away from Chiba’s Kazusaminato Station is the sake brewery Wakura. Sake preparation begins in November, but before that, we headed over to greet them. The head of the brewery recommended the place we had lunch.
A favorite among fishermen we planned to have Takeoka Ramen near Takeoka Station, but instead went to Murutoshi which serves coastal cuisine.

Caught in Chiba, the “Golden Mackerel” with speckles of gold coloring is a sought after delicacy. The reason is, this type of mackerel is only found where food is plentiful and thus has a larger build of delicious fats!

A set including the fried mackerel and 5 types of sashimi is 1800 JPY. The fresh sashimi and perfectly crispy mackerel makes for an excellent meal! For a region surround by the ocean, it is no wonder they pull in such fresh seafood.

Definitely try visiting and getting a taste of the region for yourself!