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Takano Ramen has a very long line out front, about 30-40 minutes. This is because it appears to be one of the top 10 famous ramen shops in Tokyo according to various sites and books. There were people waiting inside the shop too, it's an L-shaped interior with one table in the back and a long counter that snakes around to the left in the back. It's down the street from a cute flower shop and is next to the Mizuho bank right across from the exit of Ebaranakanobu Station on the Tokyu Ikegami line. A small shrine inside is pictured above. I had the shio tsukemen with the extra menma and chashu dish, which contained three slices of lightly grilled pork and some good spicy menma. The noodles were a bit on the thin side and it took the noodle-cooking-person like two minutes to get every last noodle out of the pot. The broth was a very rich chicken broth, very salty with a heavy dose of onions. Was it quite good? Of course. Was it worth the train trip and the wait? It might not be for some.

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