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    Go directly to the source of ramen noodles

    You have a few weeks off and enough miles for round trip airfare. What kind of trip do you plan and to where? Japan, hands down. Fly into Tokyo, post up at the Shangri-La. Or maybe somewhere smaller and more boutique, like the Aman Tokyo. Then head to Kyoto to zen out in the myriad of shrines and temples. Obviously need to go to Hiroshima—big history buff over here! Would stop in Nara, Osaka, and Nagasaki along the way as well. End the trip in a beach town like Miyakojima, an island off Japan. – Samantha Prince

    Photo: Ippudo
    Photo: Ippudo

    A block from Kyoto’s Nishiki Marketa 400-year-old indoor market that stocks fish, meat, tofu, dried foods and vegetables—Ippudo Nishikikoji is a ramen shop that attracts hungry guests who covet quick cuisine after a day’s shopping. Located on a quiet, narrow street in the Shinkyogoku district, the restaurant serves soup and noodles until late in a modern setting. Menu staples include pork ramen with five different types of hot peppers and Hakata bite-sized dumplings with soft fried rice. Ramen, on average, ranges between $7-8.

    Ippudo is a group of ramen restaurants that started in Fukuoka, Kyushu, in 1995; today, there are locations in Tokyo, Osaka and New York City. There’s often a line outside its Nishiki Market eatery; diners should arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    Address: 653-1 Bantoya-cho, Higashinotoin, Nishikikoji higashi iru, Nakagyo-ku
    Phone: (+81) 75 213 8800

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