All aboard the train station soba restaurant that’s being called the best in Japan

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

Over 70 years in service, with a very unusual type of noodle on the menu that was developed after World War II. 

Just the other day, noodle lovers were shook by the news that Tokiwaken in Hokkaido had closed, following the sad death of its 84-year-old owner, Mamoru Nishino, in February.

This standing-style soba restaurant, located at Otoineppu Station, had been in business since 1933, and according to rail enthusiasts, it was the best ekisoba (train station soba) restaurant in all of Japan.

▼ Our reporter Seiji Nakazawa was lucky enough to have visited the restaurant once while

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