Onomichi is famous for ramen. If there is one food that people say is from Onomichi, they will say it is the ramen. From another student, I heard that the ramen is good but nothing out of this world. I would have to agree with him on this but I did think it was good. When I arrived in Onomichi, I arrived around 1pm and most of the ramen shops were closing around that time for the afternoon siesta before dinner. There really was only one choice for me to go and enjoy some ramen for a late lunch and that was Ichiban-kan.
Ichiban-kan is pretty easy to find if you know what to look for. If you head along the wharf area, just keep walking until you reach a shrine. The shrine is right across the street from Ichiban. I found it pretty easily and since it was around 2pm I had no problems getting a seat.
Once I went inside I was surprised by how big it was. I saw the corner seat at the counter and took it. They do have a lot of seats in the back and in a sun room area too. The ramen shop was pretty busy but I think it was mostly tourists. There is a small ramen shop that the owner of “A Clue” recommended but I couldn’t go there as they were closed at that time. I wanted to go again but I really don’t like eating ramen more than once a week.
The ramen is a basic shoyu (soy sauce base) ramen. They do have a few different types but I got the cheaper one, the Ajitama Ramen. It was really simple and not too heavy and came out very quickly. I do wish I got the special, but I didn’t feel like a heavy bowl of ramen at the time. With the sun beating down in Onomichi and the need to walk to all of the temples, I felt that something a bit lighter would be better for me.
Ichiban is a good place to visit and I would do the same thing again next time. I do want to try the other ramen shops if I get a chance to go to Onomichi again but I really doubt I will go back again anytime soon. If I ever do, I’ll be sure to try some of the other shops for sure.