Noodle joint in Misawa has a nostalgic feel

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Noodle joint in Misawa has a nostalgic feel

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | Stripes Japan | March 29, 2017
Misawa-eki ShokudoCuisine: Japanese
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Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7:00-19:00
Address:
53 Furuma Kiyama
Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture
Japan
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I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as I sat there enjoying my hot noodle bowl at Misawa-eki Shokudo. Located in a ruined old station house, the popular noodle joint held memories of an active past filled with tourists and locals rushing to catch that next train.
 
According to a colleague, the structure was used as Misawa Station of Towada Kanko Line until the service stopped in 2011 due to a lack of passengers. 
 
As I walked into the building, I found a passenger waiting room as well as old ticket gates still intact. Old maps and posters of local attractions hung on the walls, showcasing that the station was once in use. 
 
The restaurant itself, which I couldn’t have found without my colleague, was located at the back end of the former station. The square is still used by the railroad company as a terminal for buses and taxis.
 
After buying a ticket of “special” noodle for 420 yen ($4) at a ticket machine on the corner, I gave it to one of the two staffers waiting over the counter.
 
In less than five minutes, I received a noodle bowl with a rather strong smell of soy sauce-based stock. The bowl, which was extremely hot, contained soba noodles, a boiled egg, seaweed and kakiage (shredded shrimp and vegetable) tempura. 
 
I imagined the warmth must help to cope with long and severe winter of Misawa. In fact, Aomori Prefecture, where Misawa is located, is widely known as the heaviest snow falling region in Japan. 
 
Although the noodles were a little too soft to me, the tempura, seaweed and other ingredients really went well with the fully-flavored broth. Overall, the bowl was delicious. 
 
A Japanese employee on Misawa AB told me that most locals know the shop and visit there once in a while in search of a long-cherished taste.
 
The prices here were very reasonable, as I saw nothing on the menu that was more than 500 yen. The side dishes, such as inari (flavored rice wrapped in fried bean curd), was 120 yen, while onigiri (rice bowl) was 100. 
 
Located only a 10 minute drive from the Misawa AB main gate, Misawa-eki Shokudo is perfect for an inexpensive lunch or quick breakfast on the go. The nostalgia – it’s free of charge. 
 
I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as I sat there enjoying my hot noodle bowl at Misawa-eki Shokudo. Located in a ruined old station house, the popular noodle joint held memories of an active past filled with tourists and locals rushing to catch that next train.
According to a colleague, the structure was used as Misawa Station of Towada Kanko Line until the service stopped in 2011 due to a lack of passengers. 
As I walked into the building, I found a passenger waiting room as well as old ticket gates still intact. Old maps and posters of local attractions hung on the walls, showcasing that the station was once in use. 
The restaurant itself, which I couldn’t have found without my colleague, was located at the back end of the former station. The square is still used by the railroad company as a terminal for buses and taxis.
After buying a ticket of “special” noodle for 420 yen ($4) at a ticket machine on the corner, I gave it to one of the two staffers waiting over the counter.
In less than five minutes, I received a noodle bowl with a rather strong smell of soy sauce-based stock. The bowl, which was extremely hot, contained soba noodles, a boiled egg, seaweed and kakiage (shredded shrimp and vegetable) tempura. 
I imagined the warmth must help to cope with long and severe winter of Misawa. In fact, Aomori Prefecture, where Misawa is located, is widely known as the heaviest snow falling region in Japan. 
Although the noodles were a little too soft to me, the tempura, seaweed and other ingredients really went well with the fully-flavored broth. Overall, the bowl was delicious. 
A Japanese employee on Misawa AB told me that most locals know the shop and visit there once in a while in search of a long-cherished taste.
The prices here were very reasonable, as I saw nothing on the menu that was more than 500 yen. The side dishes, such as inari (flavored rice wrapped in fried bean curd), was 120 yen, while onigiri (rice bowl) was 100. 
Located only a 10 minute drive from the Misawa AB main gate, Misawa-eki Shokudo is perfect for an inexpensive lunch or quick breakfast on the go. The nostalgia – it’s free of charge. 
 
Misawa-eki Shokudo
 
OPEN: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location:  53 Furuma Kiyama, Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture (1-minute walk from Misawa Station)
URL: tabelog.com/aomori/A0203/A020303/2005759/ (Japanese)
Tel: 0176-53-3139