I found myself in Narita proper because of the hotel I booked for the night before my flight back to the States. Not far from either train station (JR or Keisei), is Ramen Bayashi.
I was looking for a place to eat around mid-afternoon. Many of the restaurants were either closed or didn't look inviting for a foreigner. When I came across Ramen Bayashi, I knew it would be a good place for me to get a good meal. Plus, I had been in Japan for a week and still hadn't had ramen.
Upon entering, I was greeted by employees and patrons alike. It was a bit like walking into the bar from the old Cheers TV show. Upon sitting down, four older men (65ish+) started talking to me, asking me questions about myself and explained to me that they had just finished a half marathon.
It was very difficult to decide what to order because all of it looked and sounded wonderful. I ordered one ramen meal and one standard meal, plus their locally made sake. When they were put in front of me, I knew I'd never be able to finish one of them let alone both. However, I did my best and made a pretty good dent in them. Both were outstanding.
While this was my first trip to Japan, I doubt it'll be my last. You can bet I'll make the trip to Narita and have ramen. Definitely worth the detour.
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