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Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM

Filming Locations of "Tampopo?"

Hello Chowds,

Have you seen the movie Tampopo? It's a mid-80s Japanese film with three parts, the primary one involving a woman named Tampopo trying to perfect ramen.

I have tried to search which locations in Japan were used as the backdrop, by looking online and asking around Tokyo. It wasn't necessarily filmed in Tokyo, but if you have any ideas/links to provide on the topic, please let me know.


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  1. Apparently the model for the Tampopo ramen shop was 佐久信 (Sakushin) in Ogikubo, Tokyo, which no longer exists. Filming was done at 春木屋 (Harukiya) in Karuizawa, which also apparently no longer exists. Both ramen shops served "Ogikubo Ramen", and Harukiya still has shops in Ogikubo and Kichijouji in Tokyo.

    All in Japanese:
    Harukiya website:
    Tanpopo trivia:
    Ogikubo ramen:
    Japanese Wikipedia Tampopo web page:

    2 Replies
    1. re: Hiyodori

      Kore koso wo tsuini mitsukaru noni meccha nagaku tema ga kakatta... Arigatou gozaimasu!

      Well, if they have signs saying that the movies were filmed in those places, that might be good enough...have you seen/enjoyed the movie, Hiyodori?

      1. re: BuildingMyBento

        The scene with the kaban mochi and the senior sararimen ("I'll have the consomme, the dover sole, and a beer") was fimed at La Tour d'Argent in the New Otani. Which by the way, is one of the funniest mise-en-scene ever put on film.

    2. "Have you seen the movie Tampopo?"

      This is Chowhound you're talking about. ;)

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      1. re: Rio Yeti

        Oh, so then I'm allowed to ask this question again once every three months?~ Also, this is the Japan which case, I will ALSO have to ask where I can find a nice suppon nabe on a humid Tokyo day!

        1. re: BuildingMyBento

          then.., would want to eat soba ! omurice ! Chinese ! French !! 
          Anyway, here a link of Kappo Shirafuji that was recommended to me (but for me, so many sushi to try before!!!):