11 places in Tokyo with awesome ramen

Because no Japan food trip is complete without a piping hot bowl of ramen 

11 places in Tokyo with awesome ramen
11 places in Tokyo with awesome ramen
31 Aug 2017

11 places in Tokyo with awesome ramen

When in Japan, roaming the streets for the best ramen is an adventure in itself! The Japanese pride themselves in the effort and art they put in the preparation of every bowl of ramen – that’s why it’s considered the world’s capital of ramen, even though the dish originated in China. In Tokyo alone, you will find many restaurants that offer many delectable versions of the ramen.

Whether it’s your first time in Tokyo or you are a Tokyo veteran, make way (and budget!) for these best ramen restaurants that offer sumptuous ramen in Tokyo.

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1. Kohmen Ikebukuro
1. Kohmen Ikebukuro
31 Aug 2017

1. Kohmen Ikebukuro

In Ikebukuro, lies one of the most popular ramen restaurants that attracts crowds of tourists and locals alike. Kohmen Ikebukuro has been making headlines since 1995, with its famous curry noodles that is stewed in a pork bone soup. The establishment can house up to 40 guests in its 2-floor setup and is 2 minutes away from the JR Ikebukuro Station (East Gate).

Address: 1-18-22 1F, 2F South Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

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2. Danbo Ikebukuro
2. Danbo Ikebukuro
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2. Danbo Ikebukuro

At Danbo, the chef uses a cooking technique that creates a flavourful bowl of ramen from pork bones. If you like spicy dishes, you can try their Fiery Ramen which allows you to choose the level of spiciness as well as firmness of noodles and taste of the broth. Apart from their famous ramen, Danbo has other delectable side dishes like their red miso-flavoured dumplings.

Address: 1-18-10 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo Prefecture

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3. Ramen Nagi
3. Ramen Nagi
31 Aug 2017

3. Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi serves a unique bowl of ramen noodles and wins in aroma and presentation. This restaurant has captured the hearts of people around Asia, with branches in the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Try its famous Black King ramen, which has garlic and calamari ink base, or its Green King that has a fresh basil and olive oil base. Yum!

In the Shinjuku area, the shop is located at the first floor of the Oomori Building and it is open all week long, even on holidays.

Address: Omori Building 1F, 7-13-7 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

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4. Fuunji
4. Fuunji
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4. Fuunji

Bloomberg once listed this restaurant as having the best ramen in Tokyo. Order the Tsukumen, or the “deconstructed ramen”, that includes a bowl of chilled ramen which you can plunge into hot and flavourful bowl of chicken and fish broth.

Fun fact: one of the founders, Shigeyuki Miyake, was once a celebrity in the movies.

Address: 2-14-3 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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5. Yakimen Tsurugi
5. Yakimen Tsurugi
31 Aug 2017

5. Yakimen Tsurugi

If you are around Takadanobaba-Waseda area, don’t forget to drop by Yakimen Tsurugi. This ramen heaven has made it to magazines and TV because of its delicious and crunchy noodles. You can choose from the regular noodles, fried noodles and grilled noodles with toppings that range from fried eggs to roasted pork fillet. It prides itself in the thick pork bone and vegetable soup. According to the Yakimen website, they close once the shop runs out of broth.

Address: 2-6-10 Takadanobaba | Seki Bldg. 103, Shinjuku 169-0075, Tokyo Prefecture

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6. Tsukemenya Yasube
6. Tsukemenya Yasube
31 Aug 2017

6. Tsukemenya Yasube

Also in the Takadanobaba-Waseda area is Tsukemenya Yasube ramen house. While the shop looks very traditional, its ramen is no way ordinary. You can choose your noodles serving size, the saltiness level, and between superb toppings like roast pork, baked seaweeds, bamboo shoots, boiled gyoza or barbecued pork.

Address: 1-22-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku 169-0075, Tokyo Prefecture

Photo: Yakimen Tsurugi Facebook

7. Rokurinsha
7. Rokurinsha
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7. Rokurinsha

If you find yourself in Tokyo Ramen Street, then drop by Rokurinsha. The noodles are thick and chewy while the broth is rich with the flavours of pork and fish. After finishing your noodles, the servers pour your bowl with hot dashi, a Japanese broth, so you can finish what’s left of your soup.

Address: Tokyo Solamachi, Level 6, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Japan

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8. Shio Ramen Hirugao
8. Shio Ramen Hirugao
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8. Shio Ramen Hirugao

Shio Ramen is one of the more traditional ramen shops in the Tokyo Ramen street area. Chefs recommend the Specialty Shio (shio means sea salt). The owner, a self-taught ramen chef, moulded his craft for 10 years and is continually looking for ways to improve on the dishes. It has expanded into Asia and even New York, where it was awarded “Best of New York” for the restaurant category.

Address: 1-9-1 Marunochi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture

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9. Afuri
9. Afuri
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9. Afuri

Afuri Ramen’s soup base is made from whole chicken, seafood, and vegetables that are carefully cooked in Ashiyama natural water. One of its bestsellers, the Yuzu Shio Ramen, enchants the senses with its unique citrus flavours.

Address: B1 Roppongi Hills North Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Photo: Shio Ramen Hirugao

10. Tonchin
10. Tonchin
31 Aug 2017

10. Tonchin

Founded in 1992, Tonchin is one of the more established ramen shops in Tokyo. Its broth is a combination of chicken, vegetables and pork and you can choose if you want your noodles cooked soft or firm.

Address: 2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture

Photo: Afuri

11. Ichiran Ramen
11. Ichiran Ramen
31 Aug 2017

11. Ichiran Ramen

This is where you go if you want an all-kill Tokyo ramen experience. Vending machine ramen, individual booth seating, high level of customisability, incredible taste, unbeatable value – Ichiran Ramen has it all. If vending machine food makes you think of sad, microwave meals, this restaurant is ready to prove you wrong. All bowls of ramen are prepared fresh, the vending machine is merely a creative and more efficient way to order.

Address: Peace Building B1F 3-34-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to 160-0022

Photo: Tonchin/Trip Advisor

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