Ramen Spots in Japan

  • Ichiran (Dotonbori Main Store)
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    4.0
    2334 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Souemonchou 7-18
    The Dotonbori Annex of the famous tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen restaurant Ichiran. The retro Showa fashioned store is adorned with tables where you can enjoy a conversation with friends or family over a bowl of ramen. Their tonkotsu broth is a closely guarded secret refined over many years. Come taste the unique flavor of their noodles paired with a secret blend of chili pepper in their tonkotsu ramen. Ichiran's famous solo counter spaces are also available for the single customer.

    Personal preference is to choose thicker broth and more garlic. Had ramen with better umami in other restaurants. Ichiran is convenient in a sense that it is located within a tourist district, if...

  • Menbakaichidai
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    4.5
    1032 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Minamiseyachou 757-2
    This ramen shop is located in Kamigyo Ward of Kyoto City. This unique Negi Onion Ramen is made with spring onions harvested right in Kujo, Kyoto and heaps of the shop's own spring onion oil. Also called, Fire Ramen, flames erupt when pouring the spring onion oil onto the ramen. Making this a multi-sensory experience of entertainment and taste, which many enjoy.

    Recommended to go during weekdays or off peak hrs so queue within 20-30min still reasonable. The entire near fire experience by the bar with video recording was great. Afterwhich will be ushered back...

  • Kyoto Takabashi Honke Daiichi Asahi
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    4.5
    600 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 845
    "A five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. This ramen restaurant is located a short distance south of the Takakura-dori Street and Shiokoji-dori Street intersection and is open from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. So popular lines of customers form outside its door from early in the morning, this long-standing establishment has been in business for more than 50 years. Particularly recommended is the ""Tokusei Ramen"" as well as the menma boiled bamboo shoots ramen, chashu sliced roast pork ramen, yakiton grilled pork, and gyoza pot stickers. The restaurant also offers a reasonably priced student discount ramen for people of high school age and younger. The restaurant's ramen is available for takeout and can also be ordered shipped from the official website."

    It is a famous Ramen restaurant in Kyoto, and to enter inside I had to wait for a while in line. However, I found their Ramen as just average. It is of course not bad. But maybe it doesn’t deserve...

  • ICHIRAN Tenjin Nishidori Branch
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    4.0
    423 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Daimyou 2-1-57
    This is a tonkotsu ramen specialty shop in Tenjinnishi Street in the central district of Fukuoka City. One can concentrate on enjoying the taste of ramen in the individually partitioned seating. With the “kamadare” tonkotsu dish, only available in the Tenjinnishi Street shop, one can really savor the rich taste and a full aroma. In addition, the chashu pork here comes from the belly rather than the shoulder, giving it an extra rich flavor. It is a five-minute walk from Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line’s Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.

    Many people around the world rate this as the Best Tonkotsu Ramen in Japan. I agree because I have tried 25 places for Tonkotsu and it cant be beat. The best part is that you decide on how you...

  • Ebisoba Ichigen Main Shop
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    4.5
    320 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Minamishichijounishi 9-1024-10
    This soba noodle shop is a 15-minute walk from Nakajima Koen Station on the subway's Namboku Line in the Chuo Ward of Sapporo City, Hokkaido. It's the headquarters of the Ichigen noodle shop chain, famed for its Ebisoba. Starting with the color of the bowl, this shop is committed to the fine points of ebisoba. They use custom-made noodles and their special soup made by adding their original recipe shrimp oil to a slowly simmering soup stock of northern shrimp. Toppings include tenkasu tempura bits and shrimp flakes made from northern shrimp heads. Choose a salty, miso, or soy sauce-based broth along with your favorite style of noodles.

    This shops speciality menu is Ebi miso ramen . Ebi means shrimp,namely ramen cooked with shrimp and miso. Soup is a well-balanced taste with body that spreads in the mouth. I never eaten such an...

  • Kinryu Ramen (Dotonbori Branch)
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    3.5
    322 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-7-26
    Kinryu Ramen (Dotonbori Branch) located in downtown Dotonbori in Osaka is a ramen noodle restaurant with a gigantic dragon as a landmark. It is a popular ramen noodle franchise featuring a food stall village style and is crowded with many people from regular local customers to tourists. Pork bone broth made from slowly stewed pig bones and chicken legs with a secret sauce has a rich taste but a light aftertaste. Toppings such as kimchi (a fermented Korean pickle), garlic chives and garlic are free of charge. As it is open 24 hours, many people drop in to eat as a last meal after drinking parties. The closest station is Namba Station.

    Nothing special about the ramen here but I stopped by here shortly after a round of drinks with some friends. Would go back again and consciously taste the ramen!

  • Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop)
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    4.0
    301 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Higashishiokoujimukaihatachou 569
    Shinpuku Saikan (Main Shop) is a popular ramen noodle shop that started as a food stall in 1938. It's known for its rich yet simple soy-sauce based soup with a tantalizing accent of Kujo onion added to deepen the flavor. They also have popular dark fried rice (called yaki-meshi) that's just as good as their dark hued soup.

    It’s an interesting experience for tourists to mingle with local working men slurping their noodles! Prices are most reasonable but food was too salty for my taste

  • Tontoro
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    4.0
    412 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yamanokuchichou 9-41
    A popular ramen restaurant that is also one of Kagoshima's best located in the Temmonkan-dori shopping arcade. As its name implies in Japanese, the restaurant's specialty Tontoro Ramen is topped with pork that practically melts in your mouth. The broth, made with pork bones, chicken bones, and seafood, is surprisingly light, making it popular with the shop's women customers as well. The rice with roasted pork is also popular and includes a heaping helping of chashu roast pork made with neck meat, a rare delicacy of which only a small amount can be obtained from one animal. A three-minute walk from Takamibaba Station on the municipal tram.

    My sinful indulgence while still living in Kagoshima. Broth was thick and sumptuous, all that bone brothy goodness just overflowing in every spoonful.

  • Hakata Ramen Shin-Shin Tenjin Main Store
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    4.0
    272 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Tenjin 3-2-19 Kubota Building 1F
    A ramen noodle shop in Tenjin 3 Chome, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City. Their original tonkotsu pork broth stems from a concept of a pure soup that's easy to eat and everyone will drink to the last drop and is made with Aritadori chicken bones from Saga and a blend of herbs and spices. Their Hakata ShinShin Ramen is topped with chashu pork simmered in their secret sauce and can be ordered in a combo set with fried rice or a chashu rice bowl.

    I tried Shinshin ramen while in Fukuoka. The taste is ok though a little bit milder compared with other ramen in the locality. Price is competitive with other ramen stores and their serving is good...

  • Gion Muraji Ramen
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    4.5
    212 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomotochou 373-3
    Gion Muraji Ramen in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward offers customers rich, white-broth ramen made with straight noodles and chicken bone stock. Simmered for a long time, the broth contains collagen and is made to be appealing even to people with smaller appetites. This restaurant does not look like a typical ramen shop and is on the second floor of machiya town house that seems hidden away from the rest of the city. Its traditional-style Japanese interior decor is also noteworthy.

    Below a steep stair is a ramen shop situated which is runned by a single woman. We had to wait a while because all 12 seats were occupied. But it was worthwhile! The lady was very friendly and made...

  • Bannai Shokudo
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Hosoda 7230
    A ramen shop located in Hosoda, Kitakata City. The restaurant’s shina soba with thick crimp noodles in a light pork bone broth and homemade tender, stewed homemade roast pork has been very much enjoyed by patrons of the restaurant for a long time. It is a famous ramen shop considered to be one of the big three local ramen shops in Japan.

    This is a very good ramen a few years ago, but now bit going down. They open a lot of branches in Japan

  • Hakata Issou (Hakata Station East Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    234 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Hakataekihigashi 3-1-6
    A ramen restaurant located in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. Here customers can enjoy the establishment's famous tonkotsu ramen, characterized by a broth made with choice, domestic piglet bones and specially ordered noodles. Decked out with a modern decor and offering a relaxing atmosphere, the restaurant is replete with counter and table seating. This restaurant is so popular that lines form in front of the door before it even opens, and is frequented by ramen lovers from far and wide.

    the broth is very thick and creamy, and the smell is filled with super strong pork bones. I think if you really love tonkotsu ramen in japan, this is definitely the one you should try. By the way...

  • Tokyo Ramen Street
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-9-1 Tokyo Station No.1 street B1
    This is a concentration of restaurants specializing in ramen located on First Avenue Tokyo Station, just after heading out from JR Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Underground Central Exit. Tokyo Ramen Street opened in 2009 with four shops including the famous Osaki (in Tokyo) tsukemen shop Rokurinsha that consistently attracts long lines. After that, it welcomed new shops from Tokyo’s famous restaurants, and is growing as an established gourmet spot where one can try various kinds of ramen. Businessmen as well as Japanese tourists and people on business trips visit as well.
  • Noodle Kitchen Ajisai Main Shop
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    4.0
    276 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 29-22
    This famous ramen restaurant near Goryokaku Park in Hakodate City, Hokkaido is loved by locals and tourists for their Hakodate salt ramen. Their popular menu includes their Ajisai Salt Ramen which boasts straight noodles with a clear soup made with Hokkaido kelp, pork bone, chicken, and rock salt. Their side menu is abundant with additions including Zangi fried chicken. It's a fashionable store that's great for women as well with window and outdoor seating with fantastic views.

    A place for good ramen and juicy freshly made gyoza either before or after visiting Goryokaku Tower. A busy place always filled up with tourists or local people. Note that this place is on the 2nd...

  • Tenka Ippin Main Shop
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitsukudachou Maison Shirakawa 1F
    Tenka Ippin started its life as an outdoor ramen stand in 1971. It owes its continuing popularity to its broth, which is rich but with a clean aftertaste. The restaurant has grown and now has many branches, but the original branch has some unique menu items, and you will find yourself wondering which of the many varieties to choose.

    I had a stopover for lunch here during my time in Kyoto. I must admit that Tenkaippin is among the best that serves good ramen. I went to this place twice! I just love it.

  • Chuka Soba Inotani Main Branch
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    4.0
    216 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Nishidaikumachi 4-25
    This restaurant in Nishidaiku Town, Tokushima city, Tokushima Prefecture specializes in Tokushima ramen, and fans visit from all around the country. There’s often a line outside, and signatures from celebrities adorn the interior. The pork bone and soy sauce soup is flavored with dried fish and other seafood along with vegetables. It’s topped with a raw egg and contains salty-sweet pork back ribs and chewy homemade noodles, which the rich soup complements well. It goes very well with rice, too. Only counter seating is available, but the interior is spacious, so there’s no problem with entering alone.

    It says opened from 10:30 AM. I arrived at Inotani 10 minutes prior to that on a Sunday and it was already opened. Keep in mind that winter time the doors are kept closed and it appears to be not in...

  • Baikohken (New Chitose Airport Branch)
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    3.5
    134 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Shin Chitose Airport Terminal Building 3F Ramen Dojo
    New Chitose Airport Branch of the famous ramen restaurant, Baikohken, on the third floor of the domestic terminal, chosen as Asahikawa Ramen's Best Store. They're widely regarded for their Asahikawa soy sauce ramen, which uses a thick broth made with pork, chicken, dried anchovy and kelp. Their noodles are handmade with medium thickness that curls nicely in the broth. Their side menu includes Supreme Cheese Dumplings which use three kinds of cheese and are popular among women.

    Visited the famous ramen street but the famous shop has a long queue. This decided to try this shop and no regrets! One of the better ramen I have tasted. They sell gyozas and rice bowls too!

  • Misen JR Nagoya Station Restaurant
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nakamura-ku Meieki 1-1-4 Nagoya Honeymoon street
    A ramen restaurant located in the Nagoya Umaimondori restaurant area in JR Nagoya Station. This restaurant chain is the inventory of Taiwan ramen, a Nagoya specialty dish. The restaurant's large menu also includes sides like tebasaki chicken wings and rarojan spicy minced meat. The entire menu is also available for takeout. The restaurant is frequented by locals as well as tourists.

    love spicy food and found the taiwan ramen, chicken wings, clams and mapo tofu very satisfying! but if mildly spicy is your preference, you might want to go for the non-spicy dishes on the menu...

  • Chuka Soba Tomita
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Matsudo 1339 Takahashi Building 1F
    Chuka Soba Tomita is a ramen restaurant located about a four-minute walk from Matsudo Station in Matsudo,Matsudo City. It serves Tsukemen (noodles for dipping) and Chuka Soba, made with 100% domestic wheat, in a thick, hearty broth that is simmered for 20 hours every day. There is a line at the door every day in this enduringly popular restaurant.

    Saw this place featured in a documentary-film Ramenheads - and wanted to visit. The place sits only 10 people max for a culinary experience of about an hour. Tried their main Tsukemen large dish...

  • Taiho Ramen Head Shop
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Torihokamachi 11-8
    This is the main store of Taiho Ramen, which opened in 1951. Its tonkotsu soup has stewed for half a century and the traditional “yobimodoshi soup” was created here. The chashu pork, prepared from the leg or rib depending on the menu, attest to the care taken by the cooks. It is around eight minutes on foot from Nishitetsu Kurume Station.

    One of the oldest Tonkotsu Ramen restaurant. Depending on your experience of Tokontsu ramen, some people may not tolerate this smell. Locals love the flavor and the taste of this ramen.

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