Ramen Spots in Niigata Area

  • Koshu Hanten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tsubame-shi Niigata prefecture Nishiyan 49-4
    A long-established shop of the famous tsubamesanjo style of ramen in Tsubame city, Niigata prefecture. Tsubamesanjo-style ramen features extremely thick noodles, with creamy soy soup made with small dried sardines or seafood stock, and completed with a large amount of park back fat. It’s so popular that people will say “Koshu Hanten” whenever Tsubamesanjo-style ramen is mentioned. They also offer fried rice, curry rice, large-sized dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, beef stew and many wonderful dishes.
  • Aoshima Shokudo (Miyauchi Station Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyauchi 3-5-3
    This popular ramen shop located right near JR Miyauchi Station has several branches in Nagaoka City, Niigata City and Tokyo. It is known as the father of “Nagaoka-style” ramen with the soy sauce soup base flavored with ginger. The flavor’s charm is its clean, crisp taste while still getting the rich, deep umami of the ingredients and soy sauce. The chewy noodles that go down smooth and the chasiu (roasted pork) are both well received. All seating is counter seating.
  • Ramen Ittoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Shichikuyama 3-5-23
    This ramen shop in Chuo, Niigata just off the Shichousen Road is known for their W-Soup which strikes a harmonious balance between animal and seafood products. Another draw on their menu is their tsukemen (dipping ramen) for which they've gotten over 300 orders in a single day. Their dipping broth brings together the flavors of myoga ginger and perilla and leaves a refreshing aftertaste. A regular serving is 240 grams of hirauchi (flat) noodles, you can order a larger serving for free. They are also known for their giant chashu pork made from the rib and thick menma sliced bamboo shoots.
  • Tokimeki Ramen Bandaijima
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Bandaijima 7-1
    A ramen restaurant complex standing across from the Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center, a multipurpose convention complex with an integrated, full-fledged exhibition hall, conference rooms of varying sizes, and a hotel. Ramen restaurants such as Aoshima, a Nagaoka ginger shoyu (soy sauce) ramen restaurant; and Marumi, a casual, neighborhood Chinese-style ramen restaurant, stand along the wood deck of the complex’s Ramen Street. Situated just across the street from Toki Messe’s main entrance, it’s easy to stop by here after attending an event at the convention center. As it is also located right next to the Bandaijima Parking lots, it is easy to come here by car as well.
  • Sankichiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiboridori 5-829
    This long-established ramen shop is located in Nishibori-dori, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It was founded in 1957. The shop is representative of “Niigata Assari Ramen,” one of the five major types of Niigata ramen, and is a famous shop, which receives customers from all over the country. The transparent soup has a soy sauce base, with pork, onion, dried sardines, among other ingredients, and has a well-rounded, yet rich flavor which customers never tire of. Its compatibility with the super thin noodles is exceptional. The interior of the shop is nostalgically reminiscent of the Showa period.
  • Shagara (Niigata Station Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-1-1 CoCoLo East
    This branch of the famous ramen shop in Niigata, which has customers lining up to get it, is located inside of the commercial facility, CoCoLo Niigata, which is directly connected to the JR Niigata Station. The rich soup has a sharp soy sauce base with plenty of backfat. The soup seeps into the thick, firm noodles, and with an abundance of toppings such as roast pork and vegetables, each bowl has plenty of volume. The shop is open from 9 a.m. and is convenient for both breakfast or an early lunch.
  • Fukuraitei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishi-ku Koshin 1546-2
    This long-established ramen shop is a place where ramen-lovers gather both locally and from outside the prefecture. The dried sardines add to the flavor of the ramen, and the soup with its soy sauce base and pork with plenty of backfat is one of its defining characteristics. It is rich but does not cling to the tongue, and has a refreshing aftertaste. In addition to the shop’s classic ramen and roast pork ramen, its beansprout ramen, topped with beansprouts and other vegetables, is also very popular
  • Komadori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Takenomachi 2454-1
    This famous ramen shop is a representative shop for its miso ramen. It is located in Nishikan Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The miso ramen for which it is famous, is made by slowly boiling carefully selected ingredients, and creating a rich red miso base soup. The deep flavor of the garlic compliments the homemade noodles created with wheat produced in Japan. When adding the “original diluted soup,” customers can enjoy the light, refreshing flavor. The interior of the shop is spacious, with both slightly raised seating and counter seats. It becomes quite crowded during peak times.
  • Kanbara Ramen Kibunichi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Tsukiokaonsen 669-1
    Located in “Tsukioka Onsen,” a hot spring area of Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, this famous ramen shop has many regulars who come from far away. The soup uses a mild pork bone base. The taste has been cultivated by the owner who traveled to ramen shops across the country doing research. The popular “niku ramen” has great volume, with the homemade chashu—pork shoulder loin—lining the entire rim of the bowl. One serving of extra noodles can be ordered for free.
  • Aoshima Shokudo (Higashibori Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiboridori Ichibanchou 495
    This Nagaoka City-born ramen shop is near Hakusan Park in central Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a popular shop with multiple branches in Nagaoka City, Niigata City, and Tokyo. The unique taste comes from a mild soy sauce soup base tinged with ginger. What makes it popular is the rich, deep umami flavor expertly drawn from the pork bone and vegetables. It goes great with slippery, slick noodles. The chasiu (roasted pork)—cut fresh upon ordering—offers a great taste and texture.
  • Menya Agosuke
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Shimomonzen 1650
    Located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, this popular ramen shop is known for lines of customers at lunch. Their signature “shio ramen” offers a Japanese taste through its exquisite blend of fish soup (flying fish from Sado) and animal soup. The lunch-only “shio tonkotsu” and dinner-only “kuro tonkotsu” are popular. Different variations of homemade noodles are used for different dishes. The wood-like interior offers a warm atmosphere with bare light bulb lighting.
  • Teshigoto Ramen Hachi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Horinouchiminami 1-1-17
    A ramen shop located in central Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Right along Prefectural Route 51, they offer tsukemen and ramen with sardine-flavored soup. They are open early, and you can enjoy trying the breakfast ramen, with its reduced oil and mild flavor.
  • Ramen Toyoko Atago Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Atago 2-2-3
    This ramen shop is located in 2 Chome Atago, Chuo District, Niigata City. The miso ramen here is famous, as you can dilute the rich soup you get down to your preferred taste with the plain soup you receive as part of a set. This soup, which offers different flavors by dilution, goes great with homemade super thick noodles too.
  • Ramen Noodles Toyoko Sasaguchi Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Minamisasaguchi 1-1-38
    Ramen Noodles Toyoko Sasaguchi Branch located at 1 Chome, Minamisasaguchi, Chuo Ward, Niigata City is a ramen noodle restaurant. Its popular miso (soybean paste) ramen noodles feature a rich soup coating super thick handmade noodles that are diluted to adjust for your taste with the non-seasoned soup served as a part of a set meal. Yurinchi is also a popular side menu item.
  • Asahiro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Nou 4571-1
    Asahiro located in No, Itoigawa City is a ramen noodle restaurant. It offers soy sauce flavored ramen noodles which lightly-twisted noodles in strongly flavored soup made with pork bones, vegetables and seafood are topped with roast pork and onions. It has a simple menu with ramen noodles and roast pork noodles.
  • Ryugetei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Sanjoushi Sugoro 1-22
    This ramen shop is located a six-minute walk from Tsubame-Sanjo Station in 1 Chome Sugoro, Sanjo City. Picking up on the trend from well-established “Fukuraitei,” they offer the so-called “Tsubame-Sanjo-kei” ramen. In the soy sauce soup with floating oils, the flat noodles intertwine, and onions and chasiu (roasted pork) are served on top. When you want a lot of onions, the “tamanegi chuka” is a good bet.
  • Darumaya Meike Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Meikeshinmei 1-1611-1
    This ramen shop is located in 1 Chome Meikeshinmei, Chuo District, Niigata City. Their signature “daruma ramen” and other ramens are Japanese style tonkotsu soups which combine fish and pork. Although it has a rich thick look due to the back fat, the taste is light.
  • Aoshima Ramen Tsukasa (Toki Messe Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 7-1
    A ramen shop located in central Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. They serve the ginger soy sauce ramen famous in Nagaoka City. It includes mid-sized noodles cooked soft, rich soy sauce, and slightly aromatic ginger. This shop is popular with a large number of people seeking this ramen.
  • Ganso Shinasoba Shinkichiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Honchoudori 5-423 - 7 Honcho Central Market
    This ramen shop in the Ninjo Yokocho area of Honcho Chuo Market was opened in 1986 and is worth lining up for. The shop interior gives an immediate nostalgic feeling and only counter seats are available. The clear soup is made with skipjack and sardines and served with delicate noodles. The recommended Wonton-men dumpling soup boasts dumplings made with a pork mince mixed with a unique blend of seasoning wrapped in a velvety wonton dough. The restaurant opens each day at 11 a.m. and closes as soon as the noodles run out.
  • Arakin Ramen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Sekigawa 2417-15
    Located at the entrance to Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, this ramen restaurant appears almost like a coffee shop. The interior also seems like a coffee shop, and it is designed this way so that female customers feel more at ease entering the restaurant. The restaurant boasts a ramen dish which uses a distinctive light soup, made from Japanese kelp boiled for half a day in an Echigo miso sauce. Because of the reasonable prices, there are always many customers in the restaurant. It is also popular with skiers in the winter, often filling every seat in the restaurant. At night, the restaurant transforms into a pub, selling snacks, cocktails and other alcohols in addition to ramen.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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