8 Best Ramen in Ginza 2020
Ginza has been a commercial, business and entertainment hub in Tokyo since the 17th century, with kabuki theaters, shopping malls and stylish pedestrian promenades. But it’s also home to some of the capital’s best ramen restaurants, which have evolved over time while preserving traditional tastes.
In this guide, we’ll recommend five of the best ramen shops to dine at in the Ginza area, including historic favorites and restaurants that have been published in the Michelin guide. Most are also foreigner-friendly, with multi-lingual menus so you know exactly what you’re ordering!
Ginza Kagari “銀座篝”
The first ramen shop to be published in the Michelin guidebook, Ginza Kagari recently re-opened its main branch in a teahouse-inspired restaurant that’s hidden down a side alley. It’s famed for its signature Tori Paitan Soba (1,000 yen) whose soup base is made by simmering chicken bones to create a thick broth, then complemented by noodles and a selection of toppings.
But the new (and longer) menu also features a shoyu version of the Tori Paitan Soba , as well as a deluxe version that’s infused with white truffle. If you’re after something lighter, they also have a simpler Tori Soba that’s made entirely from chicken broth and served with the same sophistication. Ginza Kagari is a five-minute walk from Ginza Station.
Tori Paitan Soba
Ginza Noodles Mugi to Olive “むぎとオリーブ”
Ginza Noodles Mugi to Olive
Another Michelin-recognized ramen shop is Ginza Noodles Mugi to Olive, which is just five minutes on foot from Higashi-ginza Station. It was selected for Michelin’s “Bib Gourmand” section that identifies restaurants that serve “exceptionally good food at reasonable prices”.
Their signature dish is the Chicken Soba (880 yen), a golden soup made with a large amount of daisendori chicken bones and whole chickens. It features an original soy sauce base that’s sourced from Saitama, Gunma, and Kagawa's long-established soy sauce makers. What sets the ramen here apart is that it’s prepared using French culinary techniques. In addition, their tabletop always has olives with shallots, just like the name of the restaurant!
Ginza Noodles Mugi to Olive
Jika Seimen Ito Ginza Shop “自家製麺 伊藤”
Jika Seimen Ito Ginza Shop
Another Michelin “Bib Gourmand” ramen restaurant is Jika Seimen Ito , which is hidden in the 1st floor of a building just three minutes’ walk from Ginza Station. This authentic restaurant is renowned for its home-style ramen and, in particular, it‘s Chinese Ramen (600 yen) that’s infused with the taste of niboshi (small dried sardines).
Jika Seimen Ito’s ramen is so delicious that’s there’s an “extra soup” ticket available for when one bowl just isn’t enough. If you want something a little different, you can opt for the Tamago-kake Gohan , which features a raw egg poured over steaming hot rice and topped with roasted pork fillet.
There are both English and Chinese menus available to accommodate foreign guests and it’s open from 11 am, so you can stop in for an early lunch.
Jika Seimen Ito Ginza Shop
Shio Ramen ¥880 / Half Sea Bream Rice ¥220
Awarded for serving the best ramen by Tabelog, Ginzasa is a deservedly popular restaurant that serves not only a delicious Shio Ramen (880 yen) but also a Sea Bream Rice (380 yen). The two dishes complement one another, with the soup left over from the ramen ideally poured over the rice with sea bream to create what’s known as Tai Chadzuke . If you’re worried that you won’t be able to eat two dishes, you can order a half serve of rice with sea bream.
Ginzasa is just three minutes’ walk from Shimbashi Station or eight minutes from Higashi-ginza Station.
Shio Ramen ¥880
Half Sea Bream Rice ¥220
Ramen Takahashi Ginza “焼きあご塩らー麺 たかはし”
Salt-flavored Yakiagoshio Ramen
Newly opened in 2017, Ramen Takahashi Ginza is situated directly in front of the Ginza SIX mall and just two minutes’ walk from Ginza or Higashi-ginza stations. The menu features two different ramen styles - a salt-based broth or soy-based broth made with pork fat.
The salt-flavored Yakiagoshio Ramen is one of their specialties, with a tonkotsu broth made from not only pork but also various types of fish.
Ramen Takahashi Ginza
Ginza Kazami “銀座 風見”
Special Sakekasu Noukou Soba
Ginza Kazami has a storefront reminiscent of a small restaurant in Kyoto. There are eight counter seats in the restaurant, and a refreshing wooden interior. The counter has an unusually wide range of condiments, including Japanese pepper, cayenne, chili miso, ginger, vinegar and pepper.
We recommend the 980 yen special Sakekasu Noukou Soba, made using the lees leftover from the sake production process.
Kyushu Jangara “九州じゃんがら”
Kyushu Jangara Ginza
Known as the place Keanu Reeves goes to as soon as he arrives in Japan, Kyushu Jangara is a ramen classic that needs to be tried. Keanu recommends the Kobonshan こぼんしゃん with chashu pork, soy-marinated egg, and cod roe. It is perfect with a beer!
Kyushu Jangara also serve vegan and vegetarian ramen, with neither the soup nor noodles containing animal products.
Kyushu Jangara with all the toppings
Vegan Shoyu Ramen
Ippudo Ginza “一風堂”
If you’re after a late-night bowl of ramen, then Ippudo is the place to head. It’s just one minutes’ walk from Higashi-Ginza Station and has been serving customers for more than 30 years. Not only does it have over 100 stores throughout Japan but there’s even branches in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Sydney.
Ippudo is renowned for its authentic tonkotsu ramen, with menus available in English, Chinese and Korean to welcome foreign guests. Feast on their Shiromaru Classic (790 yen) or the Akamaru Modern (850 yen), topped with juicy pork and spring onions.