July 1, 2019
Which is Your Best Ramen in Japan? The 10 Must-go Ramen restaurant in Japan!
Ramen is one of the signature gourmet in Japan, which fits to any meals all year around like warming your body up in winter, and recharging yourself quickly in summer. It must be one reason that Ramen is a dish served rather quickly after ordering compared with others. Ramen is budget-friendly and casual gourmet for anyone. Too many restaurants out there to pick one for yourself. Let’s walk through the 10 popular Ramen restaurants across Japan.
Enjoy Miso Ramen with Rich ingredients at Japan’s Northest Ramen restaurant, Sapporo Ichiryuan
2 minutes walk towards east from the South exit of Sapporo station, which is the gate of Hokkaido. “Sapporo Ichiryuan” is located on the underground floor of the Hokuren building build with bricks. The name of “Ichiryuan” came from the belief that “it would like to appreciate each grain of wheat which is the main ingredient of noodles (Ichiryu literally means one grain)”. The belief has rooted the way of making noodles here, which is to use local ingredients from Hokkaido for Ramen.
The popular dish here is “Genkino deru Miso Ramen (literally meaning recharging Miso Ramen)”. The feature of the Ramen is the toppings. It comes with scrambled eggs and alpine leek. You will get addicted to the perfect match of melty and sweet scrambled egg and alpine leek which is cooked not to leave its strong smell. Not to mention, it goes great with Ramen. Cannot be missed when you visit Japan’s northwest prefecture, Hokkaido!
Name: Sapporo Ichiryuan
Address: B1 Hokuren Bldg, 1-1 Kita 4 jo-nishi, Chuo ward, Sapporo city, Hokkaido
Time: 11:30～15:00 / 17:00～21:00
Access: 3 minutes walk from Sapporo station
Map: map to Sapporo Ichiryuan
Try 100% Pure Dried Sardines Stock Soup! Ichikawa
“Ichikawa” is located in a distant from the nearest station, which asks you to take a bus or drive. Despite the inconvenient access, it is a very popular Ramen restaurant, which often has a line outside. The signature dish here is Ramen with Niboshi (dried sardines). It offers various popular Ramen including “Jun Niboshi Soba” made with 100% pure Niboshi stock soup, “Niboshi Soba” with the blended stock of Niboshi, chicken and mackerel.
The salty soup without a particular bitterness of dried sardines goes perfectly with straight noodles with firm texture. Do not miss the taste of “Niboshi” in Japan.
Address: A102 2-9-2, Amakubo, Tsukuba city, Ibaraki
Close: Sundays, Wednesdays, and Holidays
Access: 14 minutes drive from Kenkyu-gakuen station
Map: map to Ichikawa
Experience the Top level of Tsuke-men Noodles in Japan! Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen
About 4 minutes walk towards south from the East exit of JR Matsuda station. “Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen” can be easily found with a white signboard and a lantern. It has gained quite high reputations in Chiba, which received high-rated reviews on various websites.
The signature menu here is a series of “Tsuke-soba”, the style of having thick noodles dipping into soup. You can enjoy the perfect match of firm noodles and fine-balanced soup made from meat and fish. Must have the very top-level of Rmane!
Name: Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen
Address: 1F Takahashi bldg, 1339 Matsudo, Matsudo city, Chiba
Access: 4 minutes walk from Matsudo station
Map: map to Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen
Super-Popular Ramen restaurant with Line-up in Japan! Menya Itto
3 minutes walk towards north from JR Shin-koiwa station. “Menya Itto” stands out with the white signboard on bright violet-colored walls, designed by the female designer. White-based interior creates a clean atmosphere suitable for a restaurant.
The popular menu here is “Tsukemen (dipping noodles)” dishes including “Noko Gyokai Tsukemen (Thick Seafood Dipping noodles)”, “Hanjuku Aji Noko Gyokai Tsukemen (Half-boiled egg Seafood Dipping noodles)” You can enjoy Tsukemen noodles by dipping middle-thick straight noodles with chewy texture into thick chicken-based seafood stock soup cooked with three times amount of chicken than regular stock. You cannot deny the high level of taste. As the topping, chicken meatballs come with noodles, not roast pork as the regular Ramen.Why don’t you try one of Japan’s most popular Tsuken-men?
Name: Menya Itto
Address: 1-4-17 Higashishinkoiwa, Katsushika ward, Tokyo
Time: 11:00～15:00 / 18:00～22:00
Close: Year-end Holidays and New Year Holidays
Access: 3 minutes walk from Shin-koiwa station
Map: map to Menya Itto
This is the Amazing Ramen restaurant in Kanagawa, Ramenya Iidashoten!
About 9 minutes walk east from Yugawara station. “Ramenya Iidashoten” with a cream-colored signboard and wine-red shop curtain, is located in the middle of residential area.
The popular dish here is “Wonton Shoyu Char Siu noodles (Soy sauce Roast Pork noodles with wonton)”. Ramen with wonton of high water content ratio is served with chicken stock clear soup made with Hinai native chicken and Nagoya Cochin chicken, and the toppings including three kinds of roast meat, chicken, pork loin, and pork ham. Soft noodles goes perfectly with mild soup, which is gentle to your stomach. Highly recommended.
Name: Ramenya Iidashoten
Address: 2-12-14 Doi, Yugawara cho, Ashigarashimo district, Kanagawa
Close: Mondays and the 3rd Tuesdays of the Month*Close on the following days if it is on Holidays
Access: 9 minutes walk from Yugawara station
Map: map to Ramenya Iidashoten
Famous Restaurants Expanding across Japan! Outstanding Ramen with Massive Roast Pork at NEW OLD STYLE Niku Soba Keisuke
“NEW OLD STYLE Niku Soba Keisuke” can be easily found with the white shop curtain with Japanese letter “肉” meaning “meat”, located on the underground floor of Dai Nagoya building just near Meitetsu Nagoya station.
There are many popular side dishes including “Egg rice” served with fluffy eggs, “Niku Meshi (meat rice)” with fried minced meat. Worth visiting here on your sightseeing in Nagoya.
Name: NEW OLD STYLE Nikusoba Keisuke
Address: B1F Dai Nagoya Bldg, 3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura ward, Nagoya city, Aich
Access: 5 minutes walk from Nagoya station
Map: map to NEW OLD STYLE Nikusoba Keisuke
Outstanding Ramen in the Popular Sightseeing Spot in Japan, Kyoto. Ore no Ramen Appareya
“Ore no Ramen Appreya” is located in the middle of mountains in Kyoto, which has a poor access from public transportation. Even though it is unbelievably inconvenient, it is not exaggerated to say that it is one of the representative Ramen restaurants in the Kansai region.
The soup is based on salt and pork bone with seafood stock. There are several popular menus including “Kokumaro Shio Char siu (Thick and mild Salt Roast pork)” served with roast pork arranged like flower petals on a Ramen bowl, “Daku Toro Shio Char siu Noodles (Ramen noodles with roast pork and unrefined thick salt soup)”. It opens for short hours and often has a line outside. Better to visit in an early time not to miss the Ramen. Cannot be missed while your visit in Japan.
Name: Ore no Ramen Appareya
Address: 11-34 Shimonokoji Nashima, Joyo city, Kyoto
Phone: +81-ot open to the public
Close: Sundays, Holidays, and the 4th Saturdays of the Month
Access: 9 minutes drive from Yamashiro-Aodani station
Map: map to Ore no Ramen Appareya
Shoyu Ramen with Soy sauce Produced in Wakayama at Wa dining Seino
“Wa dining Seino” can be easily found with a huge signboard on the wall, located on the main street, where you can reach by going east after crossing Arida River from Minoshima station. It was introduced by several media, so it has been popular despite its location far from the nearest station.
The popular menu here is “Kadocho Shoyu Takumi”, which is cooked with “Kadocho” soy sauce produced in Yuyasa, Arida, where is the birthplace of soy sauce. Noodles for Ramen is of a regular type in Wakayama, which is middle-thin and straight, and a soup is with seafood stock. Wakayama Ramen is normally served with pork bone and soy sauce soup, so the combination here is quite unique. Highly recommended.
Name: Wa dining Seino
Address: 696 No, Arida city, Wakayama
Phone: +81-ot open to the public
Close: Sundays and Mondays
Access: 16 minutes walk from Minoshima station
Map: map to Wa dining Seino
Popular Ramen restaurants in Fukuoka, Ichibanboshi Rock
18 minutes walk south from JR Kurume-Kokomae station. “Ichibanboshi Rock” is the restaurant renamed from the Ramen restaurant “Soichi”, near the Kamitsu by-pass. Now it is the Yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant, but the former signature menu “Shio Ramen (salt Ramen)” is offered here. The Ramen created from the years of improvement and research by the master, brings the perfect match of chicken-stock-based soup, which is unique among regular Ramen in Kurume with pork-bone stock, and the toppings such as half-boiled eggs, seaweed.
The clear soup is made from carefully selected ingredients including locally produced in Fukuoka, “Hakata Jidori (native chicken)”, which delivers rich umami. You cannot help drinking it up. Do not miss Tonkotsu Ramen in Fukuoka, which Japan proudly presents to the world, on your visit to Fukuoka.
Name: Ichibanboshi Rock
Address: 4-30-50 Minami, Kurume city, Fukuoka
Access: 18 minutes walk from Kurume-Kokomae station
Map: map to Ichibanboshi Rock
Popular Ramen restaurant in the South of Japan, Kagoshima prefecture, Menya Aburaya
8 minutes walk east from Sasanuki station, Kagoshima Shiden line. “Menya Aburaya” can be easily found by the red shop curtain, located on the 1st floor of the white-tiled building. Among regular Kagoshima Ramen with a Tonkotsu (pork bone) style brown soup, it is rare to serve the Ramen with cow-born and whitish chicken-bone soup.
The signature menu here is “Gyukotsu Paitan Ramen (whitish beef-bone Ramen)” and “Tori Paitan Ramen (whitish chicken-bone Ramen)”. You enjoy a variety of combination on the styles of soup among whitish soup, black soup with garlic oil, and red soup with miso. After picking your meal from the menu on tables, go buy a meal ticket at the ticket machine to order. Enjoy the signature Ramen in Kagoshima, situated in the south of Japan!
Name: Menya Aburaya
Address: 2-23-12 Usuki, Kagoshima city, Kagoshima
Time: 11:00～15:00 / 18:00~21:30
Access: 11 minutes walk from Sasanuki station
Map: map to Menya Aburaya
Enjoy the Amazing Ramen in Japan!
Here is the 10 must-go Ramen restaurants in Japan. Japan has 47 prefectures, each of which has a unique local restaurant. There are more to try besides the ones introduced this time. Explore and find your favourite delicious Ramen in Japan while travelling around!