8月 12, 2019
If you want to eat the exquisite Okinawa ramen in Kokusai Street, visit there! 10 recommended ramen restaurants popular to locals!
As for noodles in Okinawa, Okinawa soba is very popular! Actually, the number of normal ramen(not okinawa soba) restaurants is increasing in Okinawa now! You can enjoy ramen from all over the country such as Sapporo, Kyoto, Hakata, etc. in Okinawa. Among those, there are restaurants where tourists and locals visit near Kokusai Street, Naha. Therefore, we introduce 10 restaurants that you must stop by in Kokusai Street during sightseeing or after drinking.
1. Really recommended eating at Kokusai Street! Recommended ramen restaurant, Chanya
In the middle of Kokusai Street, there is a restaurant located at the end of the alley. Each taste of miso, salt and soy sauce is available, so it will be no issue to visit there with several people who have a different preference for the taste! There is also Okinawa soba. Particularly popular menu are Okinawa Shrimp Dashi Ramen with a thick soup in which the taste of shrimp is condensed, and Shin Miso Garlic Ramen, which is rich in garlic and with the excellent island Habanero’s spicy taste.
The shopkeeper is from Hokkaido, and the noodles are from Nishiyama noodles in Sapporo. The medium-thick wavy noodle has a chewy, smooth and fresh texture. As the location is convenient and the restaurant is open until midnight, it is also suitable for ramen after drinking. Many business cards are displayed on the wall in the restaurant, and gourmet office workers who visit Naha on a business trip also visit often.
Address: Makishi 1-2-30, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Close: Sunday, Irregular
Access: 10 minutes walking from Miebashi Station
Map: map to Chanya
2. Miso ramen specialty restaurant located on Kokusai Street! Tenjinya
This restaurant is specialized in miso ramen, which is rare in Okinawa. However, there are Salty Seafood Ramen with seafood flavor and Soy Sauce Ramen with a light taste of niboshi. However, I still recommend miso taste. This is the restaurant’s signboard menu based on rich miso. It is entwined with homemade sticky noodles.
There are counter seats and round tables in the restaurant and it has a calm and bright atmosphere. If you want to eat miso ramen, please go there!
Address: Makishi 2-16-16, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: 11:00～14:00 / 18:00～22:00
Access: 5 minutes walking from Miebashi Station
Map: map to Tenjinya
3. Popular on Kokusai Street! Japanese Tsukemen restaurant, SAKURA
A popular restaurant for Tsukemen noodles crowded by customers every day. To visit this restaurant for the first time, it might be a bit difficult since the entrance is hard to find! The shutter at the entrance is always closed even during the working hour, but there is a small door with a handle at the left end of the shutter, so please enter from there.
For the topping, there are bitter gourd, onion slice, boiled egg, roasted pork fillet, and wakame seaweed. It is a nice service that you can add more noodles for free of charge. If you can break through the entrance, a delicious Tsukemen will be waiting for you!
Address: Makishi 3-9-27, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: Sunday: 18:00～2:00 on the next day (If the next Monday is holiday, open until 4:00), Other days: 18:00～4:00 on the next day
Access: 5 minutes walking from Makishi Station
Map: map to SAKURA
4. The ramen with the condensed taste of pork bones! Ryukyu Island pork noodle restaurant Nariyori
A pork bones ramen specialty restaurant opened by a shop owner who trained at Keisuke in Tokyo. The soup, using plenty of pork bones and flavored vegetables and cooked carefully for a long time, has the condensed taste made by melting the marrow bone. Not only for this soup but also the roast pork fillet, Yanbaru island pork is used. Noodles are straight and thin, and homemade noodles made with whole-grain flour are produced at the store every morning.
The store’s signature menu is Tonkotsu with flavored egg, and a big-sized roast pork fillet rides on ramen. It is voluminous enough. As Mini-Tonkotsu Ramen is offered free of charge to children younger than primary-school-age, it is also recommended to go out with family members. In addition to the counter seats, there are table seats like a semi-private room, and it is convenient when you want to eat slowly in a group.
Name: Ryukyu Island pork noodle restaurant Nariyori
Address: 1st Floor of Takayoshi Sangyo Building, Makishi 2-3-22, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Access: 5 minutes walking from Makishi Station
Map: map to Ryukyu Island pork noodle restaurant Nariyori
5. Kyoto Ramen on Kokusai Street, Ichrikido Ryukyu Bettei
If you want to taste Kyoto ramen in Okinawa, please visit here. Speaking of Kyoto ramen, you may think of the light taste that dashi works, but in fact there are many ramens with a lot of back fats and having a strong taste!
The recommendation is Kujo green onion ramen of back fat soy sauce and a lot of Kyujo green onion! There are also rare set menus with miso-flavored Tsukemen, roast pork fillet bowl, and minced meat fly.
Name: Ichrikido Ryukyu Bettei
Address: Makishi 1-3-11, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Access: 8 minutes walking from Miebashi Station
Map: map to Ichrikido Ryukyu Bettei
6. You can have ramen from home Sapporo on International Street, Aji no Tokeidai
Nearly 50 years ago, they opened the first branch in Susukino, Sapporo, and now they have 40 branches in Hokkaido and 11 branches outside of Hokkaido including the Kokusai Street branch. They also have branches in Thailand, China, and Taiwan. You can have miso ramen from its home Sapporo in Okinawa. A middle-thick and smooth noodle made from carefully selected flour is often entwined in miso soup.
The most popular restaurant is Miso Vegetable Ramen, which is topped with bamboo shoots, roast pork fillet, green onion, and other rare shredded wakame. There are also Ripened Raw Soy Sauce Ramen using salted Tonkotsu and soy sauce Tonkotsu with soy sauce has been aged for 2 years. There are many tourists coming from overseas, and the menu is also written in English, Chinese and Korean.
Name: Aji no Tokeidai
Address: 1st Floor of Kakuo Building, Makishi 3-1-1, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: Sun~Thu: 11:00～24:00, Fri&Sat: 11:00～1:00 on the next day
Access: 7 minutes walking from Makishi Station
Map: map to Aji no Tokeidai
7. Standard Hakata pork bone ramen! Ramen Danbo
This is a Tonkotsu ramen restaurant with its main branch in Fukuoka, and there are 6 branches in Okinawa. Carefully selecting the ingredients and parts, thick pork bone soup is newly made daily at each branch. Unexpectedly, the taste is so simple that this can be easily eaten by women who are not familiar to eat pork bones. Noodles are the thin noodles which are common for Tonkotsu ramen, but you can also choose the thick noodles or the hardness of noodles.
You can also adjust the amount of green onion, spicy sauce, etc. as you like. If you like something spicier, try Rekka Ramen! You can choose your favorite hotness from 5 times or more spicier than normal ramen. You can make your own Tonkotsu ramen by various combinations.
Name: Ramen Danbo
Address: Makishi 2-16-10, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: 11:00～2:00 on the next day
Map: map to Ramen Danbo
8. Tastes make you addictive once you eat it! Maze noodles Mahoroba
Do you want to taste unusual noodles? Maze noodles are neither Ramen nor Tsukemen. There is no soup, and it is a style to eat after mixing plenty of ingredients and noodles firmly. At Maze noodles Mahoroba, many customers visit every day to eat these Maze noodles.
At first, you need to mix noodles and ingredients well. Along the way, you can also add Yuzu pepper, homemade chili oil, kelp vinegar, etc. and arrange it to your taste. Even if the ingredients are left at the end, you can add a small amount of rice. It’s a so-called Oimeshi and it’s for free. As pickles and miso soup are also served, you will be quite full if you eat up to Oimeshi.
Name: Maze noodles Mahoroba
Address: Makishi 1-2-17, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: Except Sunday: 11:30～22:00, Sunday 11:30～21:30
Close: Tuesday, The Third Monday, *If holiday, the Wednesday will be closed.
Access: 7 minutes walking from Miebashi Station
Map: map to Maze noodles Mahoroba
9. Local Naha people often visit! Popular ramen restaurant, Koryu
This is the restaurant has won Okinawa Prefecture’s first place in the local Ramen competition in the past and you can see how high the support of the local people for this restaurant. When you order ramen, you can arrange as you like by referring to the Customer’s Preference Table in each seat. You can choose the hardness and thickness of the noodles, the taste strength, the oil strength, the spiciness level, the presence of Hakata green onions, the umami spicy sauce, and roast pork fillet.
In addition, in Self-made ramen, you can choose four of the eight choices such as spicy vegetables, additional Hakata green onions, persimmons, specially made bamboo shoots, seasoned soft-boiled egg, Ariake seaweed, simmered pork, and fried garlic. You can enjoy the combination freely because the soup and the base are stable.
Address: Makishi 1-2-3, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Time: Mon~Thu&Sun: 11:00～5:00 on the next day, Fri&Sat&The day before holidays: 11:00～6:00 on the next day
Access: 6 minutes walking from Miebashi Station
Map: map to Koryu
10. Offering different menus every week, Ryukyu Chirudai
This is a new Ramen restaurant open in January 2016 In Naha, run by national university students as the restaurant owner. The owner is said to be trained at a famous Ie-style ramen restaurant. There is no fixed menu, and various noodles are provided weekly. They offer various menu such as Soy sauce, salt, Tonkotsu, Maze soba, Tsuke noodles, etc.
Of course, the noodles and toppings also change depending on the taste base and style. You can enjoy different ways from other restaurants to enjoy different noodles. In the next week, you will be never able to eat the same type of noodles that you eat this week. By the way, Chirudai seems to have the meaning of woozy. Please enjoy it!
Name: Ryukyu Chirudai
Address: Makishi 2-1-19, Naha-shi, Okinawa
Map: map to Ryukyu Chirudai
Let’s eat delicious ramen at Naha’s Kokusai Street!
What did you think? When you want to eat a lot, eat quickly, or eat after drinking. For any situation, Ramen works perfectly. The Kokusai street area, which is popular among tourists as a shopping area, has full of delicious food. When you visit Okinawa’s Kokusai Street for sightseeing, let’s taste ramen as well as Okinawa soba.