Tokyo has over 3,000 ramen restaurants. These selected 21 joints constantly rank among the best. Here's the general shop info for each and the rating by our Japanese ramen experts.
Nishi-Shinjuku is covered with tall skyscrapers, and its streets are full of busy office workers. However, this area actually has many hidden ramen shops(salary men gotta eat, too!) This article will introduce the top 8 places to grab a bowl of ramen in the Nishi-Shinjuku area.
The east exit side of Ikebukuro Station is the hot spot for ramen. Here are the ramen restaurants all ramen lovers have been to at least once. From well-established restaurants and ones that have shown true strength to chain stores, all of these are very popular. A total of 11 restaurants made the cut out of a total of nearly 200 ramen joints in Ikebukuro. You may actually have trouble deciding which one to go.
If you're a fan of ramen, you've no doubt heard of (and probably been to) Ichiran, one of the most popular and widespread Hakata-style ramen shops in the world. But did you know that a new Ichiran opened in Ginza, Tokyo in October of 2019 that serves "fancier" ramen dishes? We went to see if there's really any difference.
Nishiogi Tou is a newcomer to the ramen scene that was good enough to be added to the Michelin Guide after just a year of operation! The shop's ramen features handmade noodles, incredible soup, and sakura woodchip-smoked chashu that make it a standout bowl!
Yokohama has some great ramen and is even the birthplace of iekei ramen which is now popular throughout the country. If you're in the city and looking for a good place to go for ramen, head to the newly opened 'Japan Food Hall' which hosts 5 different ramen shops in one building!