The following selections of Ramen restaurants are based on my personal preferences as well as some general consensus from Japanese version of Yelp and local magazines.
|Ramen. Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Alley. Tokyo|
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Gourmet Ramen has become a global food trend in many major cities through out the world. I'd like to use this blog post to introduce some of the best Ramen in the Tokyo area. Having tens of thousands of Ramen restaurants in Tokyo, picking good restaurants become a difficult task for any visitors.
Ramen Food Courts
There are few Ramen food courts that have some of the most famous Ramen restaurants congregated together in one location. These Ramen food courts usually consist of 5 to 10 Ramen branch restaurants in an indoor mall/building or next to a train station. This makes it easy for travelers to access them. Good selections of Ramen restaurants have also been picked out, therefore visitors will be assured that they are getting some of the best selections of Ramen.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen (Raumen) Museum. THE ORIGINAL Ramen theme park.
Ramen Museum homepage with their ramen selection and access map
|The original themed Ramen food court, Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum|
This place is perhaps the most original Ramen themed facility. The décor in the Ramen theme park is based on the bygone era of the 1950's Japan to create the nostalgic feeling for the local customers. Part of the facility is dedicated to the history of Ramen along with souvenir shops. Most of the restaurants have automated meal ticket machine that facilitates the ordering process. Just pick the Ramen that looks good to you based on the photographs, insert your money and press the button for the meal ticket. Then present the meal ticket to the waiter/waitress after you are seated, you will soon to be served with one of the best Ramen in Japan. They charge a 300 yen entrance fee for the Ramen museum and the entrance fee does not include Ramen meal.
The facility is located near Shin-Yokohama Museum, about 5 minute walk from the JR Shin Yokohama train station. The easiest way to get to the station is try to get to JR Yokohama station, then take the local train/subway to Shin-Yokohama station. If you are traveling with Japan Railway Pass, you can take the bullet train from JR Shinagawa station to JR Shin-Yokohama station directly.
Shinatatsu Ramen Alley, Shinagawa JR Station
Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Station
|Eight of the best ramen restaurants at Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo Station.|
|Tokyo Station Ramen Street|
|Tokyo Station Ramen Street|
|Always busy at Ikaruga Ramen|
|Ikaruga Ramen at Tokyo Station Ramen Street|
Ramen Kokugikan (Ramen Matsuri), Odaiba Aqua City
Located on the 5th floor of Odaiba Aqua City shopping mall. Easy access with no entrance fee. The access requires taking the Yurikamome across the beautiful Rainbow bridge. Why not take a Ramen break after long hours of shopping.
Stand-alone Ramen restaurants
There are also a few famous stand-alone ramen restaurants through out the city. They are generally slightly more difficult to find, but if time is not constraint, these restaurants are worth your time for a visit.
Ichiran Ramen, Shibuya store.
|Ichiran Ramen, Tokyo|
|Private booth at Ichiran Ramen, Tokyo|
Santouka Ramen, Shinjuku store.
|Santouka Ramen, Tokyo|
|World famous Ippudo Ramen|
Ajisen Ramen (TripAdvisor page)
Kumamoto based. More than 600 shops outside of Japan, including USA, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, etc. Only one location in the greater Tokyo area, located near JR Ikebukuro on the famous JR Yamanote line.
Ikaruga Ramen (TripAdvisor page)
Originated in Tokyo, it has been one of the most popular Tokyo based Ramen for many years. The Ramen shop opened its second location at the Tokyo Ramen Street at Tokyo Station. The original store might be a bit more difficult to find for beginners but with the help of smart phone map application, it should be an achievable task. Nearest station is Kudanshita station on the Tokyo Metro subway system.
Menya Musashi Ramen (TripAdvisor page)
|Menya Musashi Ramen, Tokyo|
|Long line at Menya Musashi Ramen, Tokyo|