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.
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.
If you've never heard of Tsuta, you owe yourself five minutes to find out now. Having gained the first ever Michelin star to the ramen world, Chef and owner, Yuki Onishi, has taken Japanese soba noodles to the next level, nay "enlightenment." Eat before you read this 'cos it will make you hungry!
Did you know that the toppings and taste of ramen differ as you travel across prefectures in Japan? Wakayama is known for its very thick pork broth and soy sauce ramen, often served with sushi. You read that right, people of Wakayama love to eat ramen with sushi!
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!
Also sometimes called Sapporo Ramen Zero, the joint is a popular one in Sapporo for some rich-tasting miso ramen and tsukemen with huge pieces of chashu.