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5 Recommended Ramen Shops in Tokyo (Akihabara Edition)

Tokyo’s Akihabara district has become known worldwide as the holy ground for otaku (enthusiasts, often but not necessarily of anime, manga, video games, or idols). Thanks to the high volume of traffic, it has come to be famous for its numerous delicious ramen shops with food quality that is on par with those found in Shinjuku and Shibuya. Here are five of the most recommended ramen shops that you should check out when you visit Akihabara.

1. Ramen Jinanbou Akihabara Branch

Ramen Jinanbou, which is also famous in Kyushu’s Hakata region that is known as the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen, has opened a shop at the Ramen Food Court inside a building that is an approximately 2-minute walk from the Denkigai (Electric Town) exit of JR Akihabara Station. They strive to create tonkotsu ramen that both men and women will love, so they offer Shin-Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, a new type of Hakata tonkotsu ramen that has an authentic taste that stays true to its origins, but also creates a new sensation for guests to enjoy. With this, they have created that is full-bodied, does not smell, is not fatty, and is robust in taste. As its proprietors have targeted, there is now a growing number of couples visiting this place. Aside from the different types of tonkotsu ramen, the other popular items in this shop’s menu are the Taberu Tonkotsu Abura Soba (600 JPY (incl. tax)) which is a kind of soup-less ramen, the Hakata-style Mentai Gohan (Pollack Roe Rice) (250 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Machigainai Gohan (350 JPY (incl. tax)) that is the ultimate egg-topped rice with such ingredients as char siu.

Ticket vending machine inside the food court: Machine has Japanese, English and Chinese labels
Hall staff: English-speaking staff available only during lunch

※Shown on the photo is the Hanjuku Nitamago Ramen (Half-Boiled Egg Ramen)(750 JPY (incl. tax))

1. Ramen Jinanbou Akihabara Branch

4-14-1 2F Akiba Ichi Akihabara UDX, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

2. Ramen Nagi Akihabara UDX Branch

Ramen Nagi is a popular ramen shop that uses large amounts of the highest grade of dried sardines and other fish. Nagi, which also has shops abroad, has opened a branch at the food court in Akihabara. They use more than 20 types of dried sardines and fish that are carefully selected from all over Japan, and the aftertaste that is much lighter than you’d expect makes the ramen at this shop famous among women. It is also recommended to mix the soup of the ramen with the Ryoushi Meshi (Fisherman’s Rice) and/or other kinds of rice and then eat the rice with the soup. This shop serves Sugoi Niboshi Ramen (Amazing Dried Sardines Ramen) (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)), Niboshi Tsukemen (Dried Sardines Noodles Dipped in Soup) (850 JPY (incl. tax)), and Mazesoba (Mixed Soba) (850 JPY (incl. tax)). Guests here will be given a paper apron and wet towel, so you need not worry about splashing your soup.

Ticket vending machine inside the food court: Machine has Japanese, English and Chinese labels
Hall staff: English-speaking staff available only during lunch

※Shown on the photo is the Sugoi Niboshi Ramen

2. Ramen Nagi Akihabara UDX Branch

4-14-1 2F Akiba Ichi Akihabara UDX, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

3. Menya Noroshi Akihabara Branch

Menya Noroshi is a ramen shop from Hakodate that opened a branch in Akihabara, a ramen battleground. It is also famous among women as it serves seafood-flavored ramen that use ingredients shipped from Hokkaido. Many of its guests come from faraway places just to get a taste of this shop’s ramen. Some of its popular dishes are its specialty dish, the Miso Ramen (850 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with a soup that is made by blending four types of red and white miso from Hokkaido, the Karamiso Ramen (Spicy Miso Ramen) (900 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses gochujang (Korean red chili paste), and the Tokusei Miso Ramen (Special Miso Ramen) (1,050 JPY (incl. tax)) that is topped with buttered corn. The Hakodate Set Shio (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) is a set of salt-based ramen and a small rice bowl with salmon roe on top.

Ticket vending machine: Machine has Japanese labels only; Menu: Japanese and English
Hall staff: Speaks simple English

※Shown on the photo is the Miso Ramen plus 200 JPY (incl. tax) for stir-fried vegetables and char siu

3. Menya Noroshi Akihabara Branch

2-8 Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

4. MOTENASHI KUROKI

MOTENASHI KUROKI, which is famous for its queue of guests outside, is a ramen shop that is located about 10 minutes and around 5 minutes away on foot from Akihabara Station and Asakusabashi Station respectively. The Shio Soba (Salt-based Soba) (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)), Ajitama Shio Soba (Salt-based Soba with Marinated Soft-Boiled Egg) (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)) and Tokusei Shio Soba (Special Salt-based Soba) (1,250 JPY (incl. tax)) are popular for their delicious clear soup. People love this shop for its mild taste that perfectly balances chicken and vegetables without the use of chemical seasonings. They serve thin noodles as well as thin and wide noodles that are made from locally produced wheat. The Asari Miso Soba (Clam and Miso Soba) (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)) offers the perfect match of doughy noodles and full-bodied miso soup. As for rice, you can order white rice, as well as rice topped with raw egg, rice topped with vegetables, rice topped with meat, or chicken and tomato rice that are all priced at 200 JPY (incl. tax) each.

Ticket vending machine: Machine has Japanese and English
Hall staff: Staff barely speaks English

※Shown on the photo is the Tokusei Shio Soba

4. MOTENASHI KUROKI

2-15 Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

5. Shinasoba Tanaka Second

The Second brand that is famous in Higashi-Ikebukuro has opened a branch in Akihabara at a site that is a 6-minute walk away from Akihabara Station. This shop mainly serves shio ramen with a strong-flavored, mild soup with hints of blended Himalayan and Hokkaido salts mixed with the soup that is extracted from scallops. The noodles in the ramen are smooth and chewy, and are made by fusing durum semolina from Hokkaido and Italy. The Aji Niboshi Shio Chuka Soba (Dried Horse Mackerel Salt Chinese Soba) (780 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Noukou Anchovy Maze Soba (Robust Anchovy Mixed Soba) (830 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses Sicilian anchovies are some of its most famous dishes. Meanwhile, the Shikou no Shio Kake Soba (Supreme Soba in Salt-based Soup) (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)), which is only a luxurious soup made from spiny lobsters, abalone, and turban shells from the Boso region, and noodles that draw on such taste, has the kind of delicious taste that will destroy all existing conventions about ramen.

Ticket vending machine: Japanese only
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese and English

※Photo is for illustration purposes

5. Shinasoba Tanaka Second

101 Kuritsu Sotokanda Jutaku, 3-4-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Akihabara is a ramen battleground that attracts throngs of visitors from inside and outside Japan. This area also welcomes a lot of women, so it is also home to ramen shops that have formulated their dishes with women in mind. Try the famous ramen dishes that are also popular among tourists traveling in Japan!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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