There is a place in Tokyo Station where famous ramen shops from throughout Japan are gathered called Tokyo Ramen Street. Here are five representative ramen shops from Tokyo Ramen Street.
What is Ramen Street?
Tokyo Ramen Street was opened with the concept of offering access to "the restaurants you want to go to first in Tokyo." It is in a perfect location for stopping by when coming to Tokyo as a tourist or going on a trip outside Tokyo. It initially started with four restaurants, including Rokurinsha, but has gone through periodic renewals and now has eight. It has a full lineup of various Tokyo ramen shops with the aim of being a place where "you can go to everyday for a week and not get tired." It is an irresistible, must-go destination for ramen-lovers.
This ramen shop opened by the owner of Chibakiya, a popular ramen shop in Kasai, is unique for a ramen restaurant in that all menu items include beef tongue, a specialty of the owner's native city. This is probably the only place in the country that you can find their representative dish, Sendai Gyutan Negishio Ramen (830 JPY (incl. tax)). This is a place to stop by in if you'd like to try a type of ramen different from your usual fare.
2. Tokyo Tanmen Tonari
This restaurant ignited the tanmen boom. Tanmen is a noodle dish in which soup is added to fried vegetables and meat. Both its appearance and taste are similar to ramen, but it is made a bit differently, and is eaten primarily in the Kanto region. The biggest difference is that it comes with a large serving of fried vegetables on top. Serious tanmen has more than ten types of ingredients so that one dish is sufficient to meet the one-day recommended vegetable consumption for an adult! This restaurant offers a set deal called Tangyo (890 JPY (incl. tax)), which comes with tanmen and gyoza dumplings which is sure to satisfy you both in terms of nutrition and volume.
*The image is from the main restaurant in Toyocho
This restaurant operates under the concept of offering "your preferred Chinese noodles to suite your mood of the day." It offers three types of Chinese noodles, soy sauce, salt, and stamina (which comes with more toppings), so that you can choose your own flavors. Each has stock that has been carefully made using an abundance of seafood and seaweed so that the flavors of the food are enhanced. The Tokyo-eki Shoyu Stamina Chuka Soba (1,030 JPY (incl. tax)), served in a soy sauce based soup stock with fresh Chinese chives and garlic, is perfect when you're feeling a little worn down.
4. Soranoiro NIPPON
This is a restaurant that has been consistently popular since opening and was selected as a Tokyo Bib Gourmand restaurant by Michelin in 2015. Big Gourmand restaurants are restaurants recommended in the Michelin guide as moderately priced restaurants with good bang for the buck. This restaurant is known for its Vegan Veggie Soba (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)), which, unusually for a ramen shop, uses no animal products in the soup or as toppings. You may expect a vegetable-only ramen to be lacking in flavor, but are likely to be proven wrong by the concentrated vegetable flavors of this ramen. Try it out if you're looking for a ramen that is different from your usual fare.
This is a shio (salt) ramen specialty shop run by Setagaya, a popular ramen brand with numerous locations not only in Tokyo, but also abroad. They are so particular that the salt used for their signature Shio Ramen (880 JPY (incl. tax)) is imported directly from Khánh Hòa, Vietnam, famous for the production of solar salt. The restaurant also uses no artificial seasoning, and the soup is made using natural ingredients only. This is the place to go if you feel like shio ramen in Tokyo.
Tokyo Ramen Street is constantly evolving so as never to become tired. Please stop by when you are in Tokyo Station.
*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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