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This directory lists selected ramen shops in the Tokyo area. See also our article on styles of ramen, with a few picks for each style.

Note that many ramen shops will close before their posted hours if they run out of soup.
This directory lists selected ramen shops in the Tokyo area. See also our article on styles of ramen, with a few picks for each style.

Note that many ramen shops will close before their posted hours if they run out of soup.

Ramen shops in central Tokyo

Ganko - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Ganko's shio ramen uses a closely guarded family recipe. If the soup isn't perfect on a particular day they might be closed.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
King Kong - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11pm daily.
The draws here are the great tsukemen noodles, herb-grilled pork, and a sweet fish-pork blend soup that incorporates blueberries and other fruit.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rock'ando - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The first thing you'll notice at Rock'anDo is the color scheme. Green is everywhere, from the signage to the little green army men on a shelf. This should clue you in - you'll be eating green...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Dogen - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
This attractively appointed branch of a Tottori-based shop serves organic ramen in a beefy shio-style soup. The drinks menu features a house-brand organic junmaishu sake from Akita as well as beer...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Takaryu - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-1am (Sun -8pm) daily.
The unusual chicken ramen here is topped with lettuce, tomato and olive oil.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-1am (Sun -8pm) daily.
Yasube - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Tsukemen is the specialty here; it comes in three different sizes, but they're all the same price - Y720.
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Yamaguchi - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Takadanobaba is considered a bit of a ramen battle zone. Through the years, many shops have opened and closed, and to have a successful shop in this part of Tokyo is considered a great feat. ...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Ganko - Ramen: Takadanobaba
Open noon-2, 5-9pm. Closed weekends.
Ramen noodles in a classic shio-based soup, topped with pork. The decor is sparse, there are only five seats, and if the soup is less than perfect they don't bother opening for business that day. ...
Open noon-2, 5-9pm. Closed weekends.
Mochimochinoki - Ramen: Okubo
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Nicely textured noodles in a tasty fish-based broth are topped off with excellent home-made menma (pickled bamboo shoots). They also offer a rather novel ramen pizza.
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Kaijin - Ramen: Shinjuku
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
The delicate but flavorful very seafood-based shio broth at this ramen shop is made from the catch of the day - a mix of several types of fish in season. Equally unusual are the toppings - chicken...
Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
Nagi Golden Gai - Ramen: Shinjuku
Open 24 hours a day.
Dried baby sardines (niboshi) have been a common ingredient in ramen for many years. It wasn't until recently, though, that ramen chefs began using them in abundance. The tiny fish have a very...
Open 24 hours a day.
Musashi - Ramen: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
The original branch of a famous and very popular ramen chain, this shop usually has a line to get in. In addition to the usual options of toppings, you can also choose the size of your bowl, and...
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Nakamoto - Ramen: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 9am-2:30am daily.
The tanmen noodles here are very spicy, but the soup has a depth of flavor the goes beyond one-note hotness. You can pick from several variations, with different levels of spiciness.
Open 9am-2:30am daily.
Naginicai - Ramen: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 6-11:30pm. Closed 3rd Sunday.
This relaxed second-floor branch of the Nagi chain offers an evening menu of izakaya-style side dishes to nibble on with drinks, including a "ramen-shop omelet" and gyoza topped with ratatouille. ...
Open 6-11:30pm. Closed 3rd Sunday.
Fuunji - Ramen: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Tsukemen is everywhere in Tokyo. Expecially tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen. Pork and chicken bones are cooked on high heat for a long time to draw out as much creamy collagen as possible. Thickness is...
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Kakua - Ramen: Yoyogi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Miso ramen is prevalent in Japan, but few shops truly excel. It is an easy dish to make; season a thick soup with some miso paste and be done. But to make a memorable bowl, a ramen chef needs to...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Jangara Ramen - Ramen: Harajuku
Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
Famous Kyushu ramen; kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties, and helps explain the long lines at lunchtime.
Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
Nagi - Ramen: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-3am daily.
Classic Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork-bone soup) ramen.
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-3am daily.
Afuri - Ramen: Ebisu
Open 11am-4am daily.
This popular shop is known for their light, "cafe-style" shoyu ramen livened up with a bit of yuzu, and their excellent chashu. The late-night hours are convenient if you've been out on the town.
Open 11am-4am daily.
Tsukumo - Ramen: Ebisu
Open 11am-5am daily.
A creamy, richly flavored cheese-tonkotsu ramen is the specialty at this popular shop.
Open 11am-5am daily.
Ippudo - Ramen: Ebisu
Open 11-4am daily.
The first Tokyo branch of a renowned Hakata ramen shop (they also have a branch at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum), they serve thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"),...
Open 11-4am daily.
Gogyou - Ramen: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-2:30am daily.
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-2:30am daily.
Zoot - Ramen: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-2:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Serving very good ramen by day, in the evenings Zoot turns into a comfortable wine-bar/bistro. The shio ramen with egg comes in a chicken-based broth, with fried garlic chips, croutons and a lemon...
Open 11:30am-2:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tetsu - Ramen: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
A convenient and popular Roppongi Hills branch of one of Tokyo's best shops for tsukemen-style ramen noodles.
Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
Manpuku - Ramen: Ginza
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This popular, rather old fashioned-looking shop is famous for their classic shoyu-style ramen.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kagari - Ramen: Ginza
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Ginza is known for high-end fine dining. Half of the most expensive sushi restaurants in the world are there, as is a tempura shop that costs as much as a round trip ticket to Japan. It would make...
Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Rokurinsha - Ramen: Yaesu
Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
The prize-winning tsukemen here is served with a thick, richly flavored dipping sauce made with pork, seafood and vegetables. For those who want to skip the long lines, the shop also sells a very...
Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
Gachi - Ramen: Akebonobashi
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
There's no better way to enjoy amazing, housemade ramen noodles than in a bowl of abura soba. Literally meaning oil-noodles, abura soba leaves the soup out, with only some tare seasoning, oils, and...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Soranoiro - Ramen: Kojimachi
Open 11am-3:30, 6-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-5). Closed first Sunday.
Ramen is often thought of as a manly food in Japan. Dirty shops with an air thick with oil fumes would have most pretty ladies heading to the local cafe for lunch instead. In recent years, a few...
Open 11am-3:30, 6-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-5). Closed first Sunday.
Due Italian - Ramen: Ichigaya
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm daily.
Italian-inspired novely ramen is the attraction here, with cheese-based "fromage" ramen and cold cherry-tomato ramen. The ham-and-cheese ramen comes with prosciutto and a small portion of noodles -...
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm daily.
Ikaruga - Ramen: Kudanshita
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
One of the creamiest tonkotsu ramens in Tokyo.
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Kai - Ramen: Jimbocho
Open 11am-8pm daily.
The intensely flavorful miso ramen, made by blending three types of miso, is the recommended bowl at this hole-in-the-wall shop.
Open 11am-8pm daily.
La-show-han - Ramen: Ogawamachi
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tantanmen is a direct descendant of Chinese dandanmein. This dish of Sichuan origin is spicy, and a traditional bowl will have plenty of chili oil, Sichuan peppercorn, and minced pork. You can find...
Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tsujida - Ramen: Awajicho
Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Serving one of Tokyo's best bowls of miso ramen, Tsujida is popular with serious noodle connoisseurs and other ramen fans.
Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Kikanbou - Ramen: Kanda
Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
You'll find spicy ramen on many shop's menus. This usually means they take their normal bowl, throw in some chili peppers, and call it a day. Many of these bowls are just hot, with very little in...
Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Daiki - Ramen: Ueno
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
The very popular ramen shop Daiki is known for their tasty chicken-based soup, available in both shio (salt) or shoyu (soy sauce) varieties. The "torisoba" option indicates a pure chicken-stock...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Tetsu - Ramen: Sendagi
Open 11:30am-3:45, 6-11pm daily.
One of the best shops in town for tsukemen-style ramen, where the noodles are served separate and dipped into a thicker soup.
Open 11:30am-3:45, 6-11pm daily.
Rokurinsha - Ramen: Oshiage
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
This very popular shop is known for their tsukemen, served with a thick, richly flavored dipping sauce made with pork, seafood and vegetables. Prepare to wait on line during busy times.
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
Resshijunmei - Ramen: Kasuga
Open 11am-1:30am. Closed Mondays.
Nagano-style ramen is the specialty here, served in a triple-barreled soup flavored with pork, chicken and various fish.
Open 11am-1:30am. Closed Mondays.
Yondaime Keisuke - Ramen: Hakusan
Open 11am-3, 6-10pm daily.
This fourth shop of celebrity ramen chef Takeda Keisuke serves a rather unique take on noodles - lobster tsukemen. Thick, flat, pan-fried noodles are accompanied by a thick, pork-based and...
Open 11am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Sengoku Jiman - Ramen: Sengoku
Open 11am-2am (Sun -midnight). Closed Wednesdays.
Good, solid tonkotsu ramen is served here, and they do a "vegetable ramen" with lots of fresh vegetables to go with your pork.
Open 11am-2am (Sun -midnight). Closed Wednesdays.
Shinasoba Tanaka - Ramen: Otsuka
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
The master at Tanaka commutes in to this shop every day from the far side of Chiba, about two hours away. He is a surfer, and that part of Japan has some nice waves in the morning. That part of...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
Tsuta - Ramen: Sugamo
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Tsuta, near Sugamo Station on the northern side of the Yamanote train line, can be a bit of a hassle to get to. They are only open for lunch, and often have a huge line. Expect a wait of twenty or...
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Kabochan - Ramen: Komagome
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This tiny ramen shop down a small shopping street was a hand-me-down to the current owner. Kubokawa-san, whose nickname is Kabo-chan, was a well repected ramen hunter before he took over this ramen...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Nikusoba Keisuke - Ramen: Koto-ku
Open 11am-3, 6pm-2am daily.
Keisuke is best known for their excellent, potently strong shoyu-style ramen.
Open 11am-3, 6pm-2am daily.
Hajime - Ramen: Itabashi-ku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm daily.
Voted best new bowl of 2009, Hajime's shio-ramen uses salt that's imported from Mongolia.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm daily.
Tsukishima Rock - Ramen: Tsukishima
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
The decor here is closer to a trendy bar than a ramen shop, with liquor bottles on shelves and rock music on the stereo. As far as the noodles go, the shop is known mainly for their gingery shoyu...
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.

Ramen outside central Tokyo

Ringodo - Ramen: Higashi-Nakano
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Excellent miso ramen.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Aoba - Ramen: Nakano
Open 10am-7pm. Closed Thursdays.
The ramen at this popular shop comes with big slabs of chashu that taste almost like ham.
Open 10am-7pm. Closed Thursdays.
Saikoro - Ramen: Nakano
Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
The north side of Nakano is famed for Nakano Broadway, a center of otaku culture and interesting traditional restaurants. But on the often ignored south side, there is a wonderful ramen shop worth a...
Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
JAC - Ramen: Koenji
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sun eve, Mon.
Tokushima, a major city on Japan's smallest major island of Shikoku, is home to one of the most famous local styles of ramen. The signature points are a heavy, porky soup flavored with soy sauce and...
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sun eve, Mon.
Tabushi - Ramen: Koenji
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Spicy (but not crazy-spicy) Chinese-style tantanmen noodles in a thick, pork-filled soup are the specialty at this small shop. They also serve good gyoza dumplings as a side dish.
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Harukiya - Ramen: Ogikubo
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
This long-running shop (founded in Showa 24) serves classic Tokyo-style ramen in a shoyu soup that's made with dried sardines. The wonton-men is especially recommended.
Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Papapapa Pine - Ramen: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 11am-11pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
At first, pineapple ramen sounds strange, maybe even downright awful. But imagine some other things that have been matched with pineapples. Pineapple and a sweet terriyaki sauce make a great burger...
Open 11am-11pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Harukiya - Ramen: Kichijoji
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This branch of the famous Ogikubo honten serves classic Tokyo-style ramen in a shoyu soup that's made with dried sardines. The wonton-men is especially recommended.
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Kyoka - Ramen: Tachikawa
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Excellent shoyu ramen with thick noodles is the draw at Kyoka, along with a pleasant setting with dramatic lighting.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Muteppo - Ramen: Ekoda
Open 11am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Thick tonkotsu ramen is nothing new. You'll find many shops all over the country serving bowls of it. But if you want the thickest, most intense bowl there is, Muteppo is the place to go. The soup is...
Open 11am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Gamushara - Ramen: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed weekends.
The tasty ramen soup here is flavored with pork bones and sea bream. When you're done with your noodles you can ask for rice to go with your remaining soup (chazuke style), and a hot stone in your...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed weekends.
Hototogisu - Ramen: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Hototogisu is a little hard to find. It's located in a suburb a few stations west of Shinjuku, down a local shopping street, and in a nondescript alleyway. They usually have a line, which is the...
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Taishoken - Ramen: Eifukucho
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This popular shop is best known for their shoyu ramen. Closed on the 2nd, 12th, and 22nd of every month.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Senrigan - Ramen: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
There is a ramen shop in Japan called Jiro (not to be confused with the famous sushi shop of a similar name). Jiro features thick, wheaty noodles in a mega-porky soup. Add to that copious amounts...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
Kitchen Troquet - Ramen: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Kitchen Troquet is a small, ten-seat restaurant from the folks who brought us Buono Buono, a lunchtime-only Italian-fusion ramen shop which was located just around the corner. Here they've expanded...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Mitsuyado - Ramen: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
Mitsuyado's double-cheese ramen is the perfect late-night bowl of ramen after a few drinks. Unusual for a ramen shop, there's some open-air terrace seating.
Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
Bassanova - Ramen: Setagaya-ku
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
A Thai-influenced green-curry ramen is the specialty here, although they also do nice versions of more ordinary ramen styles. Near Shin-Daita station, one stop from Shimo-Kitazawa.
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Inosho - Ramen: Nerima-ku
Open 11am-3, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
Seriously spicy ramen in a fish-based soup is the specialty at this highly rated shop.
Open 11am-3, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
Menya Kissou - Ramen: Kiba
Open 11:30am-3pm. Closed Sundays, Wednesdays.
Ranked the number-one bowl of ramen in Tokyo by many critics and popular surveys, the nine-seat Kissou is open only for lunch, when the long lines can take more than an hour. The broth is a light...
Open 11:30am-3pm. Closed Sundays, Wednesdays.
Oyaji - Ramen: Machida
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Oyaji's miso ramen uses imported Dutch lard to brew a rich, creamy soup.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum - Ramen: Shin-Yokohama
Open 11am-10pm (last admission) daily.
Ramen for serious connoisseurs, with branches of eight of the best ramen shops from throughout Japan. See article.
Open 11am-10pm (last admission) daily.
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