Ramen shops

Ramen shops in central Tokyo

Ganko (Ikebukuro - Ramen). unlisted
Ganko's shio ramen uses a closely guarded family recipe. If the soup isn't perfect on a particular day they might be closed.
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-13-12. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
King Kong (Ikebukuro - Ramen). 6914-2070
The draws here are the great tsukemen noodles, herb-grilled pork, and a sweet fish-pork blend soup that incorporates blueberries and other fruit.
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-32-2. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Rock'ando (Ikebukuro - Ramen). 5952-6006
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 ramen. Rock'anDo's signature dish uses a "superfood" called Euglenids, a kind of algae-like organism rich in vitamins A, C, and E. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 2-57-2. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Dogen (Takadanobaba - Ramen). 3365-1378
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 and shochu.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 4-10-14. Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Takaryu (Takadanobaba - Ramen). 3366-9488
The unusual chicken ramen here is topped with lettuce, tomato and olive oil.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 4-17-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-1am (Sun -8pm) daily.
Yasube (Takadanobaba - Ramen). 3203-5011
Tsukemen is the specialty here; it comes in three different sizes, but they're all the same price - Y720.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-22-7. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Yamaguchi (Takadanobaba - Ramen). 3204-5120
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. Yamaguchi is probably the most famous new shop in the area. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Waseda 2-11-13. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (Sat, Sun 11:30-9). Closed Mondays.
Ganko (Takadanobaba - Ramen). unlisted
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. There's no real sign, just a large bone hung up outside the shop when they're open.
mapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Waseda 3-15-7. Open noon-2, 5-9pm. Closed weekends.
Mochimochinoki (Okubo - Ramen). 3368-1751
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.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kita-Shinjuku 1-4-1, Arma Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Kaijin (Shinjuku - Ramen). 3356-5658
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 meatballs and shrimp balls along with shiso leaf.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-35-7, Sanraku Bldg 2F. Open 11am-3, 4:30-11pm daily.
!Nagi Golden Gai (Shinjuku - Ramen). 3205-1925
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 bitter flavor, and cooking them too long will ruin anything. So when a shop comes along that is able to extract as much smoky, fishy taste from their niboshi as possible, fans rejoice. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-1-10-2F. Open 24 hours a day.
Musashi (Nishi-Shinjuku - Ramen). 3363-4634
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 whether you want strong or weak broth. The kakuni (stewed pork) is especially recommended.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 7-2-6, K1 Bldg 1F. Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Nakamoto (Nishi-Shinjuku - Ramen). 3363-3321
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.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 7-8-11, Biwara Bldg B1F. Open 9am-2:30am daily.
Naginicai (Nishi-Shinjuku - Ramen). 3365-0296
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. The limited ramen offerings in the evening are quite unusual - a tasty shellfish ramen made with steamed mussels and clams as well as ramen topped with grilled cheese. At lunchtime they serve tsukemen, including some unique, very wide lasagna-esque noodles.
mapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 7-13-7. Open 6-11:30pm. Closed 3rd Sunday.
!Fuunji (Nishi-Shinjuku - Ramen). 6413-8480
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 the key here. This soup is usually blended with a fishy soup made from dried Japanese fish. The result is like gravy, and the flavor is like nothing else in the world. Serve cold noodles on the side for dipping, and you have a very popular style of tsukemen. [Show more]
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-14-3. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
!Kakua (Yoyogi - Ramen). 3341-4100
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 blend the right amount of miso into the right soup, and pair it with the right noodles and toppings. Japan has dozens of local styles of miso, so this can be quite a task. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-29-27. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Jangara Ramen (Harajuku - Ramen). 3404-5572
Famous Kyushu ramen; kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties, and helps explain the long lines at lunchtime.
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-13-21. Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
!Nagi (Shibuya - Ramen). 3499-0390
Classic Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork-bone soup) ramen.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Higashi 1-3-1, Kaminito 1F. Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-3am daily.
!Afuri (Ebisu - Ramen). 5795-0750
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.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-1-7. Open 11am-4am daily.
Tsukumo (Ebisu - Ramen). 5466-9566
A creamy, richly flavored cheese-tonkotsu ramen is the specialty at this popular shop.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Hiroo 1-1-36. Open 11am-5am daily.
Ippudo (Ebisu - Ramen). 5420-2225
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"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic -- you'll find bowls of whole garlic cloves on the counter along with graters.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Hiroo 1-3-13. (along Meiji-dori towards Hiroo, just past the post office) Open 11-4am daily.
!Gogyou (Nishi-Azabu - Ramen). 5775-5566
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 1-4-36. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-2:30am daily.
Zoot (Hamamatsucho - Ramen). 6459-0660
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 slice; there are also a variety of tsukemen dishes.
mapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 1-28-4. Open 11:30am-2:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tetsu (Roppongi Hills - Ramen). 3497-0154
A convenient and popular Roppongi Hills branch of one of Tokyo's best shops for tsukemen-style ramen noodles.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
!Manpuku (Ginza - Ramen). 3541-7210
This popular, rather old fashioned-looking shop is famous for their classic shoyu-style ramen.
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-13-13. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Kagari (Ginza - Ramen). unlisted
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 sense that ramen masters wouldn't consided trying to make a succesful ramen shop in the area. But when Kagari opened in 2013, word quickly spread. Ginza had a gourmet ramem shop that had normal ramen shop prices. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 4-4-1. Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Rokurinsha (Yaesu - Ramen). 3286-0166
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 good and easy-to-prepare "omiyage" package to take home. This is one of eight famous shops that make up Tokyo Ramen Street in the Ichiban-gai underground shopping complex attached to Tokyo Station.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Ichibangai Tokyo Ramen Street. Open 7:30am-10, 11-10pm (LO) daily.
!Gachi (Akebonobashi - Ramen). 6380-4874
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 toppings. Gachi, part of the Mensho ramen group, has a noodle factory in the back. Depending on the time you go, you might see someone back there feeding sheets of dough through the noodle machine, prepping for the next day. [Show more]
no smokingmapShinjuku-ku, Sumiyoshicho 7-10. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
!Soranoiro (Kojimachi - Ramen). 3263-5460
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 chefs have designed not only their ramen, but their shops as well around the concept of accessibility and appeal for everyone. When Soranoiro opened it was immediately embraced by both men and women for its healthier options and its light, airy atmosphere. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Hirakawacho 1-3-10, Blue Bldg North 1B. Open 11am-3:30, 6-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-5). Closed first Sunday.
Due Italian (Ichigaya - Ramen). 3221-6970
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 - let them know when you're done with your noodles and they'll bring a bowl of rice to soak up the remainder of the very buttery broth, resulting in a risotto-like finale. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-5-11. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm daily.
!Ikaruga (Kudanshita - Ramen). 3239-2622
One of the creamiest tonkotsu ramens in Tokyo.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Kita 1-9-12. Open 11am-4, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Kai (Jimbocho - Ramen). 5215-5623
The intensely flavorful miso ramen, made by blending three types of miso, is the recommended bowl at this hole-in-the-wall shop.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Jimbocho 2-2-12. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!La-show-han (Ogawamachi - Ramen). 090-9300-6841
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 tantanmen at many Chinese restaurants in Japan, but for the best bowls, you have to go to shops that specialize in the dish. [Show more]
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Nishikicho 1-4-8. Open 11am-3pm (Sat -2pm), 5:30-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tsujida (Awajicho - Ramen). 6659-7676
Serving one of Tokyo's best bowls of miso ramen, Tsujida is popular with serious noodle connoisseurs and other ramen fans.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Ogawamachi 1-1. Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
!Kikanbou (Kanda - Ramen). 3256-2960
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 terms of complexity. Only a few shops really focus on balancing spice with other flavors to create an amazing bowl of ramen. Kikanbo goes beyond the call of duty with their spicy miso ramen. [Show more]
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kajicho 2-10-10. Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Daiki (Ueno - Ramen). 3834-0348
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 soup, although this option tends to sell out quickly.
mapBunkyo-ku, Yushima 3-47-2. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
!Tetsu (Sendagi - Ramen). 3827-6272
One of the best shops in town for tsukemen-style ramen, where the noodles are served separate and dipped into a thicker soup.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Sendagi 4-1-14. Open 11:30am-3:45, 6-11pm daily.
Rokurinsha (Oshiage - Ramen). 5809-7368
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.
no smokingSunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 6F East Yard 17. Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
Resshijunmei (Kasuga - Ramen). 5684-2263
Nagano-style ramen is the specialty here, served in a triple-barreled soup flavored with pork, chicken and various fish.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Nishikata 1-15-6. Open 11am-1:30am. Closed Mondays.
Yondaime Keisuke (Hakusan - Ramen). 5814-5131
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 lobster-enhanced dipping broth.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Hon-Komagome 1-1-14. Open 11am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Sengoku Jiman (Sengoku - Ramen). 3944-0336
Good, solid tonkotsu ramen is served here, and they do a "vegetable ramen" with lots of fresh vegetables to go with your pork.
lateSunmapBunkyo-ku, Hon-Komagome 6-5-4. Open 11am-2am (Sun -midnight). Closed Wednesdays.
!Shinasoba Tanaka (Otsuka - Ramen). 3988-0118
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 Japan is also famous for seafood, and the bowl at Tanaka reflects this. [Show more]
no smokingmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 2-19-2. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
Tsuta (Sugamo - Ramen). 3943-1007
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 thirty minutes. But if you were going to choose just one line to wait in, Tsuta wouldn't be a bad decision. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapToshima-ku, Sugamo 1-14-1. Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
!Kabochan (Komagome - Ramen). unlisted
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 and kakigori shop. Yes, this is one of those ramen shops that serves Japanese-style shaved ice. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapKita-ku, Nishigahara 1-54-1. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
!Nikusoba Keisuke (Koto-ku - Ramen). 3846-1040
Keisuke is best known for their excellent, potently strong shoyu-style ramen.
lateSunmapKoto-ku, Sumiyoshi 2-25-1. Open 11am-3, 6pm-2am daily.
Bari Bali Johnny (Edogawa-ku - Ramen). 5694-3719
Shio ramen is a specialty at this laid-back little shop, and the broth gets richer and stronger as the day goes by. Also worth trying is their spicy Thai-style green curry ramen. In the evenings ramen is served until the soup runs out, but "bar time" runs until 11pm.
SunmapEdogawa-ku, Nishi-Koiwa 3-11-19. (near Koiwa station) Open 11am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
!Hajime (Itabashi-ku - Ramen). 5392-9567
Voted best new bowl of 2009, Hajime's shio-ramen uses salt that's imported from Mongolia.
SunmapItabashi-ku, Sakashita 2-16-11. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm daily.
Tsukishima Rock (Tsukishima - Ramen). 3532-3172
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 ramen, but they also serve a seafood-broth version called 8/6 (hachi rocku). On Sundays they're open only for lunch.
SunmapChuo-ku, Tsukuda 2-16-7. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.

Ramen outside central Tokyo

!Ringodo (Higashi-Nakano - Ramen). 3362-1173
Excellent miso ramen.
mapNakano-ku, Higashi-Nakano 1-31-8. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Aoba (Nakano - Ramen). 3388-5552
The ramen at this popular shop comes with big slabs of chashu that taste almost like ham.
SunmapNakano-ku, Nakano 5-58-1. Open 10am-7pm. Closed Thursdays.
!Saikoro (Nakano - Ramen). 6304-8902
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 visit. Saikoro is part of the Jiraigen Syndicate, a noodle group that makes simple, honest Tokyo ramen in cool, stylish shops. Look for the shop with a DJ booth and hanging saikoro (dice) in the window. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapNakano-ku, Nakano 2-28-8. Open 11am-1:30am (LO; Sun -11pm) daily.
!JAC (Koenji - Ramen). 5318-5240
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 topped with a sliced pork stir fry and a raw egg. A few shops have made the 600km journey from Tokushima to Tokyo, and JAC is one of them. [Show more]
mapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Kita 1-4-12. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sun eve, Mon.
Tabushi (Koenji - Ramen). 5327-4744
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.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Kita 3-2-17. Open 11:30am-1am daily.
!!Harukiya (Ogikubo - Ramen). 3391-4868
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.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Kami-Ogi 1-4-6. Open 11am-9:30pm daily.
Papapapa Pine (Nishi-Ogikubo - Ramen). 3247-2181
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 topping. Pineapple glaze is amazing on ham and pork chops. And thousands of Hawaiian-style pizzas are ordered every day. Does it work with ramen? You bet. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapSuginami-ku, Nishiogi-Minami 3-12-1. Open 11am-11pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Harukiya (Kichijoji - Ramen). 0422-20-5185
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.
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 2-14-1. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Kyoka (Tachikawa - Ramen). 042-525-3371
Excellent shoyu ramen with thick noodles is the draw at Kyoka, along with a pleasant setting with dramatic lighting.
SunmapTachikawa, Shibasakicho 2-12-20. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
!Muteppo (Ekoda - Ramen). 5380-6886
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 100% pork bones, boiled for many, many hours. Just watching them stir the giant vats of soup is reason enough to come to this shop. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNakano-ku, Egota 4-5-1. Open 11am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Gamushara (Hatagaya - Ramen). 6772-7200
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 bowl to heat it up. Note that three different shops occupy this same location at different hours of the day and week.
mapShibuya-ku, Hatagaya 2-1-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed weekends.
!Hototogisu (Hatagaya - Ramen). 3373-4508
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 only indication of anything existing there. But therein lies the beauty of ramen. Hototogisu could make a killing with a bigger shop in a busier part of town, but they choose to stay, despite the countless awards and accolades. [Show more]
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Hatagaya 2-47-12. Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
!Taishoken (Eifukucho - Ramen). 3321-5048
This popular shop is best known for their shoyu ramen. Closed on the 2nd, 12th, and 22nd of every month.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Izumi 3-5-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Senrigan (Higashi-Kitazawa - Ramen). 3481-5773
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 of garlic, top with a mountain of bean sprouts, drizzle the whole thing with pork back fat, and you have the base of a bowl of Jiro ramen. There are other factors, but essentially this is a bowl that is tough to finish, and you'll smell like it for the next twelve hours. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Komaba 4-6-8. Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
Kitchen Troquet (Naka-Meguro - Ramen). 5722-8939
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 their horizons to include pork cutlets, omelettes, ebi-fry and tomato curry - "food that both children and adults can enjoy" as they helpfully explain. The main draw though once again is their very unusual take on ramen, served in a hearty, tomato-based broth. [Show more]
SunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 1-4-3, Excel Naka-Meguro 104. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Mitsuyado (Naka-Meguro - Ramen). 3715-0079
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.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 3-3-9. Open 11:30am-12:30am daily.
!!Bassanova (Setagaya-ku - Ramen). 3327-4649
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.
latemapSetagaya-ku, Hanegi 1-4-18. Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Inosho (Nerima-ku - Ramen). 3997-1631
Seriously spicy ramen in a fish-based soup is the specialty at this highly rated shop.
SunmapNerima-ku, Shakujimachi 3-25-21, Lion's Plaza B1F. Open 11am-3, 5:30-11:30pm daily.
Menya Kissou (Kiba - Ramen). 3699-5929
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 tonkotsu-gyokai blend, and the egg topping is highly recommended. There's a choice of either standard ramen or tsukemen.
mapKoto-ku, Toyo 1-11-3. Open 11:30am-3pm. Closed Sundays, Wednesdays.
!Oyaji (Machida - Ramen). 042-723-2951
Oyaji's miso ramen uses imported Dutch lard to brew a rich, creamy soup.
SunmapMachida-shi, Nakamachi 1-19-1. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum (Shin-Yokohama - Ramen). 045-471-0503
Ramen for serious connoisseurs, with branches of eight of the best ramen shops from throughout Japan. See article.
decorSunmapKohoku-ku, Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama 2-14-21. (3 minutes from JR Shin-Yokohama station) Open 11am-10pm (last admission) daily.