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Ramen Street

Ramen Street – Tokyo’s Tastiest Street

In Japan, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch8 Comments

Located inside Tokyo Station, Ramen Street has eight of the Japanese megacity’s best ramen shops. We loved this ‘street’ for its selection of cheap and delicious bowls of soup.

 Ramen Street Tokyo Sign

Sign Points Straight Ahead to Tokyo’s Tastiest Street

Tokyo Station was an important part of our recent visit to Tokyo and is a must-stop on any Tokyo itinerary. It’s where we entered Tokyo via the monorail ride from Haneda Airport. It’s where we caught the Shinkansen (bullet) high-speed train to Kyoto. And, most importantly, it’s where we twice ate exceptional ramen.

The station is big.  Really big. In fact, it’s arguably the busiest rail station in Japan (Shinjuku Station, on the other side of town, may be even busier.)  In the underground mall, near Character Street, is Ramen Street.  The name is not misleading – Ramen Street is home to eight of the best ramen shops in Tokyo. In a nutshell, Ramen Street is Tokyo’s tastiest indoor street.

As fans of ramen in Philadelphia, eating ramen was high on our list of things to eat in Tokyo. After a morning of touring, we headed to Ramen Street for lunch on our second day in Tokyo.  We weaved our way through the bustling Tokyo Station complex until we found the mecca for soup lovers such as ourselves.

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Ramen Street Toyko

A Guide to Tokyo Ramen Street

A Guide to Tokyo Ramen Street

Our first stop on Ramen Street was the sign with photographs and descriptions of the eight ramen shops and their chefs. Since the descriptions were in Japanese, we ended up picking our first ramen shop by gut instinct.

Locals at Ramen Street in Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Locals Argue over their Ramen Choices

Selecting a Ramen Shop

Our first thought was to go to the shop with the longest line.  But then, on second thought, we were drawn to the only shop where the chefs were making handmade noodles from scratch. It turns out that we picked Shichisai 麺や 七彩 which is known for its handmade noodles, lack of preservatives and chasu pork.

Handmade noodles - Ramen Street in Tokyo Japan

Handmade Noodles Wait for their Bath

Boiling Noodles - Ramen Street in Tokyo Japan

Boiling Noodles

Ordering Ramen

Step one was to order our soup via a vending machine. This was easier said than done since there was no English on the vending machine, but we ordered successfully.

Ramen Vending Machine - Ramen Street - Tokyo Japan

Ramen Vending Machine

We paid for our lunch, got our tickets and then got in line to wait for our turn to eat.  The others in line were all local businessmen.  After we were seated in one of the few booths, we promptly ordered a large bottle of Asahi to share.

Beer on Tokyo Ramen Street

Daryl Waits Patiently – with Beer

Daryl ordered a bowl of shoyu ramen brimming with chasu pork and an egg that oozed orange goodness when broken.

Shoyu Ramen at Shichisai - Ramen Street - Tokyo Japan

Shoyu Ramen at Shichisai

Mindi ordered her ramen tsukemen style with the noodles and light, broth-like sauce served in separate bowls.

Mindi enjoys her Tsukamen on Ramen Street in Tokyo Japan

Mindi Dips and Slurps her Tsukemen Ramen

While Daryl slurped his ramen, Mindi enjoyed hers by dipping, slurping and repeating until gone. We were struck by the depth of flavor in such deceptively simple food, and we especially loved the handmade noodles. In other words, the ramen was delicious.

Our Second Visit

Our second visit to Ramen Street was different, as we knew exactly how to get there and where we were going. We had decided in advance to try Honda 本田, and we found it by matching the letter symbols.  Since it was later in the day, the lines were shorter. We ordered our lunch by vending machine again, which was a bit of a crapshoot without English.  For this lunch, we both ordered bowls of ramen with pork and eggs. The soups were simply composed with broths possessing complex flavors marrying dark soy and pork. As the peppy music played in the brightly lit shop, we happily slurped our way to the bottom of the bowls.

Honda - Ramen Street on Tokyo Japan

Honda Ramen

Ramen is originally from China. Trust the Japanese to borrow a concept and then perfect it. Perfection in a bowl to be precise.

Ramen Street is located in Tokyo Station at 1 Chome Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.


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Comments

  1. Thanks for the Like on my blog. I love Philadelphia; lucky you to be living in a great food city!

  2. Oh I am so glad I found you and this post. Just starting to compile some research for a trip we are taking in January to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakuba – lots of trips to the train station with two kids in tow. We will love trying your suggestions. Thank you. Monique

  3. That Shoyu Ramen picture made me super hungry. How did you people manage to order the soup with everything written in Japanese?

    1. Author

      We used a combination of educated guessing and hand gesturing.

  4. Welcome to Japan. That sounds like Japanese ramen could be
    added your fav food list? Tokyo station is on my way to my office, but I’ve never visited Tokyo ramen street. I’ll definitely visit there soon. I’m afraid there used to be a few signboards written in English in Japan, but recently they are increasing everywhere.
    Please come to Japan again and have a nice time!
    Thank you

    Shige

  5. My son would absolutely love this restaurant as he loves ramen. He is always telling me about different Ramen Recipes. The food looks amazing.

  6. I’m so jealous you got to actually try Ramen in Tokyo!! I’ve gotten to try it at Japanese restaurants here, and while delicious, I can’t wait to someday experience it in Japan!!

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