Travel Goals: Ramen Street at Tokyo Station

Food Chronicles

Destination: Tokyo Station

Throughout cities in Japan, there are ramen streets featuring shop after shop of specialty ramen bowls. In Tokyo Station, at the heart of the capital, Ramen Street houses 8 of the best ramen shops in the country.

Located in Tokyo Station’s First Avenue retail center with over 100 stores and restaurants, Ramen Street is a famous destination for locals and tourists every day and at all hours.

Far more than any tourist, you will see orderly lines of salarymen (local Japanese office workers in black suits) on their smartphones waiting in line to slurp up a bowl of noodles. During lunch hours, wait times are longer than the actual eating time.

 

Travel Goals at Ramen Street

I have several travel goals. For instance: more wine country road trips, seeing the Northern Lights and Scandinavia, discovering more African safaris, glamping in Thailand and Sri Lanka, and so on.

In Tokyo, I am on a quest to slurp up the noodles in each of Ramen Street’s 8 ramen shops. So far, I have eaten in 4, one of which has recently closed. That means I have 5 more ramen shops to go. And this is a goal I plan to achieve in 2017.

Foodicles Tokyo Station Ramen Street Rokurinsha Tsukemen
1 of 8: Rokurinsha. The famous tsukemen with the longest line in Ramen Street. These dipping noodles are even more popular during warm summers as the cold, thick, chewy noodles contrast the hot dipping sauce made of reduced pork and seafood ramen broth, creating a more intense taste. Come extra hungry for this order as the thicker noodles will fill you more than a typical bowl of ramen
Foodicles Tokyo Station Ramen Street Hirugao Shio
2 of 8: Hirugao. Classic shio (salt based) ramen made of a blend of chicken and seafood broth. This shio ramen experience is clean and understated. The highlight is the simple comfort from the hot bowl, and the sliced pork and noodles are a standout as well
Foodicles Tokyo Station Ramen Street Oreshiki Jun Tonkotsu
3 of 8: Oreshiki Jun. Hakata tonkotsu ramen. Clean, pork bone broth with your choice of how long you want your noodles cooked. Tonkotsu is a popular choice because of the deep pork taste in every slurp. And look at that beautifully cooked egg. Onsen eggs in Japan are always perfectly cooked and gorgeously orange
Foodicles Tokyo Station Ramen Street Menya Shichisai
(4) of 8: Menya Shichisai Handmade Noodles. Unfortunately, this ramen shop recently closed. Of the ones I have tried, it was my favorite because of the chewiness of the handmade noodle. With the shop now closed, I must go back and slurp some more bowls

Now, I have 5 more ramen shops to try: Kizou, Sora no iro-Nippon, Ikaruga, Chiyogami, and Tonari. An updated post in 2017 when I achieve my Tokyo travel goal!

 

How to Order from the Ramen Vending Machine

When you reach the front of the line, it is your turn to order from the vending machine. While it may be intimidating, look at the pictures on the buttons as a guide.

Order your bowl of ramen and select any add-ons, such as eggs, meats, side dishes (like gyoza or fried chicken). You can also order drinks like beer.

Feed bills and coins into the machine to pay. A typical bowl will cost around 1000 yen. Then, a ticket will print. Give that to the host who will seat you and give your ticket to the ramen chefs.

Wait for your bowl to cook and assemble. And then slurp away!

 

Tokyo Station
1-9-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Ramen Street (Map)
B1F Yaesu South Exit
11am to 10:30pm

 

Looking for a hotel in Tokyo? Here are 2 of my favorite luxury hotels:

Book your stay via TripAdvisor at The Peninsula Tokyo
Book your stay via Agoda at The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
1-8-1 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
+81-3-6270-2888

Book your stay via TripAdvisor at the Palace Hotel Tokyo
Book your stay via Agoda at the Palace Hotel Tokyo
Palace Hotel Tokyo
1-1-1- Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
+81-3-3211-5211


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