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