INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Ramen Street at Tokyo Station.
If you love noodles (even of the two-minute variety), run to Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo Station is a double-sided corridor of mouthwatering ramen noodle shops with flavours imported from all over Japan.
The challenge is on for visitors to find the best ramen in Tokyo Station.
If you are hungry and want to join the hoards, head down for a bowl or two of Tokyo Station ramen.
Get a head start with these tips below.
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- 1 What are Ramen Noodles?
- 2 Noodles Galore at Tokyo Ramen Street
- 3 Tokyo Ramen Station Broths
- 4 How to choose your Ramen restaurant?
- 5 Why are there ramen vending machines outside of ramen shops in Japan?
- 6 Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo Station – Guide to Ramen Shops available
- 7 What if you don’t eat ramen noodles?
- 8 THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tokyo Ramen Station
- 9 Map of Ramen Alley Tokyo Station
- 10 Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Ramen Street Tokyo Station
- 11 Looking for MORE places to eat in TOKYO?
What are Ramen Noodles?
Ramen, for those who are not so up with noodles, is a dish of boiled noodles served in a broth or soup, with a bunch of different ingredients thrown in for flavour and texture.
Ramen noodles are made from wheat flour.
Differences in ramen come down to the flavour of the broth or soup, the texture of the noodles, and the toppings.
Noodles Galore at Tokyo Ramen Street
Opened in 2009, Tokyo Ramen Alley grew in size with the addition of new ramen stores in 2011.
Tokyo Ramen Alley at Tokyo Station has local branches of the bigger ramen franchises, as well as many independent and local ramen restaurants.
At Tokyo Ramen Street, you’ll be able to try Ramen dishes from many of the regional areas of Japan too.
Tokyo Ramen Station Broths
The most popular sources for the ramen noodles bone broth or soup base are:
- Chicken bones
- beef bones
- pork bones
- sardines (niboshi)
- kombu (kelp)
Ramen toppings include:
- katsuobushi (skipjack tuna flakes)
- niboshi (dried baby sardines)
- shiitake mushrooms
- nori seaweed
- spring onion
The final touch when serving Ramen noodles is adding flavorings like salt, miso, or soy sauce.
How to choose your Ramen restaurant?
Which ramen to eat on Tokyo Ramen street is a good question!
Hot tip: Look for the longest line, then skip that one for the next longest line.
Kids can only wait so long!
But seriously, we have it on good authority that the Tokyo Eki Ramen from the Tokyo Eki Ikaruga store is the must eat ramen in Tokyo.
Check it out.
Kizo Ramen and Ichiran Ramen Tokyo Station are others that often make the ‘best ramen in Tokyo station’ list.
People often ask what are the best vegan vegetarian ramen places in Tokyo, and happily, there are vegan ramen options at Ramen street.
More details coming soon.
Why are there ramen vending machines outside of ramen shops in Japan?
Some of the ramen restaurants inside Tokyo station have vending machines where you make your decision about what kind of ramen noodles you’d like to eat.
When you see one of the vending machines, it’s a sign you need to purchase your food before you sit down.
This is super fun for kids – a common Japanese experience that you don’t see anywhere else in the world.
Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo Station – Guide to Ramen Shops available
Looking for a map of Tokyo Station shops?
Click here to find the Floor Guide to Tokyo Noodle Street & First Avenue Tokyo Station Shops
Hot tip: Try THIS famous Japanese snack: Chocolate Covered Potato Crisps with soft serve ice cream at Tokyo Okashi Land
What if you don’t eat ramen noodles?
If your family members aren’t into Ramen Noodle dishes, try GRANSTA, to the left of the Yaesu Underground Central Gate past Character Street.
(Near the Silver Meeting Bell)
Gransta Station has a range of dishes, boxed lunches, and desserts and they can be found in more than 50 unique shops around Tokyo.
The one inside JR Tokyo Station is at 1F, B1F.
Note: You’ll need a ticket to enter JR Tokyo Station (conventional railways) to go to Gransta.
Opening and closing times vary by store.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tokyo Ramen Station
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in yen, unless otherwise stated
Address: B1F Yaesu South Exit, Tokyo Station (First Avenue Tokyo Station B1F South Street)
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: Tokyo Ramen Street Tokyo station opens from 11:00-22:30* (kitchen closes at 22:00) *Check with each store as some restaurants close earlier
Ramen alley prices: Prices vary but expect to pay around ¥800 – 1100 for a dish of ramen.
How to get to Ramen Station at Tokyo train station:
- Take the JR to Tokyo Station.
- Leave the platform via the Yaesu Exit Underground Central Exit ticket gate of Tokyo Station on the conventional railways.
Where is Tokyo Ramen Street? Tokyo Ramen street is located in the underground shopping mall of Tokyo Station
How to find Tokyo Station Ramen Street? Ramen Noodle Street is directly to the right of Tokyo Okashi Land.
Map of Ramen Alley Tokyo Station
Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Ramen Street Tokyo Station
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