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Tokyo Ramen Street: 3 Popular Shops at Tokyo Station's Noodle Paradise!

Tokyo Ramen Street: 3 Popular Shops at Tokyo Station's Noodle Paradise!

Date published: 22 November 2019
Last updated: 27 November 2019

Looking for a place to eat ramen around Tokyo? If so, then head on over to Tokyo Ramen Street. There are a number of ramen shops located in the center of the First Avenue Tokyo Station which is directly connected to the Yaesu Underground Central Exit of JR Tokyo Station.

True to its name, the “street” is an area lined with a number of acclaimed ramen shops. Some have menus offering dishes that can only be found here, so if you have a hankering for ramen in the Tokyo area, then this is the place to go.

Here we'll share about 3 shops that we visited and recommend!

What is Tokyo Ramen Street?

What is Tokyo Ramen Street?

Tokyo Ramen Street opened as a dining area in 2009 under the concept of offering places to eat as soon as you get off the train in Tokyo Station. From its opening the scale and types of outlets steadily increased and it celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2019. As of October 2019 there currently are 8 shops operating here.

Here, all in one place, are a number of famous shops such as Rokurinsha that was the pioneer in popularizing "noko soup tsukemen" [thick pork-bone soup for dipping noodles]; Soranoiro NIPPON that is famous for its "veggie soba", the noodles, soup, and toppings of which are all made from vegetables; and Tokyo Ikaruga that has attracted many fans because of its special seafood and pork-bone based soup stock.

Easily accessible from Tokyo Station, Ramen Street is popular not only with Japanese but foreign visitors as well. Lots of people visit this place every day.

Here are our recommendations for those places we especially liked in Tokyo Ramen Street! Delicious ramen that can only be enjoyed in Japan!

1. Hirugao: Specializing in shio [salt] ramen and is noted for its satisfying and filling light and gentle soup

1. Hirugao: Specializing in shio [salt] ramen and is noted for its satisfying and filling light and gentle soup

Hirugao is part of the Ramen Setagaya brand that is famous throughout the world for being a pioneer during the ramen boom. This shop is popular for its rich and flavorful soup made with a whole chicken carcass, dried scallops, and kelp as well as seasonings and carefully selected water that help bring out the full flavor of the ramen. The shop has been in operation since the opening of Tokyo Ramen Street in 2009.

Also highly recommended in addition to the shio ramen are the shoyu [soy sauce] ramen and rich toripaitan [creamy chicken broth] ramen, and you can't go wrong with the salt-based shiodama ramen (940 yen including tax). The lightly fragrant yuzu, sea lettuce, leek, and other condiments are all carefully mixed in a careful balance to create a simple soup with a deep flavor. This is one dish that you’ll only find in Japan, so why not give it a try?

If you register as a friend with the app "LINE @", you will be given extra topping with your order. The wonton here is also very popular, so you should also try the Hiruga Omori which includes wonton.

There is also a dipping-noodle ramen that uses flat noodles which is not on the menu and that is known only to regular customers! Those who have read this review can order it. So, when it is time to order, just ask for it by saying, “Hirauchimen de onegaishimasu” [Hirauchimen, please].

  • Shio Ramen Senmon Hirugao
    塩らーめん専門 ひるがお
    • Address 1-9-1 Tokyo Station First Avenue, B1F, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    • Phone Number 03-3213-7000

    Open: 10:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 p.m. (11:00 p.m. L.O.)
    Foreign staff and foreign language menu also available

2. Tokyo Niboshi Ramen Gyoku: Famous for the rich, condensed flavor of its soup stock

2. Tokyo Niboshi Ramen Gyoku: Famous for the rich, condensed flavor of its soup stock

This ramen shop specializes in niboshi ramen, the soup of which is made from stock made from boiled dried small sardines obtained from Gyoku, a marine products store famous for its rich seafood items. The soup of this ramen is made by combining several types of boiled dried fish in a richly flavored chicken broth in what is called the "golden ratio of chicken and niboshi [boiled dried fish]".

We highly recommend the Tokusei Torori Soba (1,150 yen including tax) which is topped with large slices of chashu, seasoned egg, laver, and soft shavings of richly aromatic dried bonito. The noodles mix well and hold the soup providing a rich flavor that spreads throughout your mouth. The chashu is so soft and tender I felt like I could have eaten many more slices.

So as to fully enjoy this soup, you can ask for an extra helping of noodles or, if you prefer, some white rice to put in the left over soup, making this a truly superb bowl of ramen! Without a doubt you will definitely be moved by the flavor of this Japanese soup stock.

Just one bowl of this richly delicious soup that is not too oily yet voluminous is testimony to its being one that is highly selected. Be sure to try this rich niboshi ramen that is a famous dish of Tokyo.

  • Tokyo Niboshi Ramen Gyoku
    東京煮干し らーめん玉
    • Address 1-9-1 Tokyo Station First Avenue, B1F, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    • Phone Number 03-6551-2205

    Open: 10:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 p.m. (11:00 p.m. L.O.)
    Foreign staff and foreign language menu also available

3. Soranoiro NIPPON: New concept in ramen with its veggie soba made with vegetables

3. Soranoiro NIPPON: New concept in ramen with its veggie soba made with vegetables

Soranoiro burst onto the ramen scene like a gust of fresh air when it introduced a ramen in which not only the toppings, but the soup and noodles as well are all made from vegetables.

Since its founding, it has offered a vegetarian and vegan menu with a wide variety of types, such as vegan dandan noodles, vegan shoyu ramen, and gluten-free brown rice noodles. This is a ramen shop where anyone can eat without worry.

The Veggie Soba (880 yen including tax) is recommended. Onions and carrots are used in the soup and paprika is kneaded into the noodles which give them a much richer flavor; the soup is so rich that it is hard to believe that it is made only from vegetables.

This is truly a ramen unlike any other. Lots of vegetables such as cabbage, tomato, and lotus root are used for the topping, the flavor of each vegetable being fully brought out. It comes with yuzu pepper which when added alters the taste.

If there is soup left over, you can eat is as cheese risotto! Please be sure to try it!

  • Soranoiro NIPPON
    ソラノイロ・NIPPON
    • Address 1-9-1 Tokyo Station First Avenue, B1F, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    • Phone Number 03-3211-7555

    Open: 8:30 a.m. ~ 11:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. L.O.)
    Foreign waiters and foreign language menu also available

If you want to eat ramen in Tokyo, then go to Tokyo Ramen Street!

Each shop offers its own unique type of ramen and one you are sure to enjoy. In each type you can experience the efforts that go into making the perfect bowl with carefully selected ingredients to produce a wide variety of ramen dishes representative of Japan such as lightly flavored shio ramen, niboshi ramen where the emphasis is on the soup, and a ramen made entirely with vegetables!

So popular are these shops that usually there are lines waiting to get in, but the ramen is so delicious it is worth the wait. At Tokyo Ramen Street you have many shops from which to choose. That means you can go from one to another if you are really hungry for ramen.

  • Tokyo Ramen Street
    東京ラーメンストリート
    • Address First Avenue Tokyo Station B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo

    * Hours of operation vary according to the shop

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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