Tokyo Travel Guides / November 25, 2016
Ramen Image credit: George Alexander Ishida Newman

Ramen’s place in the foodie world has reached cult status, along the ranks of bacon, pizza and doughnuts.

The power of social media is partly credited, but serious props go to the comforting warmth of flavorful broth, al dente noodles, and all other ingredients incorporated into it.

It’s easy to find “good” instant ramen just about anywhere but there’s nothing like an authentic ramen experience in Tokyo – where ramen preparation is a sacred part of its culinary culture.

The broth is the base that glues all the elements together. For really flavorful ramen, Japanese cooks simmer their broth for 24-48 hours – and it’s always worth the wait.

Here are the best places to have ramen in Tokyo.

  • FUUNJI | Shibuya
    For ramen that will make you ignore the long queues
    What to order: Tokusei Tsukemen, Special Dipping Noodle, Special Ramen
    Price range: 750 to 1,000 Yen ($6.86 to $9.14)
    When: 11:00 – 15:00; 17:00 – 21:00 Daily except Sundays
    Where: 2-14-3 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo
  • RAMEN JORO | Minato
    For a slurping of Tokyo’s most popular ramen
    What to order: Sho Ramen, Buta Double Dai Ramen, Buta-iri Sho Ramen
    Price range: 600 to 850 Yen ($5.49 to $7.77)
    When: 10:00 – 15:00 Daily except Sundays
    Where: 2-16-4 Mita, Minato, Tokyo
  • YAKUMO SARYO| Meguro
    For the perfect sweets to complement your ramen
    What to order: Bonita and Seaweed, Barracuda, Beef with Mushrooms
    Price range: 220 to 800 Yen ($2.01 to $7.31)
    When: 09:00 – 17:00 Daily except Sundays
    Where: 3-4-7 Yakumo, Meguro, Tokyo
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