I know, I’ve finally gotten around to doing this (笑). This time in Japan we had a mini ramen tour in Tokyo. We had our dinners, then there were the second dinners just for ramen. We take ramen seriously!
Tokyo Station Ramen Street is a good and lazy place to try a selection of popular ramen stores from around Japan. Currently there are eight stores there and they can sometimes change. We managed to try four of the most popular ramen stores during our five days in Tokyo. The top stores will most definitely have a line with some exceeding 2 hours. Some stores ask you to buy a ticket from their vending machines then enter the queue, others will ask you to line up first and only buy the ticket when you get to the front of the line. Getting this right is very important! There was an occasion where we were in line for 20 minutes, the store required for a ticket to be bought prior to lining up. When the staff person asked the businessman at the front of the line for his ticket and he didn’t have one he stormed off… Instructions are usually in Japanese and taped close to the entrance of the shop…
Rokurinsha’s tsukemen. Most likely the most popular of all ramen stores at Ramen street!
Queue time can exceed 2 hours during peak times. The broth looks heavy but it wasn’t heavy or oily at all. After finishing your ramen you can request for them to dilute the soup with some yuzu broth so you can enjoy the broth on its own ☆☆
Queue time <25 min at 5PM.
After trying 4 ramen stores nearly 4 nights in a row the next and final time we had ramen was at Ippudo in Kyoto (the same store I visited the previous year).
Hopefully next time I’ll get to try a good miso ramen XD