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Learn the Basics of Ramen at These Three Restaurants!

Aug 12, 2019

Everyone loves ramen. Shinjuku in particular is a hot spot for the dish. In this article, we will introduce you to three ramen restaurants that are the standards for ramen. Visit these shops to learn about the standard flavor of Japanese ramen!

Ichiran (Shinjuku Kabukicho Branch)

Ichiran is a successful ramen chain with many branches, including six overseas. The reason this restaurant has become so popular is because of its thorough quality control and a unique system. The pork-based soup is made with the finest ingredients and is prepared in a way that makes it easy to eat, even for those who are not used to ramen. The unique system that Ichiran has is the “free seat information board” that makes it easy for you to know where to sit, and the “counter where you can focus on the taste” that includes walls on both sides of your seat. Don’t worry about the other patrons and just focus on the taste of the ramen that is right before your very eyes. Though it is not offered at the Kabukicho branch, a specialty of the West Shinjuku branch is the ramen made without any pork for those who don’t like or can’t eat pork-based products. Anyone can try the world-famous Ichiran ramen at that location!

Ichiran Ramen (Kabukicho Branch)
Address: Kabukicho Cr.B & V Bulding 1F/B1F 1-17-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Telephone Number: 03-6233-7667
A 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station

Ippudo (Lumine Est Shinjuku Branch)

If you mention Hakata ramen, people who are familiar with ramen will first think of the chain restaurant Ippudo. The soup is rich yet light, with a taste that will fill your mouth. The soup took 18 years to perfect, and the soup is boiled at a low temperature for an entire day for Ippudo’s signature “heat gathering method” of preparation. You can try the original flavor of the soup as is when you order the Shiromaru Classic. If you want to try their ramen with a “tighter” flavor, then the Akamaru Modern made with flavorful homemade oil and spicy miso. It’s worth trying both at least once. The cold rooibos tea that they serve is the perfect, refreshing complement to this pork-based soup.

Ippudo (Lumine Est Shinjuku Branch)
Address: Lumine Est Shinjuku 7F 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone Number: 03-6380-4473
Directly accessible from the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station


The soup at Fuunji is made with a whole chicken, chicken bones, kombu, dried bonito from Kochi, round herring from Ehime and other specially selected ingredients and is simmered for eight hours, and when the chicken-based broth is done it then takes six hours to strain. The soup is then left to mature for one day before it is complete. This soup that takes two days to make is packed with umami flavor.
The carefully made soup isn’t the only good thing about Fuunji. The owner is a former hotel staff, so the hospitality at this restaurant is second to none. Enjoy delicious ramen in a comfortable environment for a great experience!

Address: Hokuto Daiichi Building 1F 2-14-3 Yogogi, Shibuya-ku
Telephone: 03-6413-8480

A 1-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s Exit 6 (accessible from the Toei Oedo Line and Toei Shinjuku Line)
A 5-minute walk from the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station

These three restaurants are perfect for ramen beginners to stop by and check out. Once you’ve tried the standard ramen at these three shops, you have a good base to set out and judge authentic ramen for yourself!