Top ramen restaurants in Tokyo
Tokyo is a city of 100,000 restaurants, and sometimes it feels like half of them are serving the same dish: ramen. The nation's most popular fast food comes in various guises, from simple, comforting chuka soba and even healthier options to meaty mixtures like rich Hakata-style tonkotsu and flavour bombs like the fiery noodles served at Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto. Rather than attempt to list all of the best ramen in Tokyo, we consulted some hardcore noodle geeks – people who scoff over 200 bowls of the stuff a year – to help select 20 essential destinations. From Ramen Jiro to Kiraku, these are the ramen bars that any self-respecting ramen fan in Tokyo needs to visit.
Ramen is ubiquitous in Japan seemingly around every corner, from the aisles of 7-Eleven to Tokyo Ramen Street in Tokyo Station and the neighborhood ramen joint. We take a look back at ramen’s place in Japanese culture, and preview six of the most talked about ramen restaurants in Tokyo.