Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tokyo's Ramen Streets at Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, and Aqua City

There are three big concentrations of ramen restaurants in Tokyo, but that isn't to say that you couldn't find several shops within a hundred feet of each other on the street or at a train station!  These clusters of ramen shops have six to seven restaurants all set up together as a ramen destination.  They often feature famous ramen shop chains from all over Japan too.  This is not to be mistaken with the Shin Yokohama Ramen museum and its restaurants either (I blogged about them here and did a travelogue here.)

The most famous of the these three clusters of shops is the Ramen Street at First Avenue, Tokyo Station.  The other two are the fifth floor at Aqua City mall, and on the west side of Shinagawa Station. There are many good ramen shops in Tokyo, so unless you're really into trying all the ramen spots, you might just eat where you are, as crossing town to get a meal while you are on vacation is not always the best use of your time.  Of course, if you're in the neighbourhood, go for it!

Shinatatsu Ramen Street Entrance
Ramen ticket ordering machine.  Top left button is often a good choice at the machines or ask for help!


http://tokyoexcess.blogspot.ca/p/my-sf-writing.html


Shinagawa Station Shinatatsu Ramen Street
I have a fond place in my heart for this place as it was where I had my first bowl of authentic shoyu ramen and it was the first place I ate in Japan.  I came here early one evening after I dumped my stuff off at my hotel, the Shinagawa Prince across the street, and one of Kibi's staff helped me with the ramen vending machine!  The bowl of noodles was great and it was a good introduction to Japan.  To get here you exit out the west side Takanawa exit, then, at street level, follow the side of the station building south along the road about 1.5 blocks and you'll see it on your left.
http://www.shinatatsu.com/raumen/index.html

Seven shops here:
  • Nantsuttei (Kumamoto style ramen - has black garlic oil)
  • Nakamoto (Spicy Monoglian style ramen)
  • Setagaya (Tonkotsu / Shoyu blend ramen)
  • Kibi (Shoyu ramen)
  • Saijo (Shio ramen)
  • Tetsu (Tsukemen ramen)
  • Keisuke (Black miso ramen)
Shoyu Ramen, exrtra chasu


Tokyo Station, First Avenue, Tokyo Ramen Street
This is a busy place.  First Avenue is now a major stop for eating, picking up souvenirs that include food items, and other shopping.  Everything is in the First Avenue basement level that connects to the Tokyo Train Station on the east side out of the Yaesu Exit. Character Street (for anime / manga goods) and some other food type souvenir shops (for candy / kit kats) are also in the long north - south mall.  Ramen Honda, Ikaruga along with Rokurinsha seem to be popular, but all of the shops here are popular.

I blogged about character street, okashi land, ramen street here before.
This lady blogger, Ellena Guan, covers the ramen shops here very nicely.
If you're wondering what are all the kinds of ramen, check out Serious Eats here.
http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/street/ramen
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 
Tokyo Station Ichibangai Basement Floor, B1F Yaesu South Exit

Eight shops here:
  • Ramen Honda (麺処ほん田) Shoyu with fish / chicken based broth.  Yum.
  • Menya Shichisai (麺や 七彩/TOKYO味噌らーめん 江戸甘)  Kitakata style ramen.
  • Kizo (仙台牛タンねぎ塩ラーメン 㐂蔵)  Beef stock shio ramen.
  • Hirugao (塩専門 ひるがお)
  • Ikaruga (東京駅斑鳩)  Tonkotsu style Tokyo ramen.
  • Rokurinsha Tokyo (六厘舎)  Famous for their Tsukemen.
  • とんこつらーめん 俺式 純
  • 東京タンメン トナリ


Aqua City Ramen Festival in Odaiba
I've never eaten here, but it has been here for 10 years now in the Aqua City Mall.  Plenty of people have eaten here and I think I would try the Hokkaido style miso ramen with corn and butter?  The atmosphere of this place is very carnival-like and the next time I'm in Odaiba, to see the giant Gundam, I'd probably go out of my way to try it along with the Takoyaki Museum in the Decks Mall next door.
http://www.aquacity.jp/special/120414_menmatsuri/

There are 7 shops here:
  • Naniwa's bite dumplings
  • Asahikawa, Hokkaido (札幌みそラーメン  みそラーメンのよし乃)
  • Katsuura Tantanmen (勝浦タンタンメン  勝浦ビーチスタイル)
  • Kyoto Chinese noodles (京都中華そば  京都中華そば 天天有)
  • Ramen Makoto-ya (ラーメン店  ラーメンまこと屋  アクアシティお台場店)
  • Hakata ramen (博多ラーメン らーめん二男坊)
  • (まぜラーメン・おつまみ  博多鉄板屋台・元祖まぜラーメンの店)

More Tokyo Highlights
Shopping and Dining at Tokyo Station, Kitte Marunouchi Building, and GranRoof
Tokyo's Ramen Streets at Tokyo Station, Aqua City, and Shinagawa Station
Ekiben Matsuri (Train Bento Festival Store) at Tokyo Station
Sweets Land, Character Street, and Ramen Street at Tokyo Station

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