Posted by: タベアルキスト(Tabearukist Association) 11 Oct 2016

The Top 10 Shoyu Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo

The Top 10 Shoyu Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo

Shoyu Ramen

What is Shoyu Ramen?

There are various theories on the origins of ramen; however it is no exaggeration to say that the history of Japanese Ramen began with the combination of Chinese noodles, chicken bone soup, and Japanese ‘kaeshi’ (soy sauce). After that, ramen experienced explosive popularity within Japan, developing into various types in each region, including miso ramen, salt ramen, pork bone ramen, and many more. In modern times, Ramen is the pride of the Japanese people and is consumed regularly even today. In recent years many chefs have experimented with traditionally western ingredients and spices in ramen, trending towards a ‘borderless’ approach to ramen. On the other hand there is also classic ‘nostalgia ramen’ which emphasizes orthodox Chinese noodles—another hot trend that has seen a recent surge of popularity.

Here are the recommended places for shoyu ramen in Tokyo!

Shibata (中華そば しば田)

Refined Chinese noodles in a delicious duck soup

This ramen has a very 'old-style visual.' This restaurant uses ducks and clams from Aomori Prefecture to make their soup, and then they add pure soy sauce. When you taste it, the texture and aroma will stick to your tongue. The noodles are coarse which gives them a very slight crunch when you bite into them, a very pleasant experience.

Phone: 080-4001-0233
Address: 2-25-20 Wakaba-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo (東京都調布市若葉町2-25-20)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Closed day: Sunday, Monday
Nearest station: Sengawa Station


Shichisai (麺や 七彩 八丁堀店)

Uneven noodles make for a very comforting ramen

At a special counter, this restaurant makes their ramen noodles right in front of the guests. Those noodles are then cooked and then served up. The uneven noodles have a peculiar feeling, and the crunchy dried sardines have a bitter taste that ties the ramen together. All of these ingredients come together to create a highly satisfying and flavorful ramen.

Phone: 03-5566-9355
Address: 2-13-2 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (東京都中央区八丁堀2-13-2)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 21:00
Closed day: Every third Tuesday
Nearest station: Hatchobori Station


Shinohara  (麺処 篠はら)

Delicately delicious shoyu soba

The owner of this shop constantly updates his ramen recipe every day, demonstrating his obsession with ingredients and creative desire. His soup base is a clear broth made using whole chicken and chicken bones, to which he adds beef bones, pork, seafood and other items, in order to further deepen the flavor and body of the soup. We also highly recommend you try the limited seafood broth soup.

Phone: 03-3971-2944
Address: 3-1-4 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (東京都豊島区池袋3-1-4)
Open hours: 11:30 ~ 21:00
Closed day: Wednesday
Nearest station: Kanamecho Station


Homemade Ramen Muginae  (Homemade Ramen 麦苗)

Perfectly-balanced shoyu ramen

The ramen here is made with Yamagata chicken as a clear broth base, then katsuobushi is added, Ibuki sardines, and Japanese kelp. Then, a sauce made using 6 types of soy sauce is added, creating a very mellow flavor. The homemade noodles have a wheaty flavor that feels good when you swallow it, guaranteeing that you'll enjoy them to the very last noodle.

Phone: 03-3298-5158
Address: 6-11-10 Minamioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (東京都品川区南大井6-11-10)
Open hours: 11:30 ~ 20:00
Closed day: Thursday
Nearest station: Omori Station


Menson RAGE  (麺尊RAGE)

Richly flavorful gamecock soba made by interweaving 3 types of gamecock

With a clear broth made from gamecock, Kinka ham, and a complicated sauce made from pure soy sauce. The flavors of the ramen have been evolving ever since the store opened. The bitter 'dried sardine soba' is very popular.

Address:3-37-22 Shoan, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (東京都杉並区松庵3-37-22)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 21:00
Closed day: Tuesday
Nearest station: Nishi-Ogikubo Station


Ichiban Ichiban  (一番いちばん)

Healing Chinese noodles with flavors that keep improving

With roots in Shirakawa ramen, the soup, noodles, and ingredients for the Chinese noodles here are always being improved on. Every day the noodles are hand-made on green bamboo, and the soup is made with a mixture of chicken and soy sauce to create a flavor that dances in your mouth. You might become a captive of the delicious flavor and texture

Address: 1-28-24 Nakamachi, Machida-shi, Tokyo (東京都町田市中町1-28-24 大成ビル1F)
Open hours: 12:00 ~ 20:00
Closed day: No closings
Nearest station: Machida Station


Kujira Shyokudo  (くじら食堂)

An addictive ramen that uses no shortcuts

Homemade fat noodles that are made by hand. They are hand-mixed before boiling, which means once the noodles are finished they have irregular waves in them, and those waves are the key to creating the perfect stiffness to pair with the pleasant soup. The soup itself is a lightly flavored clear broth made with both animal and seafood products. The lightly flavored soup is the supporting actor for the rich and strong noodles, helping to draw out their flavor.

Address: 5-1-19 Kajinocho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo (東京都小金井市梶野町5-1-19)
Open hours: 18:00 ~ 25:00
Closed day: No closings
Nearest station: Higashi-Koganei Station


Nana Hasu  (日本橋 製麺庵 なな蓮)

Chinese noodles that draw out the flavors of their ingredients

This restaurant cooks boned ribs and shoulder roast with each order, the scent filling the store and stimulating your appetite. The noodles are homemade, narrow line Inawa Udon. These noodles are the perfect complement for the pork, chicken, and seafood that the restaurant serves. The thick flavor of the soy sauce ties it all together to make a perfect ramen dish.

Address: 1-8-7 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (東京都中央区日本橋室町1-8-7 東信室町ビル 1F)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Closed day: Irregular closings
Nearest station: Nihonbashi Station


En  (煮干鰮らーめん 圓)

Dried sardine ramen with a carefully-crafted translucent feel

With just one mouthful of the translucent soup you will taste the dried sardines. And yet you won't taste any bitterness or harsh flavors at all. The soup's unity is the best part. The straight noodles tie the flavors of the wheat flour noodles together to make a perfect meal. An article of rare beauty that sets the standard for dried sardine ramen.

Address: 21-21 Yokoyamacho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo (東京都八王子市横山町21-21)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 23:30
Closed day: No closing
Nearest station: Hachioji Station


Aoshima Shokudo  (青島食堂 秋葉原店)

Aoshima ramen with nostalgic, muted flavors

Their soup is made with meat stock, ginger, and rich soy sauce. The springy homemade noodles, roasted pork fillet, and spinach create a hearty flavor that calls to mind the cuisine served on Chinese shops. Add more roast pork and spinach and you can eat even more heartily.

Address: 3-20 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (東京都千代田区神田佐久間町3-20-1)
Open hours: 11:00 ~ 18:00
Closed day: Tuesday
Nearest station: Akihabara Station


What do you think?

We encourage you to find your own personal favorite shoyu ramen!

Please note that the information on our site is subjective information that was collected independently by the Tabearukists; no information was provided by the individual stores, so please note that some information may be subject to change without advance notice. 

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