7 Ramen and Udon Restaurants You Have to Visit in Japan
You'll never run out of choices.
For most tourists, eating authentic Japanese food is the highlight of their trip. If this is your travel agenda, then this list will help you decide where to eat when you’re in Japan--Kyushu in particular. Here are seven noodle shops worth checking out. Thank us later!
Kiya in Reisenmachi, Fukuoka
2-34, Reisenmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Sundays and holidays; 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays
Kiya, a Hakata udon store, has been around since 1926. They’re known for their udon with sliced gobo-ten or deep-fried Japanese burdock. Their broth is created from Ago, a kind of flying fish.
Aside from their udon, they also offer a variety of a la carte items in the evening.
Haruya Udon in Uomachi, Kitakyushu
1-3-18, Uomachi, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays
The oldest udon store in the Kita-kyushu area only has four items on the menu: udon, beef-udon, soba, and inari or rice wrapped in fried tofu.
Even with just four items on the menu, this shop has been the locals’ favorite since 1948.
Miyake Udon in Kamigokufu, Fukuoka
10-24, Kamigofukumachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Sundays and holidays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays
Miyake Udon subscribes to the Hakata-style boiling method, which involves boiling the udon before serving to customers.
Each strand of udon is a centimeter thick, which makes the noodles soft and easy to bite. You may also add toppings to your udon at an affordable price of ¥80.
Hakuryuken in Maidashi, Fukuoka
2-5-23, Maidashi, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except Mondays (LO)
This shop in Fukuoka serves ramen with a milky broth made from pork bones. They still use the same technique as they have always done to create their soup stock.
Fukuryuken in Omuta, Fukuoka
1-6-10, Shiranuhimachi, Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except on Mondays and irregularly (LO)
Fukuryuken is a popular family-owned ramen store located in the southernmost part of Fukuoka. Instead of gas, the store uses kerosene or lamp oil to fire up the stove for simmering stockpots of pork bones.
Ikkyu Ramen Roji in Roji, Fukuoka
1-33-13, Roji, Minami Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last order 8:45 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order 2:45 p.m.) on Wednesdays
Ikkyu Ramen uses pork loin ribs from Kyushu instead of pork head to tone down the soup’s strong smell, which is then seasoned with natural salt water.
Today, the taste of Ikkyu Ramen’s dishes remains the same, as the stock is prepared in a special pot just like how the first-generation owners did it when they started the business in 1965.
Ryu-o in Shozu, Kitakyushu
10-15, Shozumachi, Tobata Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on Sundays.
*Opening at night is irregular so check beforehand.
Here’s an interesting fact: the owner of Ryu-o used to be a regular customer of this store. At Ryu-o, ramen stock is made from a rice-cooking pot boiled on a Japanese cooking stove called kamado. Then, they use pork lard and sesame oil as seasoning for their ramen.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Fukuoka Walker™ (February 2017)