These Ramen Shops Are Just Within Walking Distance of Tokyo Train Stations
For when you don't want to walk very far for your next meal.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta
1-14-1, Sugamo, Toshima-Ward, Tokyo
Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Wednesdays (They start to distribute numbered tickets from 7 p.m. and close as soon as the ingredients or numbered tickets run out).
How to get there: It’s a 1-minute walk from the south gate of JR Sugamo Station or a 2-minute walk from A1 gate of Toei Mita Line Sugamo Station
At Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen, is where you can enjoy ultimate ramen which has a distinctive style of its own!
Shoyu Soba (Noodle flavored with soy sauce, ¥900) from Japanese Soba Noodle Tsuta. The body and taste of the Japanese soup stand out with a sweet scent of truffle.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta always serves supreme ramen with their discerning taste buds and incredible work ethic. For instance, their soup is constantly evolving. The soup for Shoyu Soba (¥900) is made from locally raised poultry, clams, and other seafood, which goes well with the smooth taste of the wheat noodles. It’s also topped with two kinds of chashu (roast pork) and black truffle oil.
Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen
2F Dai Nana Hagi Building, 1-21-5, Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m daily and closes as soon as the ramen runs out.
How to get there: It’s a 1-minute walk from the east gate of Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)
Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen (¥1,382). Tsukemen means Chinese noodles served with a separate sauce to dip them in. They use homemade pollock roe with a savory slow-simmered stock.
Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen specializes in soup that uses a lot of homemade mentaiko (spicy pollock roe). They serve only item on the menu, which the shop is named after. However, you can still enjoy different tastes by changing up the toppings. If you order it as a set menu (¥1,717), they serve rice alongside it. You can also add the rice to the soup after eating the noodles and enjoy it as a rice porridge.
Sosaku Men Koubou NAKIRYU
Sky Minami-Otsuka 1F, 2-24-4 Minami-Otsuka, Toshima-ward
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m daily except Tuesdays. On Mondays, they are open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. only.
How to get there: It’s a 6-minute walk from the south gate of JR Otsuka Station.
Tantan-men (Dandan noodles, ¥850) of Sousaku Men Koubou Nakiryu. This shop is popular among foreign tourists as well as Japanese.
Chinese noodle shop Sousaku Men Koubou Nakiryu got one Michelin star in 2017. Popular among foreigners, it serves Tantan-men with a soup made from homemade peanut paste, several kinds of soy sauce, and seafood stock, which also goes well with firm and chewy noodles.
Machi-Terrace Minami Nagasaki 2F, 5-26-12, Minami-Nagasaki, Toshima-ward
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Mondays. (If Monday is a holiday, the shop will be closed the next day. On Sundays and holidays, the shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to get there: It’s a 2-minute walk from the south gate of Higashi-Nagasaki Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line.
Shoyu Ramen (¥780) of Kanekitchen Noodles. The whole-wheat noodles goes with the strong taste of the soup.
Before opening Kanekitchen Noodles, the owner served as an apprentice at a famous ramen shop. He still spares no effort to improving the quality of his ramen and offers two kinds of chashu as toppings. The soup for the Shoyu Ramen is made from a balance of whole chicken and seafood stock, but you’ll also detect a bit of soy sauce in the aftertaste.
Menya Rock'an Do
Cosmo Higashi-Ikebukuro 1F, 2-57-2, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ward
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, and closes as soon as they run out of ingredients.
How to get there: It’s a 6-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line).
Shio Green-Men Yuzu Mitsuba (¥950). They make it with a special attention to the house-made noodles and an additive-free and MSG-free soup.
The selling point of ramen shop Menya Rock’an Do is its healthy ramen. It has two main specialties: shio (salt) ramen (¥950), which makes use of specially selected seafood-based soup, and shoyu ramen (¥800), which makes use of boiled-down soy sauce.
The light soup of Shio Green-Men Yuzu Mitsuba (¥950) is made from the stock of dried small sardines and kelp, as well as four types of salt, for a clean taste. Its green homemade noodles, containing some sort of algae, is chewy for a nice mouthfeel.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Ramen Walker™, Tokyo Walker™ (8 March 2018)