A First-Timer's Guide to Buying Meal Tickets at ICHIRAN
Make sure your first experience goes off without a hitch.
ICHIRAN is famous among both locals and foreigners for its rich pork bone soup, but another cool thing about this ramen place--and many ramen places in Japan for that matter--is that it requires you to purchase a meal ticket instead of giving your order directly to the staff. To give you a sense of what you can expect, here's a quick guide to their Shibuya branch.
ICHIRAN is hard to miss because of its bright red signage.
In this particular branch, you're to go downstairs and make a left.
Enter through the door, and make a left.
Use the ticket machine on your right to buy tickets for the bowl you want.
There is an explanation on the upper left corner of the machine.
The instructions are written in English, Chinese, and Korean.
Insert your money at the bottom of the machine.
Insert the bills on the right one bill at a time.
Coins go in the center.
The most popular dish is the Ramen + Kae-dama (Noodle Refill) (¥1,080). Kaedama refers to an extra order of noodles. Since it only includes noodles and not the soup, make sure you don't drink all the soup before adding the extra noodles.
Ramen + Kaedama is the button on the upper left.
You can order one of the most popular accompaniments, the Premium Sliced Pork (¥490), as well.
Try the Matcha Annin Tofu (¥390) for dessert.
Hand over your meal tickets to the staff once you've reached your seat.
ICHIRAN Tonkotsu Ramen (Shibuya Spain-Zaka Branch) is located at B1, Koyasuwan building, 13-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Provided by Travel Photo Guide™ and Japan Walker™ (9 February 2018)