Ichiran Ramen: One of the Best Ramen in Japan

Have you ever tried a fresh-cooked noodles, rich, savory broth, with a perfect amount of spice - added with a soft pork and salted egg on the side? Ichiran will probably satisfy your mouthwatering cravings of Ramen! 
Ichiran in Dotonbori Photo credit: Geoffrey Morrison
There is certainly nothing more heartwarming and soul-enriching than a bowl of piping hot noodle soup which is available anytime of the day.

In Japan, you will get to know if a restaurant is popular and quite interesting when you see a line of customers patiently waiting for their turn. That means the food is insanely delicious!

Ichiran specializes in tonkotsu ramen, which is a pork-based broth. They make their own flour-based noodles and their own special red spicy powder.

When you enter any Ichiran, your first stop is to get a ticket. There aren’t many options.
Order booth. Photo Credit: Geoffrey Morrisson
You can add extra pork, salted egg, nori and so on. You can also add extra noodles if you want. (Say YES! to extra noodles - haha!)

After you get your ticket for what you’ve ordered you’re handed a piece of paper. You get to customize the ramen to be exactly how you like it. You can choose a richer broth with a hard noodles.

If you want it to be spicy, it's all up to you. Your ramen, your choice! And that's Ichiran!
My customized ramen
In most Ichiran’s you sit in your own little booth. Most can collapse the little dividers if you’re with friends. You hand over your instructions and tickets, and a few minutes later your given your soup of awesomeness. At most locations you also have a tap for water, and tissues are easily reachable from dispensers on the wall behind you.

All in all the experience was superb! Try it with your friends or family and share your Ichiran Ramen experience!

How to get there: (These are some that I know, but there are lots of it)

1. Ichiran Dotonbori:
542-0084 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Souemoncho, 7-1-8
(along Dotonbori Canal near Nihonbashi Bridge)
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

2. Ichiran Shinjuku:
Peace Building B1F 3-34-11 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo-to 160-0022
(3 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station Higashi Exit)
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Google Maps – Ichiran Shinjuku

3. Ichiran Shibuya:
Iwamoto Building B1F 1-22-7 Jinnan Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to 150-0041
(3 min walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit)

4. Ichiran Roppongi: Roppongi GM Building 2F 4-11-11 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo-to 106-0032
(2 min walk from Oedo Line Roppongi Station, 2 min walk from Hibiya Line Roppongi Station
Opening Hours: 11am – 6am

5. Ichiran Harajuku:
Sanpo Sogo Building 2F 6-5-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo-to 150-0001
(3 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station Omotesando Exit)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm


Danica Ann Unrada