Japan's ramen scene is nothing short of legendary, but with how many ramen restaurants there are and the variety that they offer, it can be a bit overwhelming. What kind of broth is the best, whats the best noodle firmness, how many toppings should I order? Well, look no further, because here at Ohako we've picked out a bowl of ramen for every personality. Whether you're a health-conscious foodie, a customization connoisseur, or seeking an award-winning bowl we've got you covered!
For the Customizing Connoisseur (Tonkotsu Ramen Zururu, Kyoto)
If you like to get creative with your food then you need to head to Tonkotsu Ramen Zururu. You can skip the touristy ramen spots because with it's retro decor, this place has years of craftsmanship behind each bowl. You can customize everything from your noodle firmness and toppings as well as order a refill of noodles for only 150 yen. The ramen itself is rich and creamy without being too heavy!
Location: 600-8001 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Shincho, 95−1 トップハットビル 1F
For the Sweet tooth (Franken, Osaka)
If you've got a sweet tooth and don't care too much for getting a 'traditional' bowl of ramen then look no further than Franken! Here, for ten dollars you can get a literal soft serve inside your miso ramen. This isn't just a gimmick, the ice cream genuinely added a creaminess and a sweetness that balanced the spice really well. This is one of those food combos that you should genuinely try for yourself.
Location: Osaka, Japan
For The Health Nut (Noodle Shop Rennosuke, Kyoto)
If you love ramen but don't want to commit to the calories or the heaviness that a bowl brings, then you need to check out Noodle Shop Rennosuke. The owner traveled across Japan learning the best techniques to make his noodles from scratch. It’s rare to find a shop like this that makes the noodles by hand every morning, especially ones that don't use preservatives and are served in a 100 percent seafood broth. But, if you want to cheat that diet a little bit, then we also recommend trying their homemade pudding for dessert!
Location: 56-32 Murasakino Shimokashiwanocho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8313
For the Efficient Eater (Sagamihara Vending Machine Park, Kanagawa)
If you have an obsession with Japan's unique vending machines or simply want to grab a quick bite on the go, then you need to stop by the Sagamihara Vending Machine Park! Located right next to a used tire shop you can find some crazy vintage vending machines that serve everything from curry, hot sandwiches and of course ramen. For just a few coins you can instantly get a steaming hot bowl of ramen that's honestly not too shabby. While, the quality of this bowl isn't up to par with the rest of the items on this list, the experience and location itself is worth the few coins!
Location: Used Tire Mart Sagamihara Store - Vending Machine Corner, 2661-1 Shimomizo, Minami Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0335
The Best Ramen in Japan? (Kozou+, Osaka):
If you simply want the best ramen in Japan, then you need to check out Kozou+. While everyone has a different opinion on where to get the best ramen in Japan, this ramen shop has literally won the nationwide "Best Ramen Award." Kozou+ serves a specific type of ramen called "Mazesoba" a broth-less ramen for just under 8 US dollars. To add on to their unique menu, if you come on the 29th of every month, you can also get the biggest meat on ramen that we've ever seen!
Location: Kozou+, 〒553-0003 Osaka, Fukushima Ward, Fukushima, 1 Chome−2−35 パインブルックリン１F