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Ichiran Ramen - EVERYTHING You Need To Know

Ichiran Ramen - consider this your ultimate guide, with ALL the ins and outs. We're covering what to order, how to order, and even whether Ichiran is worth visiting (as ramen pros). Let's get started!

Ichiran Ramen - Stall

Ichiran Ramen - Some History

In 1960, Ichiran was born in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka (Southern Japan). This area is ALL ABOUT tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen, a style now loved around the world. Like a lot of ramen shops in Fukuoka City, they actually started out as a food stall.

Ichiran Ramen HQ in Fukuoka City
Flagship Shop / HQ in Fukuoka

But it wasn't until 1993 that they became a company and started aggressively expanding. Today, Ichiran is a sizeable ramen empire, with over 80 branches worldwide. This includes New York, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

The "Ramen Booth" Experience

At each of its restaurants, Ichiran recreates the food stall atmosphere of its roots. Their interior is cozy and inviting, with a dark wood finish and an old Japan nostalgia. You'll almost feel like you've stepped into a Miyazaki animated film.

Ichiran Ramen - Inside

Each customer has a little ramen compartment to themselves. Staff will interact with customers on the other side of this compartment, raising and lowering a bamboo-woven curtain. This is nothing short of magical.

Ichiran Ramen - Refill Noodles
Kae-dama (Noodle Refill)

What & How to Order

At Ichiran, you first order from a ticket machine. This is customary at many ramen shops in Japan, especially in larger cities. Insert your cash first (make sure to have bills ready). After this, the buttons will light up. You then press what you want.

Ichiran Ramen - Ticket Machine

Ramen starts at ¥980 (top right). This is what I would normally choose. For Japan, this is a relatively high starting point - more on this later! Given this and that the toppings are pretty basic, I personally feel there's nothing else you NEED to add.

But if you're hungry, hit the ¥1,320 ramen button (top center). It comes with a 2nd helping of noodles (kae-dama) and an egg. More on this later too!

Ichiran Ramen - Seating Chart