Tokyo Ramen Street is underneath Tokyo station and part of the First Avenue shopping area. It features 8 ramen shops with wildly different ramen, all under one roof.
While it does feel a bit like a theme park, it is a convenient way to sample a variety of tasty ramen.
Not sure which of the 8 ramen shops to visit? We've got you covered.
Here are all 8 of them, from savory white miso ramen to spicy vegan tantanmen.
#1 Light Shio Ramen at Hirugao (ひるがお)
Hirugao is a product of the Setagaya ramen group. If you're in the mood for something light, their signature shio (salt) ramen is a fitting choice. The sea salt seasoning is from Vietnam and the soup is primarily scallops and chicken.
The delicate sea salt allows the chicken savoriness and the subtle scallop flavors to come out. Togarashi spice powder and sweetly marinated chashu pork slices adorn the top, along with a little shrimp placed on the egg - their trademark.
Shop Hours: 10:30 ~ 23:30 (Last Order at 23:00)
#2 Refined Tsukemen at Rokurinsha (六厘舎)
Rokurinsha is by far the most shop on Tokyo Ramen Street. It therefore has the longest wait - this could be over an hour on weekends. Rokurinsha played a big role in the tsukemen (dipping ramen) craze that started in the early 2000s.
Rokurinsha's tsukemen broth is rich and creamy but it also carries a strong fish punch. This all comes from 12+ hours of simmering of chicken bones, vegetables, niboshi (dried sardines), mackerel and bonito flakes. Enjoying mopping up the thick broth with appropriately thick noodles.
Shop Hours: 7:30 ~ 9:45 (Last Order at 9:30) / 10:00 ~ 23:00 (Last Order at 22:30)
#3 Vegan Tantanmen at Soranoiro NIPPON (ソラノイロ NIPPON)
Making vegan ramen is no easy task. But Soranoiro has achieved vegan ramen perfection through creativity and persistence. Their colorful vegan tantanmen is sesame-based and has a pleasant chili oil kick.
They also serve vegan shoyu ramen. But I believe the vegan tantanmen is the better bowl. Their carrot-puree "veggie soba" is no longer vegan but is still on the menu and a wonderful bowl in itself. Lastly, they have a gluten-free shio ramen too. More on Soranoiro here.
Shop Hours: 8:30 ~ 23:00 (Last Order at 22:30)
#4 Tonkotsu Gyokai Ramen at Ikaruga (斑鳩)
Ikaruga is is all about a tonkotsu gyokai (pork bones and seafood) style of ramen. Against Rokurinsha, this bowl holds even more of a rich pork flavor than a fishy one.
But the fish essence is of course still there. Namely, in the thick broth you get bursts of saltiness with little balls packed with fish flavor. All in all, this is a nice, heavier bowl of ramen without a crazy wait.
Shop Hours: 9:30 ~ 23:00 (Last Order at 22:30)