Ramen (Japanese noodles)


Oh Ramen! So good, so, so good. You have probably tried it in your home country, but until you have actually come to Japan and had a proper Ramen, you haven’t had the real experience. Ramen is basically noodles in a soup or broth, and is especially great in the winter or on a cold evening.

The most commen soups are Tonkotsu (pork based), Miso (bean paste), Shoyu (soy sauce) and Shio (salt). Most Ramen shops specialise in one, so you know it’s going to be super tasty. Recently there are also many young chefs selling reasonably priced Ramen with different soups, such as tomato or Italian inspired soups.

Price: 500-700 yen (around $5-$7)

Name in Japanese: Ramen/ラーメン/らーめん

Where can I buy it?

A popular Ramen chain called Hidakaya (日高屋) is around in most towns or cities. Look out for the plastic food outside:


There are also numerous similar Ramen restaurants everywhere in Japan, and most reasonably priced ones will have plastic food or simple picture menus outside, with prices written. Note that going to a Ramen restaurant that has prices a little higher (700 yen and above) will usually get you a much richer, better quality Ramen.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.