The quest for ramen in Ginza is a bit of a challenge. This posh neighborhood known for luxury shopping is more a scene for fine dining and definitely has a shorter list of ramen joints compared to the likes of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Not to say that it’s completely devoid of good choices, but getting your ramen fix in this corner of the city will require you to wander off a bit to tucked basements and alleyways, away from the willow lined shopping streets Ginza is known for. However in return, these hidden gems will surely satisfy.

So if you’re up for a chase, go on a ramen hunt mission in between your shopping spree in Ginza. Here’s your hit list:

1. Kagari ()

Tori-paitan ramen at Ginza Kagari

Tori-paitan ramen at Ginza Kagari. From Instagram

If you see a line sticking out from a back alley across Ginza Apple Store, it’s most likely for this ramen shop. Kagari may just be a tiny hole in the wall that seats about 8 people, but people from all over the globe are willing to wait for hours just to have a taste of what’s inside. What awaits you there are two ramen creations that has everyone buzzing: creamy white Tori-Paitan (concentrated chicken soup noodles) and dark Niboshi Shoyu (dried sardine soy sauce soup noodles). Regardless of what you order, it will be served delicious, mouth-watering, and artfully prepared.

Access:
2 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, A10 or B10 exit

Address:
4-4-1 Ginza Chuo, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 3:30 pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Saturdays & Holidays 11am – 3:30 pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

2. Mugi to Olive (むぎとオリーブ)

Mugi to Olive’s Hamaguri Clam Ramen

Mugi to Olive’s Hamaguri Clam Ramen. From Instagram

Inventive and with a Bob Gourmand Michelin Guide mention, Mugi to Olive serves some classy ramen concoctions. Most notable is the Hamaguri Clam Ramen made from a rare combination of clam, niboshi (dried sardine), and chicken stock soup, and luxurious toppings that include hamaguri clams from Japan’s Kawana region, chicken, mitsuba (Japanese parsley), nagaimo (Chinese yam), a strip of fishcake, and aji tama (marinated hard boiled egg). It’s the kind of ramen experience that suits the Ginza character well. So go ahead and indulge your discerning taste buds.

Access:
5 min. walk from Higashi Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Toei Asakusa Line
6 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Address:
6-12-12 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30am – 10pm
Saturdays & Holidays 11:30am – 9pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3571-2123

Website:
https://twitter.com/mugiori (Japanese only)

3. Ginzasa (銀笹)

Shio ramen and taimeshi at Ginzasa

Shio ramen and taimeshi at Ginzasa. From Instagram

Carbs on carbs. Ginzasa is famous for its ramen and taimeshi (rice with sea-bream) combo. The ramen’s flavor is created specifically to match the rice, so don’t order one without the other. Located somewhere in the vicinity of Tsukiji, this shop is notorious for closing early once their soup runs out. They sell just about 150 bowls a day – best you come early.   

Access:
6 min. walk from Tsukiji Station Toei Oedo Line A3 exit
8 min. walk from JR Shinbashi Station

Address:
8-15-2 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Closed on Sundays & Holidays

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3543-0280

4. Shinamen Hashigo (支那麺 はしご 本店)

Tantanmen at Shinamen Hashigo

Tantanmen at Shinamen Hashigo. From Instagram

Shinamen Hashigo has been in the business of delighting Ginza shoppers since 1964. It is the go-to place for Tantanmen (Szechuan-inspired spicy ramen) cravings and other side items like gyoza and siumai. Its signature ramen offers different levels of spiciness, and to top it all off, it has a generous slice of juicy fried pork chop – something to chew on when things get too hot.

Access:
2 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Marunouchi Line
5 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Address:
6-3-5 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays 11am – 9pm

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3571-1750

5. Oborozuki (朧月)

Tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen at Oborozuki

Tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen at Oborozuki. From Instagram

Oborozuki is Ginza’s gift for tsukemen (cold ramen noodles dipped into thick broth) lovers. Chewy al dente noodles, an egg with a very liquid yolk, melts-in-your-mouth tender pork slices, and your choice of shio (salt) or tonkotsu gyokai (pork bone and fish) broth, are waiting for you here. Ready, set, dip!

Access:
5 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Address:
6-3-5 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Saturday 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 9pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥999

6. Jangara Ramen(九州じゃんがららあめん)

Classic Kyushu Tonkotsu Ramen recipe at Jangara Ramen

Classic Kyushu Tonkotsu Ramen recipe at Jangara Ramen. From Instagram

Thin noodles in creamy pork bone broth – this is the character of Kyushu ramen, one of Japan’s most popular ramen styles. It’s comforting food to many which lead to tons of restaurants all over Tokyo offering this variety, from chains to small hole in the walls. However among all these wide range of choices, Jangnara Ramen is top-tier. It has several outlets in the city, including this one in Ginza, but despite having more seats than your usual ramen joint, you will most likely still end up queuing.

Access:
3 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Address:
6-12-17 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:45am – 3am
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays 10:45am – 11pm

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3572-3025

Website:
http://kyushujangara.co.jp (Japanese only)

7. ABC Ramen

ABC Ramen’s “Mahjan Men”

ABC Ramen’s “Mahjan Men”. From Instagram

ABC Ramen is the second veteran on this list, serving bowls to Ginza patrons since 1977. Their signature bowl, the Mahjan Men, is on the quirky side, being primarily a tonkotsu-based broth but with a strong hint of tantanmen flavors owing to the generous amount of sesame and chili paste added onto it. Noodles are handmade on site, which makes for a nice and fresh taste, not to mention, a satisfying texture.

Access:
3 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Address:
3-5-5 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 12:30am
Saturdays 11am – 10:40pm
Sundays & Holidays 11am – 10pm

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3564-2709

8. Funamizaka (船見坂)

Hakodate style Shio Ramen at Funamizaka

Hakodate style Shio Ramen at Funamizaka. From Twitter

This little shop will serve you one of Hokkaido’s bests. Funamizaka specializes in the famous Hakodate Shio Ramen characterized by its clear chicken-based broth and thinner taste, but all in all, a comforting slurp.

Access:
3 min. walk from Higashi-Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Address:
2-12-11 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 4am
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays 11am – 10pm

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-5565-5541

9. Manpuku (萬福)

Ramen heritage at Manpuku

Ramen heritage at Manpuku. From Instagram

The truth is, ramen wasn’t this complicated in the past. Perhaps due to Japan becoming more open to other cultures and its people being inherently innovative, this broth and noodle dish naturally evolved into numerous styles over the years. It’s all well and good, but If ever you wonder how a classic Tokyo ramen would taste like, the answer is in Manpuku. This restaurant will celebrate its 100th year anniversary in a few years time. Come here to get yourself a taste of ramen that hasn’t changed since before the World War!

Access:
6 min. walk from Ginza Station Tokyo Metro Ginza line

Address:
2-13-13 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday 11am – 11:30pm
Saturday 11am – 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays & Holidays

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3541-7210

Website:
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/b324100/ (Japanese only)

10. Menya Hyottoko (麺屋 ひょっとこ)

Light Wafu Ramen at Menya Hyottoko

Light Wafu Ramen at Menya Hyottoko. From Instagram

Aiming for something “lighter” and “healthier”? Wafu (Japanese-style dressing) ramen is for you. Menya Hyottoko specializes in this kind of ramen, one that uses chicken and fish bone broth sprinkled with parsley and other herbs. The soup is clear and definitely less oily than your usual ramen, made more interesting by squeezing in yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit). If you’re on a diet, this is a good compromise.

Access:
3 min. walk from Yurakucho Station Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line D8 Exit

Address:
B1F Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan
2-10-1 Yurakucho Chiyoda Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2:30 pm, 3:30pm – 8pm
Saturdays 11:30am – 2:30 pm, 3:30pm – 7pm
Closed on Sundays & Holidays

Price:
~ ¥999

Tel:
+81-3-3211-6002

Thumbnail image is from Flickr