Ikebukuro is a hub of excitement that won’t lose to Shinjuku and Shibuya. Among its busy streets lies many attractions that will capture the interests of those passing by. For those who love to eat ramen, Ikebukuro is a great alternative for people who haven’t tried the delicacies that it offers.
Whether you prefer it mild or heavy, the tastes that you will find in Ikebukuro will bring surprise and satisfaction to your palate. It’s time to head to a journey of flavors and visit the 10 best ramen restaurants that you can find in Ikebukuro.
1. Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)
Vegepota Tsukemen Enji is a great place if you want to enjoy delicious ramen in Ikebukuro. Their vegepota (vegetable potage) which is a combination of tonkotsu (pork), gyokasi (seafood) broth and vegetable soup creates a thick and sweet soup that matches the ramen noodles perfectly. Their home-made noodles that are made up of flour and wheat will fill you up just fine.
Address: 2-48-2 Ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
2. Torinoana (鶏の穴)
Torinoana offers a simple yet delicious flavor that you might find to your liking. Their flavorful soup broth accompanied by pieces of chicken, egg and ramen noodles is a delightful treat for anyone who loves to eat ramen. You can also add a bit of spice to the soup to match your preferred level of spiciness.
Address: Keita buld. 1F, 1-39-20 Higashiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: http://torinoana.com (Japanese Only)
3. Ginza Kagari Echika Ikebukuro (銀座 篝 Echika 池袋)
Ginza Kagari Echika is one of the highly recommended ramen restaurants in Ikebukuro. Those who love ramen has attested that their chicken ramen is one of the best that they had ever tasted in Japan. The thick, rich and creamy broth is definitely worth waiting in line for half an hour or so. You also have the option of ordering the soup and dipping version. The soup version is where everything is combined in one delicious package. The dry (dipping) version is where the soup and noodles are separated and it’s up to you how you enjoy it.
Address: 3-28-14 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Echika Ikebukuro
4. Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo（カラシビ味噌らー麺 鬼金棒）
Karashibi Miso Ramen Onikanabo is a restaurant that will prove that demons can make a good ramen. Kidding aside, their ramen is indeed quite delicious. Their savory concoction of miso broth, pieces of chasu meat (pork) and thick noodles will bring a smile to your lips. If you don’t like to eat spicy things, then you can also tell them your preference. Surprisingly, the taste won’t change that much and you’ll still have a delicious dining experience.
Address: 1-13-14 Higashiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: http://kikanbo.co.jp/english (Japanese Only)
5. TOKYO UNDERGROUND RAMEN Ganja (TOKYO UNDERGROUND RAMEN 頑者)
Tokyo Underground Ramen is a hidden gem in Ikebukuro. For people who are trying to find it on their own, chances are they won’t be able to find it. You have to ask for directions if you don’t want to get lost. You can choose your order through the vending machine and present it to the counter. After waiting for a while, you’ll be able to taste their special “underground ramen”. The portions are good and the soup is flavorful. You can choose to dip the noodles in the soup or you can let the noodles steep on the broth before slurping to your heart’s content.
Address: 1-1-30 Nishiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: http://www.ganja.co.jp (Japanese Only)
6. Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen (元祖めんたい煮つけ麺)
Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen is a restaurant that you have to visit at least once if you love to eat tsukemen. The interesting fact about this restaurant is that you can choose the amount of noodles that you want to consume. They have 100g, 200g, 300g and 400g and all of them are worth ¥1280. Their delicious soup also compliments their tsukemen noodles perfectly. Whether you are a big eater or not, you will not regret going here for lunch or dinner.
Address: #7 Nohagi Building, 2nd Floor, 1-21-5 Minamiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
7. Tonchin (屯ちん)
Tonchin specialize in tonkotsu-style (pork broth) ramen. The broth is delicious and it is not too oily nor salty. Their side dishes, tofu with dried bonito flakes and gyoza dumplings are highly recommended so make sure to try them as well. The service is good and the portions are great. Definitely a restaurant worth checking if you ever find yourself in Ikebukuro.
Address: 2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: https://foodexgroup.com/brand/#tonchin (Japanese Only)
8. Chuka Soba Aoba (中華そば青葉)
Chuka Soba Aoba is a ramen restaurant that is well known in Ikebukuro. It became more popular after winning several ramen competitions as well. Many people say Their noodles is considered as a hybrid of udon and Chinese noodles. Their broth is a combination of fish, pork and chicken which also led the way for other shops to imitate their style. However, due to their unshakable reputation, their shop is always filled with guests who love to eat delicious ramen.
Address: Sunshine City Alpa B1F, 3-1-1 Higashi Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.nakano-aoba.jp (Japanese Only)
9. Menya Hulu-lu (麺屋フルル）
Menya Hulu-lu is a bright and cozy restaurant that you will fall in love with. Unlike the traditional ramen shops in Japan, Hulu-lu exclude an atmosphere that is full of color and life that is similar to a cafe instead of a ramen joint. Their signature dish “Shoyu Soba” is fragrant and has a mild and delicious taste. The bits of fried onions on the soup to make it more flavorful. Their home-made whole-wheat noodles are thin and easy to chew. Simple yet delicious, what more can you ask for?
Address: 2-60-7 Ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: http://www.hulu-lu.com (Japanese Only)
10. Moko Tanmen Nakamoto Nishi-Ikebukuro (蒙古タンメン中本西池袋店）
Moko Tanmen Nakamoto is all about noodles, spice and everything nice! Choose the level of spiciness that you can handle and leave the rest to kingdom come. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the Ikebukuro station and you’ll miss out a lot if you don’t take the opportunity to visit this restaurant. If you love to eat spicy things then you’re bound to indulge yourself in their one of a kind ramen treat.
Address: 2F, 3-26-6 Nishiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
Website: http://www.moukotanmen-nakamoto.com (Japanese Only)
11. Chuka Soba Shinagawa (中華そば しながわ)
Chuka Soba Shinagawa is one of the most famous ramen shops in Ikebukuro as it was admitted as Bib Gourmand Restaurant by Michelin Guide. Although it's a bit far away from Ikebukuro Station (15 mins walk), people visit this shop to taste their delicious ramen. They serve different ramens for lunch and dinner, so visit at least two times to enjoy their flavor fully.
Address: 4-19-14, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
12. Taiyo no Tomato men Next (太陽のトマト麺 NEXT)
Taiyo no Tomato men serves a unique bowl of ramen made with tomato soup! It mixes tomato soup and chicken broth and adds a topping of plenty of parmesan cheese. If you are interested in trying something new, you should visit this ramen shop!
Address: 3-1-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of December 2017
Thumbnail is from Flickr