When a ramen craving hits you hard whilst sightseeing in Shibuya, do you already know where to go? As you know, this part of Tokyo is a labyrinth of sidewalks. It’s great for exploration but can be a test of patience when hunger strikes.

So we strongly suggest that you come prepared. Saves you time and energy, and most of all, you know that what you’re about to try is certified to be one of the bests out there. When that moment strikes, all that’s left for you to do is to head there and line up if you must.

So without further ado, here’s a handy guide to the best ramen restaurants in Shibuya:

1. Hayashi (はやし)

Ajitama Ramen at Hayashi

Ajitama Ramen at Hayashi. From Instagram

Harmony in a bowl. If we were to sum up the many rave reviews about Hayashi ramen, this would be its catchphrase. Some ramen would taste too fishy, the others too porky, but this… it’s just right.

There are only three items on the menu: regular ramen, ajitama (soy sauce marinated egg) ramen, and chashu (roast pork slices) ramen. Everything about Hayashi is a no-frills experience, Tokyo’s ramen lovers would say. Well, everything except for one…

Many would be so bold to call Hayashi ramen as perfection. Would you be one of them?

Access:
6 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit

Address:
1-14-9 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 1130am – 3:30pm or until soup lasts
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3770-9029

2. Kiraku (喜楽)

Kiraku’s Taiwan-inspired Wontonmen

Kiraku’s Taiwan-inspired Wontonmen. From Instagram

You know something is really good when it’s been in the business for more than 60 years. Kiraku is one of Shibuya’s oldest ramen joints and to this day, it still has a strong following. The chef is a Taiwanese immigrant, which explains hints of Taiwanese cuisine influences in its offerings.

The store’s standard recipe is the Chukamen – a shoyu (soy sauce) ramen garnished with Taiwanese deep fried onions. For something more exciting, Wontonmen (Wonton Ramen) and Moyashimen (Stir Fried Bean Sprout Ramen) are also crowd pleasers.

Access:
6 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit

Address:
2-17-6 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:30am – 8:30pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3461-2032

3. Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi (すごい煮干しラーメン凪)

Anchovy lover’s Niboshi Ramen at Nagi Shibuya East

Anchovy lover’s Niboshi Ramen at Nagi Shibuya East. From Instagram

Something for people with adventurous palates.

Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi is for the intense crowd. Expect strong fishy odors, rich sauce, and flavors as deep as the ocean. At the door, there is a sign that says, “Dear Customer, To be honest, if you don’t like dried sardines, you will not be satisfied”.

Consider yourself warned.

Access:
3 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station South Exit

Address:
3-7-2 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11am – 1am
Fridays & Saturdays 11am – 3am
Sundays & Holidays 11am – 10pm

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-6427-4558

Website:
http://www.n-nagi.com/english/

4. Nukaji (ぬかじ)

Tsukemen at Nukaji

Tsukemen at Nukaji. From Instagram

When the weather is too hot for slurping ramen, we suggest you dip it instead. Nukaji is one of the best places in Shibuya to grab tsukemen a.k.a cold ramen noodles. Their noodles are by themselves tasty and the broth to dip them in are thick and flavorful. While you’re at it, grab a cold beer – they have quite a good selection, and enjoy the shop’s nice and relaxed atmosphere.

Access:
5 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit

Address:
3-12 Udagawacho Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 9pm
Saturdays & Holidays 11am – 5pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3476-8148

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/menyanukaji (Japanese only)

5. Asuka (亜寿加)

Asuka’s Tan-tan ramen with tonkatsu slices

Asuka’s Tan-tan ramen with tonkatsu slices. From Twitter

Asuka is where noodle meets tonkatsu. If you’re a fan both, your mouth must be watering right now. This restaurant serves as their signature dish the tan-tan ramen variety, a sesame-flavored ramen recipe that is rich in flavor and on the spicy side. Compared to shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), and miso styles, there are only a few ramen joints that specialize in tan-tan ramen. So if you haven’t had a taste of this yet, Asuka would be the best place for your first slurp of it.

Access:
2 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station South Exit

Address:
2-11 Sakuragaokacho Shibuya Tokyo

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

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3461-3383

6. Furaikyo (風来居 渋谷店)

Shio ramen & Tamago Kakegohan at Furaikyo

Shio ramen & Tamago Kakegohan at Furaikyo. From Twitter

Different regions in Japan will have their own distinct way of liking their ramen. If you’re curious to sample something from the north, in particular, from Asahikawa in Hokkaido, drop by Furaikyo.

While the soup looks light it does have complex flavors owing to the triple combination of pork, chicken, and seafood for its soup base. The noodles, on the other hand, are flown in from Hokkaido every day, and as for the choice of seasoning, Shio-style works best with it. For a fuller meal, add on the side Tamago Kakegohan (Japanese rice topped with a raw egg).

Soon enough, you’re transported to Hokkaido, where the winters are longer, colder, and a hot bowl of ramen is truly comforting.

Access:
6 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit

Address:
1-29-2 Shoto Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11am – 11pm

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3463-1008

7. Nakajima (なかじま)

Tan-tan ramen at Nakajima

Tan-tan ramen at Nakajima. From Twitter

Nakajima is part-ramen joint and part-Chinese eatery. Here, you can order fried rice and your favorite Chinese dishes along with your ramen. When it comes to their noodle dishes, this shop’s specialty is of course the Chinese-Japanese hybrid Tan-tan ramen. It takes a while to be seated here especially during lunch time, but if you want your ramen fix plus a variety of other food choices, Nakajima is worth lining up for.

Access:
2 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station

Address:
3-18-7 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 11pm

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81 3 5774 1601

8. Kugatsudo (九月堂)

Stylish serving of Standard Ramen at Kugatsudo

Stylish serving of Standard Ramen at Kugatsudo. From Instagram

You can have your ramen and have dessert too! Kugatsudo whips up a fashionable take on the ramen experience by dressing up their store interiors nicely in a café style environment. No hole in the wall vibes characteristic of traditional joints. There’s table seating, spacious environment, and you can stay a lot longer for some sweets. In addition, they only use natural seasonings in their ramen without sacrificing the flavor – a total plus for health-conscious customers!

Delicious and all-natural meals in a stylish environment, that is Kugatsudo for you.

Access:
7 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit

Address:
1-15-12 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturdays & Holidays 11:30am – 10pm
Sundays 11:30am – 9pm
Closed on Mondays (and Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-6327-4056

Website:
http://www.kugatsudo.net (Japanese only)

9. Takeichi Shibuyatei (たけいち 渋谷邸)

Tokyo’s best - Chicken Paitan Ramen at Takeichi

Tokyo’s best – Chicken Paitan Ramen at Takeichi. From Instagram

When you say chicken ramen, you might as well be referring to Takeichi. People are so crazy about it that there are over 40 branches of this specialty store in Tokyo alone. Their claim to fame: Chicken Paitan (white soup) Ramen – a collagen rich broth achieved by simmering fresh chicken and chicken feet for hours. It is served with really thick and creamy soup, which you can adjust to suit you more by adding clear soup from the flask provided at each table. Once this is done, everything is good to the very last drop.

Access:
10 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station

Address:
2-4-6 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 11:30am – 10pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-6433-5257

10. Sakurazaka (櫻坂)

Shoyu-style Chuukasoba at Sakurazaka

Shoyu-style Chuukasoba at Sakurazaka. From Instagram

Go to Sakurazaka for some heavyweight bowls. Their Chuukasoba has a strong tasting soup that is generous in fat complemented by thick and elastic soba (Chinese buckwheat) noodles. The pork slices in it are so tender that they are close to melting. This is definitely not for people on a diet. But then again, shouldn’t days of traveling in Tokyo be automatically proclaimed as cheat days?

Access:
5 min. walk from JR Shibuya Station South Exit

Address:
17-10 Sakuragaokacho Shibuya Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am – 11pm
Closed on Sundays

Price:
~ ¥ 999

Tel:
+81-3-3770-1102