Asakusa is one of the most competitive areas for Ramen restaurants. There are hundreds of places you can eat. All over that, today I will introduce 5 most popular ramen restaurants.
Ramen Benkei Asakusa (らーめん弁慶 浅草本店）
Benkei’s ramen has strong taste with pig bone soup. It’s really fatty, but yummy. Perfect when you are staring after walking around Asakusa. They have all syoyu（soy sauce), miso, shio (salt) flavors. You buy the ticket before you sit on the table.
Address: 12-7-9 Hanakawado, Taito, Tokyo
http://www.ramenbenkei.com/branch/ (Japanese Only)
Mitsuwi is a Michelin star ramen restaurant in Asakusa. Their simple soy sauce based soup attracts locals and tourists alike. The flavor is lighter and smooth compared to other ramen shops in the area. Be sure to arrive early because there are less than 10 seats and you have to expect a wait here.
Address: 2-10-4, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
KibiTaro serves traditional syoyu (soy sauce) ramen. You can choose between Assari (light) taste or Kotteri (heavy) taste. Their noodle is fairly thick, you can never stop to suck in. Very crowded until late night.
Address: 2-13-3 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
https://www.facebook.com/mrmmakb/ (Japanese Only)
Ramen Tei (ら麺亭)
Their speciality is won-ton ramen. Won-ton is very soft and juicy. Also their ramen is very cheap! Normal ramen is only 330 yen. (with won-ton it’s 550 yen)
A definite must try.
Address: 1 Chome-39-9 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
This is a Kyushu style pig bone soup ramen.
Have you heard about “kaedama”? This is a Kyushu style of eating ramen. You can order just noodles to put into the soup you still have left. Kyushu style ramen tend to have lesser amount of noodles, so try ordering “kaedama” like a Japanese man.
Address: 2 Chome-21-7 Hanakawado, Taito, Tokyo
Yukikage's ramen uses a thick soup made with chicken, no pork nor beef. The shop is close to Kaminarimon of Senso-ji Temple, so it is a convenient place to stop by. The noodles are thin and straight which is easy to slurp!
Address: 1-2-12, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Asakusatai offers Ie-kei ramen which is a style born in Yokohama. The ramen comes with thick tonkotsu (pork bone) soup which people from abroad are likely to enjoy. The thick noodles are chewy and very satisfying so even a big eater can feel fulfilled.
Address: Kaminari-mon Gate 2-19-13, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Szechuan Aun Asakusa (四川担々麺 阿吽 浅草)
Szechuan Aun Asakusa offers a very special bowl of Tantanmen noodle. Tantanmen is a style of ramen uses spicy flavored ground meat. You can ask them to adjust spiciness, this place is suitable for both spicy lovers and non lovers. Try both white sesame Tantanmen and black sesame Tantanmen and compare the flavors.
Address: 1-chome-1-13 NishiasakusaTaito City, Tokyo
These are just a few of the ramen restaurants in Asakusa, but they are definitely the bests. Try at least one of them when you go to Asakusa or Tokyo Sky Tree!
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