Many of you may be quite familiar with ramen as it is a popular Japanese “fast food” found all around the world. It is a noodle dish served in a broth with varying delicious toppings on top.
You may think that ramen tastes the same wherever you are, but this is not the case as there are many different restaurants with many different specialties bound to delight even the most frequent ramen eater.
So here are 10 of the best ramen shops Harajuku has on offer. All of them are at a reasonable price of around ¥1,000 per meal.
1. AFURI (AFURI 原宿)
AFURI is named after Mt. AFURI which is on the east edge of the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa prefecture. Mt. Afuri was full of good water and harvest so many people made pilgrimages there so they could reap the same benefits. AFURI can be roughly translated to “higher” which is a philosophy they try to attain. This means that at AFURI you will find a great ramen. Their signature ramen is a yuzu ramen with fresh chicken broth. It is served with charcoal-grilled pork which helps to accentuate the flavors obtained from the yuzu this is sure to give your taste buds a delight. They also have many stores all over Tokyo
3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Everyday from 10:30am-3:00am (may differ during holidays)
2. RAMEN DINING Jingu (ラーメンダイニングJingu)
Ramen Dining Jingu is a tonkotsu and gyukostu base ramen store that is sure to be a good treat for anyone near Meiji Jingumae Station. They are a vending machine- type store. You buy your ramen at a vending machine and hand in your ticket. It is sure to be a great store with their delicious meats and toppings and their thin and delightful noodles. They are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a hearty ramen lunch (or dinner).
4-32-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
050-5868-6737 (+81-50-5868-6737) (For reservation only)
03-6434-9910 (+81-3-6434-9910) (For inquiry)
Sunday 11am-10pm (Last Order at 9:30pm)
3. Hajime (一)
Hajime is a ramen shop with delicious noodles and broth. It is only about a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station and is a very reasonable priced meal. The toppings are delicious with such things as pork and green onion widely available. Hajime’s signature menu is tsukemen or dipping noodles. It is a vending machine restaurant where you order via a vending machine and hand in your ticket to receive your ramen.
3-23-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
050-5872-8445 (+81-50-5872-8445) (For reservation only)
03-5772-5800 (+81-3-5772-5800) (For inquiry)
Weekdays and Saturday 11:00am- 9:30pm
Sunday 11:00am- 7:00pm (lunch)
4. Oreryu Shio Ramen Jingumae (俺流塩らーめん 神宮前)
Oreryu focuses on creating its own style of Shio Ramen. The broth is fast cooked in a pressure cooker so unlike slow boiling it still has all the sweetness inside the broth and has no hint of bad odor. The broth itself looks as if someone poured soy milk over the noodles though be rest assured it is only made from chicken bones and green onion with salt and not soy milk. It is a tasty and filling meal for whoever decides to go there.
6-9-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Everyday 11:00am- 12:00pm
5. Eitomen (永斗麺 神南店)
Eitomen is a seafood based ramen store that sells delicious ramen such as scallop and their main jewel Sanma fish ramen. They serve thin noodles with a tonkotsu broth making it an interesting experience. It is a delicious meal for anyone wishing to try it. It is a recommended eatery in the area.
1-9-5 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
050-5592-6279 (+81-50-5592-6279) (For reservation only)
03-6455-0424 (+81-3-6455-0424) (For inquiry)
Everyday 11:30am- 10:00pm
6. Koumen (光麺 原宿店)
Koumen ramen shop is a great place for anyone looking for a great experience and equally great ramen. They’re sure to be a tasty place to visit with their tonkotsu ramen. They have a great range of topping like pork and green onion not to mention others that are sure to taste good. The staffs are quite good as they look out for whoever is in their restaurant. It is a great place to eat ramen.
6-2-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Everyday 10:30am- 11:00pm
https://www.kohmen.com/ (Japanese Only)
7. Ichiran (一蘭 原宿店)
Ichiran is a great ramen shop that serves a tonkotsu based ramen shop that has great thin noodles. They offer a yummy pork and serve their ramen with a secret sauce that is very yummy. It is a great spot for anyone looking to go out for a quick lunch around Harajuku.
6-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Everyday 10:00am- 10:45pm
http://www.ichiran.co.jp/index_hp.html (Japanese Only)
8. Seiya (せい家 原宿店)
Seiya is a great place for anyone looking to find a great ramen shop. They serve a thick straight noodle with a chicken broth. They serve their ramen with thick, yummy pieces of roast pork and the soft boiled eggs are great. This store is definitely recommended to people looking for a fast and easy lunch.
1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Everyday 11:00am- 2:30am (next day)
9. Kyushu Jangara Ramen (九州じゃんがららあめん 原宿店)
Kyushu Jangara Ramen is part of a chain of ramen shops. They are a tonkotsu ramen shop that features not only thin charsu but big, thick pieces of braised pork belly. They not only sell tonkotsu ramen though as they also serve miso, spicy, and garlic ramen as well if you would like something different. They are quite a famous a famous ramen which has been featured on the in-flight menu of Japan Airlines and has even been served to former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. So I would definitely recommend this store.They have many stores in places such as Akihabara, Ginza, and Akasaka just to name a few. To see more, please visit their website.
1-13-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Weekdays 10:45am- 12:00am
Last order is an hour to close
http://www.kyushujangara.co.jp/ (Mainly Japanese)
English Menu Available
10. Ikkakuya (壱角家原宿店)
Ikkakuya is a great ramen shop located only a few minutes Meiji Jingumae Station making it easily accessible to anyone nearby. They serve good ramen with good skill. The ramen is displayed nicely when served to you. They offer a wide array of toppings yummy pork and dried seaweed in an interesting display. It is sure to be a great eat for anyone looking for ramen.
3-23-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Sunday- Tuesday 10:30am- 11:00pm
Wednesday- Saturday 10:30- 1:00am
Last order is 10 minutes to close
http://www.ikkakuya.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Information in this article is as of October 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.
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