Ichiran Ramen is one of the more popular ramen chains in Japan. They specialize in tonkotsu ramen which is ramen with a soup base of pork bones broth. Tonkotsu ramen originates in the Fukuoka region of Japan. Ichiran ramen began with a single store but started to expand into more in 1993. They also have a lot of overseas location in the US and Asia. According to their website, they originated the Original Spicy Red Sauce, Aromatic Tonkotsu Broth, Solo Dining Booth, Order Form
and Kae-Dama Ordering System.
ICHIRAN RAMEN SHINJUKU LOCATION
There are two Ichiran Ramen in Shinjuku. One near the Shinjuku station and another in Shinjuku Kabuki-Cho. We went to the second one. The Ichiran Ramen in Shinjuku Kabuki-Cho was quite easy to find. It was located near the Robot Restaurant and it was in the thick of things but the street it was on was not so crowded.
ICHIRAN RAMEN SHINJUKU
Address: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−34−11 ピースビルB1F・6F
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +81 3-3225-5518
ICHIRAN RAMEN SHINJUKU KABUKI-CHO
Address: Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chome−17−10 CR.B&Vビル 地下 1 階
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +81 3-6233-7667
ICHIRAN RAMEN WAITING TIME
We went inside at around 7 and it was not so busy yet. The lady told us to go down the stairs and there was a sign that says how much the waiting time is which was 15 minutes at the time and it was not too bad.
While waiting, you would see a vending machine there where you can choose and pay for your order. The menu is simple so it’s very easy to choose and it has photos which is very important for non Japanese speaking customers. We both got the normal ichiran ramen and an extra order of egg. It came to 890 yen for each person.
I also took a photo of the door where the seats are and in the middle is the seating chart and when the light is on, it means those seats are available. There’s an employee there that let’s guests in or lets them know if they can go.
Once you are seated on the individual tables they are known for, they also have an ordering guide for your convenience. If you forgot to order something on the vending machine, you can still get it there. Maybe you are still hungry after a bowl of ramen, you can always order extra servings.
You’re given a paper which is also in English to let them know how you want your ramen cooked.
Then someone lifts the blinds to take your order and the ticket stub as your payment. You never see their faces. 😛
This is what the individual table looks like.. it has a water fountain on the left and you can have as much as you want. Chopstick are there for you. There are information posted on the side. There’s a pen to fill in your order. It was quite a good individual space and not cramped at all. I was still sitting next to my boyfriend so we can still talk about it from time to time. Haha. There’s also a coat rack at the back. That would be really good in the winter.
Our bowl or ramen came not too long after they took my order.
This was it after a good ten minutes. 😀
They also sell Ichiran ramen in boxes if you wanted to take some home. This is by the entrance/exit area on the main floor on street level. The prices are not bad.