The 5 Popular Ramen Chains Loved By Japanese | Japan Guide

You should visit these popular ramen chains (Ippudo, Korakuen, RaiRaiTei, Ichiran, Tenka Ippin) at first when you can’t decide which ramen place to eat at in Japan.

No.5 TENKA IPPIN


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Tenkaippin is known for its “Kotteri” (thick) soup. If you are craving for something rich and savory, check this place out! With over 200 restaurants throughout Japan, you should have no problem finding one.


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Even though the “Kotteri” ramen comes with a whopping 949 calories, its taste and unique texture is well worth it. Remember

No.4 ICHIRAN


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Have you ever imagined eating at a restaurant without seeing a waiter or a waitress? Then this is the place for you! First you buy a ticket from the ticket machine and then seat yourself. At your seat, you fill out a simple order form and a mysterious hand behind the curtain will take it and bring your ramen.


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Don’t worry about awkward eye contact! Each booth is for single use and separated. However, if you are not by yourself, you can remove the dividers. If you are in Japan, you will want to experience this atmosphere.

No.3 RAIRAITEI


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This is my personal favorite for a few reasons. The first is the customization, from the firmness of the noodles to the amount of green onions everything can be made according to your personal preference.


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Compared to other chain ramen restaurants, RaiRaiTei offers many menu options including deep fried cheese sticks, fried rice, kimchi, and even spring rolls. There is even a wide variety of soup bases. If you are traveling in a group then this place will something for everyone.

No.2 KORAKUEN


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If you are looking to save a buck, this Japanese style Chinese noodle ramen shop is the place for you.


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Don’t be fooled by their moderately priced menu, Korakuen makes the list because of their flavor and variety. This place is easy on the wallet and even offers a special kids menu.

No.1 IPPUDO


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With locations globally, this may not be unfamiliar to you. Ippudo is known for its Tonkotsu (pork bone) base soup.


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If you are fan of thin noodles and garlic, this is a must eat place for you. Each tables comes with a jar of garlic as well as a garlic press. So you can add as much as you want. If garlic is not your thing, don’t worry! There are plenty of complimentary side dishes.

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