10 Must Try Ramen Restaurants In Fukuoka, Japan

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It’s hard to find someone who has never heard of ramen, or not liked this particular Japanese dish. Everywhere around the world, you can find at least one restaurant that serves this “pulled noodles” in a bowl filled with fish or pork-based broth, along with nori (dry seaweed), menma (bamboo shoots), chashu (pork slices), and soy or miso sauces. The Japanese ramen was an adaptation of Chinese wheat noodles when the food first entered Japan in 1859. If you’re looking forward to trying a bowl of ramen right at its home country, then head to Fukuoka. This is the city that’s worth a culinary escapade, that includes the famous Hakata ramen with its rich broth. If you are drooling already then keep reading (with caution!) to see what are the 10 must try ramen restaurants in Fukuoka, and get on with your travel!

1. Nagahama Number One

When you’re in Fukuoka, the type of ramen that you will most likely find is the Nagahama ramen, that uses tonkotsu (pork and bones) base for the soup. Usually, this kind of ramen has a milky white soup and very thin noodles. One of the restaurants that is famous for this ramen in Fukuoka is Nagahama Number One, that interestingly also has a yatai (food stall) nearby for those who’d like to have a bowl of ramen and leave in quick time. If you’re looking for an experience of devouring your ramen within a private setting, then you should visit Nagahama Number One Restaurant, but if you’re looking for the ultimate ramen stall experience, then drop by at the yatai. Although, you might find a long line there.

Nagahama Number One

Address: 2-5-19 Nagahama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2am (closed on Sun)

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2. Hakata Issou

Hakata Issou probably is one of the ramen places in Fukuoka that’s tourist-friendly and comes with many happy locals due to their long opening hours. The owner of Hakata Issou, the Yamada brothers, opened this restaurant back in 2012 and they work with local farmers to provide their customers with fresh produce that can be used to create and re-create the delicious soup. One unique trait of Hakata Issou chefs is that they continuously move the soup between pots while cooking, and they call this process ramen cappuccino, creating the most glorious soup you ever try.

Hakata Issou

Address: 2-6-6 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Nakasu, Hakata, Fukuoka

Website: Hakata Issou

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

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3. Hakata Ramen Zen

If there’s something Hakata Ramen Zen is famous of, it’s their bowl of hot and tasty tonkotsu on a reasonable price. That’s a fare that’s not only friendly in students’ pockets, but also for travellers that are on a budget. Besides its friendly price, Hakata Ramen Zen is also popular for its convenient location, at central Tenjin. One of the signs that you know this is a right ramen place was how the locals are also satisfied eating their ramen here.

Hakata Ramen Zen

Address: 1-10-13 Tenjin, Chuo, Fukuoka

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

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4. Shin Shin

A good sign that Shin Shin is worth a visit is the long queue of people lining up to enter, that includes locals. What makes Shin Shin popular is how they keep the tradition alive by staying true to each recipe that’s been known for generations. They use pork bone broth that’s boiled for more than eight hours before being served, creating a rich and thick soup that brings about the taste of ramen in the bowl. Don’t forget to order the gyoza, yakitori, or edamame to prepare your appetite before your ramen arrive.

Shin Shin

Address: 3-2-19 Tenjin | 1F, Chuo, Fukuoka

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 3am (closed on Sun)

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5. Ganso Akanoren Setchan Ramen Tenjin

This is the ramen restaurant that’s more popular among locals. As you walked into Ganso Akanoren Setchan Ramen Tenjin, you will see locals thronging the eatery. They serve their bowl of ramen with delicious broth, fresh noodles, and portions that do justice to the cost (which is considered affordable). Although they do not offer an English menu at their restaurant, the friendly staff will assist you in ordering the ramen that you want. Then get ready to have one of the best Hakata ramens that you will ever try in this city.

Ganso Akanoren Setchan Ramen Tenjin

Address: 2-6-4 Daimyo, Chuo, Fukuoka

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

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6. Ramen Uminari Nakasu

This ramen restaurant is located in Nakasu, a district that is a popular entertainment zone in Kyusu, and moreover it’s also the ultimate warzone for culinary affairs. With this reputation to uphold, it’s hard to find a dining place that’s not satisfactory in this area. That includes Ramen Uminari Nakasu, that offers the signature pork bone broth. Since the place is located in a tourist area, you will find Ramen Uminari Nakasu accepting guests even at 11pm.

Ramen Uminari Nakasu

Address: 3-6-23 | 1F Wada Bldg., Nakasu, Hakata, Fukuoka

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6pm - 1am (closed on Sat & Sun)

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7. Ichiran Tenjin Nishidori

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Experience the mixture of traditional Japanese food with high-tech Japanese feature at Ichiran Tenjin Nishidori. Quite interestingly, the first step in ordering your meal is to use the vending machine and have your food prepaid before you can get the voucher that can be exchanged with your ramen. After you receive your voucher, you can find a table to sit before getting your ramen or having a customisation of your bowl so that you can have more than broth, noodles, pork slices, and green onions. Another unique Japanese trait that can be seen at Ichiran Tenjin Nishidori is the table setting, or it’s more like a cubicle where you can have the privacy to eat your food away from prying eyes.

Ichiran Tenjin Nishidori

Address: 2-1-57 Daimyo, Chuo, Fukuoka

Opening hours: 10am - 7am (daily)

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8. Ramen Oigen Kego

Although considered as a late bloomer in the ramen industry, only opened in 2014, Ramen Oigen Kego is a smart player to catch up in the game. The secret is the extra rich soup and sliced pork, the art of which was picked up by the owner, Takeshi Shumagari, during his time working at a famous ramen shop. Today Ramen Oigen Kego is one of the famous ramen places that people, both locals and tourists, go to when they’re looking for good traditional tonkatsu ramen (also other traditional Japanese dishes) and a glass of beer to wash it down, especially at the wee hours in the morning.

Ramen Oigen Kego

Address: 1F ARK Kego, 1-13-1 Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka

Website: Ramen Oigen Kego

Opening hours: 11:30am - 4pm, 5pm - 4am (daily)

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9. Ramen Jinambo

Hakata-style ramen
Source: Photo by user Masahiko OHKUBO used under CC BY 2.0

Ramen Jinambo probably is not the biggest ramen restaurant out there in Fukuoka. It only has 8 seats at the bar and another 10 seats, so you might find a queue when you arrive there to dine. You can get your order on the machine before you get a table, but then by the time you’re seated, your ramen gets ready to be served and enjoyed.

Ramen Jinambo

Address: 2-16-4 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Opening hours: 11am - 11:30pm (daily)

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10. Taiho Ramen Tenjin-Imaizumi Shop

If you visited Fukuoka and find that tonkotsu ramen is something that you’re fond of, then you have to visit Taiho Ramen Tenjin-Imaizumi Shop. It is known that Taiho Ramen is the restaurant that appreciates and is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen. Therefore, you will get the most authentic one among others. Taiho Ramen Tenjin-Imaizumi Shop serves their ramen in thick oily and garlicky broth that will bring out the delicious taste of the noodle. One visit to this place might not be enough during your travel to Fukuoka.

Taiho Ramen Tenjin-Imaizumi Shop

Address: Imaizumi, Chuoku, Fukuoka

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 11am - 10pm (closed on Tue)

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Try some delicious Japanese food for your holiday

Travelling to Japan is like visiting the haven for delectable dishes. Many hidden gems will taste better in the home country, and the best location is Fukuoka. When you’re in Fukuoka, get ready to try out a variety of ramen that will make your visit unforgettable.

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