These days, everybody is looking for the next delicious meal or beautiful view to post on Instagram or share on Twitter. So what better time is there to get a few new followers than when you're traveling in Tokyo? Sure, you could spend your time trying on kimono and admiring beautiful temples all over the city, but we all know that eating amazing food is a key part of a good trip. So whether you just want to stop in and try an unusual bowl of noodles for lunch, or you're looking to take the next perfectly arranged food shot to attract a million likes, try out one of these delicious ramen shops!
Blue Ramen Inspired by The Hawaiian Sea: Kipposhi Ramen
Located in the busy Shibuya area, Kipposhi Ramen has recently become a true Instagram star, attracting social media gurus from all over to world to sample their clear blue ramen. This ramen uses a broth made from chicken stock, and while the ingredient that makes it so blue is a secret, they say it's all natural. Using a careful process to keep the chicken from clouding the broth, Kipposhi's blue ramen will blow you away with its deep color, and delicate flavor. Additionally, Kipposhi offers ramen in other cool colors using different ingredients, in case you're looking for more of a rainbow effect on your social media. Take advantage of Kipposhi's relaxing cafe-style atmosphere to slow down and take a couple of snaps for Snapchat, while you chow down with friends.
Address: #102 Dainesu-Ichibankan, 1-11-5 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 minutes from JR Shibuya Station
Hours: 11:30~15:00, 18:00~22:00, closed on Wednesdays
Kipposhi Ramen Twitter
Only 30 Bowls of Oxtail Soup Are Made Each Day at Tee-Tee!
Hawaiian Cafe & Bar Tee-Tee's signature Oxtail Soup Ramen was born from a beautiful meeting of Hawaiian oxtail, coriander, and classic ramen noodles. After slowly simmering the soup base to bring out the traditional deep flavors of oxtail soup, this tasty ramen is served with ginger, parsley, oxtail, and shallots. It comes served in a big pink bowl, perhaps leading to its current popularity among cute-loving residents of Tokyo and Instagram alike. The specially made and somewhat unusual oxtail soup base has certainly brought it some attention, though, similar to the unique pufferfish ramen we've written about before.
Hawaiian Cafe & Bar Tee-Tee
Address: Intellex Aoyamadori Bldg. 1F, 2-9-11 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 6 minute walk from JR Shibuya Station
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00~22:00, Sat/Sun 10:00~19:00
Lemony Fresh Ramen Straight From The Seto Inland Sea: Neiroya Ramen
Neiroya offers a refreshing take on ramen, quite literally, as it uses fresh and natural ingredients to create a uniquely flavorful bowl of ramen. We're recommending the Setouchi Lemon Ramen, which really highlights the flavor of Setouchi lemons, famous in Japan for their great taste. This particular bowl of ramen mixes a rich chicken base with lemon juice, creating a fragrant soup with great mouthfeel, without making the soup overly heavy. Topped with tenderly cooked chicken, you're unlikely to go home hungry! If you finish the whole bowl and are still in the mood for a little something sweet and refreshing, however, Neiroya's kakigori (かき氷), shaved ice, is also a customer favorite.
Neiroya Ramen (Jinbocho)
Address: 1-3-6 Kanda-Sarugakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: 6 minute walk from Jinbocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Toei Line
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30~15:00, Sat/Sun 17:00~20:00, Holidays 11:30~16:00
Closed on Sundays.
Neiroya Jinbocho Twitter
Udon The Size of Your Kitchen Sink: Tsurutontan
It's true, we said this article was about ramen, but the sheer size of this udon makes it impossible to ignore when we're talking about things that will expand your follower count... and stomach. The people of Tokyo haven't been able to ignore it either, and when Tsurutontan first opened lines were out the door. With a variety of kinds on offer, who can resist the draw of the giant udon? Thankfully things have calmed down a little now, and you should be able to take your time once you start in on a bowl of noodles twice the size of your head.
Address: 3-14-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minutes from Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station
Hours: 11:30~8:00 (the next morning)
So, after looking at all these pictures of luscious noodles and broth, is your mouth watering? Are you ready to take your own beautiful photos of these unique bowls of noodle soup, to leave your friends drooling as well? If so, we hope you'll give these places a try!
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