Ichiran Ramen in Kyoto and Osaka: Best Ramen in Japan

Not just once, but twice! That’s how much we love Ichiran. It was last year when we found Ichiran by accident in Tsim Sha Tsui after a long day tour around Hong Kong. Thanks to Dexter’s craving for ramen – the “ramen” of my life was found (Insert Love of a lifetime by Firehouse here). Okay, so that was in Hong Kong. For two consecutive nights, we indulged ourselves in tonkotsu ramen experience in Ichiran. You might want to see the post here.  Now, that we finally landed to the land where this orgasmic food originated, we grabbed the chance not just once, but twice! Here’s our Ichiran ramen in Kyoto and Osaka.

Ichiran Ramen in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan

Even if you google Ichiran yourself, you can always find good reviews about this restaurant. They are focused into one type of ramen – tonkotsu. When we say tonkotsu, the soup broth is made from boiling pork bones and other special ingredients for several hours. When tonkotsu ramen is served to the customers, the bowl is filled with the ramen noodles in soup broth, topped with sliced pork belly. You have the option whether you want it topped with egg or additional meat, depending on your preference.

Ichiran Ramen in Kyoto and Osaka

The first few days in Japan, we stayed in Kyoto for my international conference. Since Ichirian also has a branch in Kawaramachi, Kyoto, we purposely went there! The branch is smaller as compared to Tsim Sha Tsui. However here, instead of paying your meal over the counter, there’s a vending machine where you can take and pay for your order.

After placing our orders, we were led by a staff to our designated counters, private little booths for customers – exactly the same system with the other Ichiran branches. Afterwards, we handed our tickets over through the little window in front of us. A staff from the inside would get the ticket and order sheet and prepare our order. Once the order arrived, the little window was closed for privacy in eating. In the Philippines, making noise while drinking your soup seems to be ill-mannered. But, in Japan, the more you like your food, the more you should express your delight through that as-awkward-and-loud-as-you-want-noises while drinking the soup broth.

If there’s one thing you will consider, the queue can get pretty long especially during prime hours. But, if you are really after a delicious quality ramen, it’s totally worth the wait! I just hope that one day, they’ll open a branch here in the Philippines. Highly recommended!

Kyoto Location

Osaka Location

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Denise @In-Home Medical Supplies
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If I were in Osaka, I would definitely stop by Ichiran ramen. That picture makes the ramen look absolutely delicious.

Anna
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Anna

That’s fascinating! It doesn’t sound like my kind of soup, but the system is very unique and I would gladly drink the ramen just to experience the ordering system 😀 Here in Poland it’s also ill-mannered to make noises while eating. I used to have a Chinese flatmate though and she’d slurp her soups so loud, it was actually incredible 😂 She said she had to learn to slurp so loud to make her grandmother happy, because in her culture if you eat in silence, it means you don’t like the dish! I guess to each their own! I’m really… Read more »

Brandy
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I once watched someone make real ramen, it was so amazing! I love that you shared this, I bet having ramen in Japan is delicious. My middle son wants to visit Japan some day!

Jessica Collazo
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The palce looks super cozy and those ramen look so delicious.

Eileen M Loya
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Eileen M Loya

Authentic ramen right at the source! Yummy. I wish to visit Japan soon. I’d make sure I’d dine at Ichiran Ramen if I make it there.

Serene Xi
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Serene Xi

Your excitement for this destination and food choice are so apparent! You made me want to visit myself, which I will certainly do.

Ntensibe Edgar
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Hihi….you sure love this place, Cha! Twice in less than 2 years? The ramen here has to be generous and out of this world!

Heather
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I’ve always wanted to try authentic ramen. I’ve heard that it’s so good!

jennifer schreiner
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I would love to visit Japan someday. What a great and fun way to experience ramen. Noodles are the best and the ordering system just so different

Matt Taylor
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Matt Taylor

I need to try authentic ramen. The only kind I have had was the cheap stuff that comes at my grocery store, haha.

Wendy Polisi
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Wendy Polisi

I would love to have some authentic ramen. It is such a wonderful dish and comes in so many varieties.

wanderlustbeautydreams
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I never had ramen before. I would love to try this out whenever I’m in Japan!

Lily
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Lily

This makes me want to go back to Japan. Best ramen ever.

Sarah
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That ramen looks delicious! I love the way the ramen shops work, how each customer gets a small private booth, it just looks so appealing, especially compared to the usual noisy customer filled restaurants I have been to. My dream is to go to Japan one day and when I do I will absolutely be going to an Ichiran ramen shop. I have had instant ramen before but I really want to try the real thing.

angelina
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Now if I ever go to Japan, I’ll know exactly where to head to for my ramen fix. Thanks for the insight because ramen is my favourite!