By Kenji Kitabayasho, who swapped the rice paddies of Akita for the bright lights of Tokyo for university, and is still here 20 years on.
Edited by Kathryn Foley
Eating ramen in Tokyo is a unique experience, unlike anywhere else in Japan really. As a long island, the country is home to many different types of ramen, with each region having its own artfully crafted speciality. These variations were the result of different cultures you’ll find across Japan as well as the produce traditionally available in those areas. If I had to narrow it down to one area to slurp as many different types of ramen, I’d recommend Shinjuku, an inclusive area where everyone is accepted and anything goes! From trying 24 hour ramen in Shinjuku (a local tradition after a night out) to completely wacky, unusual types to purists’ ramen, there are hundreds of bowls of ramen in Shinjuku to try. What you consider to be the best ramen in Shinjuku depends on what style you like, so here are 10 places to try if you’re wondering where to eat ramen in Shinjuku.