What you'll do
You’ll feast your way around a neighbourhood which is renowned amongst locals for its multitude of ramen shops, an area slightly off the beaten path where you’ll certainly need a Japanese speaking local to show you the ropes.
You could visit Okachimachi, a neighbourhood just a few stops from Tokyo station which is home to a large market, plenty of standing bars and ramen joints and an easygoing atmosphere. Or maybe you’d prefer to eat your way around the ramen shops of Ikebukuro, a business district that’s known as the entrance to suburbia; for these reasons it’s popular meeting point for people travelling in and out of central Tokyo, meaning hundreds of ramen shops to choose from!
Let us know your tastes and preferences, and your Host will choose three ramen shops to visit, where you’ll slurp three completely unique bowls of ramen, giving you a taste of just how wildly diverse Japanese ramen can be.
Maybe you’d like to try yuzu ramen, a unique speciality you’ll rarely find outside of Japan. Yuzu is a type of Japanese citrus fruit, which gives the broth an unusual flavour and keeps it light and tangy - broth is classified as assari, which means ‘light’.
Try a classic Tonkotsu ramen, the speciality of Fukuoka, a city in Kyushu which is Japan’s largest southerly island. The best Tonkotsu ramen shops simmer their broth for hours on end, and some even claim to cook it for a whole day! The broth is a milky white, opaque colour which is just so silky and creamy, and is classified as kotteri, which means ‘heavy’.
If you’re a ramen addict yourself, you’ll want to discover new styles and flavours. Have you ever tried Tsukemen ramen? With this style, you’re served one chilled bowl of noodles, and one steaming bowl of broth. Dip the noodles in the broth bit by bit to let them soak up the flavour, then enjoy!
As you slurp your way through three bowls of ramen, you’ll learn about the different classifications, toppings, ways of cooking and ways of eating. Your Host will also show you how to order from ramen vending machines, and etiquette for how to eat it.
- Private and personalised experience
- 3 hours with a Host
- At least 3 different taste of Ramen dishes from local place and 3 drinks (beer, high balls or soft drink)
- Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drinks from the ones provided in the experience
- Tickets to any attractions
- Transportation costs
- Gratuities (optional)
Cancel up to 14 days before your experience and get a full refund.
Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.
- Join a ramen addicted Host to eat your way around a local neighbourhood with hundreds of ramen shops
- Try 3 completely unique types of ramen and experience new varieties you may never have heard of
- Learn about the different ways of classifying ramen, the seasonings, toppings, types of noodles, and unique flavours they can be infused with
- Discover three authentic ramen shops where you order at vending machines and squeeze in along tiny bars
- Get recommendations from your Host for other ramen shops to visit in Tokyo