Three Ramen Shops Along the Jr Yamanote Line Featured by Michelin



Three Ramen Shops Along the Jr Yamanote Line Featured by Michelin


The Yamanote Line is a train line that loops around central Tokyo. Serving many of Tokyo's busiest districts, it is arguably the most popular line with locals and tourists. Along the line are countless delicious restaurants and eateries. Today we want to focus on ramen.

We've handpicked three ramen restaurants among those that have been featured in the Michelin Guide, that also have good access from stations along the Yamanote Line. Enjoy!

Tantan-men in Otsuka: Nakiryu

Our first shop has the prestige of being one of the few Michelin-starred ramen shops in the world. It actually won a Michelin star two years in a row and there's probably no ramen enthusiast in Tokyo that doesn't know it. Their staple dish is tantan-men. The mild soup has an accent that perfectly complements the homemade noodles, for a taste you won't forget.
Tantan-men in Otsuka: Nakiryu

Get off at JR Otsuka Station and head for the South Exit. The shop is tucked in an alleyway off the main street about six minutes on foot. This is a very popular restaurant so expect a long line. Make sure you have plenty of time!

JR Otsuka Station



Message from the manager: along with the tantan-men we offer other types of ramen like soy sauce and salt-based soup ramen. We make different kinds of noodles to match each type of soup.


Nakiryu | 創作麺工房 鳴龍
Address: SKY Minami-Otsuka 1F,  2-34-4 Minami-Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
*Open for lunch only on Monday
*May close early if noodles or soup sell out
Holyday: Tuesday
Access: 6 min. walk from JR Otsuka Station


Shoyu Ramen in Ikebukuro: Mendokoro Shinohara

Our next stop brings us to a place that has already been selected twice by Michelin's Bib Gourmand in its first 2 years of business. The taste alone is of course worth the visit, but a special mention also has to be made for the photogenic presentation. Their signature item, the Tokusei Shoyu Soba (special soy sauce noodles) starts out with a light flavor that gets deeper and more intense as you keep eating.
Shoyu Ramen in Ikebukuro: Mendokoro Shinohara

From JR Ikebukuro Station's West Exit is mostly a straight walk. The shop is along the big road and very easy to find. 

Ikebukuro Station


Mendokoro Shinohara

Message from the manager: our filling noodles contain whole wheat flour. Please come taste and enjoy them at your own pace.


Mendokoro Shinohara | 麺処 篠はら
Address: 3-1-4 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. - 9:00p.m. (night opening changes to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
*May close early if noodle of soup sell out
Holiday: Wednesday
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Ikebukuro Station / 5 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Kanamecho Station


Shio Ramen in Akihabara: Motenashi Kuroki

Our final ramen dish has an almost French style to it. The popular restaurant Motenashi Kuroki has been listed for two consecutive years in the Michelin Guide Tokyo. We recommend the Tokusei Shio Soba (special salt noodles). The clear soup with unique toppings makes for a beautiful looking and delicious bowl.
Shio Ramen in Akihabara: Motenashi Kuroki

From Akihabara Station, walk past Showa-dori street for about 7 minutes. The shop sports a Japanese look with an unfinished wood exterior and noren curtains hanging over a sliding door.

The ordering process is a little unusual. You get your order ticket from the vending machine inside, then you get in line. The ticket machine has English translation, which makes it easy to choose what you want. If you order the salt noodles you get to choose the type of noodles as well (thin or homemade). Just tell your preference to the staff when they take your ticket.

Akihabara Station


Motenashi Kuroki

Message from the manager: We have a fully open kitchen. The counter height was carefully calculated so you can watch the entire cooking process from all of the seats. It’s okay to take pictures too. We want to bring you the taste of ramen together with a view of the skillful cooks at work.


Motenashi Kuroki | 饗 くろ㐂 
Address: Shiren Building Hall 3 1F, 2-15 Kanda Izumicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
*Open only for lunch on Wednesday, open as "Shio Kuroki" on Friday
*May close early if noodle of soup sell out
Holiday: Sundays and public holidays
Access: 7 min. walk from JR Akihabara Station / 6 min. walk from JR Asakusabashi Station


So what will it be for you, tantan-men, shoyu, or shio ramen? With all the variety you're sure to find the perfect bowl that suits your tastes. Go jump on the Yamanote line and enjoy some amazing Michelin-certified ramen!

*The above article is based on a coverage from December 2017.
*Menu items are subject to change.


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