6 Ramen Shops in Tokyo that are Famous for Spicy Ramen

There are many variations of ramen in Japan from orthodox and standard ones to weird ones.

In fact, you can find a wide variety of ramen in Tokyo, where there is keen competition among ramen shops.

Accordingly, each ramen shop offers noodle soups with unique features in order to differentiate their own ramen from those of other ramen shops.

Among such noodle soups, spicy ramen is a popular type. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of ramen shops in Tokyo whose signature dish is a spicy bowl of ramen.

Thus, today I will introduce 6 ramen shops in Tokyo that are famous for their spicy ramen noodles.

Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (蒙古タンメン中本)

Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto

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Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is a very popular Tokyo-based ramen chain specializing in spicy Tanmen noodles.

The ramen chain is nationally famous in Japan because the instant cup ramen (Amazon.com) that recreates the taste of Nakamoto’s signature dish is being sold in 7-eleven convenience stores. In fact, there are a lot of addicts of the Nakamoto’s spicy ramen in Japan.

The above photo shows Nakamoto’s signature noodle dish, “Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)”. Although generally Tanmen is a ramen consisting of lightly seasoned noodle soup topped with stir-fried vegetables, Mouko Tanmen is flavored with Nakamoto’s secret miso sauce.

Thanks to the sauce, the spicy Tanmen is full of umami and has a great combination of spiciness and savoriness.

Many Japanese ramen lovers consider Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto to be one of the best ramen shops in Tokyo.

Shop Information : Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Head Shop

Address : 2F Asaka-Building, 4-33–3-201 Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : 11:00 to 24:00
Open throughout the week

Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo (カラシビ味噌らー麺 鬼金棒)

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Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo is a ramen shop that is famous for its rich miso ramen. In fact, it is said that the ramen shop is one of the Tokyo’s best ramen shops specializing in miso ramen.

One of the signature dishes of this ramen shop is “Toku-Karashibi Miso Ramen (特カラシビ味噌らー麺)” that the above photo shows.

The spicy miso ramen is characterized by its spicy soup broth blended with 4 different kinds of chili peppers and Szechuan pepper, and the base of the broth is made with both seafood and animal bones.

You can adjust the spiciness called “Kara (辛)” and the amount of Szechuan pepper called “Shibi (痺)” by choosing each one from 5 levels when ordering.

Shop Information : Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo Head Shop

Address : 2-10-9 Kaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : (Weekdays and Saturday) 11:00 to 21:30  (Sunday) 11:00 to 16:00
Open throughout the week

Do Miso (ど・みそ)

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Do Miso is a ramen shop offering a rich miso ramen that can’t be forgotten after you eat once. Like Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo, it is said that this ramen shop is one of the best miso ramen specialty shops in Tokyo.

The most recommended ramen of this shop is “Toku-Miso Kotteri Ramen (特みそこってりラーメン)”, literally “Special-Rich Miso Ramen”, and its soup stock is made with bones of chicken and pork and is blended with 5 different kinds of miso pastes.

Another recommended noodle dish is a spicy miso ramen “Miso Orochon Ramen (みそオロチョンラーメン)”, and the above photo shows the Do Miso’s spiciest miso ramen “Miso Orochon Ramen Mega-Fire (みそオロチョンラーメン メガファイヤー)”.

Shop Information : Do Miso Head Shop

Address : 1F Sennari-Building, 3-4-3 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : (Weekdays) 11:00 to 22:30  (Saturday and Sunday) 11:00 to 21:00
Open throughout the week

Rishiri (利しり)

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Rishiri is one of the most famous ramen shops in Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, which opened about 50 years ago.

The most popular ramen offered by the shop is a soy-sauce-based spicy ramen containing more than 10 kinds of chili powder “Orochon Ramen (オロチョンラーメン)”.

The spicy ramen is characterized by its rich soy-sauce-based broth made using a snapping turtle “Suppon (すっぽん)” and the kombu seaweed from Rishiri, Hokkaido. Both Suppon and Rishiri Kombu are known as luxurious food materials in Japan.

You can adjust the spiciness of the Orochon Ramen up to 9 times when ordering.

Shop Information : Rishiri

Address : 1F Yanagi-Building, 2-27-7 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : 18:30 to 5:00
Closed : Sundays

Takagiya Takadanobaba (高木や 高田馬場店)

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Takagiya Takadanobaba is a popular ramen shop well-known for its spicy tsukemen and ramen noodles. The landmark of this ramen shop is a signboard on which a red mascot associated with ”The Scream” of Munch is drawn.

“Karai Tsukemen (辛いつけめん)”, literally spicy tsukemen is a popular noodle dish of this shop where you can choose the spiciness from 3 levels.

The spiciest ramen offered by Takagiya Takadanobaba is “Karamen (辛〜めん)”. As you can see from the above photo, Karamen is characterized by its rich miso-based broth whose surface is covered with plenty of red chili pepper.

Shop Information : Takagiya Takadanobaba

Address : 2F Sougen-Building, 3-10-11 Takada, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : 11:30 to 24:00
Closed : Irregular holidays

Mendokoro Inosho (麺処 井の庄)

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Medokoro Inosho is a popular ramen shop offering a super spicy ramen and tsukemen called “Kakarauo (辛辛魚)”.

The above photo shows tsukemen-type Karakarauo “Karakarauo Tsukemen (辛辛魚つけめん)”, which is characterized by its pork-bone-based rich dipping sauce topped with lots of fish powder and fine red chili pepper.

Even if you don’t like super-spicy things, you can adjust the spiciness of the ramen when ordering. Besides, the spicy noodle soup is full of umami and has an addicting spiciness.

Shop Information : Mendokoro Inosho

Address : B1F Lions Plaza, 3-25-21 Shakujii-machi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : (Monday to Friday) 11:00 to 15:30, 17:00 to 23:30 (Saturday and Sunday) 11:00 to 23:30
Open throughout the week


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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