I Enjoyed Aoshima Shokudo’s Shoga Shoyu Ramen in Nagaoka

Niigata is a prefecture located about 300 km northwest of Tokyo. In the prefecture, the city “Nagaoka (長岡)” has the second largest population, approximately 2.7 hundred thousand, after the city Niigata.

Nagaoka is nationally famous for its fireworks festival annually held on August 2 and 3 where many people come to see the splendid firework display from around the country.

In Nagaoka, there is a flavor of ramen known as one of Niigata’s 5 major local ramen, to eat which I visited the city the other day.

Nagaoka Shoga Shoyu Ramen (長岡 しょうが醤油ラーメン)

Nagaoka Shoga Ramen with Ginger Flavor

Actually, the Nagaoka’s local ramen is also available in instant version, which I actually enjoyed just now. The name of the Nagaoka’s specialty is “Shoga Shoyu Ramen (しょうが醤油ラーメン)”.

“Shoga (しょうが)” means ginger in Japanese, while “Shoyu (醤油)” is soy sauce, so Shoga Shoyu Ramen is a bowl of soy sauce based ramen with a hint of ginger flavor.

Aoshima Shokudo (青島食堂)

Aoshima Shokudo in Nagaoka

In Nagaoka, there are several ramen shops popular for their Shoga Shoyu Ramen, but among those, “Aoshima Shokudo (青島食堂)” is the most famous ramen shop known as the originator of Nagaoka Shoga Shoyu Ramen.

Aoshima Shokudo has 3 ramen shops in Nagaoka and the other day I went to the Miyauchi-Ekimae main shop located in front of JR Miyauchi Station.

As you can see in the photo, the shop might be hard to find because the signboard denoting the place is small.

Aoshima Shokudo Nagaoka Shoga Ramen

Nonetheless, in the shop, there are always a lot of people slurping the noodles.

Aoshima Shokudo’s Shoga Shoyu Ramen has a deep taste of soy sauce and its subtle ginger flavored broth makes the noodle soup refreshing. Thus, you can’t get enough of it.

Would you like to try it?

Akihabara Branch in Tokyo

Luckily, Aoshima Shokudo has a branch in Akihabara, Tokyo (Google Map), so if you are interested in the Nagaoka’s unique ginger ramen and have a plan to visit Tokyo, why not stop by the branch?

  • Address : 3-20-1 Kanda Sakuma-Cho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
  • Open : 11:00 to 18:00
  • Closed : Tuesdays


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, 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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