One of the best Abura-soba in Ikebukuro, Tokyo “Musashino Abura Gakkai”

What is Abura-soba?
For those who have never heard of one of our unique food, Abura-soba, it is basically ramen without soup. Because of its name, (Aburra means oil and soba means noodle) a lot of people think it is so heavy, however, it is actually healthier than ramen. It has become dramatically popular in the last few years due to its delicious taste. If you are a ramen fan, let’s take a further step this time and try Abura-soba.



Musashino Abura gakkai
Musashino Abura gakkai aka Gakkai is very famous among students even though it is located in Ikebukuro, which is a very competitive area for ramen/abura-soba restraurants. Even if there is a line, don’t worry. It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes and we promise it’s worth the waiting in line process.

What to order
We recommend basic abra-soba. The price is only 630 yen. You can buy a ticket in front of the door and give it to a stuff. You can add extra noodle for free.


How to eat
Once your abra-soba is ready, you can add a little bit of spicy oil and vinegar. Then, you should mix it all well and eat it before it gets cold.

Musashino Abura Gakkai

Ramen – Gone Global –

The ramen boom in Japan exploded in 2000s. Specialty Ramen shops continued to open. Successful ramen chef received much media coverage. Suddenly, ramen became essential for food critics. In order to stay in competition, ramen chef had to make all efforts.

Although Ramen used to be a type of fast food for busy business man or students, the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2015 listed 22 ramen shops.

1. Aoba, Nakano-ku
2. Ishin, Shinagawa-ku
3. Ito, Kita-ku
4. Ito, Chuo-ku
5. Kintoki, Nerima-ku
6. Kojitsu, Nakano-ku
7. Gottsu, Nerima-ku
8. Shinagawa, Toshima-ku
9. Soranoiro, Chiyoda-ku
10. Takano, Shinagawa-ku
11. Tsuta, Toshima-ku
12. Toy Box, Arakawa-ku
13. Due Italian, Chiyoda-ku
14. Bigiya, Meguro-ku
15. Burari, Arakawa-ku
16. Bum Bun Blau Cafe, Shinagawa-ku
17. Hototogisu, Shibuya-ku
18. Mitsufuji Meguro-ku
19. Mugi to Olive, Chuo-ku
20. Men Edoya, Edogawa-ku
21. Morizumi, Bunkyo-ku
22. Yamaguchi, Shinjuku-ku

Michelin Listed Ramen Shop…………Takano
A Michelin listed Ramen shop. The broth is made from dried smoked bonito flakes, sea kelp, pork, chicken and vegetables. The signature ramen is simple and delicious. It tastes rich and profound than it looks. The female chef works with her husband has seriously engaged in ramen. I felt like tasting the chef’s passion and devotion in a bowl of ramen. While tonkotsu (broth from pork bone) ramen boom is growing in abroad, this type of soy flavor ramen is still the most common in Tokyo.
Average spending from 1,000yen

Ramen Museum in Yokohama
Ramen museum in Yokohama is an exciting place for a Ramen enthusiast. It is recommended to have small-sized ramen if you fail to resist the urge to eat multiple bowls of ramen at one time. Eight to nine renowned shops across Japan are showcased in the limited-term. Admission Fee: Adult 310yen, Child 100yen

Yokohama is the historical port town and one of the most popular tourist places for a day trip from Tokyo. If you want more to eat after ramen, head to Yokohama Chinatown which is the symbol of Yokohama’s international food culture. There are so many Chinese restaurants there.

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Tsukemen, a kind of Ramen

Hi there,

My second entry is also about Ramen. But this time, I am going to introduce another type of ramen called Tsukemen, which is my favorite too. Tsukemen is not a typical noodle soup style. Rather, the noodle and soup come in the separate bowl.

Basically, you will dip the noodle in the soup like zaru soba style. Why this style? This way, you can taste and enjoy the real taste of noodle. You are likely to eat much more noodle than typical ramen in a soup style.

Also, the soup is usually more condensed, richer and deeper so when you finish eating noodle, you should ask the staff to say “soup wari, kudasai” or “soup please”. He is going to give you another soup to mix it with the tsukemen soup to make it drinkable or less condensed. You finish eating noodle and drinking the soup. This is how you enjoy Tsukemen.

Of course, in our tour, we will introduce one of the best Tsukemen shops in Tokyo, which is totally supported and loved by local people.

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Hi there,

This entry is about my favorite food or noodle soup called Ramen, which is originally a Chinese noodle soup but that uniquely evolved to the new style in Japan.

Ramen typically has 4 different tastes:
+ Shio Ramen (Salt based)
+ Shoyu Ramen (Soy sauce based)
+ Miso Ramen (Miso based)
+ Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork based)

Pictures of Shio Ramen at my favorite ramen shop called Magokoro Chubo in Tokyo

Originally, Ramen had 4 different tastes but it recently introduced the new taste called double soup (W-soup) that is mixture of seafood taste soup and chicken and/or pork taste soup. This certainly gives you a very unique, rich and deep taste. I highly recommend that you try Ramen with its double soup. Of course, I am going to introduce one of the best ramen noodle shops in Tokyo with its double soup, which is also highly ranked at a word-of-mouth ranking site for foods in Japanese or sort of Japanese yelp.

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