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Tokyo Ramen Show

Held annually in Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagaya, the Tokyo Ramen show draws in thousands of visitors to taste a variety of limited edition noodles every autumn. The show lasts for eleven days, with 18 vendors each week. The Chinese noodle is notorious for changing flavors and textures in each prefecture. The festival is the perfect opportunity to try bowls from different parts of the country and from some of the best chefs all over the world.

Tokyo Ramen Show
  • Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    The show features 18 different bowls of ramen, costing 850 yen each. The process to purchase is simple, since all of the bowls are the same price. Visitors purchase a ticket from a vending machine, with 850 yen being the base price. Tickets can be purchased by themselves or in a bundle, so visitors don’t have to continue returning to the machine between bowls. For additional toppings or special noodles, visitors will pay in extra 100 yen increments, depending on the vendor. It is advisable to bring a friend or two to share bowls to try as many flavors as possible. Advance tickets can be purchased at 7-11.

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    The variety of choices can be overwhelming. Diners should take a close look at each stand before choosing their noodle. The lines are never deceiving since the best booth normally draws the largest crowd. Most of the vendors boast regional specialities from restaurants that bring over their best chefs. This is the most convenient way to travel throughout Japan via noodle bowls. Some of the best bowls from the first week of the 2018 show included a prawn seafood ramen from Nagasaki, dark miso broth from Hokkaido, and local Wakayama ramen, the prefecture voted for best ramen. The second week included Fukuoka tonkotsu from Kurume City, shabu shabu ramen, and wonton noodles from Yamagata. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite ramen!

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    The most popular stands tend to be the collaboration bowls. In 2018, Ippudo, a popular chain of tonkotsu noodles, and Nakamoto, known for the spiciest ramen in the country, collaborated for a bright red bowl of umami goodness. There are a few other teamwork ramen bowls each week, featuring restaurants or different regions combining their noodles, broth and toppings to create a unique new flavor. Be sure to get in line early before they sell out!

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    To cool down, there will be a dessert booth. Since the show focuses mainly on ramen, there is only one featured dessert. The quality of the dessert is just as good as the ramen, and the show never skimps on taste. In 2018, the Ramen Show featured kakigori, a smooth and soft Japanese shaved ice, from the nearby Setagaya store Yuki Usagi. The dessert shop is known for their one of a kind toppings, including seasonal delicacies like Japanese pumpkin or a traditional matcha.

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

  • Seating is aplenty at the festival but can get crowded on weekends or during lunchtime. The ramen is served in convenient, disposable bowls with wooden chopsticks and can be taken anywhere. Most people eat on the premises at the picnic tables or covered tents but it is also possible to venture out further into the park. Or, take a bowl to the stage and watch live performances, varying from mini rock concerts to karaoke competitions.

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    Tokyo Ramen Show

    The Tokyo Ramen Show is held over a week in autumn every year from 10AM to 9PM. The event is free of charge but tickets must be purchased to eat ramen.

    Komazawa Olympic Park
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Komazawakouen 1-1
    Phone
    0334216431
    Remarks
    【URL】http://www.ramenshow.com/index.html
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