Ichiran Chuo Higashi - Best ramen shop in Shinjuku

Restaurant: Ichiran Chuo Higashi (一蘭中央東口店)
Address: B1F Peace Bld, 3-34-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Tokyo, Post 160-0022
Phone: 03-3225-5518
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station South East Entrance On foot 5 minutes
Subway Marunouchi Line Shinjuku 3-chome Station On foot 1 minute
Open Hour: 24 Hours
Close: No holidays
Price: Approximately 1,000 Yen
Credit Card: Not Available
Seats: 28 Seats
Smoking: No smoking allowed
Menu: English menu available
Recommended: Classic Tonkotsu Ramen (790 Yen)
This is probably one of the most famous places to have the Ichiran Ramen among all the chain shops in Japan. It is quite popular that you would find this shop in your guidebook or even at the information center nearby. The shop is conveniently located very close to JR Shinjuku Station South East Exit and is open for 24 hours. Above all, the ramen in Ichiran is just amazing. How could people just walk past such condition right? Well, as a matter of fact, when you get here, you would be amazed of the splendid ramen they proudly serve as well as the long queue you might have to struggle.. We personally recommend you to visit Ichiran Shinjuku Kabukicho which is also located close to JR Shinjuku Station, but this time from East Exit. This shop was newly opened from April 2016 so some of you may not know about the new Ichiran shop in Shinjuku yet. Anyhow, that’s one of your options to avoid the long queue at the famous Chuo Higashi shop. Besides that, the ramen in Ichiran is just superb. The classic tonkotsu ramen (790 yen) with a little bit of red pepper on top is almost like a perfection of pork bone based that amazes you with every sip. This tasty soup that coils around the thinner noodle inside that has an excellent chewy texture, is extremely mouthwatering that has been loved by the locals for more than 50 years. You can either wait for the long queue or visit the second one, but either way is definitely worth it for such high quality ramen. You won’t regret it.

Picture Guide to the Restaurant

・Total distance: 290m, 3mins (on foot)

・Starting Point : JR Shinjuku Station, South East Entrance

・Steps to follow : 1 - 8


1. Let's start your way from Shinjuku Station, South East Entrance.  

2. This is how Shinjuku South East Entrance looks like.  Follow the arrow to the stairs BEHIND you.   

3. Downstairs to the LEFT.  

4. After you come downstairs, cross the street and make a LEFT turn by following the arrow.


Then walk straight for about 100m until you reach the crossing.  

5. When you get to the crossing, DO NOT cross the street, but follow the arrow to the RIGHT.  

6. Walk straight for about 150m and you will find your destination to your right.


You will also find LOTTERIA with yellow signboard to your right. 

7. This is your destination Ichiran ramen shop to your right.  


However, you would probably need to pass Ichiran to queue from the end of this line, which starts from in front of the convenience store next to the shop. 


Yes that's how crowded it is!


8. But it's worth waiting.  Enjoy your best Ichiran ramen in Shinjuku!  


For your information, you can also visit Ichiran Kabukicho (opened in April 2016) which is located also in Shinjuku.  It will not be crowded as this one.  

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