The 5 Best Ramen in Niigata

updated: August 29th, 2023

Here are some recommended ramen shops in Chuo-ku, Niigata City. For information on ramen in Niigata, this is the place to go.

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    【Article】The "AOJIMASHOKUDO" is a popular ramen shop loved by locals in Chuo-ku, Niigata City.
     The restaurant has 10 counter seats, and the recommended menu is the Aoijima Chashu Ramen.
     This hearty chashu ramen perfectly combines nostalgic and gentle soup with lackluster noodles.
    Located about a 7-minute walk from Niigata Station, the store is conveniently accessible.
     The business hours are from 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:00, and they are open on Sundays as well.
     However, please note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, although there may be changes in the hours and scheduled closures.
     We recommend contacting the store before visiting to confirm.
    This shop has also received enticing reviews.
     In one review, the customer was impressed by the volume of the Aoijima Chashu Ramen and expressed their satisfaction with the nostalgic and gentle soup and lackluster noodles.
     In another review, the customer mentioned waiting for about 30 minutes after lining up at the opening time but was rewarded with delicious ramen.
     They were pleasantly surprised by the increased volume of chashu and enjoyed the taste until the end.
     Furthermore, in a third review, the customer visited the shop while traveling in Niigata and described their enjoyment of the excellent soup, noodles, and chashu.
    The shop seems to be thriving and has become a beloved bowl of ramen among the locals.
     Aoijima Chashu Ramen is especially recommended, so please take the time to visit at least once.


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    ITTOUYA is a popular ramen shop located in Chuo-ku, Niigata City.
     The shop specializes in soy sauce ramen and offers a rich and flavorful broth topped with large slices of chashu (roast pork) and thick menma (bamboo shoots).
     One of their recommended dishes is the spicy Gaten rice bowl, which pairs well with the pronounced heat of their homemade chili oil.
    With a spacious interior, ITTOUYA can accommodate up to 44 customers.
     The restaurant opens from 11 AM to 9 PM, including Sundays; however, they close once the soup runs out.
     It's located at 3-5-23 Shichiku-Yama, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, and can be reached on foot in approximately 18 minutes from Niigata Station South Exit.
    ITTOUYA focuses mainly on their soy sauce ramen offering.
     Their signature is the rich soy sauce broth, complemented by generous portions of chashu and menma.
     The Gaten rice bowl, which features spicy chili oil, is also highly recommended.
    The restaurant's spacious seating area ensures smooth customer turnover.
     However, when visiting around 12:30 PM on weekdays, the parking lot was full, resulting in a short wait.
     During the wait, names were written down, and there were five parties waiting ahead of us.
    Highly praised menu items include the Kasane Shoyu (Double Soy Sauce) ramen and Chashu-men (Ramen with Extra Pork).
     The Kasane Shoyu ramen costs 830 yen and allows for the addition of one extra chashu slice and half a portion of rice.
     The chashu slices are particularly substantial, with each slice weighing 100g.
     The Chashu-men includes three slices, providing a satisfying amount of meat.
    The soup is known for its seafood and pork bone flavor, and it is praised for its mildness and ease of consumption.
     The noodles are medium-thick straight noodles with a smooth texture, which also complement the dipping noodles.
     The menma is nearly square-shaped and comes in two large pieces, offering a delightful chewiness.
    ITTOUYA is a larger-scale regional shop, often attracting families and solo female customers.
     Its establishment and waiting area exude a casual atmosphere akin to a family restaurant.
    Make sure to visit ITTOUYA, known for its rich soy sauce ramen, generous chashu slices, and thick menma.


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    The TOYOKO Ramen Sasaguchi Restaurant, located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, offers one of the top 5 ramen in Niigata: "Niigata Rich Miso Ramen".
     Inside the restaurant, there are both counter and table seats, with a maximum capacity of 45 seats.
     The Vegetable Miso Ramen features a rich miso soup topped with abundant cabbage and bean sprouts, perfectly mingling with homemade thick noodles.
     Additionally, the included extra soup can be adjusted to your liking.
     Established in 1983, the restaurant was named "TOYOKO" because its founder trained in both Tokyo and Yokohama.
     While the operating hours are not specified, it's conveniently located a 10-minute walk from JR Niigata Station South Exit.
     If you want to savor the delicious flavors of Niigata, be sure to visit.


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    "KURAI" is a popular ramen shop located in Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture.
     The high-quality ramen offered here has gained a strong following.
     The ambiance created by the owner and the female proprietor is also remarkable, creating a pleasant atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious ramen.
    The menu at this restaurant includes soy sauce, niboshi soy sauce, tsukemen (dipping noodles), and salt ramen.
     One highly recommended option is the salt ramen with extra chashu (roast pork).
     The clear golden broth stands out with its refined saltiness, and you can also taste the rich flavor of the wheat.
     The finely chopped spring onions perfectly complement the soup and noodles, enhancing the overall deliciousness.
     The toppings, such as chashu, spring onions, seaweed, and bamboo shoots, are all delicious and well-balanced.
    In addition to noodles, you can also enjoy meat rice dishes at this shop.
     Both the noodles and toppings demonstrate the attention to detail, and the price of 200 yen is a pleasant surprise.
    The KURAI shop is located about 2 kilometers from Hakusan Station in Niigata City.
     It has 11 seats, including counter seats and raised tatami seating.
     The opening hours are generally from 11 am, except for regular holidays, but please note that the operating hours and regular holidays may vary, so it is recommended to check before visiting.
    KURAI is a shop that impresses many people through a bowl of ramen.
     Please visit and savor the perfected flavors for yourself.


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    MIYOSHIYA Station Minami Keyaki Street shop is one of the representative shops of the "Niigata Shoyu Assari style" which is one of the top 5 ramen in Niigata City.
     The store has counter seats and table seats, with a total of 14 seats.
     The business hours are from 11:00 to 13:45 and from 17:30 to 20:30, with regular holidays on Mondays and Tuesdays except Sundays.
     Access is about a 3-minute walk from the south exit of JR Niigata Station.
    The popular menu at this shop is the large serving of Chuuka Soba (Chinese-style ramen).
     The soup is rich and flavorful yet light, and the noodles are thin and curly.
     The Chashu (roast pork) in particular has a unique savoriness that you can't find elsewhere.
     It's a bowl of ramen that showcases the skills and dedication of the chef.
    MIYOSHIYA Station Minami Keyaki Street shop is a long-standing ramen shop that has been loved by ramen enthusiasts in Niigata City for many years.
     Its delicious ramen and cozy atmosphere charm many customers.
     When you visit Niigata, be sure to stop by and try it out.


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