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Ramen yatai in Nakasu

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1. Ganso Nagahama Shop

It’s said that because the local fishermen ate so quickly after fishing, this Ganso Nagahamaya is said to be the origin of kaedama (extra serving of noodles). It’s commonly said that Hakata’s tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen is different; with a refreshing soup and plump roasted pork filet. It’s the comfort food of Nagahama dads.             

Business hours: 4:00 am – around 1:45 pm (extended hours if possible)

Holidays: Closed for about 1 week during New Year’s holidays

Address: 2-5-38 Nagahama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

2. Ramen Sumiyoshi-tei

The heap of spring onions piled on top is the trademark of Ramen Sumiyoshi-tei. If it suits your taste, you can also have spicy mustard as an addition. The soup is the Nagahama ramen light tonkotsu broth. It’s a quietly popular shop that cannot be left out of the list of Hakata ramen.             
                         

Business hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Address: 5 Chome-5-1 Hakataekiminami, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

3. Isshin Furan (Daimyo Honten)

This Miyazaki originated ramen shop is particular about their soup and has a varied menu with options like black, white, red, gold and more. Although the taste is rich and flavorful, the appeal of this ramen is that it doesn’t linger unpleasantly afterwards. The noodles are springy and of medium thickness making it easy to eat even for those new to Hakata ramen.                    

Business hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:00 am – 2:00 am (next day), [Sun & Hol] 11:00 am – midnight. Can enter after 10 pm.  

HP: www.isshinfuran.jp/shop/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 2 Chome-6 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

4. Ippudo (Daimyo Honten)

Ippudo was established in 1985 and together with its well-established reputation, has continued since then. It has presently gained worldwide popularity. When speaking of Ippudo ramen, it’s their two kinds: “akamaru shinaji” with homestyle flavoring oil added to it, and “shiromaru motoaji” which was handed down since its founding. You’ll become addicted to the superfine noodles entangled in the tonkotsu soup.      

Business hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri & before holidays 11:00 am – midnight, Sat 10:30 am – midnight, Sun & Holidays 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

Holidays: New year holiday

HP: www.ippudo.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1 Chome-13-14 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

5. Ichiran (flagship shop)

If we’re talking about Ichiran’s appeal, then its their “flavor concentration booth” that has each seat separated by a partition. In the single-person seat, you can face your ramen and take your time savoring it. Also another appeal is that you can customise the richness of the tonkotsu soy sauce soup, the toppings and more to your liking using a survey-style order form. Not only is it delicious, it’s a shop where you can have fun with your ramen.  

Business hours: (flavor concentration booth) 10:00 am – 5:00 am the next day. (Ichiran) 24hours

Holidays: Open all year round

HP: www.ichiran.co.jp/index_hp.htmlwww.ichiran.co.jp/tenpo/q_nakasu.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 5-3-2 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

6. Hakata Ikkousha (Hakata honten)

Hakata Ikkousha offers a new style of Hakata tonkotsu ramen. The tonkotsu ramen stays the same but it’s unique trait is that the soup is whipped into a foam and has a strong flavor that’s been quite popular lately. The balance of the thin-and-flat beaten noodles exquisitely entwined with the rich soup and thick slice of pork fillet also the best.          

Business hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:00 am – midnight (last order 11:30 pm) [Sunday] 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, lunchtime 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Holidays: None

HP: www.ikkousha.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1 Chome-8-4 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

7. Aka noren watei

Aka noren watei, which offers a soy sauce based tonkotsu ramen, is a ramen shop divided with traditional noren curtains that was established over 60 years ago. It’s a bit different from other Hakata ramen, the noodles are tender and fine while the soup is thick and rich. They also offer a set menu. Since the value is great for the money, there’s a lie every day and it’s quite popular.

Business hours: Monday – Friday lunchtime 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (last order at 3pm), dinner 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (last order at 10:45 pm), Saturday/Sunday/Holiday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (last order 9:45 pm)

Holidays: Unknown

Address:  1F Matsuzaki bld, 4 Chome-24-10 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

8. Hakata Daruma

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Hakata Daruma is the representative ramen of Fukuoka. Established in 1963 and continuing without a change, their “seabura-iri kotteri tonkotsu ramen” has a deliciousness with an umami that immediately melts in your mouth. It’s also incredibly popular with tourists so a line is inevitable during holidays.

Business hours: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (last order at midnight)

Holiday: New years day

HP: ra-hide.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-8-25 Watanabedori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken (Google Map)

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