Shinjuku is known for one of the fiercest battlegrounds for ramen shops with around 200 shops there. They are rich in variety, from basic ones to novelty ones. Ramen, which is originally from China, is now Japanese national fast food. These are the ramen shops you should visit.
Whenever you visit, you'll see the long lines for this very popular shop. While it is famous for their thick seafood-based Tsukemen, you should the simple ramen too. Kamatama ramen (like Kamatama Udon, one of popular Udon) is also worth a try.
This shop's specialty is Shio Ramen (Solt-based ramen). You will easily eat up this light shio ramen. This is the best one for those who don't like greasy noodles. "toripaitan ramen" is also worth a try.
麺屋 翔 (Menya Syo) 東京都新宿区西新宿7-22-34 7-22-34 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hachiro Shoten 八郎商店
Miso ramen and Tonkotsu ramen are the other typical Japanese ramen. This shop serves the collaboration of them: Tonkotsu-miso ramen. The thick soup coating the noodle well has been fascinating people.
八郎商店 (Hachiro Shoten) 東京都 新宿区西新宿7-5-5プラザ西新宿102 102 Plaza Nishi-shinjuku, 7-5-5 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Ramen Nagi ラーメン凪
If you want to feel Niboshi (dried sardine) to satiety, the best place is Ramen Nagi. Among rather thick noodles, you'll find even thicker noodle like Udon. Open through 24 hours.
ラーメン凪 (Ramen Nagi) 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-1-10 2F 2F, 1-1-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Shoyu ramen (soy sauce-based ramen) is one of the traditional Japanese ramen. The combination of springy noodle and the mild tasted soup has been loved for generations.
ほりうち (Horiuchi) 東京都新宿区西新宿1-4-7高野ビル1F 1F Takano bld. 1-4-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
From the South gate of Shinjuku station, walking towards Takashimaya, you'll find this "Iekei" ramen shop. "Iekei" ramen is one kind of thick ramen born in Yokohama. It's getting reputations for its rich tonkotsu and shoyu based soup and straight noodles.
町田家 (Machidaya) 東京都 新宿区新宿4-1-20 4-1-20 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Ramen Gonokami らーめん五ノ神
You probably haven't seen shrimp in ramen. In Shinjuku, there are 3 shops serving Shrimp ramen: Gonokami, Ichigen and Momonga.