Updated: September 12, 2019
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Shinjukju Tsukemen Guide: 10 Best Tsukemen Shops in the Shinjuku Area


Tsukemen (dipping ramen) is extremely popular these days! In Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's ramen hubs, we've found 10 of the very best shops that serve outstanding tsukemen and are presenting them here in this article. Enjoy!

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Fu-unji: Tsukemen worth lining up for

Fu-unji is one of Shinjuku's ramen 名店 (meiten = famous shops). There's almost always a line of hungry customers waiting outside. You might hesitate when you see the line, but trust me, the deliciousness waiting inside is worth the wait!
The soup has a very rich seafood base that when combined with the thick, chewy noodles is a ramen lover's heaven.

Gotsubo: Fancy tsukemen

The concept of this creative tsukemen restaurant is 'tsukemen with vegetables,' something which is a bit uncommon for the genre. The recommended item has to be the 'Vege Tsukemen,' shown above which is probably the most beautifully presented tsukemen in all of Tokyo. The plate of noodles and toppings shown above comes with your choice of thick toripaitan 鶏白湯(chicken broth) soup, or shrimp tomato soup for dipping.

Gonokami Seisakujo: Umami-rich shrimp tsukemen

The dipping soup at Gonokami is made with a shrimp base and has a magnificent, deep flavor. The thick soup entwines wonderfully with the thick, wheaty noodles as you dip them, creating a flavor-intensive experience that is simply delicious. In addition to the standard shrimp soup, there is also a shrimp and tomato soup that is also quite popular and worth trying.

Tsukemen Gachi

Gachi is a shop operated by the same parent company as Gotsubo (the fancy tsukemen shown above). Here, the tsukemen features super-thick noodles and an extra creamy dipping soup that is just plain good. The shop also offers some very unique toppings such as fried chicken and burdock fries that you won't see anywhere else!

Horiuchi: Refreshing soy sauce soup but HUGE pile of noodles!

If you eat at Horiuchi, you've got to try the 'Cha-zaru,' shown above. The large bowl of fairly light yet flavorful dipping sauce is absolutely filled with chunks of chashu and a wide plate is piled with a mountain of chewy, slightly curly noodles. Props if you can finish the whole thing!

Hanabiya: Spicy miso tsukemen

Hanabiya is located close to Seibu Shinjuku Station. The tsukemen you need to try here is the 'Kara-tsukemen' which is offered for just ¥650! The rich miso-based soup is quite spicy, which makes you want to eat more and more noodles! It's pain and pleasure at the same time and so much fun to eat.

Sarusuberi: Nuanced and delicious soup

Sarusuberi is a tsukemen shop located close to Shinjuku 3-Chome Station. Their specialty is a seafood-based soup that has a nuanced and subtly sweet flavor that can't be beaten. The tsukemen noodles come topped with thick-cut chashu, bamboo shoots, and mitsuba. After eating all the noodles and toppings, the dipping soup can be finished by adding a lovely yuzu flavored broth which makes it very nice for sipping as a soup.

Harumichi: Luxurious shrimp × seafood tonkotsu soup

Harumichi is a great little shop located close to Shinjuku Nishi Guchi.
The tsukemen to get here is the 'Ebi Tsukemen' (shrimp tsukemen), which has an umami-rich shrimp flavored soup. The dish also comes with some excellent rare chashu, which is wonderfully soft and flavorful.

Menya Musashi: Original shop of the legendary chain

Menya Mushashi now has several locations throughout Tokyo, but the Shinjuku location is where it all started. It's quite common to see a line formed outside of this shop, so be prepared!
Menya Musashi's 'Kakuni Tsukemen' is a must-try, and features flat, chewy noodles, rich seafood-based soup, and 2 chunks of wonderfully tender braised pork belly. The flavors are amazing, and you'll immediately understand why the shop is so popular once you take a bite.

Tatsunoya: Fatty tonkotsu soup

Tatsunoya is a shop that originally became famous for its tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka. Their tsukemen has an incredibly thick tonkotsu soup base that contains 'motsu' (innards) that gives an additional richness to the flavor that has to be tasted to be understood! It's delicious.
After finishing the noodles, the soup can be finished off with some rice, which is also a delicious way to enjoy the rich flavor.

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