Ramen In Nagasaki
Nagasaki is known for being one of the most culturally diverse cities in Japan. It has received influences from many cultures from being Japan's only open port for a long time in history. With Chinese and European influences, ramen found here is also very diverse and delicious thanks to this history. Make sure to try these stores if you are in the area!
Hiiragi is located just 24 meters away from the Kankodori Station. It is a small shop with only 13 seats. They serve various ramen but their specialty is the tomato ramen.
This might not be the usual ramen shop but you still have to try it! It has the many typical ramen types but its exquisite pork-based tomato ramen dish (730 yen) is its claim to fame. The richness of the broth is cut down by the acidity of the tomato which results in a perfect tasting ramen soup. The noodles are al dente, and the toppings include eggplants which makes it a delicious cross between a ramen and an Italian dish. A must try!
Located 3 min away from the Shianbashi Station.
Menya Always is another delicious shop with a particular item: the lemon tonkotsu ramen (750 yen). There are several slices of lemon and lots of onions in the soup. Although it is a rich pork-based soup, the lemony taste and scent makes it feel much lighter. This is a popular dish for the ladies. Their other ramen and tsukemen are pork-based with the store's secret spicy miso. Menya is a top-rated shop on many websites.
This store is only 97 meters away from the Shianbashi Station, and a 2 minute walk from the Kankoh Tsuden bus stop.
This small store has many delicious ramen! It also serves a variety of amazing Nagasaki champon dishes, which are similar to ramen, the main difference is that the noodles are boiled in the soup instead of being added after. Be prepared for a strong garlicky and spicy taste here if you chose the very popular bakudan ramen (700 yen). The won ton ramen (700 yen) is also a popular tasty dish! The store smells like fish sauce, but that only adds to the experience of eating at an authentic neighborhood ramen shop!
This store is fashionable and spacious! It is located approximately 100 meters from the Shianbashi station.
This store ramen has a delicious bonito-based broth that really stands out. Their ramen dishes are not too oily because of that. You can also order spicy tsukemen served cold, which is a great choice for the summer! Or the otokorashii ramen (manly ramen) for something more consistent with lots of toppings. Also, this is one of the rare shops that sells tomato ramen, topped with lots of cheese and pork slices! Prices are under 1000 yen.
Another great ramen with customizable taste. This store pleases everyone. Located 126 meters away from the Nagasaki station.
This is another great ramen shop that happens to have a sister branch in Kichijoji, Tokyo called Musashiya! So you don't have to go to Nagasaki to try it. The regular ramen costs only 630 yen and is extremely tasty. It has a soup-base of pork and soy sauce. You can choose how hard you want your noodles, the amount of fat and how strong you want to flavor. You also get free rice if the ramen wasn't filling enough. This is the kind of store you go to for a satisfying cheap meal. It is a popular spot and the service is rapid.
Hopefully you will enjoy these delicious ramen stores! Nagasaki has a history of cultural diversity which is reflected in its various ramen types.