Shibuya's Top 5 Shoyu Ramen

Shibuya's Top 5 Shoyu Ramen

Feb 04, 2020 Tags 

This is a guest blog by 5AM Ramen, ramen expert and Tokyo ramen tour guide.

Inspired by Chinese noodle dishes, the first ever ramen was created and served in 1910. 

Given Japan's love of shoyu (soy sauce), it makes sense that this first ramen was shoyu-based.

Today, Japan offers a huge amount of ramen variety, but shoyu ramen is still the most popular and common ramen type

In the ever popular area of Shibuya, Tokyo there are countless options for shoyu ramen.

But after eating at all of them (seriously!), here are my top 5 ramen restaurants for shoyu ramen in Shibuya, Japan.

Thanks to Frank from 5AM Ramen for sharing his best places to eat shoyu ramen in Shibuya, Tokyo. Get a taste of Japan's popular shoyu ramen with our current Ramen Pack.

1. Kiraku Ramenya (喜楽)

 

Shoyu Ramen from KirakuKiraku Ramenya's Moyashi Wontonmen. Source: 5AM Ramen

 

No list of Shibuya's best ramen is complete without Kiraku!

Established in 1952, Kiraku serves chukasoba or classic shoyu ramen.

The broth uses no vegetables, rather just chicken and pork bones that are boiled for 7-8 hours.

Overall the broth is quite light, with small bits of fried negi (green onion) on top providing some sweetness.

The ramen you have to order is the moyashi wontonmen. It features juicy dumplings and a mountain of crunchy bean sprouts (moyashi).

Just make sure to come hungry!

Shop Hours: 11:30 am ~ 8:30 pm (Every day, closed on Wednesday)

Find Kiraku ramenya on Google Maps

2. Ramen Emoto (らーめん 惠本将裕 神泉店)

 

Shoyu Ramen from Ramen EmotoRamen Emoto's Kodawari Ramen. Source: 5AM Ramen

 

Ramen Emoto is a fine example of kodawari ramen. 'Kodawari' in Japanese loosely translates as “pursuit of perfection”.

Case in point - the owner Emoto-san worked on 200+ ingredient combinations before finalizing his shoyu ramen!

He finally chose a sweet soy-sauce from Kagawa and a soup consisting of 4+ types of dried fish, kelp from Hokkaido, pork back fat and assorted chicken bones.

The end result is a delicious bowl of kodawari shoyu ramen and an absolute must-try when visiting Shibuya, Japan.   

Shop Hours: 11:30 am ~ 8:30 pm (Every day, closed on Wednesday)

Find Ramen Emoto on Google Maps

3. Ramen Kokuu (らーめん 穀雨)

 

Shoyu Ramen from Kokuu RamenyaKokuu Ramen Restaurant's Shoyu Ramen with Pork Dumplings. Source: 5AM Ramen

 

Like Kiraku, Kokuu’s approach is old-school.

Their signature shoyu ramen is even lighter than at Kiraku. This lighter broth allows their ginger and pork dumplings to really shine (these dumpling toppings are a must order!)

Other topping highlights include chopped negi for brightness and Japanese spinach for a touch of bitterness.

In short, Kokuu offers satisfying shoyu ramen.

This Shibuya ramen restaurant is cozily tucked away in a quiet area, away from the busy crowds around Shibuya Station and the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Shop Hours: 12 pm ~ 3 pm / 6 pm ~ 8 pm (only lunch on Saturdays, closed on Sundays)

Find Ramen Kokuu on Google Maps

4. Chukasoba Sakurazaka (中華ソバ 櫻坂)

 

Shoyu Ramen from Chukasoba Sakurazaka RamenyaChukasoba Sakurazaka's Shoyu Ramen with Miyazaki Chicken. Source: 5AM Ramen

 

Borrowing from the surrounding neighborhood’s name, Chukasoba Sakurazaka dishes out a punchy shoyu ramen.

They're all about a saltier, thicker shoyu broth with a strong bonito fish accent. But there’s also a pleasant richness via premium Miyazaki chicken. Their chashu pork slices are particularly divine.

Lastly, Chukasoba Sakurazaka is only a 5 minute walk from the previous entry, Ramen Kokuu. And again, this is a nice and quiet part of Shibuya. 

Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

Find Chukasoba Sakurazaka on Google Maps

5. Usagi Ramen Restaurant (うさぎ)

 

Shoyu Ramen from Usagi RamenyaUsagi Ramen Restaurant's Shoyu Ramen with Chashu Pork. Source: 5AM Ramen

 

Among Shibuya's ramen restaurants, Usagi is one of the top ranked.

It's also located around the corner from Emoto (our number two ramen restaurant).

Usagi’s shoyu ramen is a delicious blend of chicken and fish. They employ a sweetly flavored shoyu and there's a lovely silky quality from the chicken bones.

All the toppings are superb but their sous-vide paper-thin pork chashu might be the best.

Of the hundreds of Tokyo's ramen restaurants I've visited, Usagi never disappoints me. 

Shop Hours: 11:30 am ~ 2:30 pm / 6 pm ~ 10 pm (only lunch on Saturdays, closed on Sundays)

Find Usagi ramenya on Google Maps

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