I stumbled upon the Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street located just beside the Shinagawa JR Station during a solo trip to Tokyo. Totally wasn’t expecting to find a hidden treasure like this under the overhead train tracks. The Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street is a collection of 7 different ramen shops lined side by side that offers consumers unique flavors and choices.
Image from google street view.
Unlike the popular ramen street in Tokyo Station that is advertised on every guide book out there, the Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street is not too well-known amongst international visitors. During my visits, all the customers were local Japanese.
The 7 shops in this ramen street are
- Nantsuttei (Kumamoto style ramen – has black garlic oil)
- Nakamoto (Spicy Monoglian style ramen)
- Setagaya (Tonkotsu / Shoyu blend ramen)
- Kibi (Shoyu ramen)
- Saijo (Shio ramen)
- Tetsu (Tsukemen ramen)
- Keisuke (Black miso ramen)
This is the Keisuke black miso ramen that costs around 800yen. Ordering is through the automated vending machine located outside the shop. Keisuke is a small shop with seating capacity of not more than 20, thankfully it wasn’t too crowded when I was there.
The thick miso soup was flavorful and came with a generous thick slice of marinated pork and onsen egg. But I found the serving was too little and had to add on some rice to fill the stomach. This is a common way to finish a ramen set meal in Japan. You can order rice and mix it into the remaining ramen soup after finishing the noodles.
The next day, I couldn’t resist the temptation and went back to the same ramen street. This time, I tried another shop, the Kibi shoyu ramen. Well actually, these 2 shops are probably not the most popular ones as I don’t see too many customers. Other shops had much longer queues. But I just hate to queue and wait for my food.
The shoyu ramen at Kibi has very light taste, almost like those in Nissin cup noodles. But that was fine as I had this in the afternoon. Price was around 700 yen, and is one of the cheapest around.
Overall, the Shinagawa Shinatatsu Ramen Street was a great find for me. We don’t usually frequent popularly recommended ramen shops. Instead, we always find ourselves entering random shops whenever we felt like eating some ramen.
Give this ramen street a try the next time you are at Shinagawa. The place is located under the train tracks just beside Shinagawa JR station, opposite of Shinagawa Prince Hotel.