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4 Spicy Ramen Shops in Tokyo That You Should Try!

Go to any of these four ramen shops we’re going to show you, and challenge yourself by trying the spiciest ramen served there! 


1. Inosho


Inosho is a hidden gem located nearby the Shakujikoen Station in Nerima. Different from other ramen shops, Inosho uses fish as its soup base, making the ramen tastes very unique. 辛辛魚らーめんシリーズ (Kara Kara Gyo Ramen Series), the double spicy fish ramen series, are the spiciest ramen that Inosho serves. Kara Kara Gyo Ramen Series have three different types of ramen:

spicy-ramen-tokyo2Kara Kara Gyo Ramen, Image taken from: Inosho Official Website

spicy-ramen-tokyo3Kara Kara Gyo Tsukemen, Image taken from: Inosho Official Website

spicy-ramen-tokyo4Kara Kara Gyo Maze Soba, Image taken from: Inosho Official Website

The soup of Kara Kara Gyo Ramen Series is made from several different spices, and topped with ground fish powder mixed with spices. The taste of these ramen series is very spicy and thick. The perfect combination of both the spices and the fish soup would give you a burning taste in your mouth!


2. Rishiri


Rishiri is a ramen shop located in the backstreets of Kabukicho in Shinjuku. Rishiri is open until early in the morning and it has been serving the hungry partiers for almost 40 years now.

spicy-ramen-tokyo5Orochon Ramen at Rishiri. Image taken from: Tabelog

Rishiri’s specialties are “Orochon Ramen” and “Misochon Ramen”. The differences between “Orochon Ramen” and “Misochon Ramen” are the soup base. “Orochon Ramen” is a soy-sauce based ramen, and “Misochon Ramen” is a miso based ramen.  The soup is very thick and flavorful, and it combines pork, chicken, konbu seaweed, and suppon (Chinese soft-shelled turtle). Rishiri adds more than 10 kinds of chili, leek, and bell peppers into the soup of “Orochon Ramen”, and you can adjust its spiciness on a scale from 1 to 9. We recommend you to try “Orochon Ramen” if you would like to experience an extraordinary sensation of spiciness!


3. Kikanbou


Kikanbou (鬼金棒)is a ramen shop located nearby the Kanda station. The specialty of Kikanbou is its Karashibi Ramen, which is very spicy and tingling. You can chose the level of its spiciness (辛, kara)and its tingling level (痺, shibi)on a scale from 1 to 5. The red demon represents the spiciness level, and the blue demon represents the tingling level of the soup.

spicy-ramen-tokyo6Kikanbo Karashibi Ramen, Image taken from: Tabelog

The Karashibi ramen combines red pepper and sansho, which makes the ramen spicy and tingly at the same time. Sansho is the pricklyash pepper that gives your tongue a tingling and numbing sensation. If you want to get the maximum kara and shibi, you will need to pay 200 JPY more as each addition of flavor costs 100 JPY. Kikanbou Karashibi Ramen is a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy the taste of the soup while enjoying the heat from the spice!


4. Rashohan


Rashohan(辣椒漢)is a Sichuan style ramen shop located nearby Shin-Ochanomizu Station in Kanda. Rashohan’s specialty is the Tantan Noodles, and it has several different varieties of Tantan Noodles in its shop. If you like spicy food, we recommend you to try the Premium Sichuan Style Tantan Noodles or the Spicy Green Hot Pepper Tantan Noodles.

spicy-ramen-tokyo7Rashohan’s Premium Sichuan Style Tantan Noodles, Image taken from: Tabelog

Rashohan’s Tantan noodles taste similar to the original Chinese Tantan Noodles. Rashohan uses vinegar, chili pepper, and tongue-numbing Sichuanese peppercorns ma la(麻辣)to achieve the original taste of Sichuan’s Tantan Noodles. The noodles at Rashohan is very soft and chewy, and a little wider than other noodles. Rashohan can be considered as the best Tantan Noodles shop in Tokyo, and we recommend you to try Rashohan to experience the real taste of Sichuan’s Tantan Noodles!


We also have more recommendations and articles related to ramen here!

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About the author

Hello, my name is Katie and I’ve lived in Japan for almost 10 years. You will see many reviews about things in Japan that you will never find in guide books for tourists, and I will take you to see both the prettiest and the ugliest side of Japan!

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