Osaka’s Umeda area is home to many ramen restaurants. Among them, we picked up the “super” famous and popular ramen restaurants that you should definitely try here! Don’t miss the special side dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to ramen.
1. Fukuryu Ramen WADACHI LINKS UMEDA
Fukuryu Ramen WADACHI, Osaka’s famous bubble ramen store, opened its first store in Honmachi, Osaka, in 2014. The restaurant, which quickly gained attention and was selected as a Bib Gourmand in the “Michelin Guide” and one of the “100 Best Ramen Restaurants,” is now also located in Umeda. Fukuryu Ramen WADACHI LINKS UMEDA is located on the first floor of LINKS UMEDA, a commercial facility area in the Yodobashi Umeda Tower, one of the landmarks of Umeda.
White ramen with bubbles covering the noodles, this is “Fukuryu Ramen,” the signature dish that bears the restaurant’s name. The identity of these white bubbles can be found at ……. They are two kinds of espumas made from the chicken shiranyu latte soup, from which the smell has been removed and the umami extracted thoroughly in a custom-made pressure cooker, as well as Kigashira yuzu and special kombu dashi broth. The round, gentle taste of the soy sauce sauce sauce combined with the dashi broth and the fluffy mouthfeel, and the elegant yuzu that gives off a slight aroma. The flavor changes over time as the bubbles dissolve, making this one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The crispiness of the white onion, mizuna, and onion, and the pork shoulder loin char siew, which is cooked at a low temperature to slowly lock in the umami, create an exquisite harmony.
The photo shows “Ajitama Fukuryu Ramen” topped with Ajitama. Also available is the “Special Fukuryu Ramen” topped with chicken chashu pork. You can also double the amount of yuzu espuma as an option!
Another popular menu item is the “Niboshi Ramen,” a superb soup stock made from two kinds of sardines and kelp that have been carefully simmered in a broth made from two kinds of sardines and kelp, plus saury and sea bream. The tamari soy sauce and sweet back fat are entwined with thick noodles. The thickly cut green onions, crispy onions, and mouth-watering chashu pork add a refreshing touch to the rich simmered dried fish broth.
The lineup also includes “Ajitama Niboshi Ramen” topped with Ajitama, and “Special Niboshi Ramen” with chicken meat chashu.
The unique appearance of the “Mazesoba Junkie” is intriguing and noteworthy. This mazesoba is made with rich niboshi dashi broth, secret soy sauce sauce, and back fat. As the name suggests, it is an addictive dish! The “Mazesoba Junkie SP” shown in the photo is topped with thick noodles tossed with soy sauce sauce and broth, green onions stir-fried in back fat, two thickly sliced cubes of chashu pork, chopped onions, and a generous amount of niboshi powder.
Niboshi powder all over well, but make sure to leave a little juice in the bowl. When you finish the noodles, leave about a piece of chashu pork and order a small bowl of rice. Then mix the sauce and rice together and have it with the chashu! You can enjoy the luxurious taste of this dish as if it were a separate menu item.
Not only ramen, but also the side dishes are bursting with originality. The “chashu-don”, a bowl of rice topped with so much diced low-temperature cooked chashu that it almost obscures the rice, is a must-have dish to go with ramen. The special sweet sauce, which is lightly brûléed with espuma, is mixed well with the rare and satisfying chashu. Now that’s something I just can’t stop eating!
It’s a one-stop commercial facility where you can enjoy a variety of shopping, including electronics, household goods, and fashion items, as well as some of Osaka’s, or even Japan’s, most famous ramen! If you plan to spend a day in Umeda, you may want to make dining at this restaurant your main focus.
2. Donbori KAMUKURA HANKYU SANBANGAI
Founded in 1986 in Dotonbori, Osaka, “Dotonbori KAMUKURA” has about 70 branches in Japan and abroad, mainly in the Kansai region. The restaurant is popular for its one-of-a-kind ramen with a unique soup.
Dotonbori KAMUKURA HANKYU SANBANGAI is located a short walk from Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station. You look at the menu in the store and order from the ticket machine, but you will definitely have a hard time deciding what to order because of the attractive and varied menu. In such a case, you will be thankful for the line. Yes, while you’re standing in line, it’s thinking time!
The “Characteristics of KAMUKURA Ramen” posted inside the restaurant states that the first time you try it, you will “taste something you have never tasted before,” the second time you will “appreciate its depth and deliciousness,” and the third time you will “understand the true flavor of KAMUKURA. The second time, you will discover its depth and deliciousness, and by the third time, you will understand the true taste of KAMUKURA. The fact that there are many fans who come back repeatedly over the years is the best proof of this. In order to protect and consistently provide this unparalleled taste, the restaurant has introduced its own “soup sommelier system. Only sommeliers who have passed a rigorous screening process are allowed to cook the restaurant’s ramen!
“Oishii Ramen” is the restaurant’s standard and signature dish. The founder, who originally worked as the owner-chef of a French restaurant, spent a year and a half perfecting this completely original dish in order to create a healthful soup that can be eaten every day. He carefully selects vegetables that are safe and secure, full of nutritional value and umami, and the producer’s face is visible. The noodles, which were developed to match the ramen, are smooth and straight, and are gently mixed with the soup. The light yet rich flavor of the ingredients is so concentrated that you will never get tired of it no matter how many times you try it, and it continues to be a favorite among our fans.
The most popular item, the “Small Chashu Boiled Egg Ramen,” is a perfect combination of an egg cooked in a secret sauce and slow-aged chashu pork.
“Negi-Kimuchi Ramen” adds a change of taste and texture with crunchy green onions and spicy kimuchi.
Toppings include boiled egg, green onion, kimchi, bean sprouts, vegetables, and chashu pork. Choose your favorite toppings and enjoy your own personal arrangement.
For those who want to fully enjoy the tender chashu pork, choose the “Premium Chashu Ramen,” while health-conscious customers can choose the “Full Vegetable Ramen” or the “Konnyaku Ramen” with zero sugar content.
The gyoza, which are full of umami, should be ordered with ramen. They are crispy and juicy.
The “Kara-Age” with its exquisite secret seasoning is also a recommended menu item that cannot be missed. Crispy and hearty, it is very satisfying.
“Soboro-don” is a bowl of rice topped with sweet and gently seasoned Soboro with accents of green onion and Nori. Serve with an on-tama (soft-boiled egg).
A special menu that includes these sides as part of the “Oishii Ramen” set is also available. The gyoza and karaage set comes with white rice and is very satisfying. Come in for your first bowl of noodles and be captivated by the flavors.
1-1-3, Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka [MAP]
Direct connection from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
3．ICHIRAN Umeda Shibata
Ichiran, a famous tonkotsu ramen restaurant, was established in Fukuoka in 1960 and currently has 86 restaurants in Japan and abroad. Ichiran is a tonkotsu ramen specialty restaurant that does not diversify its menu, but instead focuses on a single item of “natural tonkotsu ramen” in its pursuit of deliciousness.
The Umeda Shibata branch is located near Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station. The red sign is a landmark!
Ichiran is famous for its “Taste Concentration Counter” where you can enjoy your ramen without worrying about being seen. The counter is separated by a partition one seat at a time, allowing you to concentrate on the flavor of the ramen and making it easy for a woman to enter alone.
Once seated, fill out an order form to order ramen to your liking, indicating the intensity of flavor, noodle consistency, amount of garlic, type of green onions, and so on. The order form is available in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.
Ichiran’s tonkotsu ramen soup is rich, thick, and full of flavor, removing any extra peculiarities such as odor and maximizing the taste of tonkotsu. The noodles are made of special fresh noodles that are designed to be the best match for the tonkotsu soup.
The original “red secret sauce” is the symbol of Ichiran’s ramen, made by mixing and aging more than 30 ingredients based on chili peppers. Not only is it spicy, but when the umami-rich sauce is mixed with the soup, it gives it an even deeper flavor!
It is recommended to taste the noodles and soup gently from the corner first, and then dissolve the “red secret sauce” little by little as you eat. If you mix the noodles with the pork bone broth thoroughly, you can enjoy the exquisite harmony as much as you like.
Why not try kaedama, a unique Hakata food culture? Kaedama means to refill only the noodles, leaving the soup. From the first bowl, you can change the hardness of the noodles and add toppings to enjoy the different flavors.
To order kaedama, simply place the kaedama tag on the button at the back of the table. You can order without speaking, so you can order another bowl without worrying about those around you. If you order it when you are halfway through your first bowl of noodles, it will be brought to you just as you run out of your first bowl.
A must order along with ramen is the “Stewed Roast Pork Platter”. This exquisite dish is made from carefully selected, high-quality pork loin that has been slow-cooked. The sweet and spicy soy sauce-based sauce combined with smoked seasoning is a perfect match with the grilled pork. Goes great with rice or beer!
Last but not least, we must not forget the closing dessert. Refresh your palate with “Matcha Annin Tofu” topped with matcha sauce made from Fukuoka Prefecture’s Yamecha green tea.
At Ichiran, enjoy not only the natural tonkotsu ramen, but also the popular grilled pork and the closing dessert, just like a course!
1-3-1, Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
1-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
3-minute walk from Hanshin Osaka-Umeda Station
4．Kyoto Menya TAKEI Hankyu Umeda
Kyoto Menya TAKEI is located inside the 2nd floor central ticket gate of Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station. The main store is located in Kyoto, and since its opening in 2016 as the third store, the first in Osaka and the first in a train station, it has been extremely popular with a long line of customers.
Menya TAKEI is the first name that comes to mind when talking about tsukemen in the Umeda area, and many people come from far and wide to visit this restaurant. Even if they do not take the train, there are even people who visit Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station just to try the signature tsukemen! There is often a long line of people waiting in line.
*If you do not use the train, an admission ticket is required.
Purchase a meal ticket from the ticket machine in front of the restaurant and enter the restaurant. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, with counter seats lined up in a row.
The extra-thick noodles, made using only carefully selected wheat and a proprietary process, are firm, elastic, and chewy! The soup is made by simmering pork bones and seafood for a long time to concentrate the umami flavor. The more the noodles are chewed, the sweeter they become, and they are firmly entwined in the rich, thick soup, making them addictive once you try them. The fish meal topping enhances the slight sweetness of the pork bones, and the yuzu peel adds a refreshing accent.
The “special tsukemen” is topped with three kinds of chashu pork (chicken thigh, pork belly, and pork loin) and a seasoned egg, which covers the noodles.
After finishing the noodles, you can add the warm seafood broth in a pot on the table to the soup and enjoy every last drop.
Another popular topping is “Mito straw natto,” which is wrapped in traditional straw. When added to the dipping sauce and tossed with the noodles, the natto’s gooey flavor is mildly blended into the sauce, making it thick and smooth. It has a unique flavor that is sure to make people become addicted to it. Try it for yourself!
The restaurant is famous for its tsukemen, but its limited edition “special ramen” is also excellent. The clear pork bone broth with floating back fat is paired with thin, straight noodles. This Kyoto-style ramen is topped with rare chashu pork, thick-sliced chicken chashu pork with skin, flavored eggs, and plenty of green onions.
Another recommended dish is the reasonably priced and satisfying “pork spicy rice bowl”. It is a bowl of thick slices of pork topped with green onions, nori (seaweed), and egg yolk. The sweet and spicy pork with the egg yolk will keep your chopsticks going even after eating tsukemen or ramen noodles.
The moment you are immersed in the deliciousness of tsukemen noodles, you will forget that you are in a train station. If you visit Umeda, this is a must-visit restaurant.
1-1-2, Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station, 2nd floor, inside the central ticket gate
5. KADOYASYOKUDO Hanshin Umeda
Kadoya Shokudo, with its main branch in Nishinagahori, Osaka, was founded in 1957 as a popular diner and was renovated in 2001 as a Chinese noodle specialty restaurant. It is one of Osaka’s representative ramen restaurants, having won a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide.
The Umeda branch is located on the basement floor of the Hanshin Umeda Main Store in the “Snack Park,” an all-standing-style food court based on the concept of “fast, cheap, and delicious! The secret of its popularity is, without a doubt, its very reasonable prices for ramen noodles.
Here you can enjoy the restaurant’s unique Chinese noodles, arranged based on the flavors of the main restaurant.
The custom-made noodles, made exclusively for ramen noodles using 100% domestic “rakuraku” wheat, are chewy yet crisp, with a rich flavor. The thin noodles are well mixed with the light broth that contains the umami of chicken and pork bones, giving the noodles a smooth texture. The chashu pork made from Satsuma Chami pork is tender and melts in your mouth.
The only toppings for ” Chinese noodle ” are chashu pork, nori, and menma (pickled bamboo shoots). The simplicity of the toppings allows you to directly feel the umami of the noodles and soup.
“Wonton noodle” is a combination of “Chinese noodle” and chewy and slippery wontons. Each wonton is carefully wrapped by hand in the restaurant.
This is “Deluxe chinese noodle”, which is “Chinese noodle” with an added flavored egg.
Other items on the lineup include “Chashu-noodle” with a generous portion of chashu pork, “Deluxe chinese noodle” with an additional flavored egg, and “Special chinese noodle” with an even more generous portion of chashu pork. The “Panda noodle” with sweet and spicy juicy fried tofu curd on top is a hidden menu item from the days of the popular diner, which was introduced on the 20th anniversary in 2021, and has many fans.
A side menu item to be enjoyed with ramen is the bowl of rice topped with mayonnaise. We recommend the “Cha Mayo-don ,” a bowl of rice topped with a generous amount of mayonnaise on top of the savory chopped chashu pork used in Chinese noodles. If you want to enjoy the meaty flavor, choose the “Chashu-don” which is a perfect match between the sweet and spicy flavor of the tender char siu pork and the rice.
For those who want to taste the full flavor of the meat, try the “Pork-don,” a sumptuous bowl of rice topped with Satsuma Chami Pork slowly simmered in a special white wine-based sauce.
Of course, the rice bowls are also very reasonable. It is nice to know that even if you order a set of Chinese noodles and a bowl of rice, the damage to your wallet will not be too great.
Only at this restaurant located in “Snack Park” can you easily order authentic Chinese noodles and rice bowls as if you were at a food stall, and enjoy them right away. There is also Sakunomi set that allows you to enjoy chashu pork and pickled bamboo shoots with beer. This is the place to end a day spent in Umeda!
1-13-13, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Right by Hanshin Osaka-Umeda Station
10-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
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There are many ramen shops in Umeda, Osaka. Enjoy the signature dishes of famous stores, and be sure to check out the side dishes unique to each store.