Really Delicious Ramen Shops, as surveyed by “500 famous ramen shop owners”, are proud to announce the JAPAN BEST RAMEN AWARDS 2023.

“Chuka-soba Tomita” achieved the top position for the first time!

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Gourmet Innovation Co., Ltd., (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Takuma Inoue) the operator of Japan’s largest ramen e-commerce website, (, has announced the results of its “Really Delicious Ramen Shop” ranking survey. The survey included responses from 500 famous ramen shop owners, and the results were presented as the JAPAN BEST RAMEN AWARDS 2023.

The JAPAN BEST RAMEN AWARDS is an esteemed award that recognizes the top ramen shops across Japan. The survey, now on its third edition, polls famous ramen shop owners to inquire about their selections for “truly delicious ramen shops” and then presents the results in a ranking format. This year’s survey saw participation of ramen shop owners, with valid responses received from 500 of them, leading to the ranking. The award ceremony took place on December 13th, 2023 at the Akasaka Garden City in Tokyo, marking the third consecutive year the event was held in the city.

Results of the JAPAN BEST RAMEN AWARDS 2023

1nd place

– Chuka-soba Tomita (Matsudo, Chiba)

Address: Takahashi Bldg. 1F, 1339 Matsudo, Matsudo-shi, Chiba

The Matsudo main store, a renowned shop known for its fish, shellfish, and pork bone W soup with noodle, serves an outstanding bowl of ramen by featuring the outstanding characteristics of the pig “TOKYO-X”. The shop brings out the sweetness of the fat to the extreme in the pork bone soup and the special soup, which delicately adds fish and shellfish broth, is a masterpiece that can only be tasted at the main store. The refined taste that continues to evolve and deepen is often referred to as the best in Japan.

2st Place

– Ramen Iida Shoten (Yugawara, Kanagawa)

Address: 2-12-14 Doi, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

In just one bite, the depth of flavor in the soy sauce, the clear and transparent aroma of chicken oil, and the ultimate blend of high-quality chicken and pork broth all come together to create a truly supreme bowl of ramen, which is considered to be Japan’s pinnacle achievement in the culinary field. The reclusive and passionate ramen master, Shota Iida, is at the forefront of the Japanese ramen industry and truly leading the way in terms of taste and quality.

3th place

– Motenashi Kuroki (Asakusabashi, Tokyo)

Address: Yonren Bldg. No. 3 1F, 2-15 Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

The highly-popular restaurant, with a long history of awards and recognition from reputable sources such as the “Michelin Guide,” “Ramen Walker Tokyo,” and “Tabelog’s 100 best shops,” has a strong reputation. The Master Naohito Kuroki, who has honed his skills in Japanese and Italian cuisine, carefully crafts his ramen using only natural ingredients and homemade broth, while using only domestically grown wheat for his noodles. His unwavering commitment to quality and excellence continues to impress diners and culinary experts alike. With his unique blend of culinary background and his dedication to quality, Master Kuroki’s ramen is a true testament to the best of Japanese cuisine.

4th place

– Kadoya Shokudou (Osaka, Osaka)

Address: Capital Nishinagahori 1F, 4-16-13 shinmachi ,nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A formidable player in Osaka’s clear broth ramen scene. Drawing from the finest ingredients sourced from across Japan, including Nagoya Cochin and pure Kagoshima Kurobuta pork, it continuously attracts those seeking the ultimate bowl, which is created through self-taught expertise. Its dipping noodles(tsuke soba), often praised as having the “most beautiful noodle lines in Japan,” enjoy immense popularity among the younger generation. Achieving a spot in the top 5 is a first for a ramen shop outside of the Kanto region.

5rd place

– Iekei-sohonzan Ramen Yoshimuraya (Yokohama, Kanagawa)

Address: 2-12-6 Minamisaiwai Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

The dish, developed in 1974 by Chairman Minoru Yoshimura, features a rich and hearty soup base made of pork and chicken broth, with a special soy sauce blend and thick, chewy noodles. This dish became the precursor to the “family-style” ramen that can now be found throughout the country. The dish has been a pioneering flavor that draws in an average of 1,500 people per day since its opening, and is truly one of the culinary treasures of Japan. With over 300 direct and indirect apprentices, this dish influenced many shops around the country and is considered a significant achievement in Japan’s culinary history.

6th place

– Mendokoro Honda, Akihabara Main Branch (Akihabara, Tokyo)

Address: 1-19 Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

7th place

– Eifukucho Taishoken (Eifukucho, Tokyo)

Address: 3-5-3 Izumi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

8th place

– Teuchi Homura (Nasushiobara, Tochigi)

Address:374-2 Kamiatsusaki, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi

Joint 9th place

– Chibakara (Kazusa-murakami, Chiba)

Address:Fujihara Building, 1-3-16 Nishikokubunji-dai, Ichihara-shi, Chiba

– Harukiya, Ogikubo Main Branch (Ogikubo, Tokyo)

Address:1-4-6 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Overview of Gourmet Innovation, Inc.

Representative Director & President: Takuma Inoue

Established: April 2010

Headquarters: BNK Bldg. 3F, 13-16 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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