This time, we’re going to introduce thick ramen in Umeda, Juso and Shin-Osaka! We’ll introduce you to some ramen that’s chunky, rich, and gut-wrenching.
- 1 【Umeda Area】It’s a fiercely contested area where many delicious restaurants are gathered!
- 1.1 ① Shekarashika! Umeda Store
- 1.2 ② Menya Roku San Roku (六三六） Osaka Sohonten
- 1.3 ③ Mitsuka Bose Kamoshi
- 1.4 ④ Yokohama Iekei Ramen Machida Store
- 1.5 ⑤ Shofuku 〇 Wa Umeda Store
- 1.6 ⑥ Spice Restaurant Sawakichi Umeda Togano-cho
- 1.7 ⑦ Noodle’s room Kami-Tora, Osaka Ekimae Building Store
- 2 【Juso Area】A vibrant city for foodies.
- 3 【Shin-Osaka Area】The most fiercely fought ramen district in Osaka
- 4 Conclusion
【Umeda Area】It’s a fiercely contested area where many delicious restaurants are gathered!
Umeda is a fiercely contested area where there are many restaurants where you can wait in line, and there are many delicious and famous restaurants! As this is a fierce battleground, I was impressed by the taste, time of service, and price. Here are seven of our recommendations!
① Shekarashika! Umeda Store
Our first stop is Shekarashika, a yellow sign on the Ohatsu Tenjin-dori shopping street.
It is not a fashionable ramen shop of today’s style, but a quaint ramen shop of the old days.
“Speaking of Shekarashika… it has a peculiar pork bone smell! This is the true “Tonkotsu Ramenya”! The owner of this ramen shop is from Hakata, the home of Hakata ramen, and he wanted to spread the taste of the real Hakata ramen to the Kansai region, but the menu is very simple. You can choose between ramen or chashu men! It’s so cool that they’re taking on ramen with such aplomb!
The noodles come in three different hardnesses: Barikata (Super hard), Kata (Hard) and Yawa (Soft). Once you order, the ramen comes to you in a flash, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly it’s served, especially when you order it with a barikata that doesn’t run very hot!
This simple ramen is topped with a generous layer of meat and topped with kikurage and scallions.
The soup is smooth and surprisingly light. It looks like you might think, but it has a solid pork bone taste. The smell of tonkotsu (pork bones) in the restaurant, combined with the real Fukuoka/Hakata flavor, gives it a real Fukuoka/Hakata flavor. The chashu is a slice of pork belly that has been cooked until it is very tender. This ramen has a lot of fat, and the combination of the fat and the soup completes the richness of the ramen. Red ginger and sesame seeds are available at the table, so you may want to try them to change the flavor.
【Address】Takahashi Building 1F, 2-11-22 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】11:00 – 3:00 the next day
② Menya Roku San Roku (六三六） Osaka Sohonten
“六三六” (Roku San Roku) appears when you enter the alleyway from the Hankyu East Street Shopping Street. The location is a little difficult to find, but if you follow the big sign along the shopping street, you can get there.
The interior of the restaurant has a retro feel and is photogenic, so I highly recommend it.
Roku San Roku recommends the special Tsukemen. Because they use extra-thick noodles, it takes 10 minutes to boil the noodles, so you can enjoy the retro interior while you wait.
These extra-thick noodles are made with research to make sure they don’t lose out on the soup, just like udon noodles! The noodles are glutinous and elastic, and you can feel the flavor of wheat.
The soup is heavy and sludgy. It’s not a fatty sludge, but a potage like sludge. The flavors of dried bonito and kelp are gutsy, but the taste is surprisingly mild. The soup is said to be made from three levels of dried fish, kelp, pork bones, chicken bones, and vegetables.
The recommended way to eat it is to “eat half of it and pour the kabosu over it. this and that. When you put the kabosu over it, the taste of the soup changes wonderfully, and the richness of the soup changes to the lightness, and you can eat the second half of the soup well. For the remaining soup, we recommend breaking up the soup or adding white rice.
Menya Roku San Roku Osaka Sohonten
【Address】4-29 Komatsubaracho, Kita-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】11:00 – 23:30
[Friday, Saturday and before holidays] 11:00 – 1:00 the next day
【Regular Holiday】No scheduled holidays
③ Mitsuka Bose Kamoshi
Mitsuka Bose, KAMOSHI is located a short walk from Osaka Station, about 2 minutes walk from Umeda Sky Building. The interior of the shop is a stylish space like a cafe or a general store. There are many paintings and creators’ works on display, and they also sell sundries.
The menu is very newspaper style. Unfortunately, it seems that only the Japanese version is available for now, but I’d like to expect to be able to do it in another language in the future. Nevertheless, it is easy to choose the ramen you want to order because the images of the ramen are well posted.
My God! This restaurant serves vegan ramen. This ramen is a bit unusual because the soup is based on white miso and potage, but the taste is outstanding! When you take a bite of the soup, the richness of the potato soup is mellow and creamy to the touch. It has a rich taste that is different from other ramen. The sweetness of the white miso and the vegetable toppings is a great match. The thin noodles are well mixed with the soup and go down your throat smoothly! And the chopsticks can’t stop!
You can eat it in no time at all.
Red Miso Ramen with Stout Eggs
It’s as visual as any vegan veggie, and it’s swanky! The green onion is also topped with a pleasantly thick chashu. The miso is made by fermenting soybeans, salt, and koji, and although it looks quite dense, it doesn’t feel gooey, and you can drink up the whole soup.
There is a wide variety of drinks and specialties, and you can also visit here like a bar rather than a ramen shop. Please note that it’s pretty crowded on Friday nights.
There are more vegan ramen restaurants than the ones shown here, so it’s a great recommendation for vegans!
Mitsuka Bose, KAMOSHI
【Address】1-2-16, Oyodonami, Kita-ku, Osaka City
[Weekdays and Saturdays.]
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (L.O.) / 18:30 – 23:30 (L.O.)
[Sundays and holidays]
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (L.O.) / 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (L.O.)【Regular Holiday】Open throughout the year
④ Yokohama Iekei Ramen Machida Store
Machida Shoten is located along a main street in Kitashinchi, marked by a red sign. Speaking of the iekei ramen, it is characterized by thick straight noodles based on pork and soy sauce. The atmosphere of the restaurant is like a modern ramen restaurant, with the same ratio of counter and table seating, making it a great place for families to spend time together.
(Ramen noodles with flavored eggs)
At Machida Shoten, you can decide how hard the noodles are, how much flavor they have, and how much fat they have. This ramen is a standard ramen with a flavored egg as a topping. The spinach is a unique Iekei topping. The rest is simply a chashu and two eggs. It’s also topped with a quail egg, which you don’t see very often. It’s a tonkotsu-based soy sauce ramen, but it doesn’t have an odor and is very rich. The soup isn’t too thick, and it’s a little dangerous, making you want to drink it all up. haha.
The tabletop is filled with a wide variety of flavor-changing kits! Onions, peppers, sesame chan, garlic chips, garlic man, bean-pan sauce, ginger kun, etc. You can use this to change the flavor and make it even thicker.
Yokohama Iekei Ramen Machida Shoten, Kitashinchi Store
【Address】1-4-17 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】11:00 am – 3:00 am next day.
【Regular Holiday】No regular holiday.
⑤ Shofuku 〇 Wa Umeda Store
This is a ramen restaurant called “Jirou-kei” that serves ramen with bean sprouts on top. The photo of the topping comparison posted outside the shop has a great impact! On weekdays, the neighborhood is crowded with businessmen, so it’s a good idea to skip the lunch hour a bit. The interior of the restaurant is a bit small, with only a counter.
Ramen 730 yen
You hand them a food ticket and they ask, “Do you want garlic in it? You will be asked if you want more toppings, etc. The toppings are vegetables (cabbage and bean sprouts), garlic, abura (flavored back fat), bonito flakes, and karame (soy sauce for thickening the flavor), and you can add a little more, add more, add more, or add a lot more for free.
“Shofuku 〇 WA” has 200 grams of noodles, which is 1.5 times more than a typical ramen restaurant. If you order less noodles, you’ll get 150g (general noodle volume), and you’ll be topped with a flavored egg instead. And no matter how much more vegetables you add, it’s free! If you increase the amount of ramen, the total amount of ramen is 2kg. A little bit more is a lot, but it’s still a lot of food, so you should consult with your stomach before ordering.
Shofuku 〇 WA Umeda Store
【Address】Osaka Ekimae No. 3 Building B2F, 1-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】*Ends when sold out.
[Tue – Fri] 11:30 – 17:00 (L.O. 16:30 ha) / 18:00-23:00 (L.O. 22:30 ha)
[Mon, Sat, Sun, Holiday] 11:30 – 17:00 (L.O. 16:30 ha)
【Regular Holiday】No scheduled holidays
⑥ Spice Restaurant Sawakichi Umeda Togano-cho
A little bit of a change for the rich feature! So, here’s the next installment! “Spice Diner, Sawakichi.” As the name of the restaurant says “Spice”, it is popular for its spice dishes and mapo noodles. The red color of the exterior is conspicuous by its ethnicity. You can tell by the menu sign outside that it’s spicy!
Tonkotsu Mapo Noodle
There are three levels of hotness to choose from. When you set the spiciness level to 3… this is as spicy as it looks! The noodle at the bottom is stirred well with the mapo as if to lift the noodles, but the aroma that comes to you is appetizing. At the spiciness level 1, it is not as spicy as it looks, with a strong flavor and a moderate degree of numbness from the spices. The thick and chewy noodles are also very tasty! It doesn’t have much of a pork bone feel to it.
The nut toppings also give it a very nice taste, and you can change the taste by adding sansho or apple cider vinegar, which is available on the table.
But it doesn’t end there! The ramen comes with extra rice and can be enjoyed as a Mapoo-bowl to finish it off.
- It’s delicious as Ma Po Noodles!
2.Ma Po Noodles are delicious with rice as a side dish!
- it’s a delicious mabo-don!
- It’s delicious to change the taste!
You can enjoy Sawaquiti’s Mapo Noodles four times in one sitting.
Mozzarella Mapo Noodles
Don’t worry if you’re worried about the harshness! Mozzarella Mapo Noodles are a little spicy, but when you add cheese to the mix, it becomes very mellow, so even if you don’t like spiciness, you can still taste the delicious Mapo Noodles. An iced chai or coffee is also served after the meal. The chai will eliminate the numbness and spiciness in your mouth all at once, so if you’re still feeling spicy, you might as well get a chai with your ramen.
Spice Restaurant Sawakichi Umeda Togano-cho
【Address】1F, Chigusa Kaikan, 1-6-23 Soga Negasaki, Kita-ku, Osaka
【Hour】11:30～15:00（L.O 14:30）/ 18:00～23:30（L.O 23:00）
【Regular Holiday】No scheduled holidays
⑦ Noodle’s room Kami-Tora, Osaka Ekimae Building Store
The last stop in the Umeda area is Kami-Tora, a popular restaurant located in the 4th building in front of Osaka Station. The interior has a relaxed atmosphere, and there are many lone female customers as well as businessmen, so the atmosphere is easy to use for both men and women of all ages. To order, you buy a food ticket at the food ticket machine and give it to the clerk. When you hand over your meal ticket, the clerk will ask you how hard or thick the noodles are and how much back fat you need.
Kamitora’s soup is made with a unique technique of cooking pork bones over a high heat for 12 hours and adding the flavor of vegetables and seafood to it. The concept of ramen is “a fusion of Hakata ramen and Kansai dashi culture”. The noodles are the standard straight ultra-fine noodles of Hakata Ramen. The chashu is thick and well-flavored, tender and fragrant! The tabletop is stocked with takana, chili peppers, and red ginger, so you can eat them with different flavors!
Noodle’s room Kami-Tora, Osaka Ekimae Building Store
【Address】B1F Osaka Ekimae No. 4 Building, 1-11-4 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】11:00 – 23:00
【Regular Holiday】No Holiday
【Juso Area】A vibrant city for foodies.
Juso is just two stops away from Umeda, and Juso Station is a lively town with many izakaya (Japanese-style pubs), where multiple lines are concentrated. The izakaya in the Juso Station area has a wide variety of reasonably priced izakaya, and is very crowded even on weekday nights. Here’s a must-have drink afterwards!
The restaurant is located 2-3 minutes on foot from Hankyu Juso Station, and you’ll be able to find it right away because of the large menu sign outside. And since the restaurant only has counter seats, it is often full. Please buy a food ticket and enter the restaurant.
TONKOTSU Ramen 750 yen
It’s so mild and creamy that you wonder what they’re getting the broth from, even though it’s pork bone! The ramen is rich, yet somehow light…it’s a contradiction, but it gives you that feeling. The noodles are thin and tangle well with the soup, and go great with the rich soup!
Black abura Ramen 800 yen
Anyway, it’s black! It is too black ramen. The taste is full of garlicky flavors, but not too strong, and the garlic and pork bones are well salted. The savory flavor is irresistible!
Red abura Ramen 800 yen
Here’s another one that looks great! Anyway, it’s red, so it must be very spicy! You might think, Well, that’s not true. This redness is not from chili peppers, it is the redness of the prawns! The fragrant aroma of the shrimp comes from the dish. Even when you drink the soup, the prawn flavor comes through, but it’s not too harsh, and it’s somehow elegant. If you like prawns, this is a great ramen for you.
In addition to the Juso restaurant, Bakkoshi also has two other restaurants in Namba and Kitahama, where they use different ingredients for their soup stock: Juso has Bakkoshi (pork), Kitahama has Bakkoshi (beef), and Namba has Bakkoshi (chicken).
Bakkoshi Juso Store
【Address】2-12-41, Juso-Higashi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City
【Hour】11:30 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 01:00 (Next day)
【Shin-Osaka Area】The most fiercely fought ramen district in Osaka
Shin-Osaka is the gateway to the Kansai region. I didn’t have much of an image of ramen restaurants, but actually, Shin-Osaka is one of the best ramen areas in Osaka. Because the area is small, there are many ramen shops and the level of shops is high. I’d like to introduce you to two of those stores!
⑨ Nishinakajima Koryu Masu
This is the second restaurant of “Tonpi to Tori no Koryu Masu” in Sakuranomiya. First of all, you’ll be surprised by its appearance. The restaurant has an elegant look like a kappo-ryori (Japanese cooking) restaurant that doesn’t feel like a ramen restaurant. It’s decorated with ramen lanterns, but if it weren’t for those lanterns, you’d probably pass by…
The interior has a calming atmosphere with lots of wood. There are two tables, one at the counter and the other for four people, so it’s easy to go there alone or with a group.
Ramen 780 yen
The ramen comes with a generous amount of thick broth so thick that you can’t see the noodles. The texture is as slippery as a potage, but the taste is so rich that you’ll feel a little strange. The toppings are two pieces of salted pork, duck loin, menma, and chopped white onion. It goes well with rich soup. The chopped leeks are a great side dish to keep them crispy and not too mushy in the mouth!
Nishinakajima Koryu Masu
【Address】6-5-2 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City
【Regular Holiday】Sunday, Holiday
⑩ Nibojiro Shin-Osaka Store
The trifecta is Jiro-style ramen again! This ramen is a rare combination of Jiro-style ramen and niboshi (dried fish and shellfish).
Nibo Ichiro Ramen 800 yen
The ramen comes in five varieties: bonito, dried bonito, dried tonkotsu (tonkotsu), MORI (soupless oil soba), and hot noodles, and the amount of noodles ranges from 100g to 250g, but what! The price doesn’t change with the amount of noodles you get! And of course! You can also choose from a small amount, normal, slightly more, or more vegetables, back fat, and sauce.
The soup is like “THE Niboshi”, with a punchy niboshi soup on all sides! Nibojiro’s ramen doesn’t have the “garlic” that is the symbol of the Jiro line. But even without the garlic, the soup is still very rich and satisfying. If you want to increase the amount of vegetables, increasing the sauce is just right. The noodles are thick and very glutinous. The noodles are well seasoned, the bean sprouts are crispy and the noodles are very chewy! If you don’t have enough noodles, a flavored egg is served as a topping.
【Address】5-7-25 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City
[Monday through Saturday.] 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
[Sunday and public holidays] 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 20:30 (L.O. 20:00)
【Regular Holiday】No holiday
Umeda, Juso and Shin-Osaka have many other delicious ramen restaurants besides the ones we’ve introduced here. When you come to Japan, be sure to look for your favorite ramen restaurant! May you all find a great ramen restaurant!