Ippudo Ueno-Hirokoji – a famous shop you always remember when you talk about Japanese Ramen.

Ippudo, a very famous shop which has branches all over the world, has a lot of customers from abroad. I often go to Ippudo Ueno-Hirokoji.

Generally, you can receive the same service at all Ippudo shops, and will be satisfied with it. Ippudo Ueno-Hirokoji is larger than other Ippudo shops and has a big table, so it can serve ramen to even a large group of customers. Of course, the menu for foreigners is on the table.

Its flavor is Hakata Tonkotsu (pork-based soup). One of the main dishes is Shiromaru Motoaji, which is the starting point of Ippudo and keeps the original flavor. The other main dish is Akamaru Shinaji, which has a modern flavor.

The picture below is Shiromaru Motoaji. The white soup which is poured into the white bowl, welsh onions and chashu (roasted pork fillets) increase your appetite. This is the orthodox Hakata Ramen. The silky soup produced by boiling various parts of pork for long has little stink peculiar to tonkotsu ramen. If you visit Ippudo for the first time, you should order Shiromaru Motoaji.

The picture below is Akamaru Shinaji. Its soup is the same as Shiromaru, but pork-back fat, black oil like garlic oil and salty miso are added to it, so it is a renewed bowl. If anything, I prefer Akamaru Shinaji. Shiromaru Motoaji and Akamaru Shinaji have slightly different noodles and the former has thinner and round noodles. But when you order kaedama (an extra serving of noodles) of the latter, you, like regulars, should specify noodles for Akamaru Shinaji because noodles for Shiromaru Motoaji are served unless you specify anything.

The shop has Karaka-men (the picture below) as well as the two dishes above and it is very good.

The more often you visit Ippudo, the more you realize its deliciousness. I’m sure I will continue going there in the future. (Translated by Daisuke Miyatori)


  • Menu
    Shiromaru Motoaji : ¥700
    Akamaru Shinaji : ¥850
    Karaka-men : ¥880 … and more
  • Address
    3-7-5, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Nearest Station
    Ueno-Okachimachi (Tokyo Metro Ginza line)
    Yushima (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)
    Okachimachi (JR Yamanote line)
  • Opening Hours
    11:00am – 2:00am (Mon – Thu and Sun)
    11:00am – 3:00am (Fri – Sat and Day before Holiday)
  • Map





I live in Tokyo. When I was a college student in Kyoto, I was fascinated by ramen. I' ve been giving information about ramen since then.

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