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Visiting the Koyama Ramen Shop


Following my post (here) about my friends and I visiting the ramen shop, many people asked me for more information about getting there.

So I've finally put this post together to add a little from my experiences to the information already circulating on the net from other fans. It was thanks to other fan reports that we were able to find our way there.







So as people probably already know, it's the Ryutaro Ramen Shop lcoated in Sobudai-mae and they're open Monday to Saturday from 7pm (and you can see this information on the menu along with the phone number)

This is the English version of the menu:




Getting to Sobudai-mae





Obviously the train connections you'll need to make will depend on where you're starting out from.

Sobudai-mae is on the Odakyu-Odawara Line (小田急小田原線) which runs from Shinjuku to Odawara.

The ramen shop is marked with the star on the left.



The night my friends and I went, we were coming from Odawara after a day trip to Mt Fuji. But afterwards, to get back to our hotel in Tokyo we took the Local line to Machida and then changed to the Odakyu Odawara Line Exp. to Shinjuku.

My major recommendation though is that you plan your excursion with the Hyperdia website:

Just click on the English link in the top left hand corner of the page and then enter your starting point and SOBUDAIMAE (it took me a few tries to work out what spelling the website was looking for). It will offer you a variety of routes and connections to any place you're looking to get, just play around with the travel times till you find an option with the least amount of sections.

I always use this site extensively for any trip to Japan, especially last time when we were needing to get from Tokyo to Sendai and Osaka to Fukui for NEWS concerts, as well as leaving our organised day trip in Odawara and heading back to Tokyo via Sobudai-mae.


Approaching our destination. The display inside the train telling us it's the next stop (in hiragana, kanji and romaji).





When you reach the station, take the North Exit





Once down on the street it's very close by. This photo is taken from the station and the restaurant sign is the yellow one on the right under the rainbow sign.




Getting closer ...



And looking back to the staion





Before our trip I also played around with finding the location on Google Street View, where you can see that you just head in under the sign and the restaurant is at the back of the alcove.







We were lucky the night we went that there was no queue, in fact there were only a couple of people inside eating. So we just headed to the back. It definitely started to fill up as time passed but there was still no queue when we left after a couple of hours.

So here are a couple of final pics from inside (pics of our food can be found in my earlier post).





 

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clutzynew
Apr. 19th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
sdkfjsdlkfj;aslkdjf yay!!! hhehehehehhe IF i ever go, i will go there =DDD heheheh and bring a keychain with my flag on it? (beaver maybe?)
bellemainec
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
great post, inala my dear! MMMMMM ramen.
neo_hippie_cat
Apr. 19th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
they have an english menu! cool! haha!
i wanna eat an authentic ramen :)
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
that has to be my excuse to go back too, since I was the only one in our group who didn't have ramen!
(no subject) - neo_hippie_cat - Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC) - Expand
haruka21
Apr. 19th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
But were you homeless in Sobudai-mae? I think not!
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
ooh a camping trip? No, I'm afraid our excursion was much more civilised. Though do tell, what's the nightlife like in the suburbs?
dw9lives
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
this post never showed up on my flist!! D:

i wanna go to the restaurant... first, I gotta get to Japan! lol.
inala
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
oops I think I messed up the date. I was working on it before I actually made it public. So I've moved the date forward now but it's probably too late.

But ... when you do get to Japan ...
unfenced_fire
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, I'll use your description when I go to Japan next week ^___^
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
hope you have a great trip -- and leave all thoughts of home behind you -- and you get to visit the ramen shop. I'm guessing there will be a Koi no ABO poster on the walls too.
missilver
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
wow so detail!^^
im a noodle freak and definately want to try koyama's ramen
one day... lol
thanks for this

-dee-
^^V
watchful21
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
lol...I don't need to go there any more since I've lived it vicariously through this photoessay. I love your step by step instructions on how to get there. There should be no excuses...no one should ever get lost on their way to eat koyamamama's ramen! Thanks for sharing.
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
I was certainly hoping to be fairly complete. And I was trying to address some of the issues people did seem to have in the past - which side of the station, when are they open. It really is so close to the station it was kind of confronting to come down the stairs and see the colourful signs right there. And I confess I did dawdle up the street ...

But you've not had the full experience until you've actually eaten their food ...
(no subject) - watchful21 - Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC) - Expand
kitsunemd
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Mem-ing this... too bad I wasn't able to visit the place when I went to Japan last March... maybe next time ^^

Thank you very much for the very detailed post :D
yumenostalgic
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
I already have in my memories your 1st post with regards in going to the ramen house. Might as well put this on memories which will come in handy.

Thanks again.^ ^
ayukas
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing!
I'll definitely head there the next time I visit Japan :D
chibi_news
Apr. 20th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing all this info :D
I'm planning on going to the Koyama ramen shop with friends at the start of next year and i'm sure all your info here will make sure i don't get horribly lost XD; It doesn't look too hard to get to but i'm sure i'd get lost anyways XDD
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
It really easy to find once you get off the train. I would say the most complicated part is getting there but these are trains in Japan ... a totally different experience to here in Sydney.
gadegoi
Apr. 20th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Jumping into this entry and immediately bookmarking it.
Thank you so much for sharing this. :D
selina_kido
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
omg!
that is sooooo coool~
i wanna go too!
and thanks for the link of Hyperdia ^^
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Like I said, Hyperdia is a great resource. We always buy a rail pass before going to Japan and with that and Hyperdia, you can really get to all sorts of places. And the good thing about the ramen shop is that it really is that close to the station, with lots of people passing by.
(no subject) - selina_kido - Apr. 24th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
aures
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
thank you for this! :D looks amazing
nvmeii
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! This will come in handy, one day.
(wow.. there's century 21 in Japan O__O)
kll_tcs
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wow... amazing!

I'm definitely bookmarking this for my Japan trip next year!
babyshazam
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for this! ^^;
*adds to memories*
arisa_draconis
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Ne...

Do you have their address though? :D

Thanks for the post. Will save it for later :P
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
No, sorry I don't. I only needed to know how to get there - and in Japan knowing HOW to get somewhere is way more useful than the address XD
(no subject) - arisa_draconis - Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
murasaki_anna
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
thanks for this
im going to tokyo in 2 weeks time and more than anything, i wanna try the gyoza coz everyone i know who has been there says that its DELICIOUS!!
lol
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
well, we're no different. We gobbled up the gyoza so quickly we ordered another plate. Can definitely recommend it!
c_shayne
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
omg thank you so much for this
*memming*
sutewi
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
thank you for this! :D
I've been searching for this lol
maybe I'll go there when I'm in japan ^-^
c_ryo_c
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
waaa memories! :) i hope i'll get to go again. except we were too shy to talk. i just secretly stared at koyama kaasan and admired how kei-chan's and her profiles look exactly the same ^o^
inala
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
we found her really friendly ... and I was surprised that I wasn't more shy, but she asked us lots of questions and she was just very enthusiastic and easy to talk to. I'm certainly looking forward to going there again whenever my next trip is.
shannern
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
in the last picture the guy at the back looked so much like k-chan himself!
ROFL
manonpikamishi
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
i want to go back to the ramen shop now haha...food there was delicious and koyama's mommy is so nice!! it seems she still has the same posters of koyama up :]
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