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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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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)
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wow... amazing!

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

Do you have their address though? :D

Thanks for the post. Will save it for later :P
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
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!!
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!
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
omg thank you so much for this
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 ^-^
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^
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.
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
in the last picture the guy at the back looked so much like k-chan himself!
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 :]
Apr. 20th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
thanks for this! I'm keeping it in mind in case I ever make it to japan!
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
oh goshh tysm ~~
adding to mems so i can refer back when i get there eventually ;D
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing!*hugs*

definitely adding this to memories ^_^
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much for all the information! ♥ You're awesome.
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