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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. 21st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
thanks so much for this post! :D
Apr. 21st, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!!!
I really wanna go there but I couldn't find anything about it...
I love u xD
I'm so happy!
I can go there this summer ^___^
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
they've got posters! yay~
thanks for sharing :D
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing.would love to visit kei-chan's family's ramen shop. love the guy so much.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
yup, I love him heaps too, and that's why I was kind of nervous about it, but in the end I was so happy to be able to tell his mother he has fans in Australia!
Apr. 21st, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I'll try to go next time, thank you !!
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
this post really helpfull, i hope can use it when i go to find that place
thank you for sharing ^^
May. 1st, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Soooooooo happy ^O^ Thank you very much o(^_^)o
I'll go there in the Golden week (^_^)/
Btw, today is Kei-chan's birthday :D Happy birthday to Koyama Keiichiro-kun \(^_^)/
May. 12th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
thank u very much.
Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
thanks so much! I will go to Japan this summer. I hope I can go to this nice ramen shop! :D

Jun. 30th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ah! I want to go but I will feel like too much of a stalker doing it- same with visiting Aiba-chan's family restaurant lol.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
You know, I felt that way in the past too and spent a long time thinking I couldn't do it. But if you've read my post about our dinner there, it was nothing like that at all! We had a great time and were made feel very welcome, even more when we confirmed we were fans.
(no subject) - elizajet - Sep. 20th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 13th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
thanks! I'll go to Japan on Wednesday.. and if I can I might go there on Thursday (lol) well I'll have a lot of time to waste around 7-8pm so why not go there? XD thanks for your post ^^
Aug. 17th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
thanks again for this post! It is very useful!
I am going there tomorrow, so I checked a last time this post before it.^
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Takagi Taro here (Shane)
Hey all of you. I am Taro (Shane). I used to live near Sobudai Mae. I went to Ryutaro all the time and saw many of my friends there. I am close with the crew at Ryutaro to include Yasuyo and Isamu. I did have a picture of me with Yasuyo dressed as Jack Sparrow in there. I think I know some of you in this comment area. I just want to say hey and I miss Japan. I am in Korea now and it really sucks here. You guys take care. Shane
Oct. 24th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Thank you for all the info ^_^
Dec. 30th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
I am planning to go there too!! thanks for this precious info!
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