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Koyama Ramen Shop visit

This evening my friends and I ventured to Sobudai-mae for dinner at the Koyama family ramen shop. Not only was the food great, but everyone was really friendly even before they discovered we were News and Koyama fans. So this is a brief report and some pics about our evening.


Today we went on a trip to Mt Fuji  and Hakone. The weather even cooperated mostly because once we got to Mt Fuji the clouds cleared and we could see the top of the mountain. We left the tour group in Odawara having decided to come back to Tokyo via the ramen shop. I'd read quite a few reports from other fans on their experiences and how to get there. And of course, some good food never goes astray.

It was even easier to find than I'd imagined. All we had to do was walk down the stairs from the north gate of the station and there was the yellow sign surrounded by flashing lights a very short block away. So we ventured in.

As others have reported it's a pretty small space, four tables and some counter seating. You can certainly tell you're in the right place by the interior decorations.


And there were some interesting things in at the front door.

There were lots of yummy things on the menu and we found it difficult to make a choice.

We had gyoza, a few different types of ramen and I had the yakisoba.


The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered a second round of gyoza and I think we did a pretty good job of getting most of it eaten.

The atmosphere was very relaxed and Mrs Koyama was very kind, smiling and friendly as we tried to sort out our drinks order. She even gave us a free tasting glass of one mixed drink when they didn't have supplies to make the one we'd ordered. The family resemblance is very strong, not just because they look alike, but they say things in very similar ways too.

Many other fans had reported the map on the wall with phone straps and other danglies obviously left by fans.

When we were talking about making the trip there for dinner, we'd agreed that we shouldn't turn up empty handed. So when Mrs Koyama came to give us the bill, we explained that we were from Australia and presented her with a couple of phone straps featuring a koala and a kangaroo. She was quite surprised that we were all the way from Australia, but very interested in the koala and kangaroo.

We joked that Australia was a bit further off the bottom of their map and she said that it was okay because she had a map of the world and she'd get that out.

While we'd been eating two girls came in, obviously very close with everyone there and chatting animatedly with everyone about all sorts of things. They sat at the table behind us and when we were talking about being from Australia they noticed that we had souviners from Mt Fuji and commented on it. We explained that we'd spent the day at Mt Fuji and Hakone and had then come there on the train.

Mrs Koyama asked us how we'd heard about their restaurant. We replied honestly, on the internet and she seem quite pleasantly surprised by that. The other girls summed the situation up quickly and said, 'so, you're News fans?' We replied that we definitely were and that Koyama was a favourite.

His mother was very impressed that people in Australia knew who he was and she asked if we were planning to go to a concert. When we said we were going to Fukui, one of the girls spoke up saying she lived in Fukui and she was also going to the concerts on the weekend. She confirmed that we were talking about the Sun Dome and asked what day we were going.

Mrs Koyama then asked us how we got our tickets. We explained that we had a friend in the fan club, and they were curious to know whether or not it was a Japanese person.

She asked how long we'be been in Japan, and the Japanese are always surprised when you're anywhere for more than a few days. She then asked where we'd been and where we were staying. We told her we were staying in Shinagawa and she guessed our hotel immediately and said it was a good choice.

When we mentioned that one of the places we'd been was Sendai, she asked if we'd been to a News concert already. We said that we'd been there only yesterday, and one of the other girls immedately asked what we thought of Ginza Rhapsody. We spent a few moments discussing how much we liked it, how good they looked etc etc. And how we were looking forward to seeing it again on the weekend.

I eventually managed to hand over the money to Mrs Koyama for the bill, and when she went to get the change, and feeling a lot braver, I showed the girls my Koyama keychain hanging on my handbag. They thought it was great and told me I had to show it to Mrs Koyama.

This is where it gets a bit hazy for me.

When she came back with the change I showed her my keychain. She was absolutely delighted and grabbed my hands, thanking me again and saying it made her very happy. She seemed so happy that she needed to pause and take a deep breath to find her English again. She said that she was very interested in Australia and hoped to be able to visit someday.

I was thanking her, she was thanking me, we smiled at each other a lot and she kept squeezing my hands. Then it was time to go. We'd been there almost two hours. We said our goodbyes, the girls said they'd look out for us on Saturday in Fukui, and Mrs Koyama walked us to the door and waved us goodbye.

What can I say - it made me very happy too.


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Nov. 13th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
did you try the ebi-chahan? the fried rice with ebi? that was so good!!!! we went to the ramen shop last week. just before we went home.
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
ah, glad to see you had a good time too. Guess next time I get to Japan I'll have to go there again and try the friend rice. How was it when you were there?
(no subject) - aneene212 - Nov. 17th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Kei-mom ^^
so i came across this page browsing about the song "ginza rhapsody" (LOVE IT!) and i saw that you got to meet kei-mom hehe i wanted to leave a comment and say how i completely know how you felt because i too got to meet kei-mom :) i went to the ramen shop 3 times hahah yes i LOVE kei-chan lol and the second time i went it was late so me and my friend were pretty much the only ones in there and we got to hang out with Kei-mom and she had a pretty in-depth english (broken but manageable) conversation with us and she was amazed how we were from america. on the way out of the shop (THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO ME!), kei-mom took a picture with us!!! so i'm glad you got to experience what i did!
Nov. 13th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Kei-mom ^^
if you're curious, this link is to my cr profile that i used to post up pictures and what not from my trip to japan:


and this is the link for the directions to the ramen shop in detail if this will save you the time ^^ (hope i was some help):

Re: Kei-mom ^^ - inala - Nov. 16th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 14th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
aw wow~ thanks for sharing ne! i'd love to visit koyama's ramen shop one day :D she seems like such a nice sweet lady :D
Nov. 27th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
lolz IF i ever get to go to japan, i'll definitely ask you where exactly it is :P
Apr. 19th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Just to let you know that I've finally put together my (hopefully) helpful post on getting to the ramen shop.

You can find it here:
Dec. 4th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my gawdies! I should have discovered ur LJ a lot earlier. Reading that made me squeal non-stop. Koyamama is so friendly. You're so lucky!! *o* There's NEWS/Koyama's posters everywhere!!

When I get the chance to go Japan, I definitely want to go there as well. Funny how she was surprised Kei-chan had Aussie fans. OMG, who wouldn't be in love with Kei-chan?<3333

Thank you for sharing such a detailed experience. I felt I was there myself.
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
this is kinda not in the right place but do u no where u can buy news tickets? i mean im not apart of the johny's fan club plus i dont live in japan AND i dont no how to speak japanese or know anyone that lives in japan so! do u no how?
email me if u can at f0bbyaznchick@yahoo.com
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
haha where is the shop!

omg cool!

i am sure to visit it
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
wow :DDD so lucky :)

this is definitely going to my memories in case i ever get the chance to go to japan :D
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ah....I am speechless....you saw Koya-mama...and shook her hand. Awwww....I..well speechless....♥
Feb. 7th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
trust me, I was pretty much in a state of shock. She grabbed hold of both of my hands, kept squeezing them and didn't let go. She was very excited and animated and it really is a memory I'm going to treasure for a long time.
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Awww, wow that sounds like a great trip! I hope to follow in your footsteps soon, hehe. Thanks for all the great pictures and detailed report. I had fun reading it. :) I'm glad you had such a good time.
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I had so much fun reading!
Is it okay if I add it t my memories?
Feb. 10th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hi - sure no problems. I had such an amazing couple of weeks in Japan and this was definitely one of the highlights. Even looking back on it now it still puts a big smile on my face.
Feb. 10th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Uwaaaah! That's all I can say. I feel warm all over. She seems like a great mom. T_T Lucky Koya! He's in good hands.
Feb. 10th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
wahhhh sugoi also want to eat there!!!!!! wahhh ur lucky!!! hahaha
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
hello ! i will go to Japan next year and i want to know where is this restaurant because the food seem to be oshiii !^^

could you give the adress please or is it easy to find it in Tokyo ?

arigato waiting for your response
my adress is kyachan77@hotmail.com, ja !
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
unfair you met Koyama!? I don't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *________*;_; I wanna meet him too! omg!*_* I'm soo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr. 20th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
no, I didn't meet him, only his mother ... they're a lot alike though XD
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