the journey to find the best ramen in Japan

I LOVE RAMEN!

Dring 1990-2000, ramen is not a popular food in Indonesia and i have never tasted ramen that taste above average. Then, in 2005 during my first trip in Japan, i ate the famous kin-ryu ramen. At that moment ramen become one of my favorite food.

unfortunately at that time, it was very hard to find good ramen in Indonesia and then time over time the kin-ryu ramen become surreal. I always told people about how good it tastes, eventhough i can not describe how does it taste. I just remember that it was absolutely tasty!

apprx if my memory is right, in 2012 hakata ikkousha the original brand of ramen from Japan come to Indonesia and open their first outlet in PIK. The line is mad. But the taste is totally worth the waiting time. Then ramen start to booming in Indonesia and many new brand show up. But seriously  nothing can beat the original

thats why, during my research time before went to Japan, i absolutely will eat ramen until i can not eat ramen anymore LOL

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on the first day in Japan the first restaurant i went, was of course. Ramen Restaurant!

pick some random ramen based on how crowded people in that store and even now i dont know the name of the restaurant LOL

at that time i have low expectancy, well because, it basicly just some random ramen i found. BUT! I have been mistaken!!!! No ramen in Japan in ordinary!

the first ramen

the restaurant is family business and the owner itself cooks the ramen while the wife ask what kind of ramen we would like to eat. The common thing in ramen restaurant is they use vending machine for ordering, that unfortunately all is in Japanese. Got a little confused here, but the wife was so helpful to help us.

and then we order this one

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soup 10/10 tonkotsu based soup always be the best, and this one is no kidding, it tastes so good! the broth is so savory!

noodle 8/10 average size home made noodle

pork 6/10 they give a lot of pork but the pork is quite dry and taste bland

vegetable 8/10 they use horenzo/ japan spinach and nori which i love

the second ramen

the 2nd one we tasted in kyoto. at 10th floor of JR kyoto station, you can find ramen alley, where you can find many ramen from different region of Japan gathering in 1 big places.

had a hard time to decide which ramen to try.

Why do i dont have unlimited money and stomach?

really really want to try all of them

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obviously i pick hakata ikkousha 😀 it was part of my obsession to find out what is the different between the hakata ikkousha indonesia and japan.

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soup 8/10 tonkotsu based soup, the soup is almost the same with indonesian version but not as thick as indonesia

noodle 9/10 thin type al dente noodle

pork 9/10 waaaaay much better than the indonesian version, and they give more slice of meat!

vegetable 5/10 too much negi/spring onin which actually gives good balance for the strong porky based soup, but..it just too much for my negi limit

also order the karaage, the fried chicken version of Japan. It tastes okay, but in my opinion it tastes almost the same with karaage in seven eleven mart, only the difference is the prize. Sevel is way more cheaper

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the third ramen

the 3rd one, still in the same location, we decided to choose ramen todai from tokushima

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soup 9/10 tonkotsu + shoyu based soup which have a sweet savory taste, quite different from the broth i usually love, but this one tastes uniquely amazing

noodle 7/10 average sized noodle

pork 9/10 thin slices of pork belly which has been marinated in shoyu

vegetable 10/10 right amount of negi and bamboo shoot

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the best thing is you can add raw egg all you can eat! And the raw egg in Japan, seriously dude, you have to try it at least one! The raw egg add more dimension to the milky thick porky broth, and it wont give you salmonella, just like the egg in my country.

the fourth ramen

the 4th one is kinryu ramen osaka, the ramen that i have been wanting for such a loooong time

as usual the line is quite long eventhough it was raining, and here was the kinryu ramen!

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soup 7/10  white broth tonkotsu based soup which tastes mild

noodle 4/10  egg noodles, the tastes in the noodle mix with the broth and tastes weird

pork 4/10 only 2 slice of pork which thanks God tastes superb

vegetable 3/10 small spring of onion, and free flow kimchi, garlic and pickles. None of that is interesting for me

i dont know what’s wrong with me. But i guess my tastes bud have changed? Because at 1st time i try it, it tasted heaven. But now? My least favorite ramen in japan.

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my japan trip (1) the review about our accomodation

i was travelling to Japan last June from 23rd to July 7th by using airesia.
The flight itself is quite tiring but yeay japan!
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I finally arrived in Japan!!!!

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All that adrenaline pumped into my blood and give me endless supply of energy
June and July is officially summer but it is raining season. The rain in Japan is different from Jakarta. The rain is not heavy but it drizzle all day from morning to morning and at night the temp can drop quite far. And then the next day the weather can become very hot full of sunshine. So, yeah, it is not fun to travel and bring all of our luggage in the mid of the rain to find our hotel. But, that part is actually memorable and give us good memory 🙂

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day 1
jakarta-> flight to Narita using air asia
tokyo -> Nikko

our hotel : nikko turtle inn
+ onsen that you can use privately
+ the owner is super friendly and they introduce us to local restaurant that is amazing!
– the room is small

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day 2
nikko -> use night bus
+ cheap cheap cheap
– i have motion sickness, so the motion can be hard for me
– sleeping in sitting position will only make you have backache in the next morning
– constant fear that i will over sleep and arrive in wrong place

day 3
kyoto
our hotel : villa court karasuma nanajo
+ the room is spacious
+ the room is equipped with many useful thing like microwave, refrigerator, pc, etc
– no cooking utensil

day 4
kyoto
our hotel : villa court karasuma nanajo

day 5
kyoto
our hotel : villa court karasuma nanajo

day 6
kyoto ->mt koya
our hotel : eko in temple
+ the room is just like come out straight from manga and dorama
+ living in temple with monk give you a lo of interesting experience
+ the most modern toilet i ever met in Japan
– the smell of tatami
– no lock in room, they use sliding door here
– the toilet is outside the room

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day 7
mt koya -> osaka
our hotel : hotel fine garden juso
+ the room is spacious
+ the toilet, jacuzzi and toileteries are amazing
+/- it is love hotel LOL

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day 8
osaka -> day trip to himeji -> osaka -> use the night bus

day 9
tokyo -> hakone
our hotel : hana no yado ryokan
+ the room is ZEN, everything is perfect
+ the private onsen
+ the kaiseki served in our room
+ the cute yukata
+ the best bed/futon i ever sleep
+ everybody we met is very kind, polite and friendly
-/+ pricey but totally worth every yen i spend

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day 10
hakone
our hotel : ichinoyu shinkan ryokan
+ the room is quite spacious
+ private onsen
+ dinner
– the smell of tatami
– the location is no-no. We must use taxy to reach here, it is not very far from the main station but the road is very steep, so there is no way you walk here while bring all that baggage, well unless maybe you are choo sung hoon

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day 11
hakone -> tokyo
our hotel : taturo house (airbnb)
+ cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap
+ very kind and helpful owner
+ refrigerator and microwave
+ the owner provide us cooking utensil
– out of town but still okay
– the room is extremely small

day 12
tokyo
our hotel : taturo house (airbnb)

day 13
tokyo
our hotel : taturo house (airbnb)

day 14
tokyo -> narita
our hotel : narita u city hotel
+ very near to train station
+ they provide free transit car to airport
– small room

day 15
narita -> flight back to Jakarta using Airasia

japan 2009 vs 2015

Hello

So i have returned from Japan

Having a hard time to come back to reality and just have to accept the fact that my holiday is over T.T

JAPAN! Such a beautiful country! I always have a crush on Japan since elementary school, like for 20 years ago? At first i fell in love with the game, manga, anime and then it spread to everything. I love the food, the unique culture, the people, the history, the fashion, well basicly said, Japan is sort of my holyland.

I went to Japan once at 2009. Me and my parent we choose one of many private tour in Indonesia and go with it. Nothing much that i can do during that time. We only go to ginza and asakusa in Tokyo,  and such limited time to enjoy the true Japan.

That’s why this time, when i can finally explore Japan by myself with my own preferences, it is such a joy that i will never ever forget.

Japan in 2009 and 2015 has many differences.

osaka 2009

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5.30

osaka 2015

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Back in 2009 it was hard to speak with Japanesse. They tend to avoid foreigner, and freak out with people who speak English. But now? WOW so many japanesse people can speak english! Even some random people who i met in country side can speak some broken english, and we can still communicate perfectly.

In 2009, there almost no road sign or map in  the street that written in English. I try to used the train and wtf no english. In 2015? All the road sign have english in it. Even the bus have english written inside the bus to let you know which one is the stop you should take.  So, yeah, it is very easy to use public transportation in Japan for foreigner.

In 2015 you can find Wi-Fi, like, almost in every train station and BUS station in kyoto.  I dont understand why people need to rent pocket wifi in japan. Just go to the nearest train station and enjoy your free wifi there. Even some mini mart like Lawson also provided free wifi! Heaven  😀

talking about mini mart, onigiri in mini mart is a MUST try! exceptionally delicious with low prize. The rice, the filling, the nori, even writing about onigiri already make me drooling. SLURP.

Otherwise Japan is still the same, the people is so friendly and helpful. The food is…..HEAVEN! I will post all the delicious food that i ate in Japan, magnificent!

I will come back, again, someday, i dont know, maybe for a far far far time in the future, but i WILL come back again to Japan!