It is the battle of the regional ramen when the 9th annual Tokyo Ramen Show takes places at Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagaya (south west Tokyo) at the end of this month!
With ramen being one of the most popular and famous (not counting sushi) foods of Japan, naturally there are lots of variations and local adaptations to this delicious noodle dish. At the Tokyo Ramen Show you can try lots of different regional and speciality ramen, some of which is only available during this event. This is a great opportunity to try food from all over Japan without having to go further than a few minutes south west of Shibuya.
The 9th Tokyo Ramen Show will take place on October 26th -November 5th 2017. Opening hours: 10:00 - 21:00 (except for October 31st and November 5th when the event closes at 18:00)
The event is divided into two parts with 18 different vendors selling ramen from 18 different regions of Japan between October 26th and 31st. Between November 1st - 5th there will be 18 new regional ramen vendors selling their speciality. Check here (only Japanese, but with pictures) to see what regions are represented during each part of the event.
The event will takes place at the Central Plaza of Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagaya. To get there, the easiest way is to take the subway and get off at Komazawa daigaku Station (on the den-en-toshi line, 7 minutes from Shibuya station) and then walk to the park in about 15 minutes.
How to attend
The entry is free but in order to try the different kind of steaming hot bowls of ramen you need to purchase ramen tickets, at ¥850 per bowl. The tickets can be bought in advance at 7 eleven or on the days of the event (ticket release at 9:45 at the ticket counter at the event location).
For more information go to the official website (unfortunately only in Japanese). Enjoy!
If however you, like me, can't eat gluten I recommend this article about vegetarian and gluten free ramen in Tokyo.