5 Best Ramen in Tokyo 2020

Hey guys.I’m Taiki living in Tokyo for over 26 years.I’m gonna introduce “5 Best Ramen in Tokyo” today.Once you visit Tokyo,you wanna eat prestigious Ramen that local people loves. but I guess you have no idea where to go to eat a delicious Ramen when you visit Tokyo. Then leave it to me. Lets’s get started.

5,MENYA-SAKURAI(麺屋 さくら井)

MENYA-SAKURAI is one of the most popular Ramen for Japanese.
The owner here is picky about ingredients for soup,it is cooked from six types of soy sauces and others various foostuffs.The roast pork on top of the ramen is easy to melt in your mouth and suits the soup completely.Since Menya-Sakurai is often crowded,it’s better for you to go there around 13:00~14:30.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/wza9N9hLLwZTeScT7
Access:12 min walk from Mitaka station
Hours:Mon,Thu,Fri,Sat 11:30am~15:00pm 18:00pm~20:30pm
Tue,Sun,National Holidays 11:30am~15:00pm
Wed are closed.


RAMEN-SUGIMOTO is also famous for Japanese.It’s easy to access here from the nearest station,only takes 1 min walk.If you visit here,I highly recommend you to eat “SPECIAL SYOUYU RAMEN”/特製醤油らぁ麺.You will be able to enjoy three types of roast porks,WANTAN(Chinese flour dumplings with meat stuffing) and soft-boiled egg at the same time.There are good combination with the soup and a little bit tough noodles.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/boRNAUj9V7SXatFz7
Access:1 min walk from Saginomiya station
Hours:Mon 11:30am~15:00pm
Wed-Sun 11:30am~15:00pm 18:00~21:00
Mon 11:30am~15:00pm
Tue are closed.


MENSON-RAGE is ranked in top 3.Here is located in “OGIKUBO” that is known for the area lots of Ramen stores are in. If you come here,you definitely have to eat “GUNKEI-SOBA/軍鶏そば“ that soup is based from Soy sauce.This type of ramen is so popular and most of people order this.Also this restaurant has been listed on Michelin guide.It’s worth visiting here.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/2ziEGNEcNmRAab4PA
Access:4 min walk from Ogikubo station
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am~15:00pm 18:00pm~21:00am
Sun.National Holidays:11:00am~16:00pm


HOMEMADE RAMEN-MUGINAE is absolutely perfect “SYOUYU-RAMEN”ever.
It’s not only soup,noodles but also the porks,Chicken,eggs,dumpling on the top of ramen are delicious and high quality.It’s obvious for people to prefer this to others.Compared to other ramen,it’s good cost-performance for only about 10$ for this.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Vr62zMyGjrhTg4Ub6
Access:7 min walk from Omori station
Hours:Mon-Fri 11:30~14:30 18:00~Until supply last
Weekend 11:30~Until supply last
My days off vary


Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/SRpyxqYuy1u9NHpa9
Access:10 min walk from Sengawa station
Hours:11:00am~15:00pm 17:30pm~21:00pm
Mon are closed.

YAKUZA-Still exist 2019

Hi,I’m Taiki who was born and raised in Tokyo and living here for over 26 years.I will explain what real YAKUZA is in Japan today.I guess you have heard about “YAKUZA” on some articles or films somewhere.But it seems like tending to exaggerate too much and mislead you to a wrong way.So I would like to share the real “YAKUZA” with you guys.

Copy right: http://blog.livedoor.jp/zzcj/archives/51972549.html

WHAT IS “YAKUZA”?→Yakuza also known as “gokudō” are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan , while the Yakuza call themselves “ninkyō dantai”. The English equivalent for the term Yakuza is gangster, meaning an individual involved in a Mafia-like criminal organization. The Yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct, their organized fiefdom nature, and several unconventional ritual practices such as “Yubitsume”. Yakuza members are often described as males with heavily tattooed bodies and slicked hair,yet this group is still regarded as being among “the most sophisticated and wealthiest criminal organizations.”

At their height, the Yakuza maintained a large presence in the Japanese media and operated internationally. In fact, in the early 1960s, police estimated that the Yakuza had a membership of 184,100.However, in recent years their numbers have dwindled with the latest figure from the National Police Agency estimating that as of 2016 the number of members in all 22 designated gangs was 39,100.This decline is often attributed to changing market opportunities and several legal and social developments in Japan which discourage the growth of Yakuza membership.Yet, despite their dwindling numbers, the Yakuza still regularly engage in an array of criminal activities, and many Japanese citizens remain fearful of the threat these individuals pose to their safety. However, there remains no strict prohibition on Yakuza membership in Japan today, although much legislation has been passed by the Japanese government aimed at increasing liability for criminal activities and impeding revenue.


As above explanation,it is fact that the power of “YAKUZA” has been dimishing recently due to the strict regulations from Japanese government. Although it’s so harsh for Yakuza to survive in today’s Japan,they manage to survive somehow or other.

1,How many YAKUZA Groupes are existing in Japan?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

Japanese police comprehend that there’re 24 YAKUZA groups existing in Japan right now(2019 July).The three biggest YAKUZA groups are as follows.

①YAMAGUCHI-GUMI(山口組):Members appoximately 4,700/Based in Yamaguchi prefecture

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi-gumi

②SUMIYOSHI-KAI(住吉会):Members approximately 2,900/Based in Tokyo

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumiyoshi-kai

③INAGAWA-KAI(稲川会):Members approximately 2,300/Based in Tokyo

Copy right:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inagawa-kai

2,How do they make money ?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

There are lots of ways for them to earn money,of course most of them are illegal.I will intoroduce 10 ways that make money for them.①Selling drugs②IT fraud(Ex:Set up a fake Web store on Internet that cheats people of their money/One click fraud)③Loan sharks④Hostess Bar⑤Brothel⑥Gambling⑦Poach⑧Running a real estate agency⑨Scalper⑩Human trafficking

Globalism are coming to the field of YAKUZA that makes them use the internet, SNS and English as well.It is said that IT fraud is one of the most trending ways for them to make money today.Back in the day,most of YAKUZA were not smart and intelligent but there are a bunch of members graduated from prestigious colleges or schools nowadays which means any business world needs useful and flexible person.

3,Are they dangerous?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

First of all,it’s so rare for general Japanese or foreigners to come across them in person.So we don’t need to be afraid of the violence from YAKUZA in general life.But since they sometimes do armed conflicts with other groups of Yakuza for battling over territory on the public streets,we might be careful of one.

4,How can we recognize YAKUZA?

Copy right:https://gigazine.net/news/20150925-japanese-yakuza/

The most famous feature for “YAKUZA” is “Lack of their Pinkies”. Then why do they lose their pinkies? While blonging to YAKUZA society,it’s a must for members to obey their bosses.Cutting their own pinkies is one of the ways to express apologies and regrets to bosses when they screw up something important like killing the member of oponent’s group.

Thank you for reading my article.by Taiki

5 Most popular ONSEN (Hot Spring) for Foreigners in TOKYO 2019

Hi,I’m Taiki.I was born and raised in Tokyo that means I’m ablsolutely familiar with this city.I’m living in Shibuya which is the most popular and interesting city in Tokyo. I would like to share the ONSEN I highly recommend in terms of a Japanese resident with you.

WHAT IS ONSEN for us Japanese?→One of the most popular pastimes for Japanese people is to go and stay in a “Japanese ryokan” which has a natural hot spring, or an Onsen.Onsen with open-air baths called”rotenburo“have become popular among people of all ages.Many natural hot-spring spas in Japan are a by-product of volcanoes,and most of them contain minerals supposedly good for curing various diseases such as rheumatism and high blood pressure.Some consider drinking warm SAKE,or Japanese rice wine,in a hot rotenburo while looking at snow-covered mountains to be a heavenly pleasure.

5.Tokyo Dome Tennen-Onsen Spa Laqua

“Tokyo Dome Tennen-Onsen Spa Laqua” is located in the convenient place and easily get there.Since this Onsen is in “Tokyo Dome City” that is huge amusement park including baseball stadium,bowling center and so on,you will be able to enjoy there after or before going to the Onsen.

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/P7yH5PSmBeEmfHk36

Access:5 min walk from ①SUIDOBASHI Station(JR CHUOU LINE) or ②KORAKUEN Station(MARUNOUCHI LINE).

Hours:11:00am~9:00am Next day


Copy right: http://thermae-yu.jp/hot-springs/

“Thermae-Yu” is also in a convenient place.This place is located in Shinjuku and really easy to get going from any other sightseeing spots in Tokyo.Reagarding the facility,not relatively spacious.But staffes are really courteous and considerate.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/k9NrLzFJLUXLqVoV9
Access:5 min walks from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

3.Tokyo Somei-Onsen Sakura

Copy right: http://www.sakura-2005.com/hotspring

It is said that the water used in “TOKYO SOMEI-ONSEN SAKURA was gushed out in the area of SOMEI-SAKURA.It named after “TOKYO SOMEI-ONSEN SAKURA” .
The feature of the water is higly transparent and it helps your skin younger,smooth.So I recommed here to ladys.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Ktdobf9hkvduoPB49
Access : 6 min walk from Sugamo Station(TOEI MITA LINE)

2.Tokyo Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

Copy right:https://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/

When it comes to “Tokyo Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari”,you are able to feel Japanese cultural things of “EDO”.”EDO” is one of Japanese famous period 1603-1867.Once you go through the entrance,you pick up a KIMONO you want to wear from wide variety of stuffes and turn you into a Japanese.The facility is spacious enough.You must be having a good experience.

Google map:https://goo.gl/maps/F98doWeFXEyTNAY9A
Access:2 min walk from Telecom Center Station(YURIKAMOME LINE)
Hours:11:00am~8:00am Next day

1.Keio Takaosan-Onsen Gokurakuyu

Copy right:http://www.takaosan-onsen.jp/english/

“TAKAOSAN/高尾山” means Mountain 599 meters tall that is the most popular for hiking sopt. So lots of people come to this Onsen after hiking or enjoying to see beautiful nature.From my point of view, “Keio Takaosan-Onsen Gokurakuyu” is the best Onsen in Tokyo.I’ve lost counts how many times I went there.The tubs are spacious and makes you feel relax enough.What’s more,you feel natural wind while bathing in a tub.You can’t believe that this is still in Tokyo.Since it takes about 1 hour from Shinjuku or Tokyo Station by train,it’s not that far away. You definitely have to drop by this Onsen if you come to Tokyo.

Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/RDr9UbkKMzp3Mqb48
Access:2 min walk from Keio Takaosanguchi Station

Thank you for reading the article.by Taiki