Fukuoka Ramen Eating Spree

Fukuoka is the capitol of TONKOTSU RAMEN and man, do they make it good! Tonkotsu — made from pork bone based soup — is the ramen of choice here and this time, we’ll go on a ramen eating binge from the famous Yatai in Nakasu and Ramen Stadium to the cheapest ramen in the city in Tenjin!

We’ll also get an inside look at RAMEN UNARI’s special GYOKAI TONKOTSU RAMEN which is lighter bodied than the usual tonkotsu served in the city — and absolutely amazing!

Here are the ramen shops I visited in the episode:
1) Nakasu Yatai Stands
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KRe9wuy9Kd92
2) Ramen Unari / ラーメン海鳴
URL: http://ramen-unari.com/nakasu/
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KRe9wuy9Kd92
3) Hakata Ramen Zen
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/sy1yosDknTA2
4) Ramen Stadium / Shodai Hidechan Ramen
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/hKSwsJRX7g62
URL: https://canalcity.co.jp/ra_sta/

There are too many ramen shops in Fukuoka to count!
I reviewed the ones that were recommended to me by locals plus the yatai which are famous in Japan. Don’t limit yourself to these places but I have to say, I loved Ramen Unari!

MORE RAMEN?
Check out the Sapporo Ramen Alley Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MTKU…

Note on the criticism of the yatai area along the river:
I spent two nights at the Nakasu Yatai Ramen Stands and only 1 in 10 visitors were from Fukuoka. Most were Japanese tourists or from abroad.
I went to two yatai and the service was not good each time. At the last one where I filmed, the staff told me “You can eat here if you won’t stay long.” I never had any intention to stay long but I got the feeling they don’t have much respect for customers because almost none of them are repeaters, regular customers.
I cannot recommend this area, but I hope you have a better experience than me. Try ordering something different than ramen at the yatai.

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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 19 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.

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