One of the inconveniences of flying into Narita International Airport is that it takes FOREVER to get into Tokyo proper. After a long, yet comfortable, ride on the JR Narita Express, we ended up in Shinjuku where we were staying at the Hyatt Regency.
First things first though, we gots to eat! And our first meal in Tokyo was at a cozy ramen shop called Fuunji.
Fuunji is known for its Tsukemen ramen, a dipping style ramen with the broth and noodles served separated.
Here’s What We Had
Deluxe Tsukemen (special dipping noodles). Comes with a plate of perfectly cooked noodles and a bowl of thick chicken-based broth.
The broth features a complex set of flavors from the nori, pork belly, soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and a dollop of smoked bonito dashi powder.
Ramen. This is your classic bowl of delicious ramen. Chicken-based broth with green onions for extra flavor and texture.
Fuunji Dining Tips
1. Place your order through the ticket machine.
Once you enter Fuunji, immediately to the right is the ticket machine that you use to order what you want to eat. You’ll hand these tickets to the staff later on.
2. Order the right amount of food.
We thought we had to order proteins separately and ordered a bunch of extras, but your Ramen or Special Dipping Noodles comes with an egg, cha siu, and everything else. I don’t remember the last time I ate so much noodles and cha siu.
3. Bring cash.
This place is cash only (like most places in Japan). Expect to spend around 1000 – 1500 yen per person, depending on what you get. No worries with big bills since there’s a bill breaker next to the ticket machine.
4. Use the hot water.
The hot water pot on your table is for after you’ve finished the Tsukemen. If you’d like, you pour the water into your bowl to dilute the Tsukemen broth and sip away to finish your meal.
5. Come during off hours since it’s a small space.
It’s a small space and there’s always a long line. Try to come during off hours to avoid a long wait. Even if you have to wait, the line moves steadily since it’s in and out. Don’t expect to get seated together if you’re in a group. This place is best for singles or couples.
Fuunji is a must-try if you’re in Shinjuku. The broth and noodles are amazing. You’re best off ordering the Tsukemen.
渋谷区Yoyogi, 2 Chome−14−３ 北斗第一ビル
Japan, 〒151-0053 Tokyo
850 – 1000 yen for a hefty entree