Instant Tonkotsu Ramen to Buy When You Go to 7-Eleven in Japan

In Japan, the birthplace of instant ramen, there are many kinds of instant ramen available. You may be wondering which one to buy. Therefore, I would like to introduce my special recommendation for instant ramen. It is Tonkotsu Ramen, which won first place in the high-end cup ramen category on a Japanese ranking website.*

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Tonkotsu Ramen is famous in Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. Ippudo (一風堂) and Ichiran (一蘭) are two nationally known chains of tonkotsu ramen that originated in Fukuoka, and both have a strong following.

This instant noodle is a reproduction by Nissin Foods of Ippudo’s tonkotsu ramen. Despite being instant noodles, the quality is high and they are very tasty.

Even though it is a high-end cup ramen, it is sold at 7-Eleven stores throughout Japan for less than $3, so it is recommended to buy it as a souvenir when visiting Japan.

You can also buy them on, but they are too expensive.

By the way, the overall No. 1 cup ramen on the aforementioned ranking website is Nissin Foods’ Cup Noodles. Although a variety of new products are released every year, the classic Cup Noodle is still very popular. I also like it as a completely different kind of food than the ramen I eat at the restaurants.