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Kurume Ramen Alley

Kurume, the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen

Tonkotsu ramen, popular for the savory pork marrow soup, is now a standard dish across Japan, but it is not so well known that Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture is its birthplace in 1937. To master tonkotsu ramen, let’s start by visiting the Kurume Ramen Yokocho!

Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley)

The Kurume ramen, which has its roots in the Chinese soup noodles and made with pork marrow broth, is the origin of tonkotsu ramen. While the milky white soup is the standard for tonkotsu ramen now, the Kurume ramen soup was originally clear. It is said that the white soup was made by accident when the stove flame was turned up too high. Then, Kurume's ramen influenced those across Kyushu and eventually spread throughout Japan. Taste the wide range of Kurume’s ramen, from traditional to new waves, at Kurume Ramen Yokocho located in the Bunka Gai area. In the nostalgic back alleyway, you can find many unique ramen shops and various other restaurants.

Experience Kurume's delicious street food culture

Kurume is famous not only for tonkotsu ramen but also for its street food cultures such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), gyoza dumplings, and udon noodles. The locals often enjoy yakitori at a pub, and then beckoned by the smell of tonkotsu soup floating in the air, finishing off their night with a bowl of ramen. Food stalls are one of the pleasures of Kurume at night, and about 10 stalls line up in the city center. Enjoy Kurume’s gourmet culture to the fullest at stalls offering Kurume ramen, champon noodles, gyoza, yakitori, and oden (fishcake stew).


Name Kurume Ramen Alley
Address 15-63 Hiyoshi-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
Access Approximately 10 minutes' walk from Nishitetsu Kurume Station
Approximately 15 minutes' walk from JR Kurume Station
Business Hours Differs depending on the shop.
Closed Differs depending on the shop.
Inquiries TEL: 0942-33-4422 (Kurume Bureau of Tourism)

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