HOPE-KEN / Sendagaya “Ramen you must try at least once in Tokyo!

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HOPE-KEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
National Stadium, Sendagaya, Kitasando / Ramen

The original ramen specialty restaurant and a living legend in Sendagaya, it continues to be loved by customers.
Lunch: ~¥999 Dinner: ~¥999

If you are a ramen lover over a certain age, you have never heard of “HOPE-KEN” in Sendagaya.
This time, we report on “HOPE-KEN,” which is said to be the root of Tokyo back fat tonkotsu ramen.
For business hours, holidays, reviews, etc., please check the official website and the Google map at the bottom of this page.

The originator of back fat tonkotsu ramen!

“HOPE-KEN” started out as a food cart in 1960 and opened its current location in Sendagaya in 1975.
It took the world by storm with its back fat tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen, and is still very popular today.
I remember the first time I visited HOPE-KEN in 1985, and it had already become a very famous restaurant.
I don’t remember how I felt when I first ate there, but I still remember feeling elated and thinking, “I finally made it to that HOPE-KEN!”

First visit to “HOPE-KEN” in almost 30 years

Since then, I have visited HOPE-KEN more times than I can count, but I have been away from the restaurant for more than 30 years since I became a working adult and continued to work in the countryside.
I had a chance to visit Sendagaya for a trial run of the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon and visited HOPE-KEN for the first time in a long time.

Don’t talk about Tokyo Ramen without visiting this restaurant!

Younger generations may not be familiar with it, but HOPE-KENn is a legendary restaurant for our generation that ushered in the ramen boom.
Some of my college friends used to say enthusiastically, “You can’t talk about Tokyo ramen without going here.
Since it had been a long time since my last visit, I ordered the chashu ramen (1,200 yen), which I could not order in my student days because I did not have enough money.
The ramen I hadn’t had in about 30 years at “HOPE-KEN” was surprisingly light despite its rich appearance, and the “all-you-can-add-green onions system” was the same as in the old days.

It has been a long time since I have had ramen from “HOPE-KEN” and I feel rejuvenated.
It seems that there are many older customers now, but I would like young people to try this ramen as well.
Incidentally, it is a completely different company from “Nogata Hope,” a ramen chain with a similar name.

Access, Reviews

For directions, hours of operation, holidays, reviews, and more information on HOPE-KEN, please visit the Google map below.

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