Echigo Tsukemen Ishin

Awesome dipping ramen in Echigo Yuzawa Station

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

It's hard to go past the rich flavours and earthy heartiness of ramen. This famous dish is quite possibly the iconic soul food of Japanese cuisine. Originally from China, ramen has evolved over the years to feature an incredible variety of soup flavours and noodle textures. Usually served together in a single bowl of heaven, one of the more popular styles of ramen has the noodles and soup served separately.

Known as tsukemen, this kind of ramen is eaten by dipping its noodles into the soup. Tsukemen soup tends to be a lot richer and more concentrated than the soups of other ramen while the noodles are often quite thick and wholesome in texture and flavour. A great dish, tsukemen was invented in Tokyo in the 1960s and has since spread all over the country and even abroad.

Entrance to EchigoTsukemen Ishin
Entrance to EchigoTsukemen Ishin

A great little tsukemen noodle bar can be found in the CoCoLo Yuzawa shopping precinct in Echigo Yuzawa Station. Having spied Echigo Tsukemen Ishin a number of times during our visits to Echigo Yuzawa, we finally had the opportunity to try it. Like many ramen stores, we ordered our noodles via the ticket machine outside. Choosing the signature tori-ton tsukemen, a chicken & pork bone-flavoured tsukemen for only JPY850, we settled down and waited.

Chicken surprise in the soup
Chicken surprise in the soup

It wasn't long before the staff brought out our order. If you're not prepared for it, you may find that the cold noodles and the warm broth to be a surprising combination but the two really do go perfectly together, especially when the noodles are so obviously well made. The secret to good tsukemen, of course, includes a decent soup but actually rests in the quality of the noodles. In Niigata Prefecture pride in produce is a thing, and the noodles are clearly delicious.

Poster menu with prices
Poster menu with prices

Echigo Tsukemen Ishin is one great little place to enjoy a satisfying taste of Echigo Yuzawa and is well worth the visit.

Getting there

Echigo Tsukemen Ishin is the first restaurant on the left of the CoCoLo Yuzawa shopping precinct, located right outside of the ticket gates of JR Echigo Yuzawa Station.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 200 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Elizabeth S 2 weeks ago
I had no idea tsukemen was such a recent invention.

And chicken instead of pork in the broth is appealing.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 weeks ago
The chicken broth is sublime. There is a ramen store in Sydney, believe it or not, that specialises in chicken broth and I am sold on it. It's great.
Kim B 2 weeks ago
Gosh, you've got me hungry now!
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 weeks ago
Nah, not my fault, Niigata's!
Elena Lisina 2 weeks ago
I bet ramen is good for winter! In my last trip in summer I felt thirsty and never hungry.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 weeks ago
Oh, ramen is great for winter.
Sherilyn Siy 2 weeks ago
Chicken based tsukemen dipping sauce! I've only had pork-bonito based dipping sauces. I should try this.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 weeks ago
It's just as rich and deep but it feels a lot lighter.