From last year\'s event

Ramen Wars

Taste your way through some of Japan's best noodles

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: NST Head Office, Niigata When: Late Sep 2020
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

When it comes to ramen, everyone seems to have a preference for the type they like the best - and those preferences can get a little heated at times! Whether you're a shoyu or shio fan, or maybe miso or tonkotsu is more your jam, the much-loved noodle dish inspires passion in both chefs and foodies alike.

That passion comes alive at Ramen Wars, an annual event in Niigata City held in conjunction with local TV network NST. Now in its 11th year, Ramen Wars sees some of Japan's top chefs serve up their high quality signature dishes to the general public. These aren't your run-of-the-mill ramen options, either! Certain entrants at this year's event have received the Michelin Bib Gourmand, or had their dishes served up to world leaders at the G20 summit. Impressive!

Each bowl of ramen at the event is priced at 800 yen, and last calls for ramen are at 4.30 pm each day.

Getting there

The Ramen Wars event is held at the offices of local television network NST, approximately 15 minutes on foot from Niigata Station.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 9 months ago
Tell me this wouldn’t be heaven?!?
Kim B Author 9 months ago
My idea of a great way to spend a weekend!
Sherilyn Siy 9 months ago
How's the line situation? Is it super crowded? How long do you have to wait in line to get a bowl?
Kim B Author 9 months ago
Last year's event wasn't crazy busy at all, but we got there early before peak lunch rush. I feel like there's more hype locally about it this year, but don't think it would be anywhere near as busy as similar events in Tokyo!