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10 Super Spicy Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo

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Ramen is one of Japan's fundamental soul foods, and it's easy to see why. But the following list of ramen restaurants isn't for the faint of heart—it's for those who want their noodles so spicy that they break out in a sweat with every delicious slurp! Here are ten super spicy ramen restaurants in Tokyo! Don't say we didn't warn you...

Mokotanmen Nakamoto — Kami-Itabashi

Although Mokotanmen Nakamoto is a chain, its flagship restaurant is located in Kami-Itabashi, and it's one of the first places that comes to mind when considering truly spicy ramen spots in Tokyo. It's not just that the ramen is spicy—it also has a rather unique flavor. Don't be surprised if you're hooked after your first bite!

Kouya — Yotsuya

This establishment in Yotsuya is famous for its wanton ramen. But it also a menu item called karai-karai (literally "spicy spicy") ramen which, as its name would imply, is incredibly spicy. It might not appear outwardly spicy like some other entries on the list, but it's full of green chilies so it packs quite the punch!

Koisaimen Inosho — Nerima

Kara-kara kosaimen, the signature dish of this ramen shop, is remarkable for its blend of spice and unique flavor. It's full of veggies, which adds a nice earthiness to every bowl. Another great thing about this restaurant is that you can choose the level of spiciness you desire, from just a little to flaming hot, so you're in control of how hot it gets!

Kikanbo — Kanda

Kikanbo proudly boasts of the numbness that accompanies the intense heat of their ramen. Said numbness comes from their use of Szechuan peppers, and you can adjust how mouth-numbingly spicy you'd like your bowl to be according to your tastes. Be careful not to go overboard!

Bingiri — Ogikubo

Bingiri's signature bowl is its katsu-ura tantanmen. It has sliced onion, chives, minced meat and peppers that are deliciously complemented by the oil in the dish. Don't be surprised if—like other customers—you break out in a sweat trying to conquer this spicy bowl!

Do-Miso — Kyobashi

Headquartered in Kyobashi, the specialty dish at Do-Miso is their miso orochon ramen. Here you can also choose the level of spiciness, which ranges from "mild" to "fire." But if you're a pro with an iron stomach, you can also try the miso orochon MEGA FIRE ramen. Needless to say, it's not for the timid!

Yaguratei — Hatsudai

This spicy ramen shop is located on the popular Fudo Shopping Street. They say their hotaru ramen is the spiciest in the universe, so much so that the bowl itself is liable to burst into flames! It has generous helpings of habenero peppers, and spicy food shamans claim that it's "so hot it hurts!"

Metta — Omori

This ramen restaurant is actually quite unique, since it's a fusion of flavors from Thailand and Myanmar. It has a flavor profile that is somewhat similar to tatanmen, and is a great pick-me-up when the weather is chilly.

Rishiri — Shinjuku

This restaurant in Kabukicho has a well-established reputation for slinging flaming-hot ramen. Like other entries, the spiciest menu item is called orochon ramen, and can be scaled according to taste. The ramen has a nice, well-rounded flavor thanks to the chopped green onion, green peppers and pork.

Hoozuki Ramen — Nakano

This popular tantanmen restaurant can be found in Nakano Broadway. Although the regular menu lists the usual levels of spiciness, those looking to truly test their mettle can order from a separate menu that offers ramen that is off-the-charts spicy! Good luck!

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