In early 2018, the food documentary Ramen Heads (ラーメンヘッズ) was released in Japan and the US. I caught a showing at the local film festival and being the over-prepared travel planner that I am, (not unlike what I did for Samurai Gourmet Season 1) I’ve decided to map out all of the restaurants from the documentary so I could potentially hit up a couple of these locations the next time I’m jonesing for some good ramen in the Tokyo Area. Listed below are the names and addresses of the restaurants shown in the movie Ramen Heads, taken from the movie’s Japanese website. At the end of the list will be a google map that you can put on your phone so you can easily find your way to these restaurants as well.
The main ramen shop in the movie, where Osamu Tomita is the proprietor.
Chuuka Soba Tomita – 中華蕎麦 とみ田
1339 Matsudo, Matsudo, Chiba 271-0092 Japan
The ramen shop of Shota Iida in Kanagawa, one of the three people who did the “superteam” collab at the end.
Ramenya Iida Shouten – らぁ麺屋 飯田商店
2 Chome-12-14 Doi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa 259-0303 Japan
The Michelin star garnering shop of Yuki Onishi, one of the three people who did the “superteam” collab at the end.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta – Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦
1 Chome-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002 Japan
The Steadicam shot at the beginning of the Ramen Heads documentary goes into this restaurant. Due to construction, this is the shop’s new location.
Tani Ramen – 谷ラーメン
3 Chome-7-11 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
The stand-up ramen shop shown located in the Tsukiji Outer Market.
Chuuka Sobe Inoue – 中華そば 井上
4 Chome-9-16, Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045 Japan
The top shio ramen shop from the movie.
Tai Shio Soba Touka – 鯛塩そば 灯花
12-13, Funamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0006 Japan
The miso ramen shop run by the female chef.
Ramen Ichifuku – らぁめん 一福
2 Chome-17-14 Honmachi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0071 Japan
This is the restaurant where the guy hand-made his noodles with the bamboo pole.
Chuuka Soba Hayama – 中華そば 葉山
1 Ichigayayakuojimachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0063 Japan
This is the ramen place that opens in the afternoon and prepares everything the traditional way.
Fukuju – 福寿
3 Chome-19-1 Sasazuka, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0073 Japan
Not on the list, but Tomita worked under Yamagishi and I remember they showed photos of them together at Taishoken.
Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken – 東池袋 大勝軒
2 Chome-42-8 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima Tokyo 171-0022 Japan
— Update Dec 2018: Rented the movie and added all of the places Tomita went to on his day off —
This is the top web rated ramen place Tomita went to on his day off.
Menya Itto – 麺屋一燈
1 Chome-4-17 Higashishinkoiwa, Katsushika, Tokyo 124-0023 Japan
The ‘unnamed’ ramen shop Tomita went to on his day off that he said was his favorite.
Ramen Jiro – ラーメン二郎 松戸駅前店
17-9 Honcho, Matsudo, Chiba 271-0091, Japan
The ramen shop Tomita went to with his family.
Taishoken Rozeo – 大勝軒 ROZEO
4 Chome-6-3 Koganekiyoshigaoka, Matsudo, Chiba 270-0013, Japan
Ramen Heads Restaurant Locations map link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UQ8uEilUumAYYvKumogZIT0cgIlhXd_G&usp=sharing
Being a minor Ramen Head myself, here’s some info you may find useful for your own ramen research. The trophies Osamu Tomita got in the movie was from Try Magazine. Also, there are two popular Japanese websites that have ramen rankings and reviews that I know of: the Ramen Database, and Tabelog’s Ramen Section.
(Updates to this post can be found in the comments below)