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Tokyo’s Most Extravagant Ramen

Year-Crossing Noodles: A Japanese Tradition And The Rise Of Ramen

Discover Year-Crossing Noodles: Tradition to Trend - Japan's unique New Year noodle ritual evolves from classic Soba to luxurious Ramen. Join the culinary journey!

Embracing the Tradition of Year-Crossing Noodles

In Japan, as the calendar turns to December 31st, a time-honored tradition comes to life in households across the nation. This tradition, known as "Toshikoshi Soba," involves savoring a bowl of soba (buckwheat noodles) to symbolically cross over from the old year into the new. The practice is rich with meaning: the long, slender soba noodles represent a wish for a long and healthy life, while their ease of cutting is believed to sever any misfortunes of the past year, clearing the way for a fresh start.

Toshikoshi Soba

The ritual of eating Toshikoshi Soba is not just about the food; it's a reflective moment, a pause before the flurry of New Year's celebrations. It's a time for families to gather and share their hopes and dreams for the year ahead, all over a comforting bowl of noodles.

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The Evolving Palette: Ramen Joins the Tradition

Recently, the classic custom of Toshikoshi Soba is seeing a contemporary twist with the inclusion of ramen. Ramen, with its rich, flavorful broths and diverse styles, offers a hearty and indulgent alternative to the more austere soba.

This shift towards ramen in the year-crossing noodle tradition speaks to Japan's dynamic culinary landscape, where respect for tradition coexists with an enthusiasm for innovation. Ramen comes in many flavors, from miso to tonkotsu, shoyu to shio. This variety lets chefs be creative and allows each bowl to be tailored to what you like, making every ramen unique.


In urban areas, especially Tokyo, where the pace of life is brisk and the appetite for new trends is insatiable, ramen joints and specialty shops are increasingly offering special Toshikoshi Ramen. These bowls are often crafted with premium ingredients and are seen as a more luxurious way to usher in the New Year.

Ramen Chef

A Luxurious Twist: Tokyo’s Most Extravagant Ramen

In the spirit of this evolving tradition, our exclusive tour in Tokyo features an extravagant ramen experience. This luxurious bowl, a collaboration with the award-winning Marue Chuka Soba, is a celebration of high-quality Japanese ingredients. A5 wagyu beef, known for its marbling and exquisite flavor, truffle oil, and gold flakes transform this dish into a culinary masterpiece. This ramen represents the pinnacle of luxury in Japan's vibrant ramen scene.