Kugatsudo (九月堂) is as close to a ramen cafe in Shibuya as you can get. Tucked away in the quieter backstreets, it’s as relaxing as the ramen is tasty.
Ramen Cafe in Shibuya
I love the atmosphere at Kugatsudo. Older, typical ramen shops have their own charm of course, with their worn out interiors and overall simplicity.
But Kugatsudo is the opposite of this, with its spacious and sunny inside.
But How is the Ramen?
Thankfully, the ramen at Kugatsudo is quality. The house special is a soy sauce powered ramen, with the option to get light or heavy (“assari” or “kotteri”).
In either, the double soup is pork and chicken bones, assorted veggies, black soy beans, bonito fish flakes, and niboshi. Lighter is well, light. The heavier one understandably hits harder, with a thicker and richer broth.
The ramen come with like menma (bamboo shoots), white and green negi (spring onions), star-shaped arare (little snow pellets), and yuzu citrus. If you order the ramen all toppings, you’ll get more of these items, but also an egg and seaweed.
Note that Kugatsudo also serves other ramen, including a tsukemen (dipping ramen) and a tantanmen (spicy ramen) with melted cheese.
Good Overall Vibes
While you’ll surely enjoy the ramen, it might be the vibes at Kugatsudo you enjoy the most. For a ramen cafe experience in Shibuya, give them a visit.