Ordering Ramen from a Robot in Tokyo, Japan

Menya Musashi Bukotsu Ramen Noodle Restaurant, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

ramen noodle soup, Tokyo, Japan
ramen noodle soup, Tokyo, Japan

Do you want to have an amazing authentic dining experience in Japan, but are nervous because you can't speak Japanese? This cool neighborhood ramen soup restaurant has some of the best food in Ueno, Tokyo, and you can order your meal entirely from a machine! Japan is the future!

Menya Musashi Bukotsu tokyo japan (ueno)
Menya Musashi Bukotsu
This ramen shop was located just across the road from my hotel when I recently visited Tokyo, Japan.

One night, I was very, very hungry, but it was cold and raining, and I didn't want to go far. Instead, I ventured across the street to Menya Musashi Bukotsu, not really sure what was on their menu or what the restaurant would be like.

I don't speak Japanese, but it was super easy to order! Instead of ordering from a waiter, you just select the meal that you want from a machine (which displays the menu in Japanese and English along with pictures of each dish so you know exactly what you want). I ordered a bowl of pork ramen noodle soup and a cold Asahi Beer. After ordering and paying (cash only!), the machine printed out a ticket, which I just gave to the guy behind the bar.

how to order a meal in Tokyo Japan
how to order your meal in Tokyo 
The restaurant is small. This is one of Japan's hundreds of traditional neighborhood noodle shops. These restaurants are popular with students and businessmen, and are often open late. There are no tables, just a bar with 10 or so seats for patrons. I took my seat, and my meal was out shortly!

There was nothing better on such a cold, rainy day! The soup was hot and salty with a rich flavor from the bone broth and pork. The noodles were thick and chewy, and the pork meat was so tender that it just melted away.

Of course, enjoying a Japanese meal just isn't complete without a nice cold beer!

ramen noodle soup in Tokyo, Japan
a hot, filling, tasty Japanese dinner in Tokyo, Japan
Menya Musashi Bukotsu:
Japan, 〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taito City, Ueno, 6-chōme−7−3 ヤジマビル

This restaurant is located just a short walk from Ueno Station, and just across the street from the Ueno Hostel Oriental 3.

Price: 💲💲 (cheap for Tokyo) a bowl of ramen and a beer costs around 1,500 JPY (about $15)