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Native name
TYO: 3561
Founded1985; 37 years ago (1985)
ParentChikaranomoto Holdings Co,, Ltd.

Ippudo, also known as Hakata Ippūdō (博多一風堂) in Japan, is a Japanese ramen restaurant chain with locations worldwide. Ippudo is well known for its tonkotsu ramen, and has been described as "the most famous tonkotsu ramen shop in the country".[1]


Ippudo was first started in Fukuoka by Shigemi Kawahara,[2] the CEO of Chikaranomoto Company. "Ippudo" in direct translation means "one wind hall". This is because at the time, there were dark clouds over the Kyushu ramen industry, and the founder and CEO intended to "blow wind and revolutionise the era".

The first restaurant opened in 1985,[3] in the Daimyo District of Chuo Ward, in Fukuoka City. Gradually the number of restaurants expanded from regional areas to the whole of Japan, mainly in the Kanto and Kansai regions. In 2000, as a tie-up with 7-Eleven, a cup noodle version was made by Nissin Foods.

In 2008, the first overseas restaurant opened in New York City's East Village, with another location in Midtown West opening in 2013.[4] Ippudo NY has been praised many times in the press for its ramen bowls.[5] Ippudo expanded into Singapore in 2009 with a restaurant in the Mandarin Gallery section of the 5-star Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel, while a second restaurant, Ippudo Tao, was opened in 2010 at UE Square. In 2013, it was re-branded as Ippudo SG @ Mohamed Sultan.[6] On 18 July 2011, Ippudo officially opened their Hong Kong branch in Silvercord, Tsim Sha Tsui.

In 2014, Ippudo opened its first European restaurant in Central Saint Giles in London.[7] The same year, Ippudo first entered the Philippine market with its first branch at SM Megamall.[8] It has since been succeeded by other branches across Metro Manila.


The entrance to Ippudo Hong Kong's Admiralty branch


  • China: Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang
  • Myanmar: Yangon
  • Philippines: Manila
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan: Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taipei
  • Thailand: Bangkok


  • Australia: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne
  • New Zealand: Auckland


  • France: Paris
  • United Kingdom: London

North America

  • USA: Cupertino, Berkeley, San Francisco, New York City, West Hollywood

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From the Source - Japan. Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Publications. 2016. pp. pt384–386. ISBN 978-1-76034-311-8. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "ABOUT".
  3. ^ "IPPUDO NY • Japanese Ramen Noodle Restaurant". Ippudony.com. 1985-10-15. Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  4. ^ Glenn Collins (2013-06-20). "Ippudo Brings Its Ramen to Midtown". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  5. ^ Scott Lynch (2016-02-13). "The 11 Best Ramen Spots in NYC". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2021-11-30., Liam Clark (2016-01-24). "The Best Ramen in NYC". forkit.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  6. ^ "About us". Ippudo. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  7. ^ Khushbu Shah (2014-08-14). "Ramen Chain Ippudo Expanding to London". eater.com. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  8. ^ "Ippudo Philippines 一風堂- World Famous Ramen Now in Manila! (SM Megamall)".

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