Osaka Ramen School!

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A 1-day private crash course in all things ramen!

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How would you like to learn to make the above ramen; a creamy pork soup with handmade noodles and handmade toppings. The only thing not made from scratch was the bowl!

Ramen Adventures has teamed up with Osaka-based ramen school Toranoana to bring you a 1-day intensive ramen course designed for small groups of English speakers who want to enjoy a truly unique ramen experience in Japan.




Your day starts at 9am in Nagase (長瀬). Nagase station is only about 15 minutes from downtown Osaka.  Someone will meet you at the station.

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On the right is Miyajima-sensei and on the left is Ms. Asaoka, your translator. No Japanese? No problem!

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The school is located on the main road leading to Kinki University.

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Spend a few hours prepping the soup.

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We'll be making two kinds of soup. One is a simple clear broth and one is a a thicker creamy broth.

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Once the soup is going, you'll learn all about chashu and making perfect eggs.

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It isn't all kitchen work! A crash course in ramen history and ramen culture is part of the curriculum.

When lunch is over (ramen, of course) it's time to make the noodles. Talk about what makes the varied style of noodles before getting our hands covered in flour.

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Noodles, done!

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Chashu, done!

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Soup, done!

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Grab a beer from the local convenience store and celebrate. You just spent the day making your own bowl of ramen!

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The class is finished around 3pm.

Still going strong, very strong, after over three years! Please try and book as far in advance as you can. I have had to turn away many eager students because the school is booked a few months in advance.

Details:

Where? Nagase, Osaka. I would suggest you stay in Kansai the night before. The station is very near both Osaka and Nara.
When? There is no set schedule. Miyajima-sensei trains Japanese students regularly in long courses, sometimes more than two weeks. Please give as much notice as possible so we can try and coordinate.
How Much? The cost for one or two students is 55,000 yen. This includes any service fees.
The cost for three students is 65,000 yen.
The cost for four students is 75,000 yen.
Sign Up! Please mail me at ramenamerican@gmail.com with the days you would like to go.

FAQ:

Q: Should I take notes?
A: You are encouraged to take notes and ask as many questions as you need.

Q: Why do you need my date of birth?
A: We will give you a certificate of course completion, and this includes your date of birth. It is common in Japan for this sort of thing to have your birth date next to your name.

Q: Will I be able to open and run a ramen shop after this course?
A: You will have a knowledge of the ingredients needed to make ramen. Restaurant management is a whole other thing. Miyajima-sensei teaches much longer courses for people looking to open a shop.  Please let me know if that is something you would be interested in.

Q: Can I request a certain kind of ramen?
A: Totally! The standard we will make is a creamy soup and a clear soup, both made with chicken and pork bones. Specific styles are doable. Jiro-kei anyone?

Q: What airport should I fly into?
A: Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the closest. The school is less than an hour from the airport.

Q: How do I get to Nagase Station?
A: Nagase is on the Kintetsu Line. The best way is to take the local train from Tsuruhashi. Don't take the express train, it will send you flying past Nagase!

Q: Where should I stay?
A: I would suggest staying in a more central part of Osaka the night before. Namba has plenty of cheap hotels and a lot of good places to eat and sights to see. Also, you could easily stay in historic Nara. Nagase is only about 30 minutes from Nara.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We require payment for the class in advance. We have a 1 month full refund policy. Over 14 days, we can't offer any refunds, but can try and reschedule the date if you need to change it. Within 14 days, we can not offer any refunds.

Professional Classes

We can do classes that are less casual than this one. These are designed for students with restaurant experience who are looking to incorporate ramen into their overseas ventures. Information coming soon. Please e-mail for details.

Here is an interview with Miyajima-sensei in English:
http://www.kansaiscene.com/2014/01/thank-god-noodles-r-amen/

Read about student experiences here:
http://www.friendsinramen.com/2012/10/ramen-school.html
http://likeafishinwater.com/2013/11/21/osaka-ramen-school/
http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/03/ramen-school-osaka-how-ramen-is-made.html