Eleven bowls of excellent ramen from around Japan. The search continues!
らーめんの千草 - Chigusa
Iwate-ken, Kuji-shi, Nijuhachinichimachi 1-10
Infrequent, hour-long buses connect Ninohe Station and this shop.
Lunch-only shop serving comforting chukasoba. They famously opened just 5 days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake to serve ramen to one of Japan's worst-hit areas.
元気一杯 - Genki Ippai
Fukuoka, Fukuoka-shi, Hakata-ku, Shimogofukumachi 4-31
Look for the shop with a blue bucket outside. There is no sign.
The famous shop with no sign and a laundry list of rules is one of Fukuoka's most epic bowls. Apparently, the no-photo policy is gone, but please check.
麺屋 極鶏 - Gokkei
Kyoto, Kyoto-shi, Sakyo-ku, Ichijojinishitojikawaracho 29-7
You may be given a time ticket. Come back and wait some more.
One of Japan's thickest bowls is a chicken gravy full of flavor. Thick noodles, thick chashu, and a porridge-like soup.
麺屋 丈六 - Joroku
Osaka, Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Nanbasennichimae 6-16
Osaka-style shoyu ramen made with heavy tamari shoyu. Check the hours, this shop closes randomly and often runs out of soup.
麺処 金田家 - Kanadaya
Fukuoka-ken, Yukuhashi-shi, Ohashi 1-4-3
This head shop is in the far east of Fukuoka, but they also have a branch in central Hakata.
One of Japan's creamiest bowls of bone-white tonkotsu ramen.
らーめん専門 和心 武庫之荘店 - Nagomi
Hyogo, Amagasaki-shi, Minamimukonoso 1-22-23
Hyogo Prefecture's highest rated shop. Strong gyokai seafood flavors and marbled pork chashu.
西町大喜 西町本店 - Taiki
Toyama-ken, Toyama-shi, Otaguchidori 1-1-7
The original Toyama Black; dark soy sauce and black pepper make this one unique.
たかはし中華そば店 - Takahashi
Aomori-ken, Hirosaki-shi, Naijoshi 1-3-6
Aomori-style niboshi ramen.
らーめん鱗 西中島店 - Uroku
Osaka, Osaka-shi, Yodogawa-ku, Nishinakajima 4-5-22
A relative newcomer to the Osaka scene, but already a crowd-pleaser. Light broth, heavy umami.
大和 - Yamato
栃木県 佐野市 北茂呂町 1-5-2
1-5-2 Kitamorocho Sano Tochigi
Sano City in Tochigi has dozens of acclaimed shops. Yamato is one of the best, with handmade noodles and tendeer chashu that melts into the simple shoyu broth.