Eleven bowls of excellent ramen from around Japan. The search continues!

らーめんの千草 - Chigusa

岩手県久慈市二十八日町1番10号

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.

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元気一杯 - Genki Ippai

福岡県福岡市博多区下呉服町4-31

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.

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麺屋 極鶏 - Gokkei

京都府京都市左京区一乗寺西閉川原町29-7

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.

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麺屋 丈六 - Joroku

大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前6-16

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.

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麺処 金田家 - Kanadaya

福岡県行橋市大橋1-4-3

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.

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らーめん専門 和心 武庫之荘店 - Nagomi

兵庫県尼崎市南武庫之荘1-22-23

Hyogo, Amagasaki-shi, Minamimukonoso 1-22-23

Hyogo Prefecture's highest rated shop. Strong gyokai seafood flavors and marbled pork chashu.

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西町大喜 西町本店 - Taiki

富山県富山市太田口通り1-1-7

Toyama-ken, Toyama-shi, Otaguchidori 1-1-7

The original Toyama Black; dark soy sauce and black pepper make this one unique.

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たかはし中華そば店 - Takahashi

青森県弘前市撫牛子1-3-6

Aomori-ken, Hirosaki-shi, Naijoshi 1-3-6

Aomori-style niboshi ramen.

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らーめん鱗 西中島店 - Uroku

大阪府大阪市淀川区西中島4-5-22

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.

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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.

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