Ramen shops from around Japan that I personally loved in 2017.



Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Minamikyobatecho 3-1531

14 minute walk from Kyobate Station

NOROMA is a top ranked shop in Nara Prefecture, and their creamy chicken paitan ramen does not disappoint.

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和海 - Nagomi


Hyogo Prefecture, Amagasaki-shi, Mukogawa-cho 2-19-3

4 minute walk from Mukogawa Station

Hyogo Prefecture's #1 ranked shop. Chicken and primo dried fish make this one a solid pick for a recommendation.

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麺や青雲志 - Seiunshi


Mie-ken, Matsusaka-shi, Gongenmaecho 405-14

8 minute walk from Gongenmae Station

Located in Mie Prefecture, south of Nagoya. One of my personal best bowls of the year. Only open for a few hours at lunch, and they almost always sell out. Three or four different styles, and the two I tried were a testament to this shop.

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ラーメン無法松 - Muhomatsu


Fukuoka-ken, Kitakyushu, Kokurakitaku, Kantake 2-10-24

30 minute walk from Kokura Station

Kokura isn't on many tourists hit lists, but if it was, this is the ramen to try. Famous, and super out of the way. Solid tonkotsu ramen in the land of tonkotsu ramen. The soup is lighter than most pork bone soups.

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ロックンビリースーパーワン - Rocking Billy Super One


Hyogo-ken, Amagasaki-shi, Minamitsukaguchicho 3-29-13

8 minute walk from Tsukaguchi Station

The legend from Tokyo moved out to Amagasaki a few years back. Golden chicken oil, premium ingredients, and an atmosphere that needs to be seen. Perfect ramen in silence that is worth the trek from nearby Osaka or Kobe.

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浅月 - Satsuki


Okayama-ken, Okayama-shi, Kita-ku, Hokancho 2-5-25

5 minute walk from Okayama Station

The definition of old school. Open since 1948, if you are every in Okayama seek this one out. Classic shoyu.

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