Local travel within Japan wasn’t as frowned upon as it was in 2020. With remote work becoming a thing, a ramen hunter could easily book a cheap business hotel in any major city in Japan and hang out as long as it takes to crush the best ramen that city has to offer.
オランダ軒 - Holland House
Fantastic Kitakata (or is it Shirahama or Yamagata) style ramen with as many eggs as you can fit into a bowl.
食煅 もみじ - Momiji
Beautiful noodles in an old farmhouse in the countryside of Saitama.
山﨑麺二郎 - Yamazaki Men Jiro
A classic chukasoba that is the polar opposite of the Jiro you might be thinking of.
中華そば 髙野 - Takano
A newcomer and top of the heap when it comes to konbusui tsukemen.
麺屋 白神 - Hakushin
Intense ramen made with sweet shrimp and topped with a whole lot of meat.
ラーメン イロドリ - Irodori
Gifu's famous toripaitan shop is responsible for putting out some top-level talent in the ramen world.
ラーメン ニッコウ - lamen Nikkou
A destination ramen shop with a constantly changing limited menu and a great craft beer selection.