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

埼玉県

Saitama

Fantastic Kitakata (or is it Shirahama or Yamagata) style ramen with as many eggs as you can fit into a bowl.

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食煅 もみじ - Momiji

埼玉県

Saitama

Beautiful noodles in an old farmhouse in the countryside of Saitama.

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山﨑麺二郎 - Yamazaki Men Jiro

京都府

Kyoto

A classic chukasoba that is the polar opposite of the Jiro you might be thinking of.

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晴耕雨読 - Seikoudoku

京都府

Kyoto

Top-level tantanmen in Japan's green tea capital Uji.

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らーめん かねかつ - Kanekatsu

埼玉県

Saitama

Some of the best handmade noodles in the Kanto area.

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櫻井中華そば店 - Sakurai Chukasoba

神奈川県

Kanagawa

Technically, this is the perfect bowl of ramen.

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中華そば 髙野 - Takano

神奈川県

Kanagawa

A newcomer and top of the heap when it comes to konbusui tsukemen.

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麺屋 白神 - Hakushin

岐阜県

Gifu

Intense ramen made with sweet shrimp and topped with a whole lot of meat.

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ラーメン イロドリ - Irodori

岐阜県

Gifu

Gifu's famous toripaitan shop is responsible for putting out some top-level talent in the ramen world.

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ラーメン ニッコウ - lamen Nikkou

滋賀県

Shiga

A destination ramen shop with a constantly changing limited menu and a great craft beer selection.

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中華そば処 琴平荘 - Konpiraso

山形県

Yamagata

Only open half a year, this is one of Japan's premiere destination bowls.

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