I had a full day planned in Hibarigaoka. Work, book-ended by ramen. Lucky for me, Hibarigaoka is just a short bicycle ride away. Or so I thought.
Turns out that this Hibarigaoka is an hour away, in Chiba of all places. Chiba is hot on the ramen scene, but low on my radar. A quick search showed a ton of places near Kashiwa station. Rather than read reviews, I went for the the one with the name.
The logo may have played a part in the decision as well.
GOODMEN is your typical, run-of-the-mill tonkotsu gyokai place. As I read the ticket machine, I could hear the staff debating what English phrase they could use to help me, the confused foreigner, come to a decision. Give me a minute, this is one of the most intense topping menus I have seen!
The prices for toppings are so cheap, feel free to go crazy.
Wontons, egg, kikurage, and spicy red peppers.
More-or-less a normal bowl, but the choose-your-own adventure style topping list makes this spot.
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Chiba-ken, Kashiwa-shi, Choucho 5-14
Closest station: Kashiwa
Open 11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:30
Closed Sundays and on the 3rd Monday of the month