Niigata Prefecture boasts an unexpectedly diverse collection of ramen shops. Pick up on of the many annual ramen magazines and you'll be shocked. Ramen Adventures could be devoted to only Niigata (if I lived up there of course).
The above free flyer features only a handful of the shops around Nagaoka Station.
Of course, Niigata isn't Tokyo, and a deep ramen search requires a car or bike. With just a few hours in town, I had no plans to go deep. The highest ranked shop within walking distance of the station was Anbuketei, a biker-friendly bowl that specializes in the Tsubame-Sanjo style.
Tsubame-Sanjo means thick noodles, thick soup, and plenty of seabura back fat.
Definitely a quality slurp, and the shop was full of children and the elderly alike. At one point, a spontaneous "Gochisosama!" (thank you for the meal) screaming contest erupted from a particularly large group of five-year-olds, much to the amusement of everyone present.
If you live in Tokyo and want the equivalent, Dokkan has you covered.
This isn't a bowl that the average ramen fan would finish. Simply slurping all the noodles and eating all the excellent chashu is enough.
Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Kashiwacho 1-2-18
Closest station: Nagaoka
Closed Mondays and some Sundays