Thursday, January 7, 2021

The BEST Ramen in Japan 2020

Here are the BEST 34 ramen shops in Japan! Your search is over!

As always, my annual list is just clickbait to drive traffic to the site, composing a list of the shops I blogged about in the previous year. I picked out my favorites.

And a quick sorry-not-sorry in advance. This list is long. In late 2019 I began working with Ramen Walker magazine, arguably Japan's top ramen-related magazine. Alongside nine other ramen critics, I help a bit with rankings and general comments on ramen shops. Said other ramen critics are some of the top guys in the game, and I felt like a small fish in a big pond. Could I effectively make a best-five list in somewhere like Saga Prefecture? Definitely not. So I made it an ongoing pursuit to hit all the highly ranked shops across Japan as well as I could. It's a monumental undertaking, with hundreds of shops around the country on my hit list. And, for the sake of my own best-of list, they are all winners.

Expect next year's list to be even longer.

いそのかづお (Isono Kazuo in Sapporo, Hokkaido)

鶏Soba 座銀 にぼし店 (Zagin Niboshi in Osaka)

ぶたのほし (Butanohoshi in Amagasaki, Hyogo)

杭州飯店 (Koshu Hanten in Niigata)

梅花亭 (Baikatei in Shiga Prefecture)

猪一 離れ (Inoichi Hanare in Kyoto)

好陽軒 (Koyoken in Nagoya)

ラーメンル・デッサン (Le Dessin in Shizuoka Prefecture)

わかば亭 (Wakabatei in Hiroshima)

けいま (Keima in Hiroshima)

宝来軒 (Horaiken in Oita Prefecture)

二代目ラーメンカヨ (Kayo in Oita Prefecture)

再来軒 (Sairaiken in Miyazaki Prefecture)

拉麺男 (Ramen Man in Miyazaki Prefecture)

ラーメン工房 龍 (Ryu in Fukuoka Prefecture)

来久軒 (Raikyuken in Saga Prefecture)

幸陽閣 (Koyokaku in Saga Prefecture)

丸星ラーメン (Maruboshi in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture)

Furari in Beppu, Oita Prefecture

きしもと食堂 (Kishimoto Shokudo in Okinawa)

らぁ麺 紫陽花 (Ajisai in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)

つけ麺 丸和 (Maruwa in Nagoya)

総本家 好来道場 (Koraidojo in Nagoya)

らぁ麺 飛鶏 (Asuka in Nagoya)

らぁ麺や 汐そば 雫 (Shizuku in Nagoya)

恵那く (Enaku in Kyoto)

らーめん本竈 (Honkamado in Sendai)

ふじ屋 NOODLE (Fujiya in Sapporo, Hokkaido)

Japanese Ramen Noodle Lab Q in Sapporo

Men-Eiji Higarashi Base in Sapporo

富良野 とみ川 (Tomikawa in Furano, Hokkaido)

鬼者語 (Onimonogatari in Tsukuba, Ibaraki)

ふる川 (Furukawa in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture)

らあめん厨房どる屋 (Doruya in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture)

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