Best of the Best
Introducing Best of the Best Ramen, a guidebook covering the entire country. With 20 must-hit “legend” shops alongside over 200 of Japan’s great slurps, this is a must-have book for ramen hunters around the world. Shop info and comments from Japanese ramen experts (myself included) in English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese are all here.
Getting a copy is easy . . . if you live in Japan. Just click the book above to get it on Amazon Japan.
If you live abroad, you might be able to find it in a specialty bookstore. I know this isn’t ideal, so until it is widely available abroad, I will happily send you a copy from Japan. Just PayPal me $40 USD (don’t forget to write your address) and I will ship it to you anywhere in the world.
Make it $50 USD and I will throw in a copy of my (slightly outdated) Tokyo guidebook.
If you want some instant gratification, please head over to my dedicated best-of site. It has annual roundups of the best bowls I slurped each year.
I have made some best-of lists over the years. Check out the recent years for some newer gems. Avoid Yelp or other non-Japanese ranking sites. Lines are a good thing. Lines of people with suitcases negates all assumptions; some touristy places are amazing, some are downright awful. Good ramen is ramen that makes you happy and that is all that matters.
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