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In a country that takes ramen as seriously as Japan does, you would rightly expect that there would be a lot of attention paid to it from various sources and in various ways, not just via the Internet. So below are some other ways to learn about ramen in Japan. Now obviously the vast majority of them require Japanese language ability. However with a minimum of trouble and some understanding of Japanese addresses and maps, you should be able to leverage some useful information from some of them to enhance your ramen experience in Japan.
The Internet will be the most common and most convenient method of obtaining information about ramen shops in Japan.
- Blogs - These are usually written by a single person, sometimes someone famous such as a television or print media personality, but usually not. Some of them are elaborate affairs with pictures and ranking systems and all sorts of other eye candy.
- - Shirasu's Ramen Diary
- - Amasan's Blog
- - Ramen Love
- Ranking/DB sites - these are sites that allow readers to contribute numerical rankings of their opinions of ramen shops, and the site they
- Mobile phone sites -
- Chain-specific sites - these are sites run by individual ramen chains. Some of the best sites are:
- - Ippudo
- - Kookai
- - Kohmen
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