While the burger craze has been sweeping through Japanese metropolises like Tokyo for quite some time now, it has only recently started to reach the countryside, often times with mixed results. Fortunately, at least one rural pioneer in a little beachside corner of Chiba Prefecture's Boso Peninsula has nailed the minced beef equation nearly perfectly to offer a wickedly proper burger that easily gives its urban bovine brethren a serious run for their money.
An awesome, funky watering hole by night (see http://www.afar.com/places/go-crazy-cafe-isumi?context=travel-guide&country=japan), Go! Crazy has recently been taken over during the daytime by a burger shop par excellence that offers quarter-pound patties ground daily from three different cuts of 100% Aussie beef grilled to order on a Japanese teppan (iron griddle) and a variety of fresh toppings sourced from local farmers whenever possible. Specialities of the house include a wonderfully spicy salsa burger topped with locally-produced salsa made from organic bhut jolokia "ghost" chilies that positively bursts with fiery flavor. All this can be had at a price that is almost half that of what you'd pay for a burger of similar quality in the city, which only makes it all the more satisfying. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the train and rock on up for what is arguably the best burger this side of the Big Mikan and then walk three minutes down to the Pacific Ocean–try doing that in Tokyo!