Soba / Udon Spots in Japan

  • Udon Bakaichidai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tagachou 1-6-7
    This famous udon noodle restaurant is located in Taga-cho, Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture and has been featured in several TV programs and magazines. The noodles, of which the restaurant is proud, are carefully made by hand from special flour and they are not only firm but also have perfect bite and texture. The most popular dish is Kama Butter Udon, noodles taken straight from the pot and coated in butter and black pepper. The classic Bukkake Udon (hot or chilled noodles in a soy broth) and Ontama Niku Udon (noodles with soft-boiled eggs and meat) are also popular.
  • Tenka Chaya
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 2739
    Located in one of the Fujimi Sankei (three best viewpoints of Mt. Fuji), this teahouse established in 1934 has long been popular as a spot to enjoy a landscape of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Due to the teahouse's association with Dazai Osamu, its second floor serves as the Dazai Osamu Literary Memorial Room. Their hoto noodle hotpot featuring copious amounts of stewed vegetables and homemade noodles finished with locally-made miso paste was beloved by both Dazai Osamu and Ibuse Masuji.

    Tenkachaya means the tea shop under heaven and it is certainly high up over looking Lake Kawaguchi with clear views of Mt. Fuji. Good Points 1. Authentic old building - the famous Japanese...

  • Osawaya First Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachimizusawa 125-1
    Osawaya is an udon noodle restaurant founded in 1970 that serves Mizusawa udon, which is one of the three major udon noodle dishes in Japan. The udon at Osawaya which is said to take two days and 27 processes to make is delicious with the chewy, transparent, and smooth character of Mizusawa udon noodles. The best way to enjoy this udon is chilled noodles served on a bamboo draining basket and this is offered on the menu all year around. It is an irresistible dish for udon lovers. The set menus such as the maitake mushroom tempura and boiled wild herbs with noodles are recommended. It is approximately 20 minutes by car from the Shibukawa-Ikaho Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
  • Arashiyama Yoshimura
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    4.0
    214 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Arashiyama Togetobashi Kita-nishi West second elephant
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant standing near the Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular spot in Kyoto City’s Arashiyama area. The shop’s handsome sign, decorated with characters that read “Busho” written by the great artist Rosanjin, welcomes diners. Inside, you can look out over the Togetsukyo Bridge and enjoy the beauty of the season while savoring the flavor of buckwheat noodles crafted by a culinary artisan. The shop’s Kyoto vegetable soba is particularly popular with women customers.

    A nice place to have lunch after visiting arashiyama. Be sure to go early. There is a nice view from the table. The soba mushroom soup is delicious so is the cold soba.

  • Yamagoe Udon
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    4.5
    273 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunayagawachou Hayukakami 602-2
    Yamagoe Udon is an udon noodle restaurant founded in 1941 in Ayagawa Town, Ayauta County, Kagawa Prefecture, famous as the home of kamatama udon. Even during the week people are often waiting to get a table at this sought after restaurant. Kamatama udon was conceived when a regular customer came into the restaurant with an egg and ate it after mixing it with some hot udon noodles straight from the pot. Many people come for this great tasting dish of udon noodles made with the famous local waters, egg and specially made stock and soy sauce mixture all brought together in perfect harmony. The kamatamayama which is the kamatama udon topped with yam, is also popular. They also have a wide variety of toppings including tempura.

    I went there by udon bus tour. It was around 10am in the morning but already lots of people were eating udon. Kamata udon was really taste. Fried mashed potato was also great.

  • TsuruTonTan-Noodle Craftsman's Hospitality Roppongi Branch (Kinshoro)
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    4.0
    381 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 3-14-12 Roppongi 3-chome Building 1,2F
    This is a restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Kansai-style udon made with pride by noodle craftsmen. The restaurant has a complete menu that includes 50 types of udon prepared in large bowls, seasonal items, and an udon nabe course recommended for special occasions. TsuruTonTan is well known for advancing into Roppongi in Tokyo at the request of celebrity Mari Natsuki, who often frequented their Osaka stores. With a relaxed modern Japanese decor, the restaurant has table seats as well as private dining rooms.

    Very memorable experience and hospitable staff, not forgetting delicious food too at reasonable prices. Thank you very much. Will definitely visit again.

  • Yamamoto Menzou
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    4.5
    201 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiminamigoshochou 34
    This udon restaurant is in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It makes use of the features of the old merchant shop it's in and prides itself on udon with an appealing texture that goes down smooth. Their crispy Tsuchi Gobo-Ten tempura with curry powder and udon broth is also popular. They offer a wide variety of items including tenzaru udon and tsukemen dipping noodles, making it one of Kyoto's leading udon restaurants.

    Udon are savory , its really worth a stop. Their sort of reservation system is really nice so you wont have to wait in line for hours. Staff is very friendly which is rare for a restaurant this...

  • Gamo Udon
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Sakaide-shi Kamocho 420-1
  • Nagata in Kanoka
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    4.5
    213 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Konzoujichou 1180
    Nagata in Kanoka is a well-known kamaage udon (noodles straight from the pot) restaurant located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Konzoji Station. The restaurant also shows films reflecting udon noodles of Kagawa Prefecture. The kamaage udon noodles with their smooth, chewy texture made with a strong broth go together perfectly with the dipping sauce flavored with dried young sardine. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of side dishes such as takikomi-gohan (boiled rice seasoned with soy sauce and mixed with meat or seafood and savory vegetables) and ohagi (rice balls coated with sweetened red beans, soybean flour or sesame). The spacious restaurant also has seating at the counter making it easy for people by themselves to stop by for something to eat.

    釜揚げうどんの概念がかわる位美味しい。 高速インター降りてから比較的に近いところにあるお店。何度か伺いましたが、いつも行列で、子供が小さいため断念。 今回は平日休みで、朝早くに出動。 流石に空いていました。 麺とダシでこんなに釜揚げうどんが美味しくなるのかとびっくり! おかわりで再度行列に並びました。 子供も4歳ですが、ペロリと一人前食べました。

  • Sato Yosuke Main Shop
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Inaniwachou Inaniwa 80
    The Sato Yosuke Flagship shop was founded in 1860, controls every step of the process meticulously, from ingredient selection to shipping, and manages everything in-house for their Inaniwa Dried Udon. At the Flagship Store, not only can you try the shop's products on-site off their full menu, you can also watch the master makers at work on a tour of the factory. There is also an attached tourist information center and shop selling Akita specialties.

    稲庭饂飩といえば佐藤養助。GWに湯沢へ行ったので、稲庭にある総本店へ行きました。少し離れた駐車場へ車を駐めると、交通整理の方が別館養心館の方が待ち時間が短いと教えてくれました。確かに総本店だと1時間待ちでしたが、20分ほどで入ることができました。二味せいろなどは食べたことがあるので、温麺のついた比内地鶏ごはんセットと温玉肉味噌つけうどんにしました。温玉肉味噌つけうどんは少し味が濃く、薄めながら食べ...

  • Yamadaya Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3186
    Yamadaya is a popular udon restaurant in Mure Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, famous for the queues often found at the restaurant. The specially prepared udon noodles made with traditional techniques and using their special flour and local water have a fine reputation for being smooth in texture and high in taste. Popular dishes include their kama-bukake with hot noodles and chewy texture, and their tempura udon topped with a large shrimp. The restaurant is housed within a stately looking Japanese house designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property and the immaculately maintained garden is also very beautiful.
  • Mimiu Shin-Osaka Branch
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    Osaka Osakashi Yodogawa-ku Nishinakajima 5-16-1 Shin-Osaka Station Building 1F/2F
    Mimiu is a Japanese cuisine restaurant that has inherited the traditions of restaurants in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture with a history going back 200 years. Mimiu's signature dish is udon suki (seafood and vegetable hotpot served with udon noodles) made using a special Kansai-style broth. To ensure that diners can enjoy the scent of freshly-sliced Sodabushi (dried Bullet Mackerel), every day just the amount of Sodabushi needed for that day is sliced up and delivered to each branch of the restaurant. Besides luxurious banquet-style dishes, Mimiu also offers a reasonably-priced lunch menu, including a Hina Suki set meal that combines Udon Suki with snacks. Mimiu (Shin-Osaka Branch) has a Draft Beer Set Meal not available at any other branch, which combines food options with draft beer.
  • Gaina Noodles Shop
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Izumichou 25-2
    "An udon noodle shop with a large torii gate standing to the side located a 10-minute drive from the Kasai interchange. The shop was opened by a man who apprenticed at the Ikegami Noodle Shop, a famous Sanuki Udon noodle restaurant frequently featured in the media, and customers can enjoy authentic Kagawa-style Udon noodles in the middle of Hyogo Prefecture. The restaurant offers two reasonably priced daily specials as well as a selection of seasonal items. The ""Gaina-chan Udon"" noodles, served in a colorful bowl, are popular with children. The restaurant's set meals come with the Udon noodles of your choice and the restaurant has a wide selection of toppings to select from among."

    兵庫加西のがいなうどんさんへ訪問。 釜玉うどん、とり天、ちくわ天を食べました。 なかなか良かったです。 かなりの行列でした。

  • Uzuraya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi 3229
    A veteran soba noodle restaurant that's revisiting the roots of Japanese food culture and continues to refine its ambition of being the best in the business. It's in an old-fashioned Japanese-style house near Togakushi Shrine Chusha's large torii gate. The shop recommends their chilled zaru soba noodles. Simple and unadorned, they embody the restaurant's values. Made with carefully selected ingredients by skilled craftsmen, the noodles are firm, fine, and have a full-bodied flavor. Their tempura has a light texture with the fragrant scent of sesame oil and people say it's worth eating there just to get some.
  • Ganso Tamaruya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachimizusawa 206-1
    This udon restaurant is located along the Jomo-Sanzan Panorama Road in Ikahomachi-Mizusawa, Shibukawa City. It boasts an over 400-year history as the place where Mizusawa udon originated. The udon is made with carefully selected wheat flour, Mizusawa water, and natural salt. They also serve “Shikaku Shimen,” flat, square noodles made using traditional techniques, “Koden Kirimugi” made with whole-wheat flour, and other varieties of udon.
  • Namikiyabu Soba
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2-11-9
    Namikiyabu Soba is a traditional Japanese soba restaurant established in 1913 in Kaminari-mon 2-chome near Asakusa Station. This restaurant is the Asakusa location of the famous three Yabu-family soba restaurants. It really feels like a traditional Japanese home with the tatami mat floors and wooden tables that stand the tests of time. Try their special slightly sour soy sauce. People come to this store just for their limited winter menu with Kamonanban soba, which is so popular.

    My brothers and I had a fantastic meal here during our time in Japan. The restaurant only seats about 20-30 people, so theres was a bit of a line when we got there. It moves fast though, so we...

  • Kawakamian
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 6-10
    This stylish and airy soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant is located at the entrance to Karuizawa's Ginza shopping district. In addition to carefully prepared, homemade soba, the restaurant is also popular thanks to its tasteful selection of food and beverages as well as an abundant list of renown sake, and has fans throughout the country. Kawakamian's duck cuisine, with just the right amount of fat on the meat, is exquisite and brings many a repeat customer. Dining in the terrace seating in summer is recommended.
  • Hinode Seimenjo
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    4.5
    133 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Fujimichou 1-8-5
    This noodle shop is located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Sakaide Station. It is only open for one hour from 11:30 to 12:30 when visitors will be able to try their delicious udon (it is possible to get served if queuing at 12:30). The udon noodles, made by skilled noodle makers using the finest flour and seawater salt from the Seto Inland Sea has won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize and the Kagawa Prefecture Governor Prize many times. Hot, warm, cold or kamatama udon (kama-age udon with egg) can be ordered as can the size but the broth and condiments, which you can find at the table, are all self service. Souvenirs are sold from 9:00 to 17 :00.

    人気店ですが回転が早いので駐車場も待たずに入れました。 ぬるいうどんを食べましたがさすがに噂通り美味しかったです。特に癖もないので誰の口にも合ううどんだと思います。

  • Kojimaya Souhonten
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nakayashiki 758-1
    Kojimaya Souhonten, said to be the birthplace of local specialty Hegisoba, located in Nakayashiki, Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. Hegisoba is a type of soba that is served in a wooden dish called a hegi. Funori seaweed is added to the homemade buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this popular Niigata specialty. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from bowls of noodles to more formal dishes, priding itself on always sticking to the three principles of freshly ground, freshly kneaded, and freshly boiled. A popular dish on the menu is their seasonal Tenbara-zen served with a large portion of kakiage (mixed vegetable and seafood tempura). There is also an area in the restaurant which introduces the history of the biggest water mills in the prefecture and the story behind hegisoba.

    魚沼地方発祥のへきそばを食べに、十日町市にある有名店「小嶋屋総本店」に行きました。 田園風景の中、大きな水車が目立ちます。 建物も立派で入口にはへきそばの歴史が展示されています。 カウンター席に座り、目的のへきそばを注文。 待つ事数分でへきそばの登場。 きめ細かいツヤのあるお蕎麦で、盛り付けも美しいです。 辛子をお蕎麦に付けて食べることをオススメしていただき、早速試してみました。 さっぱり...

  • Shinbashi
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 488-1
    Shinbashi located near Sanroku Station on the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway in Oazayuzawa, Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma County is a soba noodle restaurant. It offers handmade soba noodles using handmade buckwheat soba flour and water from Uonuma. It also has a range of dishes using seasonal local ingredients such as kagura nanban, a local vegetable, and local sake in Uonuma.

    Shinbashi served the best soba I ever had. We chanced upon it while trying to find somewhere to have dinner before it got too late. Had no expectation at all so imagine our happiness when we realised...

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