Soba / Udon Spots in Niigata Area

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Meibutsu Bandai Soba
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai 1-6-1 Bus Center Building 1F
    This standing soba restaurant is on the first floor of the Bus Center building, a seven-minute walk from JR Niigata Station. The curry and rice served here has fans both within and outside the prefecture, and it has even been introduced on national television, so there’s often a line in peak hours. The yellow, spicy curry roux is full of the rich flavor of the meat and vegetables. Add the sauce on the table to enjoy a different taste with the same dish.

    バスセンター1階の1番奥。ここのカレーがおいしいと聞いて食べに行きました。 見た目は黄色で、小学校の給食で食べた懐かしいカレーの色です。だから甘いのかなと思いきや、後から後から追っかけてくる辛さ。辛さが苦手の方は、ひかえた方が良いかもしれません。ミニ390円を頼みましたが、相当な量です。少食の僕にはこたえました。 といろいろ書きましたが、美味しかった!またリピートしよう。

  • Nadai Kisoba Yoshiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Toichi Area 4
    Located in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, this soba restaurant is famous for the local specialty hegisoba, a type of soba that is beautifully arranged and served in a wooden dish called a “hegi”. Funori seaweed is added to carefully selected, local buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this wonderfully tasting and aromatic soba. The noodle broth is packed full of flavor from niboshi (dried infant sardines) making for a rich tasting soup. Lots of customers come here to this restaurant from inside and outside of the prefecture. The restaurant is a relaxing place which overlooks Uonuma Basin.
  • EchigoTohkamachi Kojimaya Main Shop
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 4-16-1
    This soba noodle shop in Tokamachi is famous for its hegi soba (buckwheat noodles made with funori seaweed). Famous enough, in fact, that members of the imperial household? have visited the shop and presented its hegisoba to the imperial household several times in the past. The shop's Original Funori Tsunagi soba, which was developed over the course of many years, is popular for its velvety taste and its soft, springy texture. Made with hikigurumi (whole grain) buckwheat flour ground in-house using a traditional millstone, it uses funori seaweed as filler instead of the usual wheat flour.

    I went to this restaurant for the first time in 5 years. This restaurant is famous for Hegi Soba, which is made by mixing the seaweed that is unique to this prefecture. Its the perfect dish for...

  • Suzaka-ya Soba Ekimae Store
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Benten 1-4-29
    Suzaka-ya is a soba restaurant located about three minutes on foot from the Bandai Exit of Niigata Station. It serves Hegi Soba, made from pure buckwheat grown near the nearby city of Ojiya with funori seaweed as a binding. Served arrayed in a wooden box called a “hegi,” it is characterized by a firm yet smooth texture. Suzaka-ya also serves such traditional Niigata foods as Noppe and a full range of local varieties of saké.

    The shop is within a walking distance from the train station. We had lunch there. The cold soba was OK but the tempura was below average. They used too much batter for the tempura not to our liking.

  • Tabataya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Mokuraiden 53-2
    This soba noodle restaurant in Shiozawa, Minamiuonuma City has been covered in the media for its delicious hegi soba, an Echigo specialty that originated in the Uonuma region. Popular with locals and tourists alike, these buckwheat noodles use funori seaweed as a filler instead of the usual wheat flour. The hegi in the name stems from the name of the container used to serve them. The restaurant also offers set menus featuring their hegi soba as well as other cuisine. It also offers a variety of a la carte items including donburi (rice bowls). Their reasonable-priced and filling Tabataya Set comes with hegi soba, vegetable tempura, a salad, a chawanmushi (a savory steamed egg custard), rice, and Japanese pickles.
  • Soba-dokoro Miyukian
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Tainai Natsui 1191-3 Royal Tainai Park Hotel Shikiji Nai
    This restaurant adjoins the Royal Tainai Park Hotel standing on a lake and surrounded by natural beauty. Modeled after a water mill, the restaurant stand’s on the hotels grounds and is enclosed by lush trees. The establishment serves fragrant, authentic handmade soba noodles which have many fans throughout the prefecture and beyond. Served fresh and piping hot, the restaurant’s noodles are made with flour stone-milled from buckwheat grown in Tainai. Underground spring water from the Tainai River gives the vaunted noodles a firm, chewy texture. Everything, from the edible wild plants used for tempura, to the condiments and chili pepper garnishing the tables is home-grown or gathered, and the restaurant is known for its use of fresh, just-picked ingredients from the mountains of Tainai.

    お昼前に行きましたが、新そばの季節なので、お店は人気がありました。 鴨そばを食べましたが、美味しかったです。

  • Shikagoya
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Minamiuonuma Unto 437
    A regional cuisine restaurant located a 10-minute walk from the Untoan Temple, a Buddhist temple where the samurai Naoe Kanetsugu and the samurai lord Uesugi Kagekatsu studied in their youths. The restaurant’s building is constructed entirely of Japanese zelkova wood and was built some two centuries ago; inside, customers can enjoy the simple flavors of the area’s local cuisine. Particularly recommended is the Shikagoya Teishoku, which comes with a large number of local specialty dishes. The hearty meal includes cold zaru soba noodles made with local buckwheat flour, tempura, rice, and seasonal side dishes. The restaurant also serves many dishes you’ll find virtually no place else, such as deep fried karaage made with rare local Japanese fluvial sculpin; and kirizaidon, a rice bowl which is a popular cheap eat inMinamiuonuma.

    田園のど真ん中にあるお食事処。田園風景を楽しみつつお食事。きりざい丼(納豆、たくあん、野沢菜漬け、しゃけいくら、こしひかり)はオススメです!おやきもあります、

  • Mikazuki (Bandai Branch)
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    3.5
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai 1-6-1 Bus Center Building 2F
    Located on the second floor of the Bus Center Building about 10 minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station, this local fast food restaurant is famous for Niigata’s soul food “Italian.” Italian is a pasta-style yakisoba with tomato sauce on it. Variations on this dish include Curry Italian topped with curry sauce, and White Italian with white sauce. The restaurant has a comfortable, homely kind of atmosphere and sells other snacks like soft ice-cream and takoyaki (octopus dumplings).

    夏限定、夏野菜のミートソースがかかったイタリアンがうまい!いつものイタリアンよりやや酸味が効いて、さっぱりといただけました。 イタリアン自体にずいぶん賛否両論があるようですが、安いんだし、美味しい人には美味しいんだから、食べたい人は食べればいい!と思っています。僕は病みつき。

  • Tenchi Hosaku (Niigata Station Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-1-12 CoCoLo Niigata South Building
    This restaurant is located inside the commercial facility, CoCoLo Niigata, which is directly connected to the JR Niigata Station. Its customers can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine made with ingredients from Uonuma, which is famous for its high-quality rice production. The restaurant serves a wide selection of dishes, including set meals and rice bowls, which utilize the flavors of local produce, such as Uonuma Koshihikari rice, freshwater fish, such as ayu, trout, and char, local ingredients, such as chicken from Uonuma, Mochi pork, and vegetables, and also individual dishes. The restaurant is convenient for customers wishing to take a break from shopping, or who are waiting for a train. The restaurant serves sake made locally in Niigata, and is also popular as a Japanese-style pub at night.
  • Uonuma no Sato, Sobaya Nagamori
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Nagamori 415-23 Uonuma no Sato
    Uonuma no Sato Sobaya is a soba noodle shop located in the sightseeing spot Uonuma no Mori in the city of Minami Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture. It is housed in a distinctive building that was rebuilt out of parts taken from an old house, and it has an earthen floor and an open hearth to add to the somewhat nostalgic atmosphere. Unlike most soba in Uonuma, which is made using funori seaweed, this restaurant serves mostly Edo-style Nihachi Soba, in which the noodles are made by hand, using carefully selected buckwheat mixed with wheat flour. In addition to Mori Soba, cold noodles served with a dipping sauce, the restaurant also serves country-style soba, pure buckwheat soba, and Ten Seiro Soba, which is topped with plain and deep-friend vegetables.

    They are known for the soba here, but they benefit from the fact that there’s no competition so you have to eat here if you’re hungry. Benefit is the view of the back garden and mountain range is...

  • Ganso Ojiyasoba Noodles Kadoya Main Shop
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Odiyashi Sakuramachi 4992
    Ganso Ojiyasoba Noodles Kadoya Main Shop located on National Route 117 in Sakura Town, Ojiya City is a well-established soba noodle restaurant which opened in 1889. Hegisoba for which soba noodles using funori seaweed as a binding agent are boiled and placed on a square tray features a chewy texture resulting from high quality buckwheat flour, natural spring water and a traditional technique passed down for generations.

    週末のせいもあって、11時開店なのですが、その前に店の前の駐車場は全部うまってしまいました。県外ナンバーも多かったです。おそばは洗練された味付けでとてもおいしいですが、若干薄味に感じる場合もあるかもしれません。

  • Wataya (Hirasawa Restaurant)
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Odiyashi Hirasawa 1-8-5
    Wataya is a venerable soba restaurant, in business since 1921, located in Hirasawa 1 Chome in the city of Ojiya. It serves generous portions of Hegi Soba, made with carefully selected buckwheat flour and seaweed, in a box called a “hegi.” This kind of soba is noted for its firm texture. The restaurant also sells Donburi, rice bowl topped with tempura or a breaded pork cutlet.

    Great choice of soba noodles. Excellent service and very economical. Venue was clean, tidy and very comfortable. Menu had pictures for ease of choosing.

  • Udon-no-Fu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Akakura 585-83B1
    This udon shop is located in the middle of a onsen district in Akakura, Myoko City. The udon’s unique trait would be the soup that is a blend of Niigata’s spicy miso with hatcho miso. The owner—originally from Nagoya—thought up the idea, creating the perfect balance of thickness and clean aftertaste.
  • Shioya Tachibana
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Higashikambaragunagamachi Tsugawa 3508
    Shioya Tachibana is a 20-minute walk or a five-minute bus ride from Tsugawa Station on the JR Banetsu Saisen Line. The eye-catching exterior of this soba noodle restaurant resembles a classical Japanese house. Their handmade soba is made from pure buckwheat flour from West Aizu and the intensive 30-minute process only yields 10 servings of noodles per batch. During the summer months the recipe incorporates two parts udon flour to eight parts buckwheat. They are known for their Kaki-age Oroshi Soba meal which mixes cold soba noodles with a heaped helping of vegetable and seafood tempura. Their winter only Kaki Mizore Soba has rare oyster tempura and is also popular.

    津川の狐の嫁入り屋敷傍にあります。 いつ行っても混んでいて、待っているお客さんが通りに溢れています。 休日はI時間以上待ちます。 中は座敷とテーブルです。 やっと中に呼ばれて注文しても、料理が出てくるまでさらに30分〜I時間待ちます。 注文したかき揚げおろし蕎麦は、揚げたての温かいかき揚げが、冷たいお蕎麦の上に積み上げられていて、蕎麦つゆをかけていただきます。 なお、蕎麦湯は出てきません。

  • Takimiya
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsunoyamayumoto 1390-1
    This unique soba shop is found in the Matsu-no-yama Onsen area. Jazz flows through the bar-counters inside the shop mixing with the scent of dashi soup stock and noodles. The antiques around the shop were chosen by the owner who describes himself as a middle-aged delinquent. Coffee is served mid-day, cocktails at night, and can be had with their specialty soba made with spring water that wells up in the shop. Lots of their menu items include the local specialty nameko-mushrooms including their Exotic Curry Soba, perfect for after drinking, which combines the curry aroma with the thickness of the nameko-mushroom into a masterpiece dish.

    素敵な家族が経営されてました。 息子さんの学校がおやすみで、彼がお茶を注いでくれました。 天ぷら美味しい。 内観はちょっと昔の感じがあって、とてもすてきです!

  • Soba-dokoro Yakushi
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Nanokaichishinden 580-2
    This soba shop can be found in an old-fashioned building in front of Yakushinoson Park, beneath Mt. Yakushi. The soba is used to bulk up the yam, and the young leaves of the buckwheat are crushed and added to the mix. This is done to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of the meal. The tables have their own cooking fire, giving the shop an authentic, traditional atmosphere. The most popular item on their menu is the tempura soba, with its freshly cooked tempura. The udon and soba served on the same bamboo tray is also a favorite.

    相変わらずキンキンに冷めたいそばとうどんの合い盛りをいただきました。どちらもうまい!どちらかだけでもうまい!周辺に数々の蕎麦屋があるが、一軒だけならここがオススメ。府海苔の効いたキンキンに冷えたへぎ蕎麦オンリーなら いたや もいいですが。もちろん個人的な感想ですのであしからず。

  • Nakanoya Soba Yuzawa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Minamiuonuma-gun Yuzawamachi Yuzawa 2-1-5
  • MARUGAME SEIMEN Tsubame
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Tsubame-shi Yoshida 3488-1

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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