If we’re going to think of authentic Japanese food, Udon should be on the list! Aside from Soba, Udon is not your ordinary noodle as it is famous for having a thick and chewy texture with savory broth and toppings.
While there are many Udon restaurants in town, I know you only want to taste the best ones while you’re on your trip to Japan. Fuss no more, as we have curated a list of the Best Udon Japan to help you out in finding the best ones that offer an authentic taste of Japan and make your stay more exciting.
Top 10 Udon Stores to Visit in Japan
Maki no Udon
Fukuoka Prefecture may have a strong impression of Hakata tonkatsu ramen, but it is not well known that it is the birthplace of udon noodles. Maki no Udon, one of the two most popular udon restaurants in Fukuoka Prefecture, is a historic udon restaurant that was born in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture in 1973.
Nicknamed McKee, it is loved by the locals and is popular for its extensive menu. The price of noodles is all reasonably priced with one coin.
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Dondon’an operated by Sagami Restaurants Co., Ltd., is a popular udon chain store where you can taste three types of udon: udon, soba, and kishimen. The soup stock has been carefully made in each store from the morning with a secret combination since its establishment.
It is also popular for its wide variety of tempura and fried foods. The standard udon noodles are as cheap as 280 yen, and it is a popular udon chain store that has bowls, curry, and evening set meals on the menu.
Sukesan’s Udon is a popular udon chain store in Kitakyushu. Udon is the image of Kagawa prefecture, but Kitakyushu udon is also very delicious.
The characteristic of Sukesan Udon is the style of ordering udon and waiting while eating one 80 yen oden until it is ready. Udon is popular because it has a wide variety of topping menus, so you can enjoy your own udon.
Kinpira Noodles is a popular udon chain store operated by Taikotei Co., Ltd. Originating in Sanuki, we are now adopting a self-style that can be seen all over the country. You can choose from two types of noodles: thick noodles that are chewy and chewy, and thin noodles that are smooth and smooth.
In addition, the topping menu is abundant, and you can choose rice balls, inari, etc. together according to your stomach, especially with confidence in the freshly fried tempura. It is a popular udon chain store where you can explore your own taste from various combinations such as noodles, soup, hot and cold, and toppings.
Sanuki Noodles is a popular udon chain store where you can enjoy homemade noodles that are particular about texture and signature taste. The unique elasticity, stickiness, and smoothness of the noodles are popular.
In addition, it is a popular and recommended udon chain store where you can enjoy freshly boiled, freshly made noodles that are created through the processes of kneading, aging, rolling, aging, and cutting with kitchen knives.
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Yamada Udon, which is operated by Yamada Food Industry Co., Ltd., which has its head office in Saitama Prefecture, is a popular udon chain store that was established in 1953 and now has 172 stores. The representative menu, Kakiage Donburi set, is 580 yen, which is a reasonably priced and full-bodied volume.
The characteristic of Yamada Udon is that it doesn’t look strange and doesn’t follow the trend. In addition, there is no customer service manual for each store, and the feature is that there is a high degree of freedom, and the individuality of the staff is uniquely expressed to prevent customer churn. Yamada Udon is a popular udon chain store with unique looseness.
Folk Art of Taste
Folk Art of Taste is a family-style udon chain store with 55 stores in Japan. This udon store has been well-known by the “hand-rolled” method since its establishment. The reason for sticking to this manufacturing method, which takes more time and effort than “hand-made”, is that you can enjoy the original “koshi” and “smoothness” of udon in the best possible way.
Dashi is made from Rishiri kelp from Hokkaido and dried bonito from Makurazaki, Kagoshima and Yaizu, Shizuoka, and is handmade at the store every day.
Kitsune is a popular udon chain store operated by Gourmet Kineya Restaurant Co., Ltd. It is one of the major chain stores with 418 stores. Udon noodles incorporate Sanuki’s traditional handmade udon technique, and the dashi stock has a Kansai-style light taste, so you can fully enjoy the deliciousness of udon.
Demonstration handmade udon noodles are popular and recommended udon chain store that also has entertainment characteristics where you can see the udon noodles demonstration scene at the store.
Hanamaru Udon, operated by the Yoshinoya Holdings Group, is a popular udon chain store that was established in 2000 and now has 458 stores all over Japan. The hot ball bukkake udon on the signboard menu is as cheap as 300 yen, and you can fill your stomach deliciously.
For the purpose of improving quality, Hanamaru Udon has a Meister system in three departments: noodles, tempura, and face-to-face. The noodles are made from the finest grade flour, and you can enjoy the outstanding elasticity of the noodles.
Marugame Seimen, operated by Tridor Co., Ltd., was born in 2000 and has already expanded its Udon to 1000 stores all over Japan. It is now the most popular udon chain store in Japan. You can enjoy Sanuki Kamaage Udon, which is the signature menu, for only 290 yen.
They have adopted an open kitchen where you can enjoy the cooking process with your eyes, and we are particular about handmade and freshly made. No additives are used in the noodles, and they are made only from Hokkaido flour, salt, and water.
The reason why many fans are attracted to this udon chain store is the thorough commitment to fine-tuning the composition of their foods according to the season and the climate of the area.
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