Places to eat somen noodles from bamboo gutters. Kids love it!

By on May 20, 2017

Eating nagashi or flowing somen noodles from a long bamboo gutter is a popular summer activity for Japanese kids. The longest distance to flow noodles down a line of bamboo gutters ever made measures 3,317.7 m (10,871 ft 8 in) which broke Guinness world records in August 2016. It is located in Gose, Nara, Japan.

      Tuna-Gose Executive Committee beams with pride for their achievement.

Somen noodles made from wheat flour with a girth of 1.3 mm chilled in ice are traditionally eaten with a tsuyu sauce made from katsuboshi (bonito fish extract), onion and myoga, a type of ginger unique to Japan. Customarily eaten in summer chilled somen helps beat the  heat.

Bundle the kids, hop on the train and take them out to these unique nagashi somen spots for some cultural immersion and fun. The longer the bamboo, the more fun can be had.

Tokyo families guides you to two of the best spots worthy of a cultural day trip. But before we forget, catching noodles from flowing water takes some degree of chopstick skills. You have been warned! Never seen one?  Check out the youtube clip below.

昇仙峡流しそうめん円右衛門   Shosenkyo nagashi somen En-e-mon

Address/Tel:  Inokari cho Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture 423    Tel. 055-287-2120
Hours:     10: 30 ~ 17: 00 (last order 16: 30)
※ Hours may change depending on the season and the weather.
Open         7 days a week (weather permitting)
Fees:          1 serving (with sauce) 700 yen
500 yen for additional noodles,
100 yen additional sauce
Nearest station:   Kofu station by JR Chuo Line.  From the station, take a bus bound for Shosenkyo. Get off at Ken en chuusha jo stop. The somen spot is on your left.

夕やけ小やけふれあい里   Yuuyake Koyake Fureai Sato
Free flowing somen noodles in 60 m-long bamboo is open only on August 19 & 20, 2017.
Address: Kami ongata-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0156
Hours: 10:30 am – 12 noon
Open: Everyday
Fees: ¥300 (just for the noodles)
¥200 for admission
¥100 (middle school aged children and below)
Nearest stations: Takao station by Keio line or Takao station by JR line. Take the Kitaguchi exit. Take the Nishi Tokyo bus bound for Jinbakogen (30 mins ride) and get off at Yuyake Koyake stop.



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