Washoku Wednesday: Udon Noodles

When I first arrived to Japan years ago, my friends took me to a chain restaurant where udon (wheat) noodles were made behind glass windows in the front of the store. I had only eaten dried udon before and I just couldn't get over how delicious these these noodles were in comparison. Fresh udon is super... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Soba Noodles

Soba has become quite the dinnertime staple in the Uncover Japan household. I can't wait to try out Courtney's recipe below! Soba, or buckwheat noodles, are popular throughout Japan and served hot or cold. Many soba dishes are served daily as inexpensive food found at train stations, but some dishes are seasonal or for special... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Yakumo-an (Matsue)

Matsue is a town with some pretty good food. And luckily, you don't have to leave the tourist area to find some excellent options for lunch. Yakumo-a sits tucked in an old house along the row of former samurai mansions in Matsue's Bukeyashiki quarter. If visiting foreign-born writer Lafcadio Hearn's residence and one of the... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Okonomimura (Hiroshima)

When in Rome, pizza is a must. And when in Hiroshima, you can't miss out on the local specialty of okonomiyaki. While you can find this "Japanese pancake" nearly everywhere in Japan now, the cities of Hiroshima and Osaka are known for their top quality okonomiyaki and it's always good to try it at the source.... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Shikairo (Nagasaki)

Nagasaki is a bit of a culinary crossroads. As one of the only cities to remain open to trade during the Edo Era (1603-1868), it played host to Chinese, Dutch and the very occasional British trader. Thanks to those influences, the food scene in Nagasaki is pretty varied and incredibly tasty. One of Nagasaki's most famous... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Takachiho

My family and I spent this past Saturday on a day trip down to Takachiho. It's on the other side of Mt Aso from Kumamoto City, tucked into the northwest corner of Miyazaki Prefecture. My husband and I had been before, just the two of us, but this time we took our three-year-old along and discovered... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Gogyo (Kyoto)

There are plenty of places to eat around Kyoto's Nishiki Market (which is, in itself, an essential stop for any visitor to the city) but some are more memorable than others. Just a few steps north of the market's covered arcade is the ramen noodle restaurant of Gogyo. Not all ramen joints are as swish... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: ShinYokohama Ramen Museum

Most foreigners think of sushi when they think of Japanese cuisine, but noodles are an extremely popular item here. There are your standard cold soba (buckwheat) noodles, your thick wheaty udon noodles (often served with tofu or vegetables) ... and then there is ramen. Nothing starts an argument faster in Japan than proclaiming one type... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Omen (Kyoto)

I have nothing against noodle joints. In fact, after a few days of heavy eating, a plate of cold soba noodles is often the only thing I crave if I'm still on the road. But I don't always go out of my way to check out a noodle restaurant. And then I heard about Omen.... Continue Reading →

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