Udon, a popular Japanese noodle made with flour, is easy to find in most of Japanese restaurants overseas too. Udon is popular as a fast food, home cooked food, kids food, and because it is easy to digest, we eat udon when we get sick. Udon is very close to Japanese everyday life.

It’s often a home cooked meal, but in this article I will introduce 10 restaurants that specializes in udon. I am sure that you will be surprised to taste variety of udon.

1. Kagawa Ichifuku in Kanda (香川 一福)

The restaurant was added to Michelin's Bibgulman for 2017. Even though their udon costs 430 yen~, you will be surprised how delicious a bowl of Udon can be. The chef here trained in Kagawa and has high skills of making Sanuki Udon.

Recommended menu here is curry udon, which is said to be one of the bests in Tokyo. Bukkake Udon (boiled Udon with soy sauce) was also delicious, too.

In here, you buy tickets first and then get seated following the instructions from staffs. Be ready to line up because the place is very popular during lunchtime.

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Access:
4 minutes walk from Kanda Station

Address:
1 Chome-18-11 Uchikanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Closes as soon as noodles run out)
Closed on Sundays and first Mondays of every month
Note that they will close the store when they run out of the noodles.

Website:
https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1310/A131002/13185500/

2. Udon Maruka in Jinbocho (うどん丸香)

Udon Maruka is another shop which the chef trained in Kagawa Prefecture. Their Udon has a real Sanuki Udon texture, chewy yet soft. The place is very popular that people line up always, but lines move pretty fast. Don't forget to order Chikuwa tempura and Kashiwa (chicken) tempura options.


Access:
4 minutes walk from Jinbocho Station

Address:
3 Chome-16-1 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Weekdays 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Closed on Sundays, National Holidays, Golden Week, Obon Holidays, and New Years
Note that they will close the store when they run out of the noodles.

Website:
https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13000629/

3. Udon Shin in Shinjuku (うどん慎)

Udon Shin is located in a quiet area in Shinjuku. This is the perfect place to place to stop in the busy Shinjuku area. The place is small, and seating is limited to 12 seats. Normal Udon is of course tasty but try their calbonala Udon, too.


One of the attractions of this restaurant is that you can see the process of making Udon from the window. The freshly prepared Udon is very soft, chewy, and tasty.

Access:
7 minutes from Shinjuku Station

Address:
2 Chome-20-16 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 AM - 0:00 AM
Other days 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Note that they will close the store when they run out of the noodles.

Website:
https://www.udonshin.com/

4. Kamaage Udon Hatsutomi in Edogawabashi (釜揚げうどん はつとみ)

Hatsutomi’s specialty is Kamaage Udon, it’s a type of Udon that do not cool noodles before serving. The udon is from Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu region. Their Udon is rather thin and when you slurp their udon, you can feel the smooth texture.


One of the attractions of this restaurant is that you can see the process of making Udon from the window. The freshly prepared Udon is very soft, chewy, and tasty.

Access:
3 minutes from Edogawabashi Station

Address:
1 Chome-48-5 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays

Website:
http://www.hatsutomi.jp/ (Japanese Only)

5. Ginza Sato Yosuke (銀座 佐藤養助)

Satoyosuke offers Inaniwa Udon in Ginza. Inaniwa Udon is a type of Udon from Akita Prefecture counted as The Three Great Udon, which is very thin compared with normal Udon. Satoyosuke was founded on 1860 in Akita Prefecture, and continues to be loved by people in Tokyo. Not only Udon but also their Japanese style omlet flavored with dashi is recommended, too.

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One of the attractions of this restaurant is that you can see the process of making Udon from the window. The freshly prepared Udon is very soft, chewy, and tasty.

Access:
3 minutes from Ginza Station

Address:
6 Chome-4-17 Ginza, Chūō-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the next day
Weekends 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Website:
http://www.sato-yoske.co.jp/shop/ginza-en.html

6. Kamachiku (かまちく) Yanesen

Kamachiku is a udon specialized restaurant founded on 1985 first in Osaka. Today the restaurant is located in Yanesen area, which leaves traditional Tokyo townscape, getting popular as a tourist spot in past few years.

The building is very classic and beautiful, which reconstructed the 1900’s built brick building.

miyumax15

根津に行ったら…
行きたい!!うどん屋さん。  明治時代の石蔵を利用したモダンな建物

#根津#釜竹#うどん#石蔵

Exterior of Kamachiku in Yanesen district

They also have a beautiful garden.

_memeko

今日は行きたかったうどん屋さん、根津釜竹へ。コシのあるうどん美味しかった!
夕焼けだんだんにも行きたかったけど暑すぎて断念…谷中猫と戯れたかった🐱🐱笑

#根津釜竹 #釜竹 #うどん #遠くてなかなか来ない場所

お隣は#隈研吾 がデザインした高級老人ホームウイーザス根津。その一角に明治43年に建てられたという石蔵とガラスを利用したモダンな建物でした♡

Kamachiku’s Japanese garden

Of course their udon is very long-established and delicious.

miyumax15

待ってました!!
釜あげうどん♪

最初はおだしで、次に薬味を順番に
ねぎ→揚げ玉→七味→生姜

#根津#釜竹#釜あげうどん

Kamachiku’s kamaage udon

Access:
3min walk from Nezu station

Address:
東京都文京区根津2-14-18
2-14-18 Nezu Bunkyo-ku Tokyo

Phone:
03-5815-4675

Hours:
Tue to Sat 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sun 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Holidays 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Website:
http://kamachiku.com/top_en/

7. Oniyanma (おにやんま) Gotanda

Oniyanma might be a challenging restaurant for non-Japanese speakers. However, this udon restaurant changed my view of eating udon outside. Very small standing style udon restaurant, not so clean but there is always lines and not only old business men but also young women lines up to crave for Oniyanma’s udon.


I recommend you order “Toriten Chikuwaten Udon (とり天ちくわ天うどん)”, chicken tempura and chikuwa tempura udon. Be careful because the ticket machine is only in Japanese.

aguriorne

何度も言いますが、今の所、僕の中でNo. 1のうどん屋さん、新橋にも、ちょっと小綺麗なお店が、あるけど、こっちの方が圧倒的に好きな感じ。#おにやんま #鶏竹輪天が最高です #大盛り

Oniyanma’s Toriten Chikuwaten Udon

Access:
1min walk from Gotanda station

Address:
1-6-3 Nishi Gotanda Shinagawa-ku Tokyo

Hours:
Mon to Sat 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. (on the next day)
Sun and National Holidays 7:00 a.m. – 0:00 p.m.

8. Tsurutontan (つるとんたん) Roppongi

Tsurutontan was originally a chain restaurant in Osaka, but began to expand to Tokyo from 2005. Within Tokyo, there are 4 restaurants, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Marunouchi, and Haneda airport. It’s planning to open a branch in New York on 2016. (http://www.tsurutontan-usa.com/ )

Tsurutontan has unique menus such as Mentaiko cream udon, and Shabu-shabu udon. The most popular menu is “Mentai Ankake Tamagotoji no Oudon (明太あんかけ卵とじのおうどん)”, udon with mentaiko, marinated rose of pollock and cod, and egg on the top.

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Website:
http://www.tsurutontan.co.jp/

9. Hanamaru Udon (はなまるうどん)

Hanamaru Udon is the largest chain udon specialized restaurant with 345 stores both domestic and overseas. They have opened their store in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Hanamaru Udon

Hanamaru Udon. From Wikipedia

Hanamaru udon is a self-service restaurant, where you pick the tray, pick tempura or other food that are displayed (if you want), then tell the staff the name of udon, size, and hot or cold, and finally proceed to payment.

They have variety of menus, from basic udon to seasonal udon. Hanamaru Udon is so popular because of the delicious udon with such a low price. Their most popular menu, “Ontama Bukkake (温玉ぶっかけ)”, udon with soft-boiled egg, costs only 400 yen for the middle sized bowl.

Website:
http://www.hanamaruudon.com/
(Japanese only)

10. Marugame Seimen (丸亀製麺)

Marugame Seimen is another chain restaurant which has similar style from Hanamaru Udon. Marugame Seimen started to expand their business worldwide few years ago, now has 123 restaurants in 12 countries, including the U.S. (Hawaii), Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, and China. You can find Marugame Seimen in any Tokyo downtown.

Marugame Seimen

Marugame Seimen. From Wikipedia

Their speciality is Kamaage Udon, which serves udon hot from the pro to the tub. It’s only 290 yen for Nami (middle size).

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Kamaage udon from Marugame Seimen

Kamaage udon from Marugame Seimen

Detailed information about how to order in Marugame Seimen and difference between their udon menus are on their website.

Website:
https://www.toridoll.com/en/shop/marugame/

Do you want to experience making Udon?

Wakalture Experience provides Udon cooking class for visitors from overseas. She speaks good English and has experiences as a dietician. You can experience cooking Udon by yourself from scratch! Of course, you get to eat the Udon you made at the end. She also offers two kinds of activities to do while you wait for the dough to sit: Japanese calligraphy or origami folding. Visit below pages for more information.

- Japanese udon cooking experience in Tokyo with fun calligraphy class by an English-speaking instructor
- Japanese udon cooking experience in Tokyo with origami class by an English-speaking instructor