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Eating in a Japanese train station

Shin-Imamiya Station 新今宮駅 nankai soba udon standing

Stand and eat noodles at Shin-Imamiya Station (新今宮駅)

The morning I headed out for Koyasan from Osaka I figured I would just find some breakfast along the way. By the time I arrived at the Shinimamiya Station for the train transfer I was starving so I purchased some gyoza and ate them on the platform. They were delicious. On my way back from Koyasan I found out the same station also had the above eating possibility.

This type of eating is known as tachigui (立ち食い) (literally, standing eating), and you can do it in Japan at numerous places including the Nankai Soba (南海そば) pictured here.

Handmade udon

udon うどん

The sign on the window says the udon (うどん) is made by hand. If you don’t believe the sign you need only to peer through the glass for proof.

I took this photo in the giant, underground, shopping complex sort of attached to the Kawasaki Station.

Curry Udon (カレーうどん)

On a cold, rainy day, there is nothing better than a bowl of curry udon. This particular bowl was probably the best one I’ve ever had. I don’t remember the name of the place, but it was just outside of the Shinkiba Station in Tokyo. Nothing fancy–just your typical chain that can miss as often as be a hit.

Sukiyaki Udon

sukiyaki udon hakone 牛すきうどん soba japanese food

Some of the train companies in Japan have built up stores, restaurants, etc. around their train stations. For instance, you can find Seibu Department Stores near some of the main Seibu train line stations. Odakyu is also in on the action with their line that runs from Shinjuku to Hakone (Odawara really) which I take a couple times a week. I don’t go all the way to Hakone (or Odawara), but that doesn’t matter if I want to enjoy Hakonesoba (箱根そば or Hakosoba as written on the door in romaji) since it is offered at nearly all of the stops along the way.

I have sampled their seasonal offerings a couple of times now. For December they are combining two of my favorites into one–sukiyaki and udon (牛すきうどん). This is what you see pictured above, complete with raw egg (which doesn’t stay raw very long in hot soup). It was good, but not as good as I was hoping. The broth tasted more like regular udon. I was hoping for something that tasted more like sukiyaki with udon thrown in. Oh well… Maybe they will feature that version as their seasonal specialty in January. 😉 I can’t complain since it was under 500 yen.

Kitsune Shrines and Kitsune Udon

kitsune fox engraved on shinto shrine tokyo japan 水稲荷神社

Between our apartment and Waseda University lies 水稲荷神社, an Inari Shinto Shrine I like to stroll about. As mentioned previously, Inari shrines are famous for their foxes. The above is one of the many foxes (kitsune) on the premises.

狐うどん きつねうどん kitsune udon

In most udon shops one of the kinds of udon you can order is kitsune udon, which looks like the above. Kitsune udon features 油揚げ(あぶらあげ or sweetened, fried tofu). It’s one of my favorites.

If “fox udon” isn’t for you then try “raccoon dog udon” (otherwise known as tanuki udon). Instead of 油揚げ, you’ll get 天かす (tempura batter).

I don’t know why these animal names have been given to the various udon varieties, but it is fun ordering a different animal every time to see the different toppings that arrive with your new selection.

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