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Marugame Udon (Kai, Japan)

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Next week we are off to Oahu. While you can find Marugame Udon shops all over Japan, you have to go to Hawaii to eat such noodles in the USA. Can’t wait!


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Udon curry

This was my breakfast on my second day in Busan. I think I was in the basement of the Lotte Department Store.

Handmade udon

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bowl of Marugame udon (Kai, Japan)

In my dreams, Japanese fast food chains begin to appear in the USA, more importantly in my town. I know, this will never happen. That’s why I said “in my dreams”.


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Marugame udon in the city of Kai (Japan)


Before dinner things looked like this. After dinner, on my way to Kofu by bike, things looked like this.

Should you find yourself a bit west of Kofu (as there is a different one right in Kofu), here is the address:

Marugame seimen (丸亀製麺) udon

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Marugame udon toppings

Not only does Marugame make fresh udon noodles, but the toppings (in this case, battered and fried onions) are also just seconds old. One of these days I’ll show you the bowl I ordered just before it entered my mouth.

Freshly made udon noodles

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Marugame seimen (丸亀製麺) udon (near) Kofu, Japan


Marugame udon shops are all over Japan these days. The first one was created fairly recently (21st Century), and now there are more than 500. We ate at one near the Shinokubo Station (新大久保駅) in Tokyo several times when we lived in Japan in 2009 and 2010. Today’s photo comes from one on the road between Kofu and Kai in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The concept for these restaurants combines fast food, with fresh food, and low prices. No wonder they have been so successful. The noodles are made right in front of the customers lining up. Customers choose the toppings, also freshly made on the premises, and pay at the end of the line in sort of a cafeteria style.