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A superior soul food to ramen?!

Although many people think of ramen when Fukuoka cuisine is mentioned, among local residents it's secretly udon noodles that takes the prize. Fukuoka has a long association with udon, with Joten-ji Temple in Hakata being considered its birthplace. Fukuoka is also Japan’s second-largest producer of wheat flour, the raw material of udon noodles! There are also several chains of specialty udon restaurants found only in Fukuoka Prefecture. Some locals would suggest what they eat on a daily basis is not ramen, but udon. So why not try Fukuoka-style udon, so different from Japan’s other areas?

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Soft noodles, sweet broth, and plenty of green onion!

Your first slurp of Fukuoka udon will amaze you with noodles soft enough to sever with your lips alone. Although the noodles are thick and soft, the core has a surprisingly chewy texture. Top your noodles with as much green onion (found on the counter) as you like, and add the sweet soup broth (flavored with dried sardine). Deep-fried burdock (known as goboten) is another staple topping. The thick and soft noodles slightly increase in size as they absorb the broth – it seems like there’s always more! A single bowl of Fukuoka-style udon will bring certain satisfaction.

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Maki-no-Udon, Fukuoka’s oasis of udon

Founded in 1976, the Maki–no-udon chain currently has 20 stores, mainly scattered throughout Fukuoka. Many locals will claim that Maki-no-Udon is the true soul food of Fukuoka. There’s a constant influx of local residents seeking fresh udon daily, from early in the morning until late at night. Green onions and extra broth sit on each table, so that individual diners can enjoy their noodles in their own preferred style. Deep-fried burdock udon and meat udon are very popular, as is the local Fukuoka kashiwa rice. If you ever visit Fukuoka, make sure you pay a visit.

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For reference

  • Address
    1334-1 Kamiari, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka-ken
  • Telephone
    092-322-3091
  • Hours
    9:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
    Closed on 3rd Wednesday of month
  • Prices
    Deep-fried burdock udon: 410 yen
    Meat udon: 550 yen

Access

Fukuoka Airport is a 1 hour, 50 minute flight from Haneda Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 2 hour, flight from Narita Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 1 hour flight from Itami Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 1 hour flight from Kansai International Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 2 hour, 15 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 1 hour, 30 minute flight from Chubu Centrair International Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 50 minute flight from Matsuyama Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 45 minute flight from Miyazaki Airport.
Fukuoka Airport is a 1 hour flight from Naha Airport.
From Fukuoka Airport Station, take the train to Kafuri Station (49 min). Maki-no-Udon is a 10-minute walk from Kafuri Station.

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