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Hope Udon Have to Wait Long

It seems I’m often going to places I’d heard about for a long time but had never managed to get to. Well, here’s one more, a noodle shop that’s probably been here as long as a lot of us have been walking the planet.

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Shinanoya udon restaurant, near the tracks going into Tajimi station, has been a favorite of locals for a long, long time. You’ll see when you enter, it’s about as close to a Showa-era homestyle cooking timeslip experience as you can get in a restaurant.

As it’s housed in a traditional long, narrow house, you may have to squeeze past other patrons, or even pass through the kitchen tucked along the side, to reach your seat, either at a table or on tatami mats. You may share a table with strangers, as well.

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The menu is simple, with cold homemade buckwheat noodles, hot udon, and ramen your choices. The udon is thicker and chewier, with a little more resistance than normal udon. The soup has a stronger flavor, as well. To borrow a slogan, they do udon right.

In keeping with the down-home family atmosphere, the owner personally comes around multiple times to see how you’re enjoying your meal, and ask if there’s anything you need. Unusual for a Japanese restaurant.

Since it is small, you should have a backup place to eat in mind in case there’s a long line when you go. Also, I just noticed from the photo, Shinanoya seems to be open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30.

Underground Udon

Yesterday I had lunch in the underground area of Tajimi Terra, the building near Tajimi Station.

Kochuuten serves udon and other noodle dishes with pleasant jazz playing in the background – not that odd a combination.  This curry udon was ¥700.  Naturally because I was using a large paper bib they supply you with, I didn’t spill anything from the bowl.  It’s only when you don’t have the safety net that you end up having needed it.

Mother and Child Reunion

I sometimes duck in under the noren curtain at Takenoko Udon on Nagase-dori for some miso nikomi or some kind of handthrown udon.  Yesterday I had the filling oyakodon (oyako meaning parent and child; chicken and egg over rice) with takuwan and miso soup for ¥550.  My boss had the katsudon (pork cutlets and egg over rice) for ¥650.  Regular udon is ¥400.  Other menu items include miso nikomi, tempura udon and nabeyaki udon for ¥600 each.

Locals know this place for its typical Japanese homestyle cooking.  Now you can too.  Get in, get warm, and get filled.