Noodles galore at Japan's 2017 Udon Summit

If you're a foodie, Japan makes a brilliant spot for a vacation - there's so many tasty Japanese dishes to try out. Odigoer Johanna wrote about the 2017 Tokyo Ramen Show recently, and there's another event happening in a couple of weeks which may take your interest - the 2017 Udon Summit! The event has taken place annually for the past seven years, and this year's fun will be held on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of November.

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There will be no shortage of tasty eats at the summit, with 30 different udon varieties lined up that you can try - they've got specialties that originate from Hokkaido to Kyushu and everywhere in between. If you haven't got time on your side to travel throughout Japan as much as you may like, this is a great way to experience different regional takes on a favorite dish in the one location. Some of the variations of udon include offerings like Ishikawa's Komatsu Udon, (which is said to have been praised by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho 328 years ago!), and Hokkaido Junsetsu Udon, made with locally grown wheat.

Ishikawa's Komatsu Udon - it apparently got the seal of approval from the poet Matsuo Basho several hundred years ago - quite the endorsement! via

Previous year's events have proved popular, with great turnouts and loads of happy tastebuds. If you'd like to attend, you can find more information about the event on the Udon Summit website here (in Japanese).


Getting There

The 2017 Udon Summit is being held at the Kumagaya Sports Park, just a short distance from the Kumagaya JR Station. You can get there in 40 minutes from Tokyo Station on the Asama Shinkansen, which is covered by the JR Rail Pass if you're planning to get one. You can also take the JR Takasaki Line  bound for Takasaki which is just over 70 minutes in duration. From the station, there are free shuttle buses that will be running to the event itself.

Enjoy Japan, and Happy Eating!

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