Restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Nagasaki

Butaman Momotaro

These small, mouth-watering dumplings are a Nagasaki standard, and family-run Butaman Momotaro has been making them since 1960. Grab a couple of these tasty treats for breakfast, lunch, a snack, dinner, or after a l…
Top Choice Noodles in Satsuma Peninsula

Tōsenkyō Sōmen Nagashi

In a gorge near Ikeda-kō, Tōsenkyō Sōmen Nagashi is a pilgrimage site for many Japanese (an estimated 200,000 annual visitors!) as the 1967 birthplace of nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles). Sōmen (thin wheat-flour nood…
Top Choice Noodles in Miyazaki

Togakushi

Workmanlike Togakushi has no English menu, but come anyway, for the delicate, thin kama-age udon (¥650) for dipping in tangy sauce of negi (green onion), tempura-ko (tempura crispies) and refreshing yuzu (Japanese c…
Top Choice Noodles in Dazaifu

Saifu Udon

Handmade udon noodles are so sought-after here that this tiny eight-seat shop closes whenever it runs out. Plan on arriving early and you may need to wait for your turn at the table. The reward is a bowl of broth an…
Noodles in Fukuoka

Murata

Down the street from the Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan, this lovely eatery makes homemade soba (buckwheat noodles) from the Shinshū area of central Japan (around Nagano), prepared in a variety of ways including kake-s…
Noodles in Chiran

Taki-An

Just off the samurai street, Taki-An is a lovely restaurant in another traditional house where you can sit on tatami and admire the garden over a bowl of hot soba (¥650) or Satsuma specialities such as tonkotsu teis…
Noodles in Yufuin

Izumi Soba

There are less expensive soba shops in town, but at this classy place with a view of Kinrin-ko you can watch the noodles being made in the window before you sit down. The standard is seirō-soba (on a bamboo mat); or…
Chinese in Kumamoto

Kōran-tei

Next to a Swiss pastry shop on the Shimotōri Arcade, this glossy restaurant has an endless menu. Enjoy the action on the arcade as you tuck into taipien ('bean thread noodle with veggies' on the English menu; ¥750),…
Noodles in Takachiho

Chiho-no-ie

At the base of the gorge (though, sadly, with no water views), this simple building serves nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles; ¥500) – have fun catching tasty noodles with your chopsticks as they float by in halved bamb…
Chinese in Nagasaki

Shikairō

This huge, free-standing Chinese restaurant (look for the giant red pillars) near Glover Garden is credited as the creator of champon and has been in operation since 1899. There are dead-on harbour views and a small…