Goto udon noodles are said to have been brought from the continent by the Japanese diplomatic missions to Tang China. They are thin, firm noodles, characterized by the use of camelia oil, which is a specialty of the Goto Islands. They are feted as one of Japan’s three best udon noodle varieties, and have even been called “phantom noodles” as they are so hard to come by. A hands-on experience of making udon noodles can be had in the Funasaki district of Shin-Kamigoto Town, said to be the birthplace of Goto Udon noodles.
Funasaki Udon Denshokan l Address: 496 Funasaki-go, Shin-Kamigoto-cho, Minami-Matsuura-gun l Tel: 0959-42-0964 (Shin-Kamigoto Town Tourism and Industry Association) * Bookings required one week in advance