Wanko soba is a food tradition of Iwate Prefecture in which soba (buckwheat) noodles are eaten in bite-sized portions as they are served into a bowl, one after another, until becoming full.
The tradition is said to have begun long ago when, on his visit to Hanamaki, the lord of the region was served delicious soba noodles in bite-sized portions as a gesture of hospitality.
Your bowl will be continuously filled with soba noodles by a server, who will stop only when you indicate that you are full by covering your bowl with a lid.
There are various condiments (vegetables and fruits used as spices and seasonings) to try with the noodles, so you can enjoy each of them at your own pace as you take part in this Japanese food tradition.
The restaurant is called Michinoku Kinkontei. Advance reservation is required at least three days in advance and transportation to and from the location is not included.
If you take a taxi there, it will take about 10 minutes from either JR Hanamaki Station or JR Shin-Hanamaki Station, or about five minutes from Iwate Hanamaki Airport.
- ¥2,970 (all-you-can-eat; no time limit)
- Opening Times
- 10:30am - 2:30pm
- New Year's Day
- 30 minutes or longer
- COVID-19 Prevention Measures: Limiting or guiding visitors, providing hand sanitizing equipment, wearing masks, ventilating indoor spaces, performing temperature checks, disinfecting used areas, etc.
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