Eating Nagashi Somen is a summer tradition in Japan, and it’s often seen at festivals or in restaurants.
What is Somen (素麺)?
Somen are very thin, white noodles made from wheat flour usually served cold and accompanied by tsuyu or a dipping sauce made from soysauce and dashi.
What is Nagashi Somen (流しそうめん)?
“Nagashi” comes from the verb “nagasu” (流す) which means “to flow”.
Nagashi-somen (flowing noodles) is somen that you catch using chopsticks as it flows past you on a bamboo water slide.
After you catch them, dip them in the dipping sauce then eat them. It`s a fun way to eat somen in Japan.
We visited Kabutoyama Nagashi Somen (兜山 流しそうめん) in Yamanashi prefecture. They offer two somen eating options; at a circular table with flowing water circling the perimeter of the table or you can take your noodles and dipping sauce down to the bridge where one person can drop noodles down the bamboo slide and kids can catch it. Super fun for the family.
They also offer a variety of sides and drinks to help fill those bellies.
Couple with a trip to the Horiuchi Garden for Cherry, Peach or Grape Picking.
|Somen (Noodles) for 1 person||600 yen|
|Karaage (fried chicken)||500 yen|
|Cooked Eggplant||300 yen|
|Fried Garlic Bulb||300 yen|
|2 rice balls (ume|salt)||300 yen|
|Sliced Tomato||300 yen|
|Simmered Deer Meat||1000 yen|
|Orange Juice||200 yen|
|Oolong Tea||200 yen|
|Bottled Beer||500 yen|
|Oolong High||400 yen|
|Shochu (Bottle)||1800 yen|
|Non Alcohol Beer||300 yen|
Kabutoyama Nagashi Somen Yamanashi (兜山 流しそうめん) Details:
Address: 1595-2 Fuhyou, Kamiwashita, Yamanashi (山梨市上岩下風表1595-2)
Hours: 10:00-16:30 Daily *Closed October – April
Access: By car 1 hour 40 min from Central Tokyo. 15 min by car from the Katsunuma IC Central Expressway / 8 minutes by taxi from Yamanashi Station on the JR Central Line
Kabutoyama Nagashi Somen