Asakuchi Somen Noodle Festival

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Photo source | Asakuchi City Tourist Site
Asakuchi City
end of June

The Somen Noodle Festival is a part of Asakuchi City’s annual summer fun. Kamogata Town is home to several major noodle companies and each year they bring out their fresh hand-stretched products for this exciting event. The festival is extremely popular, with throngs of people in a frenzy for the delicious noodles.

The festival is held over a two day period at the end of June, just when the weather is starting to be consistently hot. This is important because somen noodles are typically served cold in a bowl of water with ice cubes. The noodles are taken from the bowl with chopsticks and then dipped in a light soy-based sauce before eating.

Somen noodles are released down a bamboo chute filled with flowing water twice a day during the two-day festival. Equipped with a bowl of sauce and a pair of chopsticks, participants have to try to catch the noodles as they come streaming down. As you can imagine, it’s quite a challenge, but it’s also great fun. Asakuchi Somen Noodle festival is a tasty way to cool off in the summer.

Access: Take the Sanyo Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kamogata Station. Furusato Kamogawa Plaza is about a 10-minute walk from JR Kamogata Station.


Asakuchi City is located next to Kurashiki City. A rural area with a population of around 36,000 people. It is a newly formed city that joined the towns of Kamogata, Konko and Yorishima. From the Seto Inland Sea coastline to the inland mountains areas, Asakuchi has something for any visitor to enjoy. Kamagata Town is considered the ‘udon noodles’ capital of the prefecture. Here you will find many novel and unique udon noodles restaurants to tempt your palettes. This area also has many udon noodles factories producing udon noodles for businesses around Japan.

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