Learn the Art of Noodle Stretching

Asakuchi Somen Noodles Workshop

asakuchi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Asakuchi City Tourist Site

Historically, noodles were introduced to Japan from China around the 1700s and took on various forms throughout the Edo era. It was during this period that interest in eateries featuring different noodles dishes started to take hold. The industry made its way to Okayama in the early 1800s.

Founded in 1972, Kamogawa Tenobe Somen Company is well-known throughout the region for their delicious handmade noodles. Located in the natural environs of Asakuchi City and based in a production facility that includes a giant waterwheel, you can find their products in supermarkets and gift shops year round with displays taking center stage in the summer.

The workshop lasts roughly three hours and takes you through the process from beginning to end. During that time you will be officially enrolled at the “University of Hand-stretched Noodle Making.” Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a graduation diploma and a complimentary souvenir.

Workshops are typically conducted with groups of 15-50 people and require advanced registration. Also, the primary ingredients used in making somen noodles are wheat and flour so people dietary restrictions or allergies should keep this in mind.



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.


Access: Take the Sanyo Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kamogata Station. Kamogawa Tenobe Somen Company is 10-12 minute taxi ride from JR Kamogata Station.

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