Himi Udon : The Udon Noodles that Toyama Prefecture Boasts
Just as there are Japan’s local ramen noodles generally known as the Japan’s 3 best ramen, “Sanuki udon (讃岐うどん)” and “Inaniwa udon (稲庭うどん)” are among the Japan’s 3 best udon noodles.
As for the rest, the opinion varies from person to person. For example, some say “Mizusawa udon (水沢うどん)” is one of them, but others say that “Goto udon (五島うどん)” is one of them.
If I give another example of the candidates that can be selected as one of the Japan’s 3 best udon noodles, a udon noodle brand that Toyama Prefecture boasts is included in them.
Himi Udon (氷見うどん)
The Toyama’s nationally famous udon noodle is “Himi udon (氷見うどん)”.
Actually, “Himi (氷見)” is the name of a city in Toyama Prefecture, so the udon noodle is a local food familiar to those who live in and around the city Himi.
It is said that Himi udon has its roots in “Wajima Somen (輪島素麺)”, the somen noodles known as a specialty of the city of Wajima, Kanazawa Prefecture.
In 1751, a shop that specializes in udon noodles in Himi, “Takaokaya (高岡屋)” created the original Himi udon noodles “Himi Ito Udon (氷見糸うどん)” (Amazon.co.jp) for the first time, using the making methods of Wajima Somen.
The Takaokaya’s hand-stretched udon is made by twisting the noodles with hands until the final producing process without using oil.
The Himi Ito Udon features having the good points of both hand-made and hand-stretched, that is, excellent chewiness and smooth texture.
Although Himi udon originated from the Takaokaya’s Ito Udon, the udon shop didn’t register its trademark.
Now, an affiliated company of “Kaizuya (海津屋)”, an udon shop in Himi, has the trademark of Himi Udon.
Shop Information : Himi Udon Takaokaya Honpo
Address : 1-6-7 Ise-Oomachi, Himi, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
Open throughout the year : 7:30 to 19:30
Shop Information : Himi Udon Kaizuya
Address : 20 Kami-Izumi, Himi, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
Open : 9:00 to 18:30
Closed : January 1
(Reference page : Wikipedia 氷見うどん )