Ask any student what their diet is like and noodles will most likely be somewhere in there.
I absolutely adore any kind of noodles. Instant noodles, ramen, pancit, udon, soba, fried noodles. As long as I can slurp it, it’s going down!
My favorite type is probably thick wheat noodles, which is a rough translation of the Japanese word udon. The most common udon bowl you will find in Japan is Kake Udon. This is basically udon with a dipping sauce made from the overly delicious trinity of: soy sauce, mirin, and dashi stock. I call it trinity because it is such an essential combination used in Japanese cuisine.
Marugame Seimen is arguably the best udon chain for me. It is synonymous to the way I treat Ichiran for ramen. I super love going to this place (especially the one near Shijo-Demachiyanagi). You will probably see me here during lunch on Saturdays or Sundays. I was even surprised to read here in Our Awesome Planet that this will be in the Philippines soon. Is it still on? I hope it does!
The good thing about this place is that they only cook as you order which means it is fresh. The places are set up in a way so that you can see how the udon is made. It also offers a variety of dipping sauces, fantastic furai (literally fried food) and very tasty tempura! There is also an English menu which is very helpful to tourists and international students. Tempura bits (YEAH!) and spring onions are complimentary.
If you love noodles, you will definitely have a great time eating here. A usual meal costs around 500-800 Yen, which already includes a big bowl of udon and nice pieces of tempura. It is very good value and your tummy will be very happy. You should not have a hard time finding this place in Japan.