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When you visit Fukuoka,

come eat Inaba Udon before you do anything else!

Inaba Udon has always stayed true to its dashi (soup stock) made from natural ingredients.
We are an authentic Hakata udon restaurant that has upheld, since its founding, this dashi that is gentle to the body and soul.

Origin

  • We began in 1951, just a handful of years after the end of the war, when our founder Masao Sugi opened his restaurant in a shopping arcade in Inabacho, present-day 1-Chome Tenjin district of Fukuoka City.

Housemade Noodles Prepared with Time and Effort

  • We put meticulous effort into creating supple noodles that are boiled until soft. One method is treading on the dough. Too much treading does not produce good noodles, and achieving the perfect balance is quite challenging.

Natural Dashi that is Gentle to the Body and Soul

  • We have continued to select the same, natural and premium ingredients since our founding to prepare our signature dashi (soup stock). These include kombu kelp from Rausu in Hokkaido Prefecture, boiled-dried sardines from the Goto Islands and Shimabara in Nagasaki Prefecture, Hara Jirōzaemon’s soy sauce from Hita City in Oita Prefecture, and salt from Akō City in Hyogo Prefecture.

    We pursue flavors that pair well with each season, adjusting the blend ratio and the simmering time to produce dashi that is refreshing in the summer and rich in the winter.

What is Hakata Udon?

  • Udon from the Hakata district of Fukuoka City places great value in its dashi (soup stock), so much that it is often said that one “eats the dashi.” As such, the noodles are softer than that of other regions, so that they mix well with the soup. In addition, the noodles are cooked in advance, drawing on the wisdom of Hakata merchants who wanted to be able to start their meals quickly.

    Udon was originally created thanks to the milling technology of quern-stones that were developed based on a watermill blueprint brought back to Japan by a Buddhist monk named Shōichikokushi, who had journeyed to China for ascetic training in the 13th century, during the Song dynasty. A Chinese merchant named Xie Guoming, who had been living in Hakata at the time, built the Jōtenji Temple for Shōichikokushi in what is now the 1-Chome neighborhood of Hakata Station. A monument that indicates the birthplace of udon stands in the temple grounds in honor of the monk’s achievement.

Restaurant Information

  • Watanabe Dori Branch

    Address 2-3-1 Watanabe Dori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City
    Phone 092-711-0708
    Business Hours 10:00~20:00
    Closed January 1st- 2nd
  • Solaria Stage Branch

    Address Floor B2, Solaria Stage, 2-11-3 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City
    Phone 092-733-7085
    Business Hours 9:00~21:30
    Closed January 1st
  • Ichibangai Branch

    Address Floor B1, Hakata Ichibangai, JR Hakata City, 1-1 Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City
    Phone 092-481-2085
    Business Hours 7:00-23:00
    Closed Open All Year Round
  • Hakata Deitos Branch

    Address Floor B1, Hakata Deitos, 1-1 Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City
    Phone 092-441-7851
    Business Hours 8:00-23:00
    Closed Open All Year Round
  • Fukuoka Airport Branch

    Address Floor 2, Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal Building, 767-1 Shimousui, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City
    Phone 092-611-1011
    Business Hours 8:00-21:30
    Closed Open All Year Round

Corporate History

  • September
    1951

    Founder Masao Sugi establishes the main Inaba Udon restaurant at 1-Chome Tenjin district of Fukuoka City (formerly Inabacho)

  • the 1st '51 ‐ '60
  • November
    1961

    The Inaba Udon Meiten Arcade Branch is opened at Nishitetsu Meiten Arcade (present-day Solaria Stage Branch); operations begin at the company production plant

  • the 2nd '61 ‐ '62、'63 ‐ '74
  • the 3rd '63 (only for a few months)
  • December
    1963

    The Inaba Udon Hakata Station Branch (present-day Hakata Ichibangai Branch) is opened in Hakata Station’s Ichibangai restaurant floor

  • May
    1974

    The Inaba Udon Watanabe Dori Branch is opened at 2-Chome Watanabe Dori

  • March
    1975

    The Inaba Udon Hakata Deitos Branch is opened at Hakata Station Deitos

  •  the 4th '75 ‐ '87
  • the 5th '88 ‐ the present
  • June
    2016

    Inaba Udon is succeeded by Chikaranomoto Holdings

  • January
    2017

    Inaba Udon Fukuoka Kuko Branch is opened at Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal Building