Should I slurp my noodles in Japan?
Japan is the place to come for some of the tastiest food on the planet, particularly noodles. Whether it’s the rich dreamy broth based ramen or the juicy thick yummy udon, Japanese noodles are sure to rock your world.
But when it comes to eating said noodles, what better way to show your appreciation then with several beautifully timed, loud SLURPS!?
You read right. In Japan, slurping is considered good manners and a sign you’re enjoying your meal. Just take care of the splash back on your clothes…!
So, should I slurp my noodles in Japan? Absolutely – and with plenty of gusto and pride 🙂
Here’s a couple of our favourite slurping moments in Japan.
Ramen bars are everywhere in the country serving up bowls of this rich heavenly broth.
The ramen broth is usually made in the morning or overnight, ready for the day’s serving. The Ramen noodles are made of wheat and egg. They are thin and firm in appearance with a chewy texture.
Udon are another type of Japanese noodle, different to ramen. They are thicker, softer in texture and made from thick wheat flour.
One of the tastiest ways of eating udon noodles is in a stir fry called yaki udon and it’s GOOOOOD!
Travel recommendations to Japan
Train saving tips: Depending on how many trains you plan to take in Japan, it may be worth investing in a 7 days JR Pass ($250), which allows you unlimited travel throughout the country for 7 consecutive days. But you must buy it from an agent before you go.
We personally used Japan Rail Pass. They offered the best prices and would definitely recommend them.
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Travel insurance: Whether you go diving, hiking or just lay on the beach all day long, you need travel insurance. We use World Nomads because they offer considerable coverage especially for adventurous travellers. They also make it easy to make a claim as it’s all done online.
Flights: To fly to Japan and within, we recommend Skyscanner. Their website is very easy to use and they always offer the best prices. You can even search for the cheapest flights for any given month.
Hotels: Japan has a huge diversity of accommodation options. It is not the cheapest country to travel in but we found that quality is consistent with the price you pay. When we plan a holiday, we use Tripadvisor to research about the best places to stay and activities to do. We also use Booking.com to find the best deals and to book accommodation online.
FOR MORE INSPIRATION:
- check out our gay travel guide to Tokyo
- plan your trip with our 10 days itinerary and consider renting a pocket WiFi router
- giggle at our quirky 8 interesting facts about Japan
- read how how to maximise 2 days in Hiroshima and highlights of Kyoto guides
- discover how you can dress up like geisha in Tokyo
- salivate at our 10 favourite Japanese foods and try our recipes for tasty chicken ramen, yummy yaki udon and Japanese green tea cake.