Time to slurp away on Okinawa's 'Soba Road'

Time to slurp away on Okinawa's 'Soba Road'

by Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Okinawa

Take a ride down Soba Road

There is a road in Motobu Town nicknamed “Soba Kaido,” or “Soba Road,” for good reason.

There are more than 70 Okinawa soba restaurants dotting a stretch of Izumi Kaido (Road), the main country road on Route 84 from Biimata in Nago to Motobu’s western fishing port.

As the surrounding area is home to numerous attractions – including the famed Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium at Ocean Expo Park and Japan’s earliest cherry blossom festival at Mount Yaedake – it offers an ideal opportunity to take in some local sights and get your Okinawa soba on, by stopping to sample the fare at some of the different noodle houses.

So why not take a drive on northeastern Okinawa, enjoy the islands beauty, visit a giant whale shark at the aquarium and savor some delicious Okinawa soba along the way.

More bowls of joy

Noodles near a base

Located at Sunabe Seawall in Chatan, this is a popular Okinawa soba restaurant among locals and tourists, alike. Divers, surfers or swimmers in wet swimwear can eat at outside tables. 2-99 Miyagi, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun

Gabusoka Shokudo
This popular military/DOD civilian haunt is just a two-minute walk from Kadena Air Base’s Gate 2. Their Okinawa soba broth is rich and tasty; and they also have takeout. For more information, visit: www.gabusokasoba.com

Gen Restaurant
Near Camp Foster’s Gate 4, Gen offers a variety of local favorites. Their Moyashi soba comes highly recommended. For more information, visit: okinawahai.com/2011/05/gen-restaurant.html

Noodles up north

Try their home made jasmine-flavored noodles. 258 Maeganeku Onnason; 098-965-1017; open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-midnight, closed on Tuesday

Soba with pork rib so perfectly stewed it melts in your mouth. 2842-2 Matsuda Kunigamigun Ginozason; open daily, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Okinawa soba and more with class, in an exquisite old Ryukyu-style house - an ideal location for that special occasion. 90 Nakayama, Nago; 098-053-0280; open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.  For more information (in Japanese), visit: www.ufuya.com

Mid-island eateries

Minshushokudo Yamashiro
Enjoy a “yasai” (vegetable) soba that has been cherished by locals for 55 years. 1-4-24 Shirahama Ishikawa Uruma; 098-964-2102; open Monday -Saturday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Daruma Soba
Soba saturated in perfectly prepared “bonito”(dried fish flake) broth. 2-13-20 Yamazato Okinawa; 098-932-8840; open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Soba down south

Try their original Gozenhu soba. 4-19- 1 Nishizaki Itoman City; 098-840-8780; open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Heiwaen Soba
Firm noodles in a bath of crystal clear broth. 424-1 Mabuni Itoman City; 098-997-2668; open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ikeda Shokudo
The Yushi Dofu Soba with homemade tofu is quite popular. 95-4 Higashihama Yonabarucho; 098-944-0999; 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays

Making soba from scratch


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