Wanko-soba dates back to "soba furumai", practiced in southern Iwate Prefecture. This well-known traditional dish originated in the spirit of hospitality - to give guests the opportunity to eat and savor lots of freshly-boiled soba noodles.
Once the bowl is empty, another noodle-filled bowl is placed on top of the empty bowl, so that eventually a tall stack of empty noodle bowls appears in front of the eater. A variety of toppings are added to offer a range of flavors. When he has had enough, the eater quickly puts the lid on top of the last and empty bowl. This signifies that the eater has had his fill. 10 to 15 bowls of wanko-soba is equivalent to a normal bowl of soba noodles.
Wanko-soba noodle volume and speed eating contests are held in Iwate Prefecture and are often broadcast on TV.

Tips for eating large volumes of soba

・Don't start eating on an empty stomach. (Don't skip breakfast or lunch, and eat at your normal meal time)
・Make sure you don't drink too much noodle soup.
Add toppings as appropriate so that you don't get tired of the soba flavor.
・Eat at a steady pace.
Wanko-soba was never intended to be eaten in large volumes or at high speeds, and is a regional cuisine symbolizing hospitality, in which the noodles are slowly eaten and savored. Wanko-soba is associated with volume and speed eating because of the many wanko-soba eating competitions.

How to get there

By public transportation
From JR Morioka Station, a 10-minute bus ride to Morioka Bus Center, then a 3-minute walk from the bus stop. 10 minutes by taxi from JR Morioka Station.

Address: Wanko Soba Azumaya Honten
Nakanobashi Dori 1-8-3, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture

Airport: Akita Airport
Hanamaki Airport

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