Prepare to wait for your bowl at this orthodox udon joint out in Hachioji: the noodles are handmade and boiled to order, making for a supremely firm, chewy texture unrivalled in western Tokyo. Run by a friendly middle-aged couple, Arata is also well known for its excellent tempura, with varieties ranging from chicken to seasonal veg, all freshly fried. Both warm and cold noodle options are available – we recommend going straight for the chilled bukkake udon with tempura, perhaps combined with a side of takikomi gohan (seasoned rice boiled with veg and mushrooms).
10-1 Yokamachi, Hachioji-shi
|Opening hours:||11am-3pm, 5pm-8pm / closed Sun|
|Transport:||Hachioji Station (Chuo line); Keio-Hachioji Station (Keio line)|