Updated: November 06, 2018
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Wanko Soba Challenge: 100 Bowls of Soba Noodles | Tachibana, Kanagawa Prefecture


You may have heard of this crazy thing you need to do in order to become a man in Japan... the Wanko Soba Challenge! Here you need to eat as many soba noodle bowls as you possibly can. WARNING! Males must eat at least 100 bowls to become a man, or so the story goes! You up for the challenge?

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100 Bowls of Soba! Could you do it?

Wanko Soba Tachibana is an all-you-can-eat soba restaurant just a 30 minute train from the Tokyo area.

What is Wanko Soba?

Wanko Soba (わんこそば) is a style of Japanese soba noodles originating from Iwate Prefecture in Japan. You are served a small serving of soba noodles in small bowls. In this soba experience, you quickly eat your soba noodles and get your bowl immediately refilled by a staff waiting next to you!

Challenge the record at Tachibana

The record at Tachibana is a whopping 601 bowls!

They say that women and elementary students must eat 80 bowls, and men to eat 100 bowls or more!

Those who reach the targets will get a little prize for completing the goal!
The restaurant strangely offers a warm atmosphere with the interior made from wood - though I'm sure you don't get to relax much when you're busy smashing down bowls of buckwheat noodles.

I'd consider it more of a fight to the death! A duel if you will!
The Wanko Soba Challenge will cost 2750 yen, and if there are over four people in your group they ask you to book.

Start placing your bets now!
With the challenge, you also get a few different toppings to help you get through the noodles. To break up the enormous amount of buckwheat noodles you're about to consume, you'll also be presented with a small platter of pickled vegetables, tempura, fruit, and egg roll and seaweed... Like the 100 bowls of noodles wasn't already enough!

They say it helps break up the heaviness and flavour of the soba.
Personally, just think they are trying to screw with people haha!

Getting there

Just a mere 1-minute walk from Higashi Hakuraku Station on the Tokyu Tokyo Line.
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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