Famous Traditional Houtou Noodles

If you take a day trip to the Mt. Fuji area (especially when it’s cold) make sure you stop for a steaming bowl of local and hand-cut noodles at Hoto Fudo.  There are several of them in town, but the main place on the northeast side of the lake near the Kawaguchiko Music Forest is in a beautiful traditional building with high beams and both seats on the floor and regular tables.  It’s a great place for kids: the waitstaff is fun to watch as the whole place – including the kitchen – erupts in a loud greeting as each customer ducks through the door.  A huge bowl of the miso stew with pumpkin, sweet potato and other vegetables is 1080Y.  Zeke Lyons – January 2018


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