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Sanuki udon is believed to have originated when the Buddhist monk Kukai brought noodles back from China. The moderate climate and fertile soil of the Sanuki Plain proved excellent for growing wheat to make udon noodles. In addition to its excellent noodles, Sanuki udon is famous throughout Japan for its delicious broth made from anchovies, salt, and other local ingredients. Formerly known as Sanuki Province, Kagawa Prefecture is rightfully proud of its udon but has many other attractions as well.
Regional foods: Sanuki Udon
Since early times, Sanuki udon has been a staple food for local households. Sanuki Udon is characterized by the firmness of its noodle, and there are various varieties including shippoku udon and uchikomi udon, which are made with seasonal vegetables and meat. A particularly sumptuous take on Sanuki udon is olive beef udon, which brings together the excellence of beef from olive-fed cattle and a premium local wheat called Sanuki no Yume.
Regional foods: Olive Pork Cutlet
Two relatively recent innovations in the grand traditions of Sanuki cuisine are olive yellowtail, raised on fish food that contains olive leaves, and pork from olive-fed pigs. Look also for Sanuki San Fruit, locally branded fruits that have been cultivated for sweetness. One other Kagawa dish incorporating seasonal ingredients that must be mentioned is kankan-zushi, sushi made with spring Spanish mackerel caught in the Setouchi area.
Scenery: Pilgrimage Route
Two locations for your sightseeing list are Manno-ike Reservoir, one of Japan’s largest reservoirs, and Honen-ike Reservoir, Japan’s first multiple-arch dam whose towering structure resembles a medieval European castle. Many visitors are drawn to Shikoku to walk the pilgrimage route, which provides time for serious reflection and contemplation. The many attractions of Sanuki are also great additions to your social media feed and will leave your followers astounded.
Activities: Making Udon Noodles
There are many fun activities to enjoy in the Sanuki area, including making Sanuki udon noodles, learning about farm life while staying with a farm family, and picking your own Sanukihime strawberries at a U-pick orchard. Kids and adults alike will enjoy feeding the yellowtail at Ado Pond, where yellowtail farming got its start, and those seeking a trip off the beaten path will want to stay overnight at a temple (shukubo).
Sightseeing route: Zentsuji Temple Lodging Iroha-Kaikan Hall
Take a leisurely stroll around Manno Pond, whose water enriches the Sanuki Plain, and then attend a class at the Nakano Udon School to learn the secrets of making Sanuki udon with its wonderful texture. For the night, book a stay at Zentsuji Temple and wake up early to hear the sutra chanting. The next day, walk along the ancient pilgrimage route and sample the fruit at a strawberry U-pick, then spend a night at a farmhouse in the Gomyo area. The Sanuki Road is filled with delights.
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