Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi 唐船峡そうめん流し
Catch your lunch at flowing noodle restaurant by a beautiful gorge
Nagashi somen is one of Kagoshima's most famous summer snacks, and Ibusuki is particularly well known for this delicious dish. Nearby Tosen Gorge is a worthy attraction as well.
The great thing about Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi is that it's not just a summer thing—you can catch noodles at any time of the year.
Tosen Gorge has one of Japan's top 100 natural springs
An innovative serving method makes this easy even for those not particularly adept with chopsticks
How to Get There
Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi can be easily reached from Ibusuki Onsen and the Chiran area.
Tosen Gorge can be reached by bus in 55 minutes or car in 25 minutes from Ibusuki Station.
Nimble noodle catching
Nagashi somen usually involves catching chilled somen noodles sliding down a split piece of bamboo, but at Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi a special kind of table with a round bowl in the middle was invented to swirl the noodles around right in front of your eyes.
This innovation cuts down on the time you wait for the next batch of noodles to be delivered, and the embarrassment of having your portion slide right by due to a lack of chopstick dexterity. This became immensely popular and is now a year-round must for visitors to Kagoshima .
Pure spring water
Tosen Gorge has one of Japan's top 100 natural springs and provides pure natural spring water for this culinary experience. Fish swimming in the clear pond and the small shrine on site offer a great visual backdrop.
Delicious grilled trout and slightly more unusual carp are also on the menu and go very well with the chilled noodles.
Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi is particularly busy in August, so make sure to book in advance to avoid the lines.