An Intrinsic Love for buckwheat
Discover Japanese buckwheat noodle bars
The Japanese have been cultivating buckwheat for about 12,000 years. This is why you would find buckwheat noodle bars in airports, train stations and on street corners. In the Middle Ages, when the cultivation of rice was still very labour intensive and costly, peasant farmers in Japan could not afford the rice (although they grew it) and depended on buckwheat as a staple food. Buckwheat, however, is not poor food. Rather, scientific facts prove the rich nutrients of Japanese buckwheat and the locals, regardless of their social status, enjoy eating buckwheat noodles all year around.
The first thing you can do on your arrival is to find a buckwheat noodle bar.