Iyashi no Sato NENBA (known as “The Healing Village”), one of Japan’s famous villages for beautiful thatched houses is one of the gorgeous locations to see Mt. Fuji. But while the summer time may give you the best photography for the region, we traveled the area in March during cloudy, snow and rainy conditions. So, unfortunately, we had no clear sight of Mt. Fuji.
Surrounding the thatched houses is the woodforest known as Aokigahara Jukai.
While the villages were known for its thatched houses, unfortunately a typhoon devastated the village back in 1966 and in 2006, the villages traditional thatched roofed houses were reconstructed and the location reopened as a traditional village.
Before traveling to the area, I recommend checking out the weather reports in advance to know what kind of weather will be in the area, so you can wear the appropriate clothing.
Once you arrive, you will see few locations that serve food but the area is known for its handmade soba. But also known for their udon.
For those not familiar with soba, it’s the Japanese name for buckwheat and thin type of noodles made from buckwheat flour.
The other dish was udon which uses a thicker wheat flour noodle.
So, we dined at Iyashi no Sato Nenba at Yamakyuu Udon.
Taking friends who have only tasted ramen in America, they were caught off guard by how delicious soba and udon in Japan is. Especially when its prepared well and is bursting with flavor.
The food is well-priced and can be purchased for 1000 yen or lower. Also, the area is known for its soft ice cream, so these are definitely dishes worth trying when visiting Iyashi no Sato NENBA.