click to enlarge | photos by Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc

Last month a popular noodle restaurant, Hoto Fudo, opened its 4th store to what I can only imagine must have been a delightful surprise. Delightful because of its beautiful, organic form that sits near the foot of Mt. Fuji. Surprising because it bears no similarity to its 3 predecessors. Hoto is the name of their main dish, a characteristically flat noodle that is served with vegetables in a miso broth.

The structure, designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, is an organic, bulbous form that, in winter, could easily be mistaken for a large igloo. In the spirit of the igloo the restaurant also has no air-conditioning. And, except during the coldest times of the year, the entrances remain open to the outdoors allowing natural elements like wind, fog and sometimes rain, to enter the interior.


Hoto Fudo
Higashi Koiji store (Gmap)
11:00 – 20:00
open year-round