About Sanuki Menki

We solve a variety of noodle-related challenges with technology, knowledge, and experience backed by history.

Sanuki Menki was founded in 1910. We have been manufacturing noodle-making machines for over 57 years. The roots of our business are in Sanuki udon, which in turn can be called the roots of Japanese noodles. Leveraging the noodle-making machine manufacturing technology, knowledge, and experience we have developed over the years, we support the production of various types of noodles, including udon, ramen, soba, and pasta. In addition, we have a wide selection of small and large machines and can suggest the right one for the size of your restaurant. We can provide lectures on-site at your business location and support you in creating a restaurant and noodles that are just right for your country or region.

Sanki Menki’s strengths, backed by our history since 1910



Choose from a diverse lineup of noodle-making machines


Our lineup of small to large machines can meet any owner’s needs, whether you are starting a new business or thinking of opening multiple restaurants or expanding into mass production. We offer a variety of handmade and roller-type noodle-making machines compatible with different types of noodles and production methods. All of our noodle-making machines deliver Sanuki Menki Quality, reflecting the experience, knowledge, and expertise that we have accumulated since our founding.

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Learn from our accumulated expertise and recipes


In addition to selling noodle-making machines, Sanuki Menki also runs the Noodle School, where restaurant owners can learn the art of noodle-making, recipes, and noodle-making machine operation. Our school is the oldest noodle school in Japan with a history of 46 years, and has produced more than 50,000 graduates. Kagawa Prefecture, Japan’s “noodle mecca,” has also entrusted us with operating the Sanuki Udon School, a trusted institution with a proven track record. We also offer support for opening a restaurant and advice on restaurant management—feel free to contact us.

our network


Take advantage of our worldwide distribution network


Sanuki Menki’s noodle-making machines are used all over the world, not only in Japan. We manufacture our machines in Japan and deliver them to our customers through distributors around the world. The key is training our customers how to use the machine and maintain it after delivery. Guidance can be provided by local distribution staff or by experienced instructors dispatched from the Sanuki Menki headquarters. In addition, local staff who have received training from us will quickly perform any machine maintenance. It has been 00 years since we began selling our machines internationally, and we will continue to do so in order to bring happiness to the world through noodles.

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Sanuki Menki’s history

111 years in the business. 56 years in noodle-making machine manufacturing. Our experience places us among the top noodle-making machine manufacturers.


Sanuki Menki was founded in 1910 in Kagawa Prefecture, known to some as the birthplace of Japanese noodles. Today, we are an experienced leader in the noodle-making machine industry, with a distribution and servicing network that spans 23 locations in Japan and 15 locations around the world.

  • 1910

    Founded on May 1; began selling rice straw processing machines to western Japan

  • 1965

    Developed a machine to press udon (which was traditionally kneaded using the feet) by request from the Kagawa Prefecture health authorities

  • 1968

    Completed the SANUKI series for restaurants specializing in handmade noodles

  • 1971

    Established Sanuki Menki Co., Ltd. on May 12

  • 1974

    Completed the KONPIRA series of mass-production machines

  • 1975

    Opened a sales office in Osaka
    Awarded the “Invention Encouragement Prize”
    Developed the Rolling Press

  • 1976

    Established the Sanuki Udon Technical Center
    Began offering technical training on Sanuki udon

  • 1978

    Awarded the “Invention Encouragement Prize”

  • 1983

    Completed the head office building and exhibition hall

  • 1985

    Received the “Distinguished Service Award for Technology in the Food Industry”

  • 1988

    Completed the “fully automatic knife-cut handmade noodle machine” with a built-in computer
    Completed the “fully automatic double-aging system,” Japan’s first knife-cut handmade noodle machine capable of producing 5,000 servings per hour
    Completed the “Sanuki Udon Information Plaza” technical training center
    Received the Good Design Award in the display category

  • 1989

    Accredited as a “technical improvement business” by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry

  • 1990

    Awarded the “Invention Encouragement Prize”

  • 1991

    Established a distribution center in Korea

  • 1991

    Received the Science and Technology Agency Award

  • 1996

    Awarded the “Special Prize” from the Japan Noodle Manufacturing Equipment Industry Association

  • 2000

    Completed the “viscosity system”

  • 2003

    Awarded the “Invention Encouragement Prize” for the “viscosity system”

  • 2005

    Launched the Kogane Udon Research Group; registered its trademark; established a sales office in Fukuoka

  • 2008

    Obtained seven new patents

  • 2009

    Developed the “Sanuki Shokunin Udon Robot,” a compact, fully automatic noodle-making machine
    Obtained trademarks and utility model rights

  • 2010

    Celebrated our 100th year in business; established a sales office in Tokyo

  • 2011

    Established a joint venture company in Shanghai

  • 2013

    Established a joint venture company in Singapore

  • 2014

    Established distribution centers in LA, Chicago, Sydney, and Taiwan

  • 2015

    Established distribution centers in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Russia
    Obtained a patent for our new viscosity system

  • 2017

    Received two patents related to the “multi-kneader”
    Renamed the Kogane Udon Research Group the SANUKI Kogane Research Group; launched the “Noodle Mecca” project
    Held our first Noodle workshop in LA
    Named a “Company Driving Regional Growth” by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

  • 2018

    Opened the Sanuki Udon School and Ramen School in Korea

  • 2019

    Held our first Noodle workshops in Toronto, Sydney, and Shanghai

We have a wide range of knowledge, experience, and equipment related to noodles.

If you have any questions about noodles of all kinds, we are here to help.