As I wandered through Mito the other weekend, I started to get hungry and was lucky enough to find a fantastic little udon shop. The prices are very affordable, and they have basically every udon dish you can think of. Among some of the veggie options were: kitsune udon (udon noodles with a huge sheet of fluffy deep fried tofu floating on top), tororo udon (udon topped with grated yam), kake udon (a plain udon bowl with sliced green onions piled up on top), oroshi udon (udon with grated daikon raddish), and kare udon (udon noodles in a thick curry broth).
I went for the wakame udon, which is the standard bowl of udon noodles, topped with a whole bunch of wakame seaweed and some sliced green onion. The great thing about a lot of udon restaurants in Japan is that they have a self-serve topping station where you can fill up on tenkasu (little bits of deep fried batter), crushed chili powder, grated ginger, and green tea.
After this fun lunch, I discovered an incredible park nearby that was surrounded by a bamboo forest. It was so serene and absolutely gorgeous!