Soba in Gifu

This 100-year-old shop is renowned among locals for delicious tanuki soba (buckwheat noodles topped with crunchy tempura bits left over from the deep fryer). Tanuki is the Japanese word for badger; the tenuous link is that badgers and the buckwheat used to make soba both come from the mountains. Meditate on ceramic badger figurines while slurping.