Restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Northern Higashiyama

Omen

This elegant noodle shop is named after the thick white noodles that are served in broth with a selection of seven fresh vegetables. Just say omen and you’ll be given your choice of hot or cold noodles, a bowl of so…
Top Choice Noodles in Imperial Palace & Around

Kanei

A small traditional place not far from Funaoka Onsen, Kanei is for soba (buckwheat noodles) connoisseurs – the noodles are made by hand here and are delicious. The owners don’t speak much English, so here’s what to …
Top Choice Noodles in Downtown Kyoto

Honke Owariya

Set in an old sweets shop in a traditional Japanese building on a quiet downtown street, this is where locals come for excellent soba (buckwheat noodle) dishes. The highly recommended house speciality, hourai soba (…
Top Choice Noodles in Kamakura

Matsubara-an

Dinner reservations are recommended for this upscale soba restaurant in a lovely old house. Try the tempura goma seiro soba (al dente noodles served cold with sesame dipping sauce). Dine alfresco or indoors where yo…
Top Choice Chinese in Kanazawa

Sentō

Upstairs in Ōmi-chō Market, talented chefs from Hong Kong prepare authentic Szechuan- and Hong Kong–style dishes (including dim sum) from scratch. Healthy (yellow bean oil is used) and delicious lunch and dinner set…
Top Choice Noodles in Nagahama

Yokarō

With its tatami room and garden, this intimate, 200-plus-year-old restaurant positively oozes 'old Japan' charm. The signature dish is yakisaba-sōmen (grilled mackerel over thin noodles), which is also available in …
Top Choice Noodles in Southern Higashiyama

Omen Kodai-ji

Housed in a remodelled Japanese building with a light, airy feeling, this branch of Kyoto’s famed Omen noodle chain is the best place to stop while exploring the Southern Higashiyama district. Upstairs has fine view…
Top Choice Chinese in Nagasaki

Butaman Momotaro

These small, mouth-watering dumplings are a Nagasaki standard, and family-run Butaman Momotaro has been making them since 1960. Grab a couple of these tasty treats for breakfast, lunch, a snack, dinner, or after a l…
Top Choice Noodles in Kiso

Kurumaya Honten

One of Japan's most renowned soba shops, where the classic presentation is cold mori (plain) or zaru (with strips of nori seaweed) with a sweetish dipping sauce. It's near the first bridge at the bottom of the hill;…
Top Choice Noodles in Matsue

Yakumo-an

This busy soba restaurant and its beautiful grounds are an excellent place to sample the local warigo soba. Try the tasty soba kamo nanban (noodles with slices of duck in broth). Look for a sign on a piece of wood o…