Restaurants

Top Choice Soba in Kamakura

Bonzō

Intimate, rustic, Michelin-star restaurant that specialises in handmade ju-wari (100% soba), including kamo seiro (cold soba in hot broth) with wild duck imported from France. The homemade sesame tofu is incredibly …
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 Soba 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 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. The signature udon (th…
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 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…
Top Choice Noodles in Satsuma Peninsula

Tōsenkyō Sōmen Nagashi

In a gorge near Ikeda-kō, Tōsenkyō Sōmen Nagashi is a pilgrimage site for many Japanese (an estimated 200,000 annual visitors!) as the 1967 birthplace of nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles). Sōmen (thin wheat-flour nood…
Top Choice Noodles in Miyazaki

Togakushi

Workmanlike Togakushi has no English menu, but come anyway, for the delicate, thin kama-age udon (¥650) for dipping in tangy sauce of negi (green onion), tempura-ko (tempura crispies) and refreshing yuzu (Japanese c…