Soba Restaurants in Japan(35)

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TOKYO

Kagurazaka Kuzuryu Soba

The pride of Fukui Prefecture, Echizen cuisine features prominently in this Kagurazaka restaurant, which uses the finest ingredients from the Hokuriku region. Seasonal delicacies from the Echizen Coast and local sake delight visitors.
Dinner: ¥5,000-15,000
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TOKYO

Teuchisoba Narutomi

A legend in the Ginza food scene, Teuchisoba Narutomi sets itself apart from other soba shops with their hand-crafted noodles, made with 100 percent buckwheat flour. Accompaniments of seasonal tempura are a winning combination.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Tamawarai

A soba auteur: one man does it all at this noodle shop in the stylish shopping mecca of Tokyo, from farm to the kitchen.
Lunch: ¥3,000-4,000
Dinner: ¥11,000-16,000
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TOKYO

Ishiusubiki Teuchi Kyorakutei

With its name literally meaning “thin-pulled hand-rolled soba”, this Kagurazaka soba shop serves rare, Michelin-standard hiyamugi thin noodles — among other noodle types — at shockingly affordable prices.
Lunch: ¥1,000-5,000
Dinner: ¥1,000-5,000
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TOKYO

Asakusa Hirayama

Many are drawn to this soba shop in Asakusa not just for the excellent soba, but also for the soba-mae small plates, which make full use of the chef’s experience in the two-Michelin-starred Ginza Koju.
Lunch: ¥2,000-3,000
Dinner: ¥8,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Tohakuan Karibe

The highlight of this Michelin Bib Gourmand soba restaurant is its extensive wine selection, which changes every week at the recommendation of a sommelier. Seasonal tempura offerings keep guests coming back for more.
Lunch: ¥1,000-2,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Soba Osame

Pairing rustic soba with regional small plates, Soba Osame mirrors the idyllic glades and Thoreauvian mountain towns of Japan through its menu.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-15,000
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TOKYO

Hamacho Kaneko

A veteran of the Michelin restaurant Ishiusubiki Teuchi Kyorakutei, Chef Kaneko Yasushi wears his own Michelin awards with quiet pride. Soba, tempura, appetizers and sake are aplenty at his Hamacho restaurant.
Lunch: ¥1,000-2,000
Dinner: ¥4,000-5,000
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OSAKA

Soba Shubo Fukumaru

The noodles at this Osaka soba specialist are made with Tochiusu flour from Tochigi Prefecture, giving it a satisfying texture and rustic taste. It pairs especially well with a glass of buckwheat shochu, whether served on the rocks, hot or chilled.
Lunch: ¥1,000-5,000
Dinner: ¥1,000-5,000
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EHIME

Iyo Okina

Delicious soba noodles in the south of Matsuyama, made with artisan techniques and served fresh every day.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥1,000-1,999
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GIFU

Nakasa Soba

With everything made from scratch, each bowl of soba noodles is emblematic of the natural essence of the Japanese Alps.
Lunch: ¥1,000-5,000
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AICHI

En

One of the best soba restaurants in Nagoya, where you can try delicious appetizers and great sake with your noodles.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥1,000-1,999
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TOKYO

Yuan Yamori

Yuan Yamori is one of the best soba restaurants in Tokyo, run by a chef with a great knowledge of the craft and his own unique recipe for fresh noodles.
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000
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GIFU

Kochouan Senba

Grab a bowl of soba, handmade and rich in flavor, said to be the best in town.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
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TOKYO

Kyourakutei Soba

Slurp soba noodles painstakingly kneaded by the chef himself in the back kitchen.
Lunch: ¥1,000-5,000
Dinner: ¥1,000-5,000
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TOKYO

Dashin So-an

Just a short trip from Shinjuku or Shibuya nets you a premium handmade soba meal in bright and peaceful surroundings.
Lunch: ¥2,000-3,000
Dinner: ¥8,000-8,000
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NARA

Noto Toto Teuchisoba Tabiki

The no-photography rule doesn’t deter the crowd from flocking to the secretive soba joint, where Seiji Matsushima grows his own buckwheat berries to craft hand-kneaded noodles.
Dinner: ¥1,000-5,000
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TOKYO

Sobamae Nagae

This Oyamadai sobamae restaurant serves expertly made traditional small plates to accompany its soba. Choose from a staggering selection of over 50 types of domestic shochu and sake from breweries all over Japan.
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Kyorin

Chef Inoue Tomokazu continues what his late father started by turning his Shirokane-Takanawa kappo restaurant into a Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning soba restaurant. Kappo-style small plates honor the elder Inoue’s legacy.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Ittoan

Chef Yoshikawa Kunio doesn’t just source his soba from producers all over the country, from Hokkaido to Okinawa; he even helps them harvest their crop on his days off. This collective passion elevates the soba in his Itabashi kitchen.
Lunch: ¥2,000-3,000
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TOKYO

Edosoba Hosokawa

This family-run Ryogoku soba restaurant serves handmade juwari soba made from 100 percent buckwheat, sourced from farms as far as the Shikoku region. Seasonal specialties like Hokkaido oysters keep customers coming back.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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TOKYO

Osoba no Kouga

Holding a Michelin Bib Gourmand award for 10 years running, this Nishiazabu soba shop takes pride in observing the traditions of the culinary form — and then breaking them to great effect.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-10,000
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KYOTO

Ogawa (Kita)

Delicious and a bargain, this soba restaurant is always seen with a crowd of people inside and outside the store.
Lunch: ¥1,000-2,000
Dinner: ¥1,000-2,000
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TOKYO

Gonpachi Odaiba

Try a whole range of traditional Japanese dishes in Odaiba while looking out over the waters of Tokyo Bay.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥5,000-5,999
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OSAKA

Sobakiri Masa

Handmade, Michelin-starred soba noodles (Michelin Guide 2020), with a wide variety of styles and sides on offer.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥1,000-1,999
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OSAKA

Soba Takama

A higher class of soba shop, where you can experience some of the most affordable 2021 Michelin-starred dining in Japan.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
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OSAKA

Ayamedo

There’s usually a wait at this Michelin Bib Gourmand soba specialist, and their noodles won’t cost a king’s ransom.
Lunch: ¥1,000-3,000
Dinner: ¥1,000-3,000
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TOKYO

Kanda Yabusoba

This authentic, historic Meiji Era soba restaurant is here to stay — back on top even after a tragic fire in 2013.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥3,000-3,999
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Soba noodles have been a staple of Japanese cuisine for centuries. These delicious buckwheat noodles feature in world-class Michelin-starred meals, everyday lunches, and everything in between. While you will find them featured in all sorts of inventive dishes, the best way to savor them is often the simplest.

Served with just a light dashi dipping broth and some grated radish, the flavors of the soba can really shine through. You’ll find that the top soba artisans on our list of the best soba restaurants in Japan prefer these stripped back dishes to show off the pure quality of their handmade product.

But soba is nothing if not versatile! You can enjoy these noodles fried, mixed into okonomiyaki pancakes, or served cold in summer with generous helpings of yuzu citrus fruit on top. Whatever style you prefer, byFood’s range of top soba restaurants will ensure you get the very best quality noodles.

Take a look through these soba restaurants in Japan, and when you’re ready, secure your seat with just a few simple clicks! After you’re hooked, why not try making some handmade soba noodles yourself?