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5 Restaurants in Tokyo for Superb Soba

Soba (buckwheat noodles) is one of the dishes that you just have to try when you come to Japan. Many shops in Tokyo serve delicious soba. Now, here some great restaurants to go to in Tokyo if you’re looking for some perfect soba.

1. Nadai Toranomon Osakaya Sunaba Honten

Osakaya Sunaba Honten is a well-established shop that opened in 1872. Its two-story wooden building that was constructed in 1923 is an elegant structure that evokes a sense of history with the eaves of its copper roof and the banisters of its windows, and has been designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. This shop’s soba is characterized by its accompanying strong soba tsuyu (dipping sauce) that is on the sweet side. Made from buckwheat flour produced in Hokkaido that is both sweet and highly aromatic, the soba here has noodles that are thin, slightly springy in texture and goes down smoothly. It may look like many people visit the Toranomon branch during lunchtime, but they have a wide array of seasonal dishes and snacks for alcoholic drinks, so it would be best to start with the delicious alcohol and snacks, and then end with the superb soba.

1. Nadai Toranomon Osakaya Sunaba Honten

1-10-6 Toranomon, Minato-ku Tokyo

2. Fumotoya Keio Plaza Hotel

Fumotoya may be located in a district in Shinjuku that is filled with skyscrapers, but it is still a place that will allow customers to spend a relaxing time while dining. Here, the soba noodles, which are made with only grade-one buckwheat flour that is nurtured by the clear streams of Togakushi in Nagano. are white in color and have a distinct chewy texture. Another source of pride for this shop is the fact that it only uses seasonal ingredients that are fresh and colorful, similar to what it does with the soba. When you sit at the counter that is facing large windows that gives a sense of open space, you can eat while gazing at the Japanese garden and the high-rise buildings in the vicinity. This restaurant offers semi-private and private rooms, so you can dine in a leisurely manner even if you have a child without having to worry about the people around you.

2. Fumotoya Keio Plaza Hotel

1F Keio Plaza Hotel Main Tower, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

3. Kanda Yabu Soba

Kanda Yabu Soba, located in Kanda-Awaji that is dotted with well-established restaurants, is a popular establishment that is virtually considered as a holy ground for soba connoisseurs and soba lovers in all of Japan. This restaurant has been adhering to its traditional flavors and skills of its chefs since it first opened its doors to the public in 1880. Here, the soba noodles use the finest buckwheat flour you can find in Japan, adopting a ratio of 10 parts buckwheat flour for every part of wheat flour. Its soba noodles are characterized by their great flavors. At Kanda Yabu Soba, you will be able to enjoy the true charm of refined Edo soba that you can taste as it passes down your throat.

3. Kanda Yabu Soba

2-10 Kanda-Awaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

4. Rengyokuan

Rengyokuan is a venerable restaurant that is situated near Ueno Park and Shinobazu Pond. It is also famous for being visited by the literati in 19th century Japan, including people like Ogai Mori and Shoyo Tsubouchi. If you step into this restaurant’s two-story old, wooden building with a charm all its own, you will surely be surprised to find that it is filled with a modern atmosphere. This shop makes soba with eight parts buckwheat flour to two parts wheat flour, creating soba noodles that possess just the right amount of body and perfect chewiness. By all means, try the soba that the literati loved in the olden days.

4. Rengyokuan

2-8-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

5. Soba ni Meishu Noae

Noae is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious sake, seasonal vegetable dishes, and specialty soba made by adjusting the thickness and water content corresponding to the season and weather by changing the grinding and making processes. This shop is just a 3-minute walk from Shakuji-Koen Station. Here, 2 - 5 kinds of soba are constantly available with the variety changing every day, so it would be fun to taste and compare different soba variants. They also sometimes have flat, aged soba noodles that are set for a week after being made, so try them if they are available. This masterpiece of a dish, which is only made in limited variants, has nutty body and flavors and is brimming with great taste and sweetness that would make you want to chew. It is the kind of soba that you have to slowly eat to better enjoy the superb flavors, instead of quickly slurping the way true Tokyoites do.

Aged soba

5. Soba ni Meishu Noae

3-27-16 Shakujiimachi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

There are many kinds of soba, offering a plethora of flavors. So, try to eat and compare different kinds of soba to find the one you want.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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