Updated: February 16, 2018
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Tokyo Side Trips: Famous Jindaiji Temple And Mountains Of Soba Noodles

Looking for other stuff to do in Tokyo? Take a little side trip to Jindaiji Temple in Tokyo's west. About an hour by train from Shinjuku is this small little town made famous by its temple and lesser known hand-made soba restaurants. Popular with locals on weekends, the soba produced in the area is all hand-made and extremely delicious! Put Jindaiji down on your itinerary now!

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Yuusui

Yuusui is probably the most popular soba restaurant in town and can be hard to get a seat on weekends. Located just a few minutes walk from the temple its perfect place to stop for a soba and tempura lunch.
The noodles here are delicately made and quite thinly cut, though they hold their shape really well. Get the soba and tempura for a delicious lunch. Prices start from around 1000 yen.

Tamon

Tamon is another great spot within a few minutes walk of the temple. Slurp your noodles in a traditional setting with both tables and Japanese-style raised seating. Prices range from 500-1000 yen per person for lunch.
My favourite thing about Tamon is that they have "Mountain Soba", literally a huge pile of soba nooodles - enough to feed a small family. Expect volume! Of course you don't need to order the extra size soba plate... but why not?! Will you step up to the challenge?

Yaoki

From the moment you walk up Yaoki you are presented with a lovely Japanese garden setting with a pond full of Koi. It's a very cool spot and you can even grab a seat in the garden (if you're lucky!). The fare here is all about beautifully hand-made soba and tempura though. Prices are super reasonable too with average price being up to 1000 yen.
Located just a short walk from Jindaiji temple, definitely a great place for lunch. Their "tanuki soba" (served warm) is popular in the cooler months. If its a warm day stick with the cold soba noodles and wash it down with a Jindaiji beer!

Soba Gochiso Monmae

Monmae serves up hand-made soba, tempura, Japanese sweets, and senbei (Japanese rice crackers). Prices here a little more expensive than the rest, however still worth every yen! Located 3 mins from the temple it's open all day so is easy to get a little food later in the afternoon.
If you're after a well-rounded meal order couple of set meals and share with a friend so you can try more things! No matter what you get it will be delicious!

Tamanoya

Tamanoya is just a short walk and serves up 100% soba noodles. Definitely a great place to grab some soba in between seeing the sights or just grabbing lunch. Prices range from 1000-2000 yen per person.
You can also choose between wide-cut and thin-cut noodles, adding to the mix of your soba experience. If you've never had soba before get the thin-cut soba, but if you're feeling curious definitely try the wide-cut variety.
Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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