Updated: September 05, 2019
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10 Best Soba Restaurants in Tokyo!

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Soba (蕎麦/そば) is a Japanese noodle dish made from buckwheat. The noodles are so quintessentially Japanese that no matter where you go in Japan, you can be sure to find a soba restaurant, even in the smallest town. Here is a list of ten of the very best soba restaurants in Tokyo that you need to try!

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Kanda Matsuya (Akihabara)

Kanda Matsuya is one of the most famous soba restaurants in Tokyo, having been established more than 130 years ago. The wonderful thing about soba is that it is inexpensive pretty much anywhere you go, so even though Kanda Matsuya is famous, their traditional handmade soba starts at just ¥650. If you're lucky, you can even see the chef rolling and cutting the noodles that are made fresh daily.

Access

5 minutes walk from either Kanda, Akihabara, Awajicho, or Ogawamachi Station.

Kyourakutei (Kagurazaka)

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Kyourakutei is a restaurant that was designated a Michelin Bib Gourmand for their outstanding soba. The handmade soba noodles, fresh tempura (Japanese-style deep-fried seafood and vegetables), and local sake are all delicious here.

We recommend ordering one of the 'Ten Zaru' items (chilled soba and tempura), all of which are reasonably priced for less than ¥2,000 and which allow you to experience both the exceptional soba noodles and crispy, delicious tempura at the same time.

Access

4 minutes walk from Iidabashi Station.

Soba Sasuga (Ginza)

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Soba Sasuga is a famous restaurant specializing in Juwari soba (十割そば), which means 100% buckwheat soba.

Their menu is simple, so you can enjoy the natural flavor and fine texture of their soba without any distraction. The regular hot soba and cold soba (with dipping sauce) are 1000 yen and both taste amazing. It's pure soba at it's finest here and is a treat to eat.

Access

5 minutes walk from either Ginza, Higashi-Ginza, or Ginza Ichome Station.

Tamawarai (Harajuku / Omotesando / Shibuya)

Tamawarai is one of just 4 soba restaurants in Tokyo to have earned a Michelin star. The restaurant is a bit upscale, with a calm atmosphere and fantastic service. The owner of Tamawari owns a buckwheat farm and strives to serve his customers perfect soba noodles. The soba has an incredible texture and rich flavor that is unlike the soba you'll find anywhere else.

There are a variety of soba dishes served cold or hot for around 1000-2500 yen, or 2 different course meals that include other traditional Japanese dishes are available at a more expensive price.

Access

7 minutes walk from Meiji-jingu-mae station.
10 minutes walk from either Harajuku, Omotesando, or Shibuya station.

Honmura An (Roppongi)

'Homura An' was a very popular soba restaurant in Manhattan, NY, for 16 years. The owner came back to Japan to reopen a shop in Roppongi, which has continued creating outstanding and unique soba dishes.

One of the most popular and iconic menu items is the "uni (sea urchin) soba" (3000 yen~) which features a healthy portion of fresh uni atop a bowl of hand made soba noodles. It's one of the richest and most luxurious soba dishes found anywhere, and is definitely worth a try!

Access

1-minute walk from the 4B Exit of Roppongi Station.

Daian (Shinjuku)

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Daian is like an izakaya (Japanese style bar) where guests can enjoy a soba set meal during lunchtime and sake and various appetizers besides soba during dinner time. You can watch the whole soba-making process here, from the stone grinding of the buckwheat to make soba flour, to the rolling and cutting of the dough.

The restaurant offers a variety of toppings for the handmade soba such as vegetables, mushrooms, fish, and meat. You can get your choice of soba served with a small side dish for around 1000 yen, which is a great deal. Going at dinner allows you to order soba and other small dishes that are great for accompanying sake.

Access

1 minute walk from the south east exit of JR Shinjuku Station

Bikyo (Ikebukuro)

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Bikyo offers awesome juwari soba (100% buckwheat) with great flavor at a reasonable price. The regular soba (in hot soup or with cold dipping sauce) is just 650 yen!

However, Bikyo also offers a great 8-course meal for ¥5,400 that features sushi, tempura, soba, and other small dishes. If you want to experience outstanding handmade soba and other traditional Japanese cooking in the same meal, this is a great option!

Access

5 minutes walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro Station

Narutomi (Tsukiji / Higashi Ginza)

Narutomi is a famous restaurant near Tsukiji (where the fish market used to be). Here you can enjoy a nice atmosphere while watching the chefs preparing the soba dishes.

Customers here love the handmade juwari soba and tempura (which goes great with soba). They offer many kinds of tempura which are perfectly light and crispy on the outside. One popular menu is the "gobo tem seiro" (1100 yen), which means burdock (gobo) tempura (tem) cold soba (seiro).

Access

3 minutes walk from Tsukiji Shijo station
5 minutes walk from Higashi Ginza station

Minatoya (Toranomon)

There are many tachigui (standing) soba shops around the country, especially in a busy city like Tokyo. Minatoya is one of the most popular, serving quick, cheap, and great soba. The shop doesn't have a big sign, but you can't miss it because there is usually a line. The waiting line often gets long at lunchtime, but it moves quite fast!

Their noodles are firm, chewy, and go well with the sweet, savory, and slightly spicy soup. Regular soba without any topping is just 600 yen.

Access

7 minutes walk from Toranomon or Onarimon station.

Fuji Soba (near stations)

Fastfood-style soba is worth trying too! Fuji soba is the biggest and most famous soba chain in Tokyo. There are as many as 100 shops in the city, most of which are small but easy to access as they are located near train stations. Fuji Soba is cheap, quick, tasty, and open 24 hours.

All menu items are reasonably priced from around 300 yen to 500 yen, and you can choose from a variety of soba such as beef soba and tempura soba. Check this place out if you want a super-cheap soba meal!

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