Asakusa is well known for its many temples, popular attractions, and festivals. Among them is the famous Senso-ji temple and the highly anticipated Sanja Matsuri. With so many places to go and explore, you are bound to find hidden gems scattered all over the place.
For those who love eating, Asakusa is a treasure trove of delicious delicacies. One of the most-sought after dish here in Asakusa is their soba noodles. As you may already know, there are a LOT of soba restaurants here in Asakusa and you’ll probably have a hard time deciding which place to go for lunch or dinner.
Worry not for you can check these places and enjoy the 10 soba restaurants in Asakusa.
1. Namiki Yabusoba (並木藪蕎麦)
Namiki Yabusoba is without a doubt, one of the famous Soba restaurants in Asakusa. This traditional soba restaurant has been around for a very long time and its popularity has been set in stone. Their most popular dish is the Zaru-soba. It’s a simple soba dish that will “Wow” you for its firmness and texture. If you prefer to have more variety in your plate, you can consider going for the Tenn-Zaru-Soba. This cold soba dish has a mix of tempura for a more flavorful bite. The soba noodle here is simply amazing.
Address: 2-11-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
2. Azumabashi Yabusoba (吾妻橋 やぶそば)
Azumabashi Yabusoba is another great place to enjoy delicious handmade soba noodle. Feel free to choose your preferred dipping sauce between soy sauce flavor or the sweet sesame sauce. There is often a line waiting for you to step on if you arrived there at a later time. Take note that even though their usual closing hours is around 4:00 pm, they will close shop when they ran out of soba noodles. So make sure to come early!
Address: 1 Chome-11-2 Azumabashi Sumida-ku, Tokyo
3. Asakusa Owariya (浅草 尾張屋)
Asakusa Owariya is just a 5-minute walk from the Asakusa Station. Their soba noodle and shrimp tempura combo are so perfect that you would be coming back for more. The staffs and service are both great and would make you feel welcome. An ideal place to have a filling lunch before you continue to explore the sights and sounds of Asakusa.
Address: 1 Chome-7-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://twitter.com/asakusaowariya (Japanese Only)
4. Kaminarimon Maruka (雷門 満留賀)
Kaminarimon Maruka is a traditional soba shop that will ensure that you will be full, when you leave its doors. Their soba noodles have a great volume, so you’re bound to filled up pretty nicely. The accompanying tempura dishes will enhance the experience, so you better take them too. Overall, it’s a good shop that you can visit if you want to enjoy soba noodles in Asakusa.
Address: 1-1-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.maruka.net (Japanese Only)
5. Asakusa Towada (浅草 十和田)
Asakusa Towada is a great place to enjoy soba noodles for an affordable price. Whether you like cold dishes or hot dishes, Towada will satisfy your craving. They also have an English menu, so that will make things easier for anyone who doesn’t have the Japanese language in their repertoire. The tempura side dishes are always a great thing so make sure to have them as well.
Address: 1-33-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
6. Benten (弁天)
Benten is a soba restaurant that is well known for their Hamaguri Soba (clam noodle) and Kaki Nanban (oyster noodle) which are both seasonal menus. The flavors that you can taste here can’t be found in other soba restaurants in Asakusa. So if you ever find yourself in Asakusa make sure to visit this restaurant and give their dishes a try. Who knows? You might get hooked and become one of their regular customers.
Address: 3-21-8 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
7. Asakusa Juroku (浅草じゅうろく )
Asakusa Juroku is one of those soba restaurants that have a lot more side dishes compared to other soba restaurants. You can have your usual cold soba noodles with tempura or warm yourself up with some duck hotpot (for reservation). It is an interesting soba restaurant is bound to give you a good impression in Asakusa.
Address: 4-37-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
8. Tansoken Kenjiro (丹想庵 健次郎)
Tansoken Kenjiro is one of the hidden gems of Asakusa. The dishes that you will encounter here are all delicious and satisfying. Whether it be soba noodles or other a la carte dishes, your taste buds will enjoy them all. The staff here speak good English which is a plus for any foreign guests. Bring your friends and dig in to the delightful taste that is uniquely found here in Tansoken Kenjiro.
Address: 3-35-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9. Sobashonin (蕎上人)
Sobashonin is a soba restaurant that is a little pricey compared to other soba restaurants in Asakusa. Their soba noodle is indeed quite good, and you can tell that the quality is high. If you don’t mind the price, dining here will certainly be a good one. A good soba restaurant that you might want to visit at least once.
Address: 2-7-3 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.soba-shonin.jp (Japanese Only)
10. Kyotei Daikokuya (蕎亭 大黒屋)
Kyotei Daikokuya is perhaps the most challenging soba restaurants that you will ever encounter in Asakusa. Why? It is quite far from the station. Aside from that, this soba restaurant has its own unique style that soba lovers tend to appreciate. Don’t expect this place as your typical soba restaurant where you can eat and go at your leisure. Here, you will have to wait “patiently” until your order is ready. The regulars here just casually drink their sake and enjoy their duck hotpot (for reservation) while waiting for their soba noodles. An interesting place to be and experience what it’s like to enjoy soba noodles with a twist.
Address: 4-39-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of January 2019
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