At this long-running soba stalwart in Kanda, you'll slurp up delicious buckwheat noodles in old-fashioned, unpretentious surroundings. Don't expect a lot of fanfare - it's all about the noodles and little else.
Kanda Matsuya - image © Florentyna Leow
Kanda Matsuya is one of Tokyo's most famous soba restaurants. Located a short walk from Awajicho Station in the Kanda area, it's been in operation since 1884. That's a long time to be making soba, but the secret to their enduring success is, quite simply, their handmade noodles - they’re just very good.
It’s not a super comfortable restaurant, but it is immensely atmospheric. You’ll be seated close to your fellow patrons, and slurp up smooth buckwheat noodles. Side dishes are simple here - think items like toasted laver, sticks of grilled chicken, or tempura prawns. Nothing really detracts from the noodles.
Kanda Matsuya is perpetually busy. A great time to visit is around the New Year. This is when most Japanese people traditionally eat soba noodles to greet the new year, a tradition known as toshi-koshi soba.
1-13 Kanda-suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0041
Saturday and national holidays: 11am-7pm
Closed Sunday except national holidays
Subway: 1-minute walk from exit A3 of Ogawamachi Station on the Toei Shinjuku line, and Awajicho Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line.
Train: 5-minute walk from the east exit of Kanda Station on the JR Yamanote and Chuo lines.
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