Togakushi Soba

Togakushi Soba

With a soba tradition predating the Edo Era, Togakushi Soba has been one of the symbols of Togakushi for centuries. According to history, monks who made the pilgrimage to these mountains began eating buckwheat soba dissolved in water or baked before evolving to the “soba giri” or noodles so loved today. The typical soba in Togakushi is served with five portions on a bamboo tray, is called “Bocchi mori”, and is believed to be a power food since each portion or “bocchi” represent one of the five gods of the Togakushi Shrines. If you’ve come this far you ought to have the local soba experience; The locals make it easy as several restaurants line up along the road each with its own spin on this popular dish. You can commit to one of the restaurants, or if you can handle it, stop by two or three places as you make your way around the shrine grounds.

Okushano Chaya Soba

After an early-morning hike up to Okusha Shrine, the best way to recover is by hopping into Okushano Chaya Soba. Located next to the shrine’s entrance, eating here is first a treat to the eyes; The restaurant building with the view into the spiritual forest was designed by Kengo Kuma, the architect charged with building the future Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Okushano Chaya Soba
Okushano Chaya Soba

The serene setting is perfect for savouring typical Togakushi Soba, trying out some of the shops more original creations, and topping it up with with a soft cream cone, something Okushano Chaya is also famous for. For the best view head straight for the tatami mat section at the back of the restaurant.

Okushano Chaya Soba

Uzuraya Soba

Back down at Togakushi’s main village and across from Chusha Shrine one of the most famous soba shops around here is Uzuraya Soba. You’ll find it easily both because it shares the corner with an 800 year old cedar tree and for the lineup with people waiting in the front.

Uzuraya Soba
Uzuraya Soba

The soba to try here is the Ten-zaru Soba, either served cold on a traditional bamboo tray or hot in a bowl of soup, and definitely alongside some crispy tempura. To eat Uzuraya’s acclaimed soba there’s a chance you might have to queue especially if traveling on the weekends. If your patience gets the best of you, you can still pick up the store’s own soba flour and try making the noodles at home.

Uzuraya Soba

Tokuzenin Soba Gokui

Next to Uzuraya and connected to Shukubo Gokui, a traditional temple lodging, Tokuzenin Soba Gokui is another one of the popular soba shops and one that holds traditions highly. As such, you have the option to sit on a tatami mat as you wait for the handmade Zaru Soba, served in good old “Bocchi Mori” form to add the spiritual touch.

Tokuzenin Soba Gokui
Tokuzenin Soba Gokui

If you want to kick it up another notch then order Tokuzenin’s Oroshi soba (served cold and warm) which comes with grated radish and is topped with delicious shrimp tempura. At the end do not forget to ask for the “soba yu” to mix with the soba dipping sauce and enjoy this local delicacy without wasting a drop.

Tokuzenin Soba Gokui
Facility Name
Okusha No Chaya
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Megumine 3688 - 6
Phone
0262542222
Introduction
This soba restaurant located at the entrance to the Okusha Shrine of Togakushi Shrine was designed by architect Kengo Kuma. From the wall to ceiling glass window you can look out to the nature beyond while enjoying a bowl of soba or some sweet delights. The restaurant serves a variety of handmade and characteristically soft, smooth textured soba noodles. Their soba soft ice-cream is a popular dessert. They also have Shinshu apple soft ice-cream as well as limitedly available ice-cream flavors.
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Facility Name
Uzuraka
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Jhongshe 3229
Phone
0262542219
Business hours
10:30-16 (Closed lasts buckwheat)
Regular holiday
Wednesday (Jan. - There holiday Tuesday and Wednesday winter Mar.), 11 late May - mid-December
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Facility Name
Tokuzenin Soba Gokui
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 3354
Phone
0262542044
Introduction
Tokuzenin Soba Gokui is a soba restaurant offering traditional dishes from Togakushi. It was originally a pilgrim’s lodging house where seasonal dishes are served to the visitors of Togakushi Shrine. This style became known as Tokuzenin (temple) Soba and here you can enjoy the tastes and surrounds of a Togakushi pilgrim’s lodging house. The thin, handmade soba noodles are a real treat. The noodle soup is made with a special soy sauce with no added food additives. All the soba noodles are freshly made by hand so the restaurant closes for the day once they have run out. The spacious restaurant has ample seating with 24 seats each on tatami mats and at tables.
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    Uzuraka

    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Jhongshe 3229
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    Tokuzenin Soba Gokui

    Soba/Udon
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 3354
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    Okusha No Chaya

    Soba/Udon
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Megumine 3688 - 6
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