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Kamiyama

It’s hard to believe you are just steps away from the brashness of Shibuya’s Center-Gai. You have come to eat soba noodles, but it feels more like entering a ceremonial tea house. Once inside, stairs lead down to beautifully spot-lit dining room, where you take your place at a large communal table split down the middle by a long thin strip of pebbles and foliage. The soba is teuchi (made fresh by hand), finely cut and served in portions that are dainty — barely enough for a hefty appetite on their own. Thankfully, at lunch you can order set meals, which include a small rice bowl and salad to go with your noodles.