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.
In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.