It’s May and Tokyo is experiencing one of the nicest weathers of the year. A calm and cooling, 15-21 degrees celsius pulls everyone out of their homes and onto the streets. It was Golden Week which means the children were out with their parents on mini adventures and everyone else shopped till they drop.
The four holidays that make up Golden week are exclusive to Japan, so they might not be all that familiar to you. Those holidays are Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day.May 6, 2013
We were staying in Shinagawa, about 8 train stops away from Shinjuku station. It’s a quiter district compared to Shinjuku but amenities and entertainment is just a stone’s throw away from the Prince Hotel.
I made my way to my favorite soba standing joint in Shinjuku. If you’re ever in the city, you should give it a try. I can eat that every day for three days straight and I won’t get tired of it.
How to get there:
1) Go to Shinjuku JR Station
2) Exit at Odakyu Shinjuku Station (West Entrance) if you can’t find this station exit, ask around where the Odakyu exit is. It’s a huge place so pay attention to the signboards and stick together.
The Tokyo subway map
3) When you come out of the exit, turn right and keep walking till you see a Uniqlo at the corner of that street, it’s about 20m from the entrance, you shouldn’t miss it.
4) The Uniqlo corner entrance is facing a Western Union and a green signboard (the entrance to a very small alley)that leads you into a food alley.
5) Walk on until you come to a tiny junction on that alley
6) The junction brings you to this corner shop. You’ll see everybody standing in a line, waiting for their turn to sit down. In the picture below, the line starts behind the lady in Orange.
7) Patrons come here to eat and leave. There’s no chatting here and everyone’s main focus is only to eat.
8) Order a “Tempura Soba with egg “, that’s my fave. If you have a Japanese friend to help you translate, you’ll know what the other soba dishes are, cos there’s a few types you could order. This dish I’m recommending is a hot soba soup with a veggie tempura on top with a side of egg. The Japanese know how to make their soft boil eggs at just the right temperature.A nourishing protein enriched yolk that doesn’t ooze out into your soup, yet it gives you that satisfying feeling of gooey-ness.
10) After you’re done with the meal, go to the side of the shop where there is a standing water dispensing machine.
11) Have a drink before you leave and either pass the shopkeeper the used cup or simply place it near the dispenser where it’s convenient.
I hope this could somewhat give you a guide to one of the many soba standing joints there are in Tokyo.
Happy soba trailing !