Misoka-An Kawamichiya, Kyoto
Tel: 81 75 221 2525
Concierge.com's insider take:
In the West, we may consider soba noodles a humble meal, but the Japanese take them very, very seriously, and they come from all over the country to Kawamichiya, where the latest generation of the Ueda family watches over steaming cauldrons of handmade buckwheat noodles and broth. The specialty of this bare-bones, 300-year-old restaurant is hokoro, a filling meal-in-a-pot chock-full of noodles, chicken, tofu, and vegetables. Just around the corner, in an equally old and "oh-so-Kyoto" wooden shop, Kawamichiya sells its famous soba-flour cookies.
Open Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays.