Soba buckwheat noodles. popular japanese food in Japan. cheap food on a budget. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

So if you’re looking for some Japanese food to try when you’re in Japan, you may give a taste to soba.

These are among the popular types of noodles to eat in Japan.

The normal way to eat these noodles is to dip it a sauce called “tsuyu.” This is somewhat of a salty sauce.

Soba can be prepared hot or cold.

When thinking about “soba” usually it can be thought of as the hot soba. In summer, cold soba can become more popular, and this is called “zaru-soba.”

 

Soba buckwheat noodles. popular japanese food in Japan. cheap food on a budget. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles. popular japanese food in Japan. cheap food on a budget. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

While you can find soba across Japan, including in Tokyo and Kyoto, it is somewhat of a specialty in the Nagano region. Nagano is an easy bus ride from Tokyo, and you can get a train there too, including with your JR pass. You might plan to stay at least a night or 2. There are hostels in Nagano city.

 

 

Where to eat soba

And how much does it cost?

 

Restaurants

You can commonly find soba at restaurants in Japan.

This includes regular sit-down restaurants that serve all kinds of food…

 

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese restaurant. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese restaurant menu. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese restaurant menu. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And it also includes vending machine restaurants!

 

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese vending machine restaurant. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And you also might find a noodle shop with soba right at the train station too.

 

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. train station soba restaurants with udon. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

There are also specialty shops that make soba their main focus.

 

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. best soba restaurants in Nagano near zenkoji temple. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. best soba restaurants in Nagano near zenkoji temple. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. best soba restaurants in Nagano near zenkoji temple. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

At restaurants, soba might be 600 to 800 yen (US$6-8).

For a little extra cost, you also might be able to find a soba meal set that comes with another type of Japanese food.

 

Soba meal set with fried tempura and sushi. food in Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

For example, soba with tempura. Tempura is fried food, and it’s common to get a soba meal with fried shrimp.

 

 

Convenience stores and grocery stores

You can also commonly find soba at convenience stores and grocery stores ready-to-eat for maybe around 300 to 400 yen (US$3-4). It’s a packaged cheap meal idea – ready to eat!

 

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese convenience stores and grocery stores. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese convenience stores and grocery stores. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles. Japanese convenience stores and grocery stores. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

See more on the cost of food in Japan.

 

 

Making soba on your own

If you’ll be staying at a hostel in Japan, or another type of accommodation with access to a kitchen, it’s also possible to buy just the uncooked noodles at a store (they come in bundles), and then prepare them in a kitchen.

This is a pretty easy meal to prepare, but you also want to make sure you buy the tsuyu sauce to flavor it with. If you buy tsuyu at the store (also typically available at convenience stores) then you’ll want to water it down.

 

Soba buckwheat noodles, make cheap food in Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles, make cheap food in Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba buckwheat noodles with tsuyu, make cheap food in Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

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Side note! The JR pass makes it time efficient to travel around Japan by train and is a popular option among travelers! See the cost of a JR pass and how to figure out if it will be worth it for you! Also be sure to see more quick Japan travel tips if it's your first trip to Japan, as well as ideas for how to spend the seasons in Japan: spring with a cherry blossom photo walk, autumn with a fall colors photo walk, and winter with train rides through snow-covered rural Japan! Summer means green landscape throughout mountainous Japan and is also the time to make the summit up to Mt Fuji aka the tallest mountain in Japan!

 

 

Soba prepared right in front of you

Places where you can see soba being prepared aren’t as common as being able to see other Japanese street food made in front of you like okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and taiyaki.

In Nagano, you might be able to find a restaurant facing the street to watch soba being made!

 

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Nagano soba restaurant near zenkoji temple. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

Soba. Common cheap food in Japan. Nagano soba restaurant near zenkoji temple. Where to see how to make soba at restaurant. Nagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And if you find that you really like soba when you try it, you can even find cooking classes in Japan that will teach you how you can eat soba at home!

 

HAPPY EATING SOBA NOODLES IN JAPAN!

 

Soba buckwheat noodles. popular japanese food in Japan. cheap food on a budget. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 



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