Honestly, there's nothing better than waking up late in the morning with your honey and spontaneously going to Jindaiji - a charming little town in Western Tokyo famous for soba (buckwheat noodles). I realize that this is way after the fact (we went a month ago), but that is the downside of waiting until your 27 exposure film is used up. But I still say "blegh" to digital...

Jindaiji is a lovely town with hardly any people - and only about 30 minutes out from the center of Tokyo. There are about 20 or more handmade soba noodle stores clustered around Jindaiji (temple) and I vow to try every single one (secret code for: Visit me so I can take you there and I can cross them off my checklist one-by-one). Anyway, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Jindaiji Beer (locally brewed) with some pickled Gobou

Grilled fish

This IS the shit soba.

Local foods are sold alongside this street, great for a walk.

Soba (buckwheat) bread with anko (sweet bean paste) inside. DELICIOUS!

Candied fruit, I didn't try this but it was too photogenic.

And for those of you who love Gegege no kitaro...

The Kitaro VW.

-yoko in Tokyo

p.s. more pictures on my site. this is not a plug, just for those of you who are curious about seeing more photos, really.



  • as usual, love LOVE your pics. and love LOVE osoba, too… it’s one of those things I can eat anytime. Gotta hit Jindaiji soon…

    Anonymous on

  • wow, beautiful pictures! i am very jealous— nothing like a spontaneous getaway for soba slurping to beat the sunday slump. YES, we will definitely hit up Jindaiji when i come visit!!! wait for me!!!!


    kayoko on

  • oh wow yeah, I can’t believe I didn’t put this together til now, but Jindaiji also is the home to an amazing onsen! They have a crazy variety of tubs, and each on is supposed to have different health benefits — herbal tubs, electric tubs (no joke), seaweed tubs, etc.etc. Last time I went to Japan I went straight there from the airport, had a 90 minute shiatsu session, and I was in heaven!!!

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