If you have ever been to Tokyo, I am sure you have seen all of the soba restaurants inside the train stations. They are typically full of businessmen on their way to work who want to get a quick bite to eat, but they are actually so good.
The most popular chain that I know of is called Soba Ichi, and it is actually really good. It is one of the best deals you will find in all of Japan, as the soba they serve typically ranges from $3-5. My personal favorite is the cold soba with an egg and kakiage (which is a type of tempura). I forget exactly how much this dish costs, but I think it is around $5 or so. However, they have a bunch of different toppings and options, so you can get almost any type of soba you like!
I also read an article that there is a Soba Ichi location at Higashi Koganei Station, and this one is special because it uses a robotic arm to make the soba dishes (there are no humans, to cut down on costs). While I have never personally been to this location myself, it sounds super cool, and I would love to try it out on my next trip to Japan. Eating at Soba Ichi is already super quick because you pay outside at a machine (and get a ticket, which you typically hand to the chef), but this would expedite the process even more if there is a robot making the soba.
If you are ever craving a snack in Tokyo, just go to the nearest train station and find a Soba Ichi!
Soba Ichi Recommendation Rating: 3.5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!