At Sanjo Owariya you can still have an authentic Japanese soba noodle experience
Sanjo Owariya is an authentic Japanese soba noodle restaurant. This is not your average chain restaurant but a place where you can still feel the old Japanese spirit live on. The noodles at this restaurant frequented by locals – tourists haven’t yet found this spot – are of course really good, with an especially rich-tasting broth, but the restaurant is something you have to see, and the owner is a personality in his own right.
The restaurant is especially famous for their tempura soba, and for a good reason. The soba broth is divine. There is something special about the broth, a deepness you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The restaurant is conveniently located close to both Hankyu Karasuma and subway Karasuma Oike stations.
The restaurant also sells cigarettes, and there is a rather prominent display on the left side of the front.
But in Sanjo Owariya’s showcase you won’t only find cigarettes; you will also find Shrek, Snoopy, cute bunnies, and cats. I feel like this showcase in front of the noodle restaurant is not only a showcase; it is a window into the Japanese soul. It is only in Japan where noodles, Shrek, and cigarettes can coexist inside one restaurant.