I've tried many types of Soba in Japan. Soba is more popular in the eastern part of Japan than western parts like Osaka of Kansai. As we all know, Osaka is a mecca of Udon, so it's a little going to be an outsider if we say Soba is better in Osaka. But in Nasu, or around where I live, there are so many nice Soba places as I once commented about Sekishin
Today's feature is not exactly in Nasu, but it's about 1 .5 hour drive distance from my home and it's in Inawashiro lake
On the route 49 from Koriyama city, there is a very small and old & dirty looking soba restaurant called Sanshirou. This is located just at the corner of entrance of Inawashiro lake when we go from Koriyama city. Normally people pass this place because it looks too old and casual. But soba lovers often think this place might be good....
Soba is a traditional old food of Japan, and it's locally cherished and raised by the local people. It's not fair if travelers from outside say good or bad so easily. It's the taste of the local people. However, good reputated soba restaurants are usually good for anybody from any places of Japan.
Snashiro is not nation-wide famous, but it's reputated well amoung local people here. I sometimes go to Sanshiro to taste the local Soba, and it's fantastic !
Inside of the restaurant is certainly old but not dirty. Also the old lady ( maybe the master) sometimes comes out to guests, which is nice for us to talk with her.
In Tokyo, there are so many nice soba places and they are all good. For Sanshiro, the biggest difference of from them is the taste which is not so sophisticated and remains the nostalgic old flavor of soba, made by local people's hands everyday.