There are hundreds of soba shops in Tokyo, but Kanda Yabu stands out for its rich history and ambience. Aficionados recommend ordering cold noodles for dipping into the soy broth, all the better to enjoy the texture and aroma of the buckwheat noodles. With a light green sheen to them from the juice of young soba sprouts, they may not be traditional but they are delicious. Yabu Soba has an unusually extensive menu of small dishes, tempting diners to sip on sake and share dishes like vegetable tempura and soba-zushi before finishing with noodles. Patrons here range from local regulars, both young and old, to Japanese from other parts of the country who are making a pilgrimage to this famous shop.