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Eat at Japan's oldest soba joint before rocking out at Taku Taku

These two Kyoto classics couldn't be more different

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Soba restaurants are everywhere in Kyoto, but Owariya stands out from the crowd: founded in 1465, it's the oldest eatery of its kind in all of Japan, and continues to serve up some of the country's finest buckwheat noodle dishes.

 

 

Once a dilapidated former sake brewery, this nondescript Kyoto building is now home to the city's best-known underground gig spot. Taku Taku keeps things rocking with an in-your-face attitude, quirky décor and an uncompromising booking policy.

 

 

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