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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


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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