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Japanese: Soba

Katsura Description

Located in Nikko, Tochigi, Katsura is a hidden gem specializing in handcrafted soba noodles. With a cozy and traditional Japanese decor, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience that transports you to the heart of Japan.

One of the standout dishes at Katsura is their signature Handmade Soba Katsura, a dish that perfectly showcases the skill and dedication of the chefs. The soba noodles are expertly crafted in-house, resulting in a delicate texture and authentic flavor that pairs beautifully with the savory broth.

What sets Katsura apart from other dining establishments is their commitment to preserving the art of soba making. Each dish is prepared with precision and care, ensuring that every bite is a true delight for the senses. Whether you're a soba enthusiast or looking to explore traditional Japanese cuisine, Katsura is a must-visit destination for food lovers seeking an authentic culinary experience.

Katsura Overview


2482 Chūgūshi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1661


+81 (0) 50-5485-1299


30 minute taxi ride from Tobu Nikko Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Mon: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Tue: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Wed: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Thur: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Fri: 11:00AM-3:30PM
Sat: 11:00AM-3:30PM

Payment methods

Cash, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features


Katsura Reviews

Katsura Google Average Rating



Savouring the hours long Handmade soba with crispy Tempura while enjoying the breeze & scenic mountain view, @ Lake Chūzenji, the best of both world only at one place here. All soba will take “lift” to Level 1, the dining hall, and patrons will be alerted to collect when their food is ready. Overall dining experience was pleasant and recommend to try if you have a chance. Itadakimasu!


Not exactly gourmet as others have pointed out, and if you're a soba aficionado you may be disappointed judging by the other reviews.

Nonetheless, this is a nice spot to stop and relax for a meal after seeing the local sites and walking down along the lake. The food was tasty but not mind blowing, yet we still thoroughly enjoyed the meal especially considering the view. Worth stopping by for a casual lunch if you don't mind waiting a little while for the food.


Absolutely delicious handmade soba. The tempura was delicious. Loved the soba with mushrooms and yuba. The mushrooms were so fresh and flavourful.


Nice people. Very nice soba! Local feel restaurant, no Japanese menu. In this picture, it is a 770yen soba and udon.


We really enjoyed the soba and udon here. The tempura was good and hardy. Nice view of the lake but needs some patience to wait for the food.

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