Wahei Soba-Dokoro is tucked away on a narrow street in Kusatsu Onsen Town. It looks like a typical Soba shop, except for one thing - you can watch a chef kneading, rolling and cutting dough to make soba noodles in a windowed cubicle next to the entrance. It's hard to walk past a shop like that! We got a table on the other side of the cubicle so we could continue watching while we ate our cold noodles with dipping sauce and the most delicious tempura I've eaten. If you go to Kusatsu Onsen, be sure to check out Wahei Soba-Dokoro.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.