Daitokuji has long had a close relationship with many Japanese tea masters and warlords. Soba restaurant Itsutsu has a quaintness that seems to respect the history of such area. It is located on the second floor of Wakuden Restaurant. The classic Japanese style building welcomes guests to walk through its large premises with number of subtemples, letting the guests feel the wabi-sabi (Japanese world view), and the artistic taste that Japanese people have cherished through the dramatically changing times. The exterior has a cement base with wooden grid work. The interior is fitted with a distinctive wooden counter table. The soba is served with either soup or salt. FullSizeRender We all have different opinion about soba, so the best is for you to try them yourself. What was interesting though, was the dishware. Soup, salt and soba-yu (hot water that boiled the soba noodles) all came in different dishes. I realized that the empty dishes naturally started to claim its presence after finishing my soba. FullSizeRender (1) The tea ceremony house is said to have a very lean design so that people can concentrate and meditate. I suppose the same was happening here. Only after treating the empty stomach with soba, we realize the elements surrounding us. History, location and spatial design influences the dining experience. There is always a story behind dining. Itsutsu made me realize such thing. Itsutsu Address: 28 Murasakino Unrinin, Kita-ku, Kyoto (map) Phone: +81(0)75-495-6161 Closed: Thursday Hours: 11:30-20:00 Reservation possible after 17:00