A soba restaurant is like a pit-stop for adults, packed with their memories.
That’s what makes it different from those gourmet shops that are popular lately.
There’s a world out there that saucy kids who like soba a little bit just aren’t ready for yet.
For youngsters who are just hungry, I’m sorry but this isn’t for you. There are plenty of other foods out there to satisfy your bellies.
If you’re thinking about collecting data to see if you can use this place for a date or entertaining clients, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.
Now then, those of you who are still left.
Where and when did you last feel truly at ease?
Where and when did you last experience spending time for yourself, away from work and your home life?
Where and when were you last free to simply be yourself without any hard work or stretching?
Is there a place like that in your daily life?
That’s what this is all about.
Adding more rest and relaxation to your day-to-day routine. This isn’t a luxury Japanese restaurant, fine dining establishment, or trendy gourmet spot.
When you enjoy a drink at this soba restaurant, you’ll realize this is what you’ve been waiting for and that living your life up until now was all worth it.
That’s right, this restaurant doesn’t satisfy your appetite, but rather your craving for true relaxation.
Why not stop by and relax here?
1st floor information
1st floor seating area: 7 tables, 28 seats reduced to 14 – 18.
In this soba restaurant space built with materials from the main building of the home of the late Yujiro Kanazawa, a wealth merchant, which was located on the Jigokuzaka slope that leads Otaru University of Commerce, please choose a chic and stylish beverage to pair with your noodles.
1st floor sunken fireplace seating in front of the Ishikura stone warehouse
Low tables: 2 tables, 8 seats reduced to 4 – 5.
In front of the Ishikura stone warehouse left behind by the Shiratori family, one of the major Otaru Shukutsu Pacific herring fishing families, these wooden floor seats are laid with 10-cm thick cedar boards from the main building of the Japanese-style home of the late Yujiro Kanazawa, a wealthy merchant in Otaru who lived on the Jigokuzaka slope near Otaru University of Commerce. How about stopping in for the unique food and drink experience of a soba restaurant while listening to speeches by Nanseki Otaru, who took in all the enthusiasm and prosperity of Otaru?
1st floor tatami side beside the Ishikura stone warehouse
A hidden space made by building a small roof over the open veranda of the main building of the Japanese-style home of the late Yujiro Kanazawa, a wealthy merchant in Otaru who lived on the Jigokuzaka slope.
A patchwork quilt made by the restaurant’s hostess welcomes you.
1st floor Ishikura stone warehouse seating, 12-mat tatami room
This Ishikura stone warehouse left behind by the Shiratori family, one of the major Otaru Shukutsu Pacific herring fishing families. Nowadays, renovation and reuse of historic Ishikura buildings is common, but when this store first repurposed the building as a soba restaurant space in the late 1930s, it was seen as a hobby project and ridiculed.
We hope you’ll visit this Ishikura which experienced the prosperous era of Otaru and spend a relaxing time in our adults-only space.
●1st floor seating: All non-smoking (there is an ashtray in the parking lot)
Open seating area tables: 28 seats → 14- 17 seats.
Low table seating in front of the Ishikura stone warehouse: 8 seats → 4 – 5 seats.
Table seating beside the Ishikura stone warehouse: 14 seats → 8 seats.
Low table seating in the Ishikura stone warehouse: 24 seats → 12 – 15 seats.
Total: 72 seats → 45 seats.
2nd floor information
A total of around 20 can be seated facing each other in the 6-mat and 8-mat tatami room spaces.
●Reservations are required for the second-floor seating.
Enclosed space of the main building of the Japanese-style home of the late Yujiro Kanazawa, a wealthy merchant in Otaru who lived on the Jigokuzaka slope near Otaru University of Commerce.
This soba restaurant is used for banquets in the evening and lunch parties and hobby meetings in the afternoon, and it’s a place for relaxation and good conversation.
2nd floor tatami room: 6-mat atrium space
Since long ago, soba restaurants aren’t generally venues for large gatherings. Here at this restaurant, the 6-mat tatami room on the 2nd floor is perfect for small groups of 2 – 3 people, private work discussions, planning among compatriots, reunions between friends who have long been apart, meetings between men and woman… all kinds of close-knit gatherings.
The ceiling comes from the altar room of the main building of the Japanese-style home of the late Yujiro Kanazawa, a wealthy merchant in Otaru who lived on the Jigokuzaka slope near Otaru University of Commerce.
Using the ceiling boards carefully selecte by the late Yujiro Kanazawa, this ceiling was finished last. The walls are a pale olive-green color, fitting for a calm soba meal eaten face to face. There is also a view down to the 1st floor wood floor seating in front of the Ishikura stone warehouse through the round window and atrium.
2nd floor Ishikura stone warehouse tatami room seating: 12-mat tatami room
In this Ishikura stone warehouse tatami room seating area features tables and chairs for a more relaxing experience than sitting on the floor.
●Reservations are required for the second-floor seating.
This banquet room has the subdued and relaxing atmosphere you expect in Otaru.
●2nd floor tatami room seating: All non-smoking (separate smoking room available for use)
8-mat tatami room: 2 – 6 seats.
6-mat tatami room + 8-mat pathway: 30 seats → approximately 20 seats.
6-mat atrium space: 6 seats → 4 seats.
2nd floor Ishikura stone warehouse tatami room seating: 14 seats → 12 seats.
Sophisticated conversation and refined tastes. These soba restaurant upper seating areas are all about enjoying time with friends.