Set in a traditional building in the historical preservation area that has earned Takehara the moniker of "Little Kyoto," Ippuku is worth a visit while strolling the district built by the salt barons. Kawara soba, named for the clay tile that the dish is served on, probably originated in another port on the Inland Sea, and was imported to Takehara more than a century ago. The tiles Ippuku uses are said to be over a century old. The heated tile is topped with soba, arranged to mimic a mythological ogre, complete with pointed nose made from radish grated with red pepper. The comfortable atmosphere, including the handsome garden out back, invites visitors to linger.