I'm traveling to Japan the second week of April and am trying to find out the best place to experience soba outside of Tokyo. I only have a week in Japan and plan on spending 4 days in Tokyo and 3 days in a town or city known for their soba. I looked into Hokkaido, but the flights are very expensive. The other places I'm looking at are Takayama and Togakushi. Hida beef and the Takayama Matsuri is happening so that is a bonus for Takayama. I haven't found or am not looking in the right places on the internet for more information about great soba towns. Does anybody have any recommendations before I book Takayama?