Where can I Eat “Tachi gui soba” (Soba in Standing) in Japan?
The easiest way is to go to rain stations. Not all the stations has “立ち食いソバ” (たちぐいそば, Tachi gui soba, Soba in Standing) shops but major ones tend to have one. The reason why there is a soba stand at a station is to meet the needs of the busy office workers to have their lunch easily and quickly. It normally takes only 5 to 10 minutes from entering a stand, ordering a meal (also a payment), eat hastily to getting out of the stand. As you may know, they are quite busy.
When you want to have a soba at a stand, you buy a meal ticket from the vending machine, the far right hand side of the image, and pass the ticket to a waiter for ordering. Your soba will be served in a few minutes, you now enjoy it while standing. Like this image from “Charlotte”, it is OK to have a plate up while eating in Japan, so why don’t you try to eat like this at a soba stand. It is easier to eat and doesn’t make mess while standing.
I would suggest you visit one of the stands at station between 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. on weekdays. You will enjoy the scenes office workers coming in and finishing their meals in turn at an incredible speed. There are also such soba stands in a business areas, at theme parks, baseball stadiums, racetracks, parking areas of expressways and Michi no Eki (道の駅, みち の えき, roadside rest area).