Because Kyoto city is far from the sea, it used to be very difficult to bring fresh fish in. It was after the WWII that Kyoto people were able to enjoy eating fresh raw fish, thanks to the development of transportation systems. Up to then, they could only eat dried fish. Nishinsoba noodle is the way that Kyoto people enjoyed eating dried fish. However, it has become one of the best local specialities in Kyoto.