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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Nagano Area

  • Kurumaya
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 5367-2
    The history of this soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant dates back to the Edo period. Distinguished by its glossy, thick noodles, in winter, raw noodles are also available for takeaway to cook at home. The restaurant's traditional cuisine and soba set meal require reservation in advance. In addition to non-smoking seats on the first floor and smoking seats on the second, the restaurant also offers a reservable detached room which seats two to six people. The restaurant's charming appearance remains unchanged from the early Showa period.

    Spending some days in this area, where Soba noodles were born, we had a good chance to sample many hand-made ones. These ones were our absolute favourites! They are darker in colour and have a...

  • Nomugi
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-9-11
    This popular Shinshu (Nagano) soba restaurant serves thin-sliced kyuwari soba (noodles made with 90% buckwheat and 10% flour) made only with buckwheat flour from the Ono District in Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture. Nomugi only serves fresh-made soba and closes when the day’s supply runs out; accordingly, it is common to find a line in front of the shop. The restaurant only serves simple zaru soba (soba served on a draining basket with dipping sauce) and soba in broth with five toppings—shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, spinach, nori (edible seaweed sheets), and eggs. There are also only 12 seats in the restaurant.

    Went later part of the afternoon nearer to the closing time so waited about 15 mins. Owner was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Tried the cold soba and it was good! Price was very reasonable...

  • Marusei
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano prefecture Nagano-shi Motomachi 486
    This is a restaurant in the center of the path leading to the Zenkoji Temple. The restaurant’s sauce katsudon, topped with fried pork cutlets smothered in a homemade sauce and fried eggs, are made according to the same recipe as when Marusei opened after the end of the Second World War, providing Zenkoji Temple worshippers with a familiar flavor. Marusei also offers a set including its famous katsudon with stone ground soba (buckwheat) noodles.

    食事 Food ★★★★★ Good, volume also good 提供時間 Service Speed ★★★★★ Very fast and Smooth 価格 Price ★★★★☆ Acceptable considering the location

  • Monzensaryo Yayoiza
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano prefecture Nagano-shi Daimon cho 503
    This restaurant is housed inside a tatami wholesaler's built in the Edo period. Here diners can enjoy carefully prepared local cuisine which incorporates Shinshu (Nagano) and seasonal ingredients. Popular menu items include the steamed Shinshu beef and country-style usuyaki crepes made with 100% buckwheat flour and dressed with sweet miso and green onions. Located right next to the entrance to the road leading to the Zenkoji Temple.

    My boyfriend and I had an amazing experience. The food was so tasty and beautiful and the staff was absolutely amazing as well! I would definitely come here again!

  • Fujikian
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Omodo cho Nagano-shi Nagano prefecture 67
    This soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant located in the center of the road leading to the Zenkoji Temple was founded in 1827. Fujikian uses renown Shinshu Kurohime kirishita buckwheat and grinds its flour in house with a stone mill. The shop’s juwari soba, made with 100% buckwheat flour and no fillers, is only available in limited quantities and sells out quickly. The restaurant also offers easy-to-eat nihachi soba (made with 80% buckwheat to 20% wheat flour).
  • Chikufudo Obuse Main Store
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    973 Obuse-cho, Kamakitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    This famous Japanese confection shop uses Japanese chestnuts, a local Obuse specialty, in place of the more common sweet red bean paste. The shop on the first floor sells delicious sweets such as kuri yokan (chestnut jelly blocks), kuri dorayaki (sponge cake with chestnut paste), and kuri kanoko (chestnut paste with molasses). In the second floor restaurant, diners can enjoy fresh-made sweets, rice with chestnuts, and traditional Shinshu (Nagano) cuisine. The restaurant’s parking lot is free for customers for the first two hours.

    Recommended by a Japanese friend, I stop by mid afternoon for desserts. Known for its chestnut creations (both savoury lunch and desserts), I went for the dessert. Zenzai is a traditional Japanese...

  • Kawakamian
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 6-10
    This stylish and airy soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant is located at the entrance to Karuizawa's Ginza shopping district. In addition to carefully prepared, homemade soba, the restaurant is also popular thanks to its tasteful selection of food and beverages as well as an abundant list of renown sake, and has fans throughout the country. Kawakamian's duck cuisine, with just the right amount of fat on the meat, is exquisite and brings many a repeat customer. Dining in the terrace seating in summer is recommended.
  • Maruyama Coffee Karuizawa Main Store
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    4.5
    77 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1154-10
    Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County Nagano Prefecture, this is the head shop for Maruyama Coffee, a specialty coffee shop that is popular even in Tokyo and Kanagawa. The shop is an old pension based in a quiet area of vacation homes that is enveloped by nature, and in the remodeled interior guests can enjoy high quality coffee that has been purchased all over the world via the shop’s proprietary route. Their coffee has a strong fragrance and a smooth finish on the palate, and is loved not only by local regulars but tourists as well.

    The weather is -4 deg and a good cup of coffee will be perfect! Maruyama coffee was a great surprise then! The cafe showcases the producers of the coffee beans that the cafe is selling. The photos...

  • Napoli Pizza Tasuku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Horiganekarasugawa 3132-1
    This Italian restaurant in Nagano Prefecture’s Azamino City operates out an old home that was constructed 100 years ago and has since been remodeled. The interior, which has been given a chic appearance while making the most of Japanese tastes, is a relaxing space where the gentle rays of sunlight come streaming in. The restaurant focuses on sourcing ingredients locally and uses wheat and vegetables grown on local farms, and their pizza which is cooked in an oven inside the shop is a masterpiece that is on par with the authentic taste of Naples. Their lunch menu which offers a set including chewy pizza and salad is popular.
  • Kamijo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 5256-1
    This soba restaurant located approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Hotaka Station is distinctive for its western-style exterior that resembles a lovely pension enveloped in greenery. This is a famous restaurant that is well known for its traditional soba that are handmade with natural spring water from Azamino and soba flour grown at the foot of the Yatsugatake mountains and milled with a stone mortar. They also pride themselves on their soba-tsuyu broth made without any chemical seasonings using ingredients such as wild bonito, konbu (kelp) and soy sauce. In addition to their simple Mori-soba, other well-liked offerings on the menu include the Tenkei-soba which is topped with approximately 10 types of ingredients and the Oshibori-soba that nearly brings tears to the eye thanks to the juice squeezed from a spicy radish.
  • Tea Time Garni
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 7366-17
    This cafe with the atmosphere of a hideaway situated in a luscious green forest of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture gets many repeat visits from local regulars and tourists alike. The interior has a relaxed atmosphere, while the terrace seats are popular to enjoy the natural scenery and sounds of birds. Experience the refreshing atmosphere of the forest as you enjoy homemade cake and coffee that is rich in fragrance. Their Muffin Sandwich with salads, eggs, and bacon on a handmade muffin is popular for brunch. Pets are allowed only on the terrace seats.

    Run by several very sweet little old ladies, lovely coffee served in cups that the choose to suit your personality (though they dont tell you this). They do very good breakfasts, not huge but very...

  • Baikouan
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Matsumoto-shi Shirahone hot spring
    This restaurant serving up local cuisine in the hot spring town of Shirahone in Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City is also a day trip hot spring facility. Inside the dignified building that really conveys its history guests can enjoy a very Japanese space with tatami seating and irori (sunken hearth). Their famous product is Yu-no-Hanazen offering a set of items such as okayu (thin rice porridge) cooked with the hot spring water as well as sweetened boiled rainbow trout. The soba is also popular for its local taste and there are various soba dishes on the menu such as Tagoto Soba and Toji Soba. The rotemburo open-air bath that draws 100% of its warm water from the source is a great place to relax and enjoy a bath while taking in a view of magnificent nature.

    乗鞍岳に登り、帰りに白骨温泉に入る為に寄りました。 湯船は小さく、洗い場も狭いですが、山を見ながら入れます。 食事も出来ます。食事提供の時間が短いので、注意が必要です。

  • Okinaoo
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-4-10
    This yoshoku (Western-style Japanese food) restaurant located approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Matsumoto Station is a long-established venue that has continued to keep the same tastes since its founding in 1933. Time seems to pass by slowly inside the retro space with its well-worn furniture as jazz and classical music play in the background. Their famous item is the Beef Stew that uses a slow-cooked demi-glace sauce. They also offer many popular beloved menu items that surpass the era such as omuraisu, hayashi (hashed) rice and Bankara Katsu Curry (rice with pork cutlet).

    Discovered this restaurant while walking around and went back for dinner. Lovely food in a brilliant atmosphere. Range of food. The meals we had were delicious. Simply prepared but so tasty. Wait...

  • Sobadokoro Jiyuan Asakawa
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 8053-4
    This soba restaurant in Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City is so popular that the reservation book inside the store fills up before the restaurant opens. The interior shows their attention to detail such as tables using old wood and items handmade by artists, all within a dignified environment comprised of an old storehouse with thick earthen walls and wooden beams. The zaru soba which uses the flower buds of wasabi as a condiment is an exquisite item that will make you want to eat more of thanks to its gentle rich-tasting tsuyu sauce and fragrance of the wasabi. The Yukibana Zaru Soba that is topped with plenty of tororo (grated yam) as well as gold dust is also popular. They have an extensive field, soba field, and garden in which hydrangea and cherry trees bloom, which make for nice places to enjoy a stroll either while waiting or after the meal.

    安曇野しゃくなげの湯の近くにあるそば屋で12時前に到着しましたが駐車場が満杯で暫く待ちました。店内は比較的広いのですが流行りのお店のようです。ざるを注文しましたが、大ざるにしなくてもちょうど良い感じです。注文してからお蕎麦が出てくるまで時間がかかります。可もなく不可でもないお蕎麦屋さんです。

  • Boulangerie Asanoya Kyudo Main Store
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    4.0
    159 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 738
    This long-established bakery located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture was founded in 1933. They have adopted European-style traditional bread-making, and their French bread and German bread baked in a stone oven imported from Spain are well-regarded. Popular products include their Fruit Rye that features the fragrance of rum-soaked raisins and orange peel. In addition, they sell approximately 70 types of breads including the Chocolate Bread that is limited to Karuizawa. The shop features a space to eat inside.

    We loved everything we tried here! It was our go-to breakfast during our two day stay in Karuizawa. I wish I could have brought some of it home!

  • Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Kanou 6027
    This winery located in the Kano district of Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City was opened in 2004 by the celebrated essayist and painter Toyoo Tamamura. It also includes a café, shop, and gallery on the premises. More than 15,000 grape plants are being cultivated in the vineyards, and the wine brewed at the winery has earned itself high praise, having won at domestic wine competitions for example. The café with its open kitchen offers cuisines with a French base made using fresh-picked vegetables and Shinshu-produced ingredients. From the terrace seats one can enjoy an outstanding tea time while looking out at the beautiful sunset.
  • Mampei Hotel Cafe Terrace
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 925
    This is a café terrace located within the long-established Mampei Hotel operating from 1894 in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It is famous for being used by John Lennon and his family. The sweets such as traditional apple pie, tarts and French toast are quite popular. The royal milk tea loved by John Lennon is also popular and guests can enjoy an elegant tea time while taking in the refreshing scenery of this retreat from the summer heat. Pets are permitted as long as they are on the wood deck which is open during specific seasons.
  • Restaurant Suju Masayuki Karuizawa
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 6-1
    Founded as a miso storehouse in Shinshu Komoro in 1827, this is the restaurant of Suju Masayuki Shoten, which is known for Japanese seasonings such as miso and soy sauce. They offer plenty of a la carte dishes that make the most of the umami flavor of the ingredients and taste of the traditional seasonings, and guests will not grow tired of enjoying the simple Japanese cuisine. They also have a complete selection of local sake and wine that pairs well with the food. A popular way to finish off the meal is with their fluffy rice cooked in a copper pot and their special miso soup. Alight from Karuizawa Station and proceed on foot for approximately 20 minutes.

    The menu choices between veggie, meats and fish meals were wide. It also comes with soup, pickles and rice as a set. Highly recommended.

  • Kaiundo Main Store
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-2-15
    This long-established western sweets shop founded in 1884 was given a new building in 1998, and features a simple yet innovative design that blends in to the townscape of the Matsumoto castle town. Their representative sweets are the steamed confection Kaiun-oimatsu and Japanese style nougat Shinmito. With a cute swan as its icon, their western-style sweet Swan Lake is also popular and is frequently featured in magazines. They have a soft ice cream robot inside the store, and guests can purchase their treat by operating the touch panel themselves. The closest station is Matsumoto Station.

    Fairly big & fancy sweets store for such a small town. Lots to choose from, but if you dont speak Japanese, youll have to take a leap of faith and try random things. We werent the biggets fans...

  • Mikado Coffee Karuizawa Kyudo Branch
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 786-2
    Founded in Tokyo in 1948, this long-established coffee roaster opened in Kyu-Karuizawa in 1952 and is located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It is popular as a place to casually enter during a stroll, and the cake set with their own roasted coffee is a popular choice. The Mocha-soft (ice cream) is known as a popular product of Karuizawa, loved for its rich taste and mild sweetness, and is also available for takeout. The interior of the shop has a retro atmosphere that gives one the impression of a Showa period summer home spot.

    モカソフトは美味しいのですが、2階のカフェの店員さんが偉そうで無愛想でした。 軽井沢の別のカフェの元店員としてあのような接客態度はありえないと感じます。 値段もカフェだと高めになるので、並んででもテイクアウトで購入した方がコスパがいいと思います。毎年値上げしているのは気になりますが、味は変わらず美味しいです。 The cafe area is small and the staffs...

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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