Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Nagano Area

  • Korobokkuru Hutte
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano prefecture Suwa City Kirigamine championship shoulder
    This is a small mountain hut offering lodging on Mt. Kuruma in Kirigamine, Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture, and it provides a cafe service as well between the end of April to the end of November. The rooms all require prior booking. The cafe has a wooden deck terrace from which one can look out over the Mt. Kuruma wetlands while enjoying the fresh mountain air along with a light meal or sweets. Popular menu items include the limited cheesecake, special siphon coffee, and warm borscht. They also sell souvenirs and original goods.
  • Uzuraya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi 3229
    A veteran soba noodle restaurant that's revisiting the roots of Japanese food culture and continues to refine its ambition of being the best in the business. It's in an old-fashioned Japanese-style house near Togakushi Shrine Chusha's large torii gate. The shop recommends their chilled zaru soba noodles. Simple and unadorned, they embody the restaurant's values. Made with carefully selected ingredients by skilled craftsmen, the noodles are firm, fine, and have a full-bodied flavor. Their tempura has a light texture with the fragrant scent of sesame oil and people say it's worth eating there just to get some.
  • Meijitei Komagane Main Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Komaganeshi Akaho 898-6
    This is a particularly famous eatery serving Komagane specialty Sauce Katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl with sauce) in Akaho, Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture. It is a satisfyingly voluminous rice bowl topped with sliced cabbage, juicy pork meat with a crispy coating, and an original fruity sauce in perfect harmony. It is a shop specialty that draws a large number of fans from far and wide. The menu is full of other options including set meals and seasonal fish dishes. The Donman pork cutlet & sauce sandwich is a popular takeout choice.
  • Komatsu Pan
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-9-13
    "A long-standing bread bakery established in the Taisho period located in Ote, Matsumoto City. The bakery sells shokupan, sandwiches, and a variety of other bread goods, but its signature product is its ""gyunyu pan"" milk bread. Consisting of milk cream sandwiched between fluffy slices of bread, gyunyu pan is considered a local Nagano bread variety."
  • Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura Kyu-Karuizawa Branch
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 12-18
    At the Kyu-Karuizawa Branch of Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura you’ll find a bakery, cafe and restaurant. The store is a calm and spacious place covering two floors. The open terrace also has a large number of seats. Bread is made with carefully selected ingredients and appears from the oven in all sorts of fanciful shapes and flavors. The deliciously drawn out flavors and rich aroma is characteristic of the bread baked here. All day long, from morning through to dinner, you can enjoy wonderful food and tea. Morning opening times vary depending on the season so please check ahead.
  • 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.
  • Sobanomi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi 3510-25
    A soba noodle restaurant located close to Kotorigaike Pond along Prefectural Route 36. The restaurant crafts its noodles by hand with the utmost care, adjusting the recipe based on the current temperature and humidity and using flour home ground with a stone mill to maximize aroma. The restaurant also uses underground spring water from Mt. Togakushi and a variety of other ingredients from Togakushi. The restaurant's juwari soba noodles, made with 100% buckwheat flour, are limited to just a few customers each day. Other menu selections include cold zaru soba noodles, kake soba hot noodles in broth, and soba-gaki dumplings, as well as sweets like soba cheesecake.
  • Kaida Kogen Ice Cream Factory
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa 4411-9
    This ice cream store is located in Kiso-machi, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. You can get a taste of ice cream made using both freshly squeezed milk of cows raised in Kaida Highland and plenty of seasonal ingredients. In particular, their specially made ice cream cake (reservation required) uses a lot of ice cream, and is one of their popular gift items. In addition to ice cream, they also sell yogurt, butter and cheese using cow's milk.
  • Chikufudo Obuse Main Store
    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.
  • Irohado
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Kinasa 1687-1
    An oyaki dumpling specialty shop located in Kinasa, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, a mountain hamlet with a view of the beautiful Hida Mountains. Irohado’s popular oyaki are prepared one at a time by hand, the wheat and buckwheat flour dough stuffed with local farm and mountain vegetables, mushrooms, and other fillings. Oven baked rather than steamed, Irohado’s oyaki have an addictively crisp crust. Inside, you can enjoy your oyaki with a cup of tea near the shop’s old-fashioned sunken hearth. There is also a café and gallery in the back of the building.
  • Shinanoji Yuzen Soba no Sato
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Tsukahara 2-15-16
    This restaurant, which is proud of its 100% buckwheat soba noodles made from buckwheat from the Mt. Yatsugatake foothills, makes a rich dipping sauce using seven types of mixed stock which goes very well with the noodles. Since opening in 1988, the restaurant has been working hard to improve the noodles and develop its menu while maintaining unchanging flavour. It is definitely worth trying the magnolia leaf and wild vegetable soba noodles in the summer and the tempura bowl set in the winter. The nearest station is JR Chino Station.
  • Kanko-so (Okaya Main Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Okayashi Kawagishihigashi 5-18-14
    This long-established eel restaurant is near the Tenryu River in Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture. They serve jiyaki kabayaki style eel from Kansai, charcoal grilled without steaming. Their namabushi-don rice bowl with a sauce mixed with wasabi and leek is popular. The shop can seat 120 guests, and has a large parking lot, too. Lots of people travel from afar to eat here, and there can be a line to get in, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Onihira Main Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunachimura Chisato 4405-1
    A soba restaurant located in Achi Village, Shimoina County. Here you can enjoy vaunted, flavorful soba noodles made from buckwheat flour ground from unhulled kernels using a stone mill. The unique, silky texture of the noodles and the flavor of the restaurant's original tsuyu dipping sauce has won it much popularity. The restaurant is also adjoined by a farm-fresh shop. The shop sells local vegetables, fruits, and processed foods and is a great place to find a souvenir.
  • Bakery and Restaurant Sawamura (Karuizawa Harunire Terrace)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Nagakura 2145-5
    A bakery and restaurant located inside Harunire Terrace, a mall consisting of various stylish, modern establishments connected via a wood deck. The establishment carries an abundant selection of over 80 breads made with natural yeast and flour mixtures adjusted to suit each variety's individual qualities in order to maximize flavor. Customers can get a Danish or panini to go and enjoy it out on the deck. Meanwhile, inside the establishment's bistro-style restaurant area customers can enjoy European cuisine made with an abundance of locally grown vegetables, seasonal desserts, and wines.
  • Gyunyu Senka Moumou
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashitahatsukano 40-1
    A dairy shop located next to Tateshina Daini Farm on Prefectural Route 40 in Ashidahatsukano, Tateshina Town, Kitasaku County. The shop serves milk, soft serve ice cream, and handmade bread which can be enjoyed on the spot. The shop also sells milk jam and milk candy as well as local foods such as fruit jams, juices, and honey.
  • Saku no Kusabue
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Sakudairaekihigashi 21-3
    "This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant is located in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. You can taste Shinshu soba using buckwheat flour made by the restaurant, and their popular Kurumi (walnut) Soba. It is possible to tour and see how the noodles are made by peering through glass inside the restaurant, and the store has even been chosen by ""Shinshu Sobakiri no Mise,"" a recognition of its use of local soba and authentic methods. There are usually long lines during lunchtime."
  • Sukitei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Minaminaganotsumashina 112-1
    "This restaurant in Tsumashina Minaminagano, Nagano City specializes in beef-based cuisine. They serve dishes such as sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, steak, roast beef, and beef sushi (by reservation). All their cuisine features ""Apple Raised Shinshu Beef,"" Japanese black beef from cattle brought up on fermented feed with apple. In addition to regular seating, they also offer private rooms with tatami mat floor seating and larger halls. They provide course meals when reserved in advance."
  • Karuizawa Chocolate Factory
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1323-80
    A Western confectionary shop located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop sells fragrant macadamia nut chocolate balls coated with select chocolate, baked chocolate rusks covered with cocoa powder, and other tasty treats. Visitors can watch the goings on in the chocolate studio area. The shop also has an eat-in space where customers can take a break.
  • Ogawa no Shou Oyakimura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunogawamura Takafu 6937
    An oyaki dumpling shop and restaurant located in Takafu, Ogawa Village, Kamiminochi County. The establishment serves oyaki, handmade soba noodles, and seasonal dishes. The establishment also has a Jomon period-style pit dugout dwelling where you can make an oyaki and cook it on the irori sunken hearth, then eat them.
  • Kusakaru Kotsu Shiraito no Taki Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura Mountain National Forest Inner Shiraito Falls
    This souvenir shop is located at the entrance to Shiraito Falls. They sell a wide variety of souvenirs such as food items including pickles and jam from Karuizawa, folk crafts and picture postcards. Many tourists visit to rest or eat since there are food booths where you can have udon (white flour noodles) or soba (buckwheat noodles) and outdoor benches. Their popular menus are handmade tofu made from the spring water from Shiraito Falls and soybeans from Nagano Prefecture, and salt-grilled white-spotted char.

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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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