Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Nagano Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura Kyu-Karuizawa Branch
    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.
  • Sonmin Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2148
    This casual restaurant is close to Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-Yu, a famous hot spring in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. While enjoying the spacious environment surrounded by greenery, guests can enjoy set meals and a la carte items based on Japanese food that makes use of seasonal ingredients. The popular menu item is the Shinshu-no-Irodori-Gozen, which packs in plenty of Shinshu food’s appeal. There are many reasonably-priced items on the menu such as the Shinshu salmon rice bowl and soba (buckwheat noodles), and the restaurant can be used for a wide range of situations from lunch to dinner.
  • "Kamikochi Imperial Hotel Casual Dining ""Alpenrose"""
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi Kamikochi Kamikochi Imperial Hotel
    This restaurant is inside the “Kamikochi Imperial Hotel” in Kamikochi, which opened in 1933. Both lunch and dinner feature Western-style a la carte options using Shinshu ingredients, and for dinner, you can also enjoy the “Alpenrose Dinner Course” and “Cheese Fondue Dinner.”
  • Natsuzawa Kosen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Toyohira Higashidake National Forest
    This bathing facility is in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture. It's located at a 2,600-meter year-round mountain hut at a central trailhead in the Mt. Yatsugatake. When the snow is deep, you can't access it without a snowcat. It's an off-the-beaten-track hot spring with an abundance of metasilicic acid. The hut has plenty of amenities, and you can even borrow a hot water bottle at bed time.
  • Kurumaya
    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.
  • Bistro Matsushima-tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 5084 Inside Hirokoji Plaza
    This Italian restaurant is housed inside an un-modified, 140-year-old Japanese house. Making full use of the charming architecture, Matsushima-tei even has unique seating arranged around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. The restaurant’s signature pizza is baked inside a genuine Italian-made oven and is topped with fresh local vegetables. The hearty lunch set is particularly popular. The closes station is JR Kiso-Fukushima Station.
  • Nomugi
    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.
  • Marusei
    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.
  • Monzensaryo Yayoiza
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • Sobasho, Tateshina Kogen Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Kosai 4035
    Sobasho Tateshina Kogen Restaurant is located a 30-minute drive from the Suwa Interchange, or 40 minutes from Chino Station. Drivers can easily spot it if they travel on the Venus Line Scenic Highway northwest from Lake Tateshina. The trademark of this soba restaurant features the face of a Tengu (goblin). The noodles, which the restaurant makes in-house from unpolished Shinshu buckwheat, are characterized by a hearty flavor. Some of the featured dishes are Tororo Tenzaru with grated yam and seven kinds of tempura and Oroshi Soba, in which the noodles are topped with tempura. In addition, the restaurant serves a local Shinshu specialty, Oyaki (stuffed buckwheat dumplings). The restaurant is open until 3 p.m., but be aware that it may close earlier if it runs out of soba.
  • Tofu Ryori Marui
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Asamaonsen 1-30-7
    Marui Tofu Restaurant is located at the Hot Plaza Asama bus stop, 30 minutes from the Matsumoto Interchange. It is under the direct ownership of a venerable tofu shop founded in 1930. In addition to small plates like Dengaku (roasted tofu glazed with miso) and Tokkuri Mushi (tofu steamed in a three-layer ceramic beaker), the restaurant also serves a Tofu Lunch, with ingredients changing from day to day. There are five-course dinner included Tokkuri Mushi. Dishes made from o-kara (soy pulp) and yuba (tofu skin) are also available, along with non-tofu dishes, such as Motsuni (tripe stew), Oden (fish cake and vegetable stew), salad, and others.
  • Vegetari-an Fuwari-ya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Komoroshi Hishidaira 533-1
    Fuwariya Mushroom Forest is a 15-minute drive from the Komoro Interchange or 20 minutes from Komoro Station. This unique restaurant, housed in what looks like a single-family home in the Mt. Asama area, offers up a menu focused on wild plants and mushrooms. In the spring, customers can enjoy bamboo shoots, and in the fall, they can enjoy dishes full of mushrooms. Since ingredients and cooking methods vary, depending on what shipments come in and what is available to harvest, customers like to come back again and again. Customers who want to order the Matsutake Mushroom Zukushi must make reservations and may choose either local or foreign mushrooms. The restaurant can respond to all kinds of customers' needs, with spaces ranging from single rooms to rooms accommodating up to 60 persons at once.
  • Ristorante Formaggio
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Mihari 682-2
    Ristorante Formaggio is an Italian restaurant owned and operated by Atelier de Fromage, a producer of cheese and similar products, and it stands across from its parent company. For that reason, its distinctive menu relies heavily on dishes that contain cheese. Ever since the restaurant was founded, its flagship menu item has been cheese risotto, made with the company's own famous cheese. In addition to spaghetti and pizza, the extensive menu includes salads and sweets that contain cheese. At times, the restaurant has been in charge of main dishes served on the Shinano Railway Sightseeing Train.
  • Sobadokoro Ichiyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Toyoshina 2647
    Ichiyo is a soba restaurant located along National Route 147. The owners take the utmost care in using only unprocessed buckwheat grown in the Shinshu region and in painstaking preparing it. They make their own stone-ground flour and keep both finely ground and coarsely ground varieties on hand. The soba made with coarsely ground flour has a unique rich flavor and an al dente texture, while the soba made with the finely ground flour has just the right combination of savory and sweet flavors. There are many dishes on the menu, both Zarusoba (soba served on a bamboo tray with dipping sauce) and Kakesoba (soba in broth), as well as udon noodles and small plates.

Nagano Areas


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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