Cafe / Coffee Shop 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.
  • Maruyama Coffee Komoro Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Komoro-shi Hirahara 1152-1
    "This specialty coffee shop was established in 1991 is located in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture. The founder sells select coffee beans from around the world. In addition, it is famous as the only Maruyama Coffee branch with an adjoining ""roasting factory."" The store interior is spacious, and is a place where you can relax while enjoying the taste of coffee. Coffee-lovers come here from all over Japan."
  • SORA terrace cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Yomase 11700
    A mountain peak café on top of Mt. Ryuo located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture. From the café’s 1,770 meter high terrace, you can look down on Nagano City, Iiyama City, and Kijimadaira Village; depending on the weather, a sea of clouds hides the world below like something out of a fairy tale. Many of the café’s menu items are modeled after the image of a world above the clouds, including such popular choices as “cloud sea pie soup” made with nemagaridake (a type of sasa bamboo); and coffee topped with a cloud-shaped marshmallow. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee in one hand while gazing at the view from the terrace.
  • Maruyama Coffee Karuizawa Main Store
    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.
  • 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.
  • ELOISE's Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1067-9 Harmony House
    A café and share house located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. Originally a hall built by an American woman named Eloise for young people seeking to become musicians, the building was designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura. Today, the facility has been renovated into a share house and first floor café. The most popular item on the café’s menu is the French toast, made with long tin bread prepared according to a recipe passed down by missionaries. The café’s take on the famous curry of the former Mikasa Hotel in Karuizawa is also popular. This spot has even been featured on television.
  • Usagidaira Terrace
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou 4487-12 Hakuba Happoone ski area
    Usagidaira Terrace is the restaurant at the Usagidaira Station on the Happo gondola lift. Views of the Togakushi Mountains, Mt. Asama, Utsukushigahara and the Yatsugatake Mountains can be seen from the restaurant at a height of 1,400 meters. The restaurant uses food from Shinshu in its dishes. Popular dishes include Usagidaira egg chicken rice, and yamanosachi pasta made with lots of wild vegetable plants. The restaurant’s sanzoku ramen topped with the well-known Nagano favorite, sanzoku-yaki (large fried chicken), is simple and tasty and warms the body. For dessert, the Happo brown sugar pudding is very popular.
  • Maruyama Coffee (Harunire Terrace Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
    "Maruyama Coffee's fourth shop is located in the Harunire Terrace with its concept of ""everyday Karuizawa."" They use a metal filtered French press to extract the inherent goodness of the coffee. This lets you enjoy their high quality specialty coffee in Karuizawa's open air surrounded by its natural abundance. It is also the only Maruyama Coffee branch with an on-site bookstore, featuring carefully selected titles you can purchase on the spot. We also recommend grabbing a coffee to go and strolling around Harunire Terrace, which is on the Yukawa River."
  • 2307 Mt. YOKOTE Manten View Terrace
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Yokote
  • Kanten Papa Shop Ekimae Inasse Shop
    Shopping
    Nagano Ina-shi Arai 3500-1
    This shop is owned and operated by kanten algae gelatin manufacturer Ina Food Industry Co. and is located on the first floor of the Inasse mall in front of JR Inashi Station. The shop carries a wide selection of jellies, soup stocks, and other kanten foods, helping to add variety to the dinner tables of local residents. The shop also has a cafe area with seating for eight customers. The cafe serves coffee and other drinks as well as Japanese-style sweets such as parfaits made with kanten and shiruko sweet red bean soup. This cafe is a convenient place to take a break while shopping or to wait and meet up with friends.
  • Little Museum in a Village of Picture Books Okaya Main Branch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Okaya-shi Osachi Gongen 4-6-13
    A 10-minute drive from Shimosuwa Station on the JR Chuo Line. This little art museum, dedicated to picture books, displays works of art by painters active in the field today as well as pioneers of the art form; the museum also holds special exhibitions. Swiss author Bettina Hurlimann believed adults who seriously or even passingly enjoy children's books will find each other, and inspired by his words, the museum aims to be a place where such people can find each other. The museum holds a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year and is a place where everyone from children to adults can enjoy themselves. The museum's original merchandise is also quite popular.
  • Tea Lounge Komakusa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Takamagahara Onsen Shiga Park Hotel Uchi
    A 50-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway, and a two-minute walk from the Takamagahara bus stop. This tea lounge is located inside the Shiga Park Hotel. The lounge is a great place to take a break or meet up with friends. The lounge serves specially roasted, fresh-brewed coffee and original herbal teas. The lounge's fresh-baked breads are also well-received and the walnut bread in particular is popular with locals. Other selections available for purchase include the mini hotel bread, apple pies, and melon bread.
  • Kissa Shinano-ji
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao 2148-2
    An old fashioned coffee shop with a retro Showa atmosphere situated along a back street in the Shibu Onsen hot spring district. This long-standing establishment has been in business for over 50 years and is operated by the woman owner, now over 90 years old. The only coffee on the menu is a single original bean blend. Each authentic, aromatic cup is made to order - first, only the amount of beans necessary to make your cup are ground, then your cup is slowly nel drip brewed. Occasionally you might get some free pieces of seasonal fruit with your order as well.
  • TOP'S 360°
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama 3413 Kurumayamakogen SKYPARK Ski Area
    A cafe and restaurant with a spectacular view located at the connection point between the Skyliner and Sky Panorama scenic lifts halfway up Kurumayama Skypark Resort. Here customers can enjoy organic coffee brewed with Tengonsui spring water, original herbal teas, light meals, and more, along with a view of the Yatsugatake Mountains and Mt. Fuji. Particularly recommended are the establishment's pizzas baked in a dedicated oven, and the seasonal handmade cakes. The establishment is open for lunch only during ski season and on days when the lifts are in operation from April to November.
  • Mori no Kitchen Queue
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama 4035-2257
    This mountain cabin-style restaurant is situated along the Venus Line and can easily be identified by its fountain out front. The restaurant's popular French bread, made with homemade natural yeast, is exquisitely crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside - it's also available for takeout. The fresh blueberry juice, filled with blueberry pulp, is also popular. During lunchtime, customers can enjoy dishes such as the Nagano roast pork batard sandwich. There's also a dedicated terrace seating area where you can enjoy a meal with your pet.
  • Gafe&Bar Spring Bank
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi 3929-5
    A cafe and bar located in Norikura Highland standing alongside hotels and guesthouses. The establishment is in the perfect place to drop by after going skiing or taking a scenic walk in the area. During lunchtime, customers can enjoy beers and wines as well as handmade cakes, spaghetti, sirloin steak, and more. At night, the establishment operates as a bar and serves cocktails prepared by the award-winning master. The establishment is adjoined by a sporting equipment shop, giving visitors the chance to buy anything they might need in a hurry. Note that the restaurant's lunchtime opening time differs in the wintertime.
  • Tsukemono-Kissa - Soba Dokoro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Asama Onsen 2-4-19
    "A coffee shop located a one-minute walk from the Naka Asama bus stop and four minutes from the Asamaonsen-iriguchi bus stop. ""Tsukemono-Kissa"" means ""Pickles Cafe"" and is derived from the establishment's aim to promote a culture of enjoying conversation, Japanese pickles, and coffee in Matsumoto. The coffee shop offers around eight to 10 seasonally changing varieties of pickles, including Nagano's famous coleseed green pickles as well as standard takuan pickled daikon and akakabu red turnip pickles. Customers can also enjoy a variety of other dishes, such as oyaki buns and Japanese sweets; the establishment's handmade soba noodles are Shinshu soba-certified. The establishment notably uses only choice water and tea leaves and scrupulously avoids using additives. Customers of the establishment can also get a discount on entry to the adjoining Hotel Tamanoyu's bathhouse."
  • Yatoro-onkan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Ote 4-8-9 Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu
    "A coffee shop operated by Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu which can be reached by leaving Matsumoto Castle via the Kuromon gate, walking along Daimyocho-dori Street, and taking a left at the first intersection. The cafe's name, literally meaning the ""86 warm hall,"" is derived from the nel drip coffee the establishment serves made with 86 degree water. The lunchtime hashed beef, a Kagetsu original also served in the I;caza restaurant, is particularly recommended. The establishment mainly serves simple fare made with local ingredients such as old-fashioned egg salad sandwiches and a farm vegetable black curry. Customers can also enjoy seasonal sweets such as shaved ice in summer and chestnut confections in autumn."
  • Levian Table
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Ueda-shi Chuo 4-7-31
    A cafe adjoining the longstanding Levain Shinshu Ueda bakery on Yanagimachi Historic Street. Operating out of a remodeled 150 year old Japanese home, the cafe has a relaxing atmosphere and a space on the first floor in the back where customers can enjoy breads made with natural yeast. The cafe serves soups made with beans and seasonal ingredients, breads baked by Levain made with natural yeast and Nagano spring water. The cafe also offers a full array of open faced sandwich combos; coffee, black tea, juices, and other drinks; and other dishes made with bread. The cafe is a great place to relax.
  • Sabo Madoka
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Suwa-gun Shimosuwa Municipal Machi 3304
    A Japanese-style coffee shop located in Shimosuwa Town, Nagano Prefecture. The teahouse adjoins the Onyado Maruya inn, which operates out of a remodeled former daimyo subsidiary inn and tavern building. The interior consists of white plaster walls and black wood framework, with Matsumoto Mingei Kagu tables and chairs scattered about, and a subdued, Taisho Roman atmosphere hangs in the air. Customers can enjoy homemade cakes and light meals along with an original bean blend coffee and black tea. Shintsuru-Honten's salt yokan jelly, served as part of the cafe's matcha tea and sweet combo, goes great with the provided matcha powdered green tea.

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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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