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Japanese Food Spots in Nagano Area

  • Monzensaryo Yayoiza
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    4.5
    16 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 family and I went to the restaurant after our visit to Zenkoji Temple in the evening. It was not too hard to find and was located very close to the staircase which leads up to the main entrance of...

  • Chikufudo Obuse Main Store
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    4.0
    110 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...

  • Baikouan
    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.
  • Restaurant Suju Masayuki Karuizawa
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    4.0
    53 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.

    Warm, welcoming small restaurant with a range of Japanese food. I highly recommend the miso pork tonkatsu. It was rich and delicious and paired well with a nutty mixed brown rice. Round the corner...

  • Wachigai
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    5.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    4084 Kami Nakamachi Omachi, Nagano Prefecture
    Located in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, this restaurant operates out of a refurbished civilian home that is 120 years old. It is known for its local traditional cuisine and its dedicated service. Highly rated is the “kurobuta don” with its strong umami taste from “Omachi kurobuta” raised in clean air with clean water, and the set menu “shionomichi omatsuri gozen” with its seasonal small bowl is popular. With its atmospheric Japanese space, this spot is one you can enjoy famous local brewers’ sake and the great taste of Omachi. *Since the famous Omachi “ozanza” has been discontinued, it will only be offered as long as available in the stockroom.

    Came here solo and it was an amazing fine dining experience but at such a low price. Each dish was sourced from local produce and presented beautifully

  • Meijitei Komagane Main Store
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
    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.

    This is a very famous restaurant just off the expressway in Komagane. As you walk in there is a display case of autographs from famous people who have eaten here as well as box gift sets of katsu...

  • Nagomian Hidatei
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    5.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima Upper stage 5248
    This is a modern Japanese restaurant remodeled from an old Japanese house in Fukushima-juku, Nakasendo Road, where diners can enjoy a spacious interior with a sunken hearth and kaiseki course meals full of local color. The restaurant boasts Japanese food with local ingredients including mountain vegetables picked by the head chef, mushrooms, select Kiso beef, and Shinshu pork. Their lunch menu is focused mainly around Shokado bento lunchboxes, with the reasonably priced Tomoezen set meal and Shinshu Pork Cutlet set meal being particular favorites. Evening seats are available by booking only, and they serve authentic kaiseki course meals matched to the season. The nearest station is Kiso-Fukushima Station.

    To find such high quality dining in such a little town is rare and so special. The food is intricate, varied and absolutely delicious. The staff are lovely and the chef came out often to explain the...

  • Hikariya Higashi
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-7-14
    This is a restaurant in an 1887 merchant building designated as one of Japan’s Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. It has an elegant atmosphere in which one can feel Japanese beauty and refinement, and here one can taste kaiseki course meals full of the wonderful seasonal flavors of Shinshu. At noon they serve mainly tray meals with sets including the Seasonal Tray Minazuki 100% Soba and Domestic Japanese Black Beef Steak Tray. The rice cooked over a wood stove is also popular. The restaurant’s private rooms offer a relaxed atmosphere in which to have dining parties, receptions and celebrations. The nearest station is Matsumoto Station.

    Wondrful ambience, traditional Kaiseki Restaurant with great sake choice. Fresh fish from Sea of Japan (north of the island), which is more rare and precious than from the ocean. Great experience.

  • Japanese Restaurant “Shinano”
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagoya-do Town Nagano-shi Nagano prefecture 1346 Hotel Metropolitan Nagano 2F
    A Japanese restaurant inside the Hotel Metropolitan Nagano in front of Nagano Station, you’ll also find the sushi restaurant “Kaizu” and iron grill restaurant “Yamasachi” nearby. This establishment offers several dishes prepared with fresh Shinshu ingredients. They also offer three formal dinner courses for various celebratory occasions (reservation required at least five days in advance).

    We ate here two of our three nights in Nagano. The sushi was amazing. I have never had anything this fresh. Some of the fish just melted in your mouth - particularly the yellowtail. The staff...

  • Kappa Shokudo
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi 4468 Kamikochi Goshoku Hotel Annex 2F
    In the Kamikochi region of Matsumoto City near the Kappa-bashi Bridge is the Kamikochi Gosenjaku Hotel, and this restaurant is on the second floor of the annex. The menu includes sets such as “sanzoku yaki” (fried bandit) made from pickling chicken legs in a special sauce and deep-frying them, as well as meals that use Shinshu ingredients, noodle dishes, and others.

    I chose this restaurant for lunch when we arrived at Kappa bridge. It was recommended as a lunch popular place. We got seats by the window overlooking the Kappa bridge. The food was quite good and at...

  • Restaurant Nakamura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Iiyama-shi Kamikura 583-1
    This restaurant is about an 11-minute walk from Iiyama Station in Iiyama City, Oaza Iiyama along National Route 97. They provide everything from pork cutlet and seafood meals to pork cutlet rice bowls, “tenzaru” (cold soba with tempura), Shokado box lunches that require advance reservations. There are table seats, cushion seats, raised tatami-floor seating, private rooms, fireside seating, and more, and up to 120 people can be accommodated, making it great for groups.
  • Dengaku Kisoya
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-6-26
    Located one road east of National Route 143 in Ote, Matsumoto City, this restaurant specializing in local cuisine was opened in 1887. The famous “dengaku” dish is made with tofu topped with Shinshu miso and fried, and can be enjoyed either individually or as part of a set. There’s also food that uses carp, loach, and char, as well as handmade soba and seasonal dishes. The interior features Matsumoto mingei-style furniture.

    お店は、市内中心部から女鳥羽川に沿って少し上流に歩いていったところ。 川沿いから一本奥にあるので少しわかりにくいかもしれないです。 メニューは、とうふの田楽と川魚料理。 主だったものは とうふの田楽・・・本数を選べます。単品であれば3本、5本、8本。細長い豆腐を串に刺して焼き、甘い味噌を塗ってあります。 うま煮・・・輪切りにした鯉を甘辛いタレで煮込んであります。内臓もそのまま入っていますが、この...

  • Umetaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 628
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located along Prefectural Route 35 in Matsushiro, Matsushiro-machi Town and used to be an inn from early Edo Period. All seating is private seating, for true indulgence in the famous “koi koku” or any of the local cuisine handed down over generations. It is also adjacent to “Oshokujidokoro Umetaya” where you can drop in for some set meals.
  • Tokuriya Kyodokan Cafe
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai 516
    This building, which was a residence owned by a local influencer offered as lodgings for government officials and used as an inn for the common people in the Edo period, has a history of famed writers staying in its quarters. It is currently a restaurant where customers can savour local cuisine in an elegant space where they can feel its history. It also has a café menu that includes gohei-mochi (sweet rice cake skewers), oshiruko (mochi rice cakes in sweet red bean soup), matcha green tea and amazake (sweet fermented rice drink). It is seven minutes on foot from JR Narai Station.

    Great place, great food. A very very very beautiful building in the center of Narai. The restaurant is run by a pittoresque old couple that are constantly running up and down and chatting to...

  • Kiraku
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Komaganeshi Akaho 3145
    This is a long-established restaurant (1928) said to be the creator of the famed Komagane cutlet bowl with sauce. This consists of freshly-fried, tender and juicy katsu made with thick, quality pork loin dipped in the sauce made with a secret recipe that has been passed down since the restaurant opened then placed on top of rice topped with thinly sliced cabbage. It is a superb dish with a moreish rich sauce and a temperature difference between the piping hot katsu and the cool cabbage.

    知人達と一番乗りで伺いました 3人はソースかつ丼 1人はミックスフライ丼を戴きました カツがサクサク キャベツも程良い量で大満足でした!

  • Zenkoji Temple Pilgrim’s Lodging Retreat Konokombo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Nagano-shi Motomachi 463
    This is a lodging house in the grounds of Zenkoji Temple. You can spend a relaxing moment in this space which is warm and dignified while feeling the breath of the Buddhas. As well as being used for accommodation, this facility also offers meals and shakyo sutra copying workshops (both incur a charge and require prior reservation). Using seasonal ingredients, the shojin vegetarian cuisine is prepared carefully taking plenty of time and using plenty of skill to offer colourful dishes with sophisticated flavours.
  • Azumino Gohan Kazayura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Akashinahigashikawate 13368-2
    This restaurant serves home cooking utilizing seasonal ingredients sourced locally in Azumino. If you look down you will see the Saigawa River that lies below; if you look up you will be able to enjoy a view of the northern Alps. The only dish served at lunch is the sizeable Kaze Yura meal which includes nine different side dishes; it is very popular. Lunch is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted so it is recommended that you arrive early. It is around 15 minutes by car from Azumino Interchange on the Nagano Expressway.
  • Sanzoku
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Daimonnanabanchou 10-1
    "A local cuisine restaurant standing along Kogen-dori Avenue in Daimon 7 Ban-cho, Shiojiri City. The restaurant is believed to be the originator of ""sanzokuyaki,"" a local Shiojiri cheap eat consisting of huge pieces of boned chicken deep fried and covered with sauce. The restaurant serves sanzokuyaki and other chicken and local dishes."

    ディナー営業の定食、飲みに地元に支持されている元祖、山賊焼きの店。 リーズナブルに塩尻グルメ(山賊焼き、もつ煮、馬刺)が楽しめ、混んでいる。

  • Kajiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 955
    A creative Japanese cuisine restaurant located in Matsushiro-machi Matsushiro, Nagano City. The restaurant serves creative takes on Japanese cuisine made with seasonal vegetables and local Nagano ingredients such as Chiyo Genton pork, Shinshu salmon, and Shinshu maraena. The restaurant's diverse selection of dishes made with Chinese yams, a local specialty product, are particularly popular.
  • Kamikochi Imperial Hotel Japanese Cuisine Azusa-an
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi Kamikochi Imperial Hotel
    A Japanese restaurant located inside the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel in Azumi Kamikochi, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. The restaurant serves simple kaiseki tea ceremony-style dishes crafted with seasonal Shinshu ingredients. In addition to kaiseki courses, at lunch the restaurant offers gozen meals and donburi rice bowls; for dinner, you can enjoy teppanyaki and shabushabu hotpot.

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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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