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Western Food Spots in Nagano Area

  • 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.
  • Fujikian
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    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).

    Fujikian is very popular with the locals, so its authentic and also quite reasonably priced. We ordered a 3-item appetiser platter of grilled buckwheat and miso, a dumpling and a vegetable topped...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Okinaoo
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    4.0
    48 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).

    We stopped by for lunch on a cold day. We tried the pork tonkatsu with Japanese curry and a tonkatsu sandwich. The curry was good but the tonkatsu was pretty average and not too juicy. They also had...

  • Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    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.

    A great place to stop off if you are driving from Karuizawa to Nagano or visa versa. Not cheap, but good food.

  • ’A FENESTELLA
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2622-5
    This Italian restaurant located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture is popular for its authentic oven-fired Naples-style pizza. The Japanese-style architecture with stone walls gives one the impression that it was built by Italians as a vacation home in Karuizawa. They take pride in using not only local Nagano Prefecture-produced ingredients but also carefully selected seafood sourced from across Japan. The lunch special is popular as it offers a set of chewy pizza and an appetizer assortment together as a set.

    The pizza at A Fenestella was among the best weve had in Japan, crispy with fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. We came back again at night to try their pastas and were not disappointed. We...

  • Restaurant Taiman
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-2-4
    A high-class French restaurant located near Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, the building has a French-Alsatian look with white walls crawling with ivy. The interior furniture and furnishings are unified by imposing Matsumoto mingei furniture, and the chic color scheme creates a calm mood. Only the most scrutinizingly selected ingredients are used. You can enjoy genuine course dining with seasonal ingredients in a space visited by noteworthy individuals and members of the Imperial household.

    Enjoyed a one day trip to Matsumoto while I was in Nagano. We came across this lovely French restaurant via TripAdvisor. Great atmosphere, friendly and professional service and the food was simply...

  • Fontana del Vino
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Daimonhachibanchou 9-10
    This casual wine bar located very close to JR Shiojiri Station carries more than 40 types of Shiojiri wine. It features a wine dispenser in which one can pour the brand of wine they want to drink, and part of the appeal is that guests can easily sample small amounts of 30 cubic centimeters. Comparing the tastes of various wines makes it easy to discover one’s favorite brand. Their food menu features an extensive range of items from a la carte dishes to pizza and pasta, and they serve authentic Italian food that uses ingredients produced in Shiojiri as well as other parts of Nagano. Their popular pasta lunch offers excellent value.

    JR塩尻駅前にあり、待ち時間にショットバー感覚でも利用できます。時間があるときは、イタリアンと一緒にワインを楽しむのが良いです。

  • Restaurant Mariages
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Iriyamabe 1315-2 Yamabe Winery
    This restaurant that is located on the Yamabe Winery in the Iriyamabe district of Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City allows patrons to try wine made completely from Matsumoto-produced grapes as well as Western dishes based on Italian cuisine. They are very particular about their Shinshu-produced meat and fresh vegetables that are sourced every day and the store motto is local production for local consumption. Their staple menu item of Shinshu beef cheek stewed in red wine uses plenty of Yamabe Wine’s Merlot and is an exquisite dish that is stewed until it becomes soft. Their pasta lunch of the day is also popular. From the interior of the restaurant with its woody, relaxed feel guests can take in the beautiful scenery of Japan’s Northern Alps (Hida Mountains).
  • Hanjiro Azumino
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 4857-1
    Located in Hotaka, Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, this shop specializes in soup curry, housed in a stylish bungalow-like building with a small stream on one side. The owner trained at a famous shop in Sapporo before operating a soup curry shop in Yokohama and moving it to Azumino in 2013. The soup curry is deeply slow-cooked for a rich flavor, popular enough to see lines form even during lunch on weekdays. Popular choices include the “seasonal colorful vegetable soup curry” with lots of vegetables, and the “chicken with bones soup curry” with succulently soft chicken, with adjustable spiciness.
  • Restaurant Sonnet
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Shiozawa Lake 217
    This restaurant is inside the leisure facility “Karuizawa Taliesin,” located on the bank of Lake Shiozawa in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It operates out of the transferred Western-style Karuizawa Post Office building, which was built in 1911. The homemade pasta with loads of in-season ingredients such as Shinshu’s plateau vegetables is highly praised, and the lunch set with soup and salad is quite popular. Its nostalgic space reminds one of Meiji period. You can enjoy a nice meal with the pleasant breeze from bank. The second floor is Kouko Fukazawa Nonohana Flower Museum.

    休業が多くなる冬の軽井沢で、一人で気軽に入れるパスタレストランです。 ポタージュスープ、サラダの付くセットでトマトのパスタもとても良かったです。 タリアセンのゲートより外にあるので、入場料なく使えます。

  • E・Bu・Ri・Ko
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1157-6
    A French restaurant located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The restaurant’s chef was fascinated by mushrooms from an early age, researching the topic thoroughly, and here you can enjoy course meals made with plenty of delicious mushrooms. Located in its own building, Eburiko has a friendly and warm atmosphere. The experienced chef has worked in restaurants in Tokyo and Nagano, and turns natural mushrooms grown on the mountains of Shinshu and other ingredients into artistic dishes with unquestionable skill and flair.

    The dishes were delicious! All dishes use mushroom as part of the ingredients. I like the beef especially! The chef picks mushrooms in the mountain and he learnt cooking in Tokyo. The couples are...

  • Cafe & Restaurant Paomu
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 806-1
    A cafe and restaurant located on the old Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. Here you can get some special handmade Western-style food including juicy Shinshu beef steak, and hashed beef, eaten with a special Japanese sauce, and the revived Mikasa Hotel curry, famous in Karuizawa. Their Karuizawa pudding which was awarded the National Grand Prix prize for best present is also very popular. This extravagant sweet is made only with milk from the highlands of North Karuizawa, specially-made fresh cream and egg yolks.

    Managed to chance upon this quaint little restaurant on the second level. We were looking for a breakfast place in the morning at about 11am and thought some french toast would be good. I ordered the...

  • Restaurant Masahiro Nishimura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 3499-18
    This French restaurant is located along the National Route 25 in Hotakaariake, Azumino City. The original and authentic French cuisine made using local ingredients by the owner chef from Azumino is artistically presented and a feast for the eyes. The restaurant is open both during the day and evening with reservations possible up until the day before.
  • Tateshina Ristrante Il Porto
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Kuripingi 4035-68
    A five minute drive from Tateshina Lake on Prefectural Route 192 is the Italian restaurant, Tateshina Ristorante Il Porto. The restaurant offers fresh seafood, vegetables and herbs from the adjacent kitchen garden, and Italian food combining homemade smoked food and game, all at very reasonable prices. The interior of the restaurant has a southern Italian style, and from the terrace seating outside guests can dine on fine cuisine while enjoying the natural beauty of Tateshina.

    蓼科では歴史の一店。伝統的な味を死守している。店構えよりは意外にカジュアルでリーズナブルなので気軽に味わえる洋風店。

  • Trattoria La Pacchia
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2874
    This Italian restaurant is a five-minute walk from Naka-Karuizawa Station. Their pizza is baked in an Italian-made oven that uses wood, and they also offer pasta prepared with plenty of fresh vegetables, most of which are locally farmed. There are pizza and pasta lunch sets as well, and the pizza is available for takeout.

    As an off season resident of Karuizawa, I am gone in summer when all the Tokyo residents come to spend time in their summer homes. This is when restaurants make their entire year in a couple of...

  • Cafe & Restaurant Fukinoto
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi 4085-192
    A cafe in Azumi Village of Matsumoto City along Prefectural Route 84, this establishment offers a “sakura steak set” made with horsemeat, along with “napokatsu,” which is napolitan pasta topped with pork cutlet, cheese fondue with bread (serves two or more), and an assortment of noodle dishes, rice dishes, toast, and more. The drink menu contains several options as well. You can even order the horsemeat they use in their dishes online.

    こじんまりとしたリゾート地の喫茶店。桜ステーキは名物で、ソースが和風で特徴がある。ここに来たからには食べたい。食後の紅茶がとてもおいしかった。熱いお湯でしっかりと淹れているのがよくわかり、なかなか自分ではできないお味である。

  • Hakuba Resort Hotel La Neige Higashikan
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou 4744 Wadano no Mori
    This hotel is located in the forest of Hokujo in Hakuba Village, Kitaazumi County. The building was designed with the concept of incorporating nature, and utilizes Hakuba’s forest and the surrounding topography. Surrounded by the changing seasonal landscape of Hakuba, you can relax in peace while enjoying creative French cuisine and various activities.

    La Neige Higashikan exceeded all of our expectations and we wish we could have stayed longer. Let’s start with the best attribute of this hotel:the staff. From our very first interaction to the...

  • Restaurant Green
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 7148 Shiga Takahara Sun Valley
    Restaurant Green is located in “The Hotel Green Shiga Kogen” along National Route 292 in Shiga Kogen Sun Valley. There are set meals and curry, and the crab cream croquettes are especially popular. You can see the Sun Valley ski area from the window.

    毎年、夏に志賀高原に行くが、スノーシーズンに比べ、圧倒的に人が少ないので、ランチを食べる店に困ります。 グリーンは、通年で営業しているし、サンバレーの下、志賀高原の中で便利な場所にあるのも嬉しいです。 今回は、家族で行って、親子丼、ドライカレー、クリームコロッケカレーなどいただきましたが、どれも美味しかったです。

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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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