Western Food Spots in Nagano Area

  • 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.
  • Atelier de Fromage Karuizawa Pizzeria
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Karuizawa Higashi 22-1
    A restaurant situated along Karuizawa Hon-dori Street in Karuizawahigashi, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. Owned and operated by Atelier de Fromage, which makes and sells cheeses crafted using fresh milk from its own farm and other local farms, the restaurant serves pizzas, cheese fondue, baked cheese curry, pasta, and meat dishes made with the company's own cheeses.
  • Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery
    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.
  • Okinaoo
    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).
  • Winery Restaurant St. Cousair
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunidunamachi Imogawa 1260
    This restaurant is in Imogawa, Iizuna Town, Kamiminochi County. They offer casual, a la carte dishes made with Nagano ingredients like charcoal grilled meat and pasta. They also serve wine from their winery across the way. The surrounding natural landscape with its vineyards and agricultural fields is beautiful.
  • 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.
  • Hakuba Resort Hotel La Neige Higashikan
    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.
  • 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.
  • GAMLASTAN
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama 4947-1
    This restaurant, which primarily serves course meals, is one of only a few in the country dedicated to Northern European cuisine. Here customers can enjoy authentic dishes at reasonable prices prepared by a skilled chef who trained in Sweden. The salmon and other fish dishes are recommended, and the dill marinated Pacific herring in mustard sauce, which is served as an hors d'oeuvre with all course meals, is particularly popular. Diners are encouraged to enjoy the restaurant's meatballs and sweets with the establishment's lingonberry jam.
  • Hyappo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama 5075-4
    18 minutes from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway traveling toward Tateshina. This choice curry restaurant is situated along the Venus Line. The restaurant's curries are crafted over a three to four day period, and the establishment takes great pride in the rich flavors which emerge due to this labor-intensive process. The Hyappo Curry, the most popular item on the menu, balances the creamy sweetness of honey, yogurt, and Shinshu Milk with the tingling heat of various spices. The Shinshu beef shank curry, limited to just a few customers each day, contains chunks of meat so tender it melts in your mouth. The restaurant's creamy pudding is also popular and has an elegantly sweet flavor.
  • Restaurant Dis-moi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chino-shi Honmachihigashi 17-27
    Seven minutes from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. A steak restaurant where you can enjoy dishes made with homegrown pesticide free highland vegetables and herbs, Nagano-raised beef, and other safe and healthy ingredients. Serving lovingly crafted food under soft lighting in an art nouveau atmosphere, the establishment is a great place to have a meal on a special day. The popular Chef's Course comes with soup, a seasonal salad, Shinshu beef steak or a fish dish, and your choice of two hors d'oeuvres. The restaurant's abundant selection of wines and healthy cakes served with gelato are also recommended.
  • Antica Pizzeria da Zingara
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Saku-shi Kamihirao 691-4
    An Italian restaurant situated alongside one of the roads leading into Prefectural Route 156 west of the Sakudaira Smart Interchange identifiable by its bright red sign banner. The restaurant serves an abundant variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes. Customers can choose a basic pizza such as a tomato sauce base or pizza with mozzarella and then add on their favorite toppings. Most of the pizzas can be ordered in one of two sizes - piccolo and grande. In addition to the restaurant's spaghetti and other pastas, its arancini rice balls and frittatina are also recommended. The restaurant's dinner courses are available to groups of two or more.
  • Au Crieur de Vin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Fukashi 1-2-11 Showa Building 1F Higashidate
    A French restaurant designed to be a place where you can enjoy authentic everyday French food. The restaurant has an open terrace seating area and an inviting atmosphere which makes it easy to go inside. The restaurant's salads, omelets, and hot sandwiches are available all day, and the establishment also serves lunch- and dinner-only choices. The restaurant offers ham and cheese and nine other varieties of French bread sandwiches which are also available for takeout. Live music performances are sometimes held here as well.
  • Yaki Curry-ya Mel's
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Ueda-shi Sugadairakogen 1223-6088
    A restaurant located in the Sugadaira Highland in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. In business for over 30 years, the restaurant's signature baked curries consist of curry served over rice and covered with various toppings before being baked in an oven. The restaurant has many fans who have been coming here for years, and celebrities have also been known to patronize the establishment incognito. In addition to standard baked curries, the restaurant also offers a special baked curry combo which comes with French fries and fried chicken. With other menu options like the spicy salsa chicken curry, customers can choose from among an array of dishes as suits their hunger and tastes.
  • Restaurant Kawaratei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Suwa-shi Shibusaki 1792-4131F
    A bright and airy French restaurant located diagonally across from the Taizi Harada Art Museum. Here customers can enjoy dishes made with seasonal Nagano ingredients such as vegetables and herbs grown pesticide-free in the restaurant's own garden, local mushrooms and fruits, and Nagano beef and lamb. Customers love the reasonable prices of the restaurant's authentic course meals made with choice ingredients, and exquisite lunch meals made with fresh fish and meats. Customers can order from the lunch menu even during dinnertime, and the overall menu is on a revolving, roughly three week cycle.
  • La Foret
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Ojima 3121-1
    A recently remodeled pizzeria which was opened in 1995 as the first establishment in Japan to make use of an Amalfi integrated pizza oven. Surrounded by plants and painted salmon orange on the outside, inside the stylish, wood-accented restaurant is decorated with antiques imported from Italy. The Milano-style pizza, made with an abundance of fresh mozzarella cheese, is particularly recommended.
  • Bistro Dendo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Omachi-shi Shimo Shiro Shiomachi 1082-1
    A bistro where everything, from the establishment's specialty demi-glace sauce to the salad dressings and mayonnaise are made by hand and without the use of any additives. Using local ingredients, domestic beef, Azumino chicken, and Hakuba SPF pork loin, the restaurant serves a variety of dishes you won't be able to enjoy anyplace else. The restaurant's special beef stew, created with Shinshu beef shank slow stewed in a secret recipe demi-glace sauce, is exquisite.
  • Rakucha Renga Kan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Daimoncho 67-1
    An elegant French restaurant which fully makes use of the attractive building it operates out of, a designated National Tangible Cultural Property. This red brick, Western-style building was originally built in 1912 as an office for the Shinanochu Gyuba Goshi Kaisha shipping company. In addition to its standard menu, on Tuesdays with an advance reservation, customers can savor a full course French meal prepared by Hideyo Kitamura, one of Nagano's top French cuisine masters.
  • Bistro Quen de Quer
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi
    A French restaurant which opened in 1976. The owner was the youngest chef to work under chef Shinobu Murakami at the Imperial Hotel when it prepared meals for athletes participating in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Here diners can savor highly unique cuisine combining romance, dreams, and a love for the culture and abundant natural environment of Nagano, crafted by the same chef who was in charge of meals at the Yoyogi Olympic Village. The perfect place to spend time with loved ones, the restaurant has private dining rooms which can be used for family meals as well as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, girls-only gatherings, and all manner of engagements.
  • Ooharaya Curry
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Iida-shi Habagongen 978-4
    A Nagano curry specialty restaurant situated at the foot of Mt. Kazakoshi in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture. The restaurant serves curry lunches from the time it opens at 7:00 in the morning. The restaurant's top two most popular curries, made with Nagano miso, are the chicken curry and the Docchimo Curry two curry plate. The Docchimo Curry is a bargain, giving you the chance to enjoy comes both the chicken curry, a Japanese curry staple, and the restaurant's mild mini hamburg steak curry. The restaurant can also provide visitors with information on things to see and do in Odairajuku.

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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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