Soba / Udon Spots in Nagano Area

  • Uzuraya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi 3229
    A veteran soba noodle restaurant that's revisiting the roots of Japanese food culture and continues to refine its ambition of being the best in the business. It's in an old-fashioned Japanese-style house near Togakushi Shrine Chusha's large torii gate. The shop recommends their chilled zaru soba noodles. Simple and unadorned, they embody the restaurant's values. Made with carefully selected ingredients by skilled craftsmen, the noodles are firm, fine, and have a full-bodied flavor. Their tempura has a light texture with the fragrant scent of sesame oil and people say it's worth eating there just to get some.
  • 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.
  • Onihira Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunachimura Chisato 4405-1
    A soba restaurant located in Achi Village, Shimoina County. Here you can enjoy vaunted, flavorful soba noodles made from buckwheat flour ground from unhulled kernels using a stone mill. The unique, silky texture of the noodles and the flavor of the restaurant's original tsuyu dipping sauce has won it much popularity. The restaurant is also adjoined by a farm-fresh shop. The shop sells local vegetables, fruits, and processed foods and is a great place to find a souvenir.

    1月10日 三連休の中日に行ってきました。 忙しい時間帯に行ったからかもしれませんが、後から席に着いた人に先に提供されたり、なんかなぁという感じでした。特に蕎麦がいまいちで、みなさんの評判が良かったので、ちょっとがっかりでした。天婦羅はおいしかったです。

  • Sobanomi
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    4.5
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi 3510-25
    A soba noodle restaurant located close to Kotorigaike Pond along Prefectural Route 36. The restaurant crafts its noodles by hand with the utmost care, adjusting the recipe based on the current temperature and humidity and using flour home ground with a stone mill to maximize aroma. The restaurant also uses underground spring water from Mt. Togakushi and a variety of other ingredients from Togakushi. The restaurant's juwari soba noodles, made with 100% buckwheat flour, are limited to just a few customers each day. Other menu selections include cold zaru soba noodles, kake soba hot noodles in broth, and soba-gaki dumplings, as well as sweets like soba cheesecake.

    This soba restaurant uses local soba and changes the way to grind soba depending on air temperature and humidity. The owners commitment to making soba is excellent. The best part of this restaurant...

  • Saku no Kusabue
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Sakudairaekihigashi 21-3
    "This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant is located in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. You can taste Shinshu soba using buckwheat flour made by the restaurant, and their popular Kurumi (walnut) Soba. It is possible to tour and see how the noodles are made by peering through glass inside the restaurant, and the store has even been chosen by ""Shinshu Sobakiri no Mise,"" a recognition of its use of local soba and authentic methods. There are usually long lines during lunchtime."

    Was in Nagano area for wife’s grandmother’s 99th birthday celebration this past weekend. We stopped by to get some good soba before seeing obachan. We arrived around 12:00pm and as usual, the place...

  • Yamaguchiya
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Chunichi 3423
    A soba restaurant where you can enjoy handmade noodles created with water and flour home milled using Nagano buckwheat. In addition to soba noodles, the restaurant's traditional dishes made with edible wild plants and highland vegetables are also popular. The restaurant also sells souvenirs and tools for making soba noodles and offers soba making classes. The restaurant's banquet hall is able to accommodate large groups.

    We decided to try here the famous Togakushi soba and we were glad we did. The soba was very good. We ordered the Ninja soba, soba with a walnut sauce, highly recommended, the sauce went really well...

  • Kurumaya
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    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.

    Spending some days in this area, where Soba noodles were born, we had a good chance to sample many hand-made ones. These ones were our absolute favourites! They are darker in colour and have a...

  • Kusabue Komoro Honten
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Komoroshi Kojou 1-1-10
    Since its founding, this home-grower of soba in Asama foothills has been dedicated to local production-local consumption, as well as safety. It has been featured in a variety of media due to its efforts and delicious results. The soba is a 70% soba blend handed down since Hidehisa Sengoku, the first Lord of Shinshu Komoro clan. This percentage is said to be the best for health. The most highly rated dish would be the “walnut soba” eaten with a sauce meticulously ground from carefully-selected walnuts.

    I am a soba snob, and this was some of the best soba Ive had in a long, long time.

  • Shinanoji Yuzen Soba no Sato
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Tsukahara 2-15-16
    This restaurant, which is proud of its 100% buckwheat soba noodles made from buckwheat from the Mt. Yatsugatake foothills, makes a rich dipping sauce using seven types of mixed stock which goes very well with the noodles. Since opening in 1988, the restaurant has been working hard to improve the noodles and develop its menu while maintaining unchanging flavour. It is definitely worth trying the magnolia leaf and wild vegetable soba noodles in the summer and the tempura bowl set in the winter. The nearest station is JR Chino Station.

    This restaurant is on the new high street (Venus Line). I had always noticed their busy car park but this was the first visit. We were lucky and quickly shown a table. Guests after us had to wait to...

  • Sekizawa
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Nakamatsu 872-9
    This soba buckwheat noodle shop is on the Kitashinano Kudamono Highway in Nakamatsu, Obuse Town, Kamitakai County. Their soba is made from chemical-free, vegetable compost-grown buckwheat they raise themselves. Their Sanmai Soba set features three kinds of noodles that are served one after the other, including Namako-uchi Soba made with only buckwheat flour and water, Kawari Soba with a blend of seasonal ingredients, and Arahiki Soba. They also have a Soba Kaiseki course with a variety of soba dishes (reservations required).

    I travelled by train in january 2016 and it is pretty dark at around 5pm (the train driver even asked if i am sure i am stopping there as it is pretty isolated there. I nearly got lost but decided to...

  • Shigenoya
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Tougemachi 2
    "This tea house is in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. They are famous for producing ""Ganso Chikaramochi"" rice cakes in a range of flavors like walnut, anko bean jam, and grated radish soy sauce. They also serve buckwheat soba noodles and sweets. Kumanokoutai-jinja Shrine is nearby, and lots of worshipers stop by while visiting."

    ここのお店も長野県・群馬県の県またぎしている不思議な場所です。 団子が食べやすい大きさですし、美味しかったです。 奥のテラス席が眺めが良く最高でした。 トイレが綺麗で男性用のトイレは、景色を見ながら、おしっこ出来ます。

  • Baian Gyoja soba noodles
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Inashi Araiuchinokaya 7088-2
    Gyoja soba noodles are associated with a legend in which the people of Uchinokaya Village warmly welcomed En-no-Ozuno, the founder of shugendo mountain asceticism, when he was heading to Mt. Komagatake to practice his religion and to show his gratitude, he bequeathed buckwheat seeds to the villagers. It is recommended that you eat your first mouthful without the dipping sauce to taste the flavour and umami of the soba noodles themselves. It is around half an hour by car from Ihoku Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
  • Okubo Nishi No Chaya (Togakushi Main Shop)
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushitoyoka 2763
    "This soba buckwheat noodle shop is located is on the Togakushi Bird Line in Togakushi Toyooka, Nagano City. Using traditional techniques passed down from the early Edo period, they serve ""Togakushi-ryu Shinuchi Soba"" made with spring water and the natural abundance of the highland. They also serve seasonal fare featuring wild vegetables."

    持ち帰り蕎麦を公園で食べました。 美味しい。特に美味しかったのは生山葵。 よく見てなかったけど、生蕎麦とワサビの持ち帰りもやってたら嬉しいなー。 コロナが憎い。

  • Nomugi
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    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.

    Went later part of the afternoon nearer to the closing time so waited about 15 mins. Owner was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Tried the cold soba and it was good! Price was very reasonable...

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rikyuan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Chiisagata-gun Nagawa Machi Himekidaira 3518
    This is a soba noodle restaurant on National Route 152 stands out with its thatched roof. They aren't limited by their relationship with other shops, so they pursue classic soba goodness their own way. Their Dattan Soba comes recommended; it contains about 120 times more rutin than ordinary soba. The town's specialty product, Shinano Kiriyama Dantan Soba, is a fabulous dish that overturns the conventional wisdom that bitterness has no place in food. For dessert, try their popular Datan Soba Cheese Tart made with special buckwheat flour and lots of cream cheese.
  • Inakaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Azumino Hotaka 5968-2
    An udon and soba noodle restaurant established in 1970. When it first opened, the restaurant primarily offered old-fashioned, rural-style inaka udon noodles; it only began serving soba noodles from 1999. Both the establishment's udon and soba noodles are made with Azumino's famous spring water. The restaurant's signature thick nikomi udon soup comes in three varieties - the Inakaya Nikomi Udon, which is filled with pork and vegetables; the Miso Nikomi Udon, made with traditional Nagano miso balls; and the slightly sweet Shoyu (soy sauce) Nikomi Udon. The restaurant also offers dishes made with renowned Azumino wasabi.
  • Takato Soba Irinoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Ina-shi Takatomachi Nishitakatoo 1632
    A Takato soba noodle restaurant situated along National Route 361, 50 meters from the Takato Koenshita intersection in the direction of Ina. The restaurant's vaunted traditional Takato soba noodles are served with a miso tsuyu dipping sauce made with grilled miso dissolved in pressed spicy karami daikon radish juice. The restaurant's karami daikon and buckwheat flower comes from its own farm and local specially contracted farms in Nagano. The restaurant's dedication is particularly apparent in the two varieties of karami daikon it uses, which were chosen as those which most suited Takato soba noodles after trying several different varieties. The restaurant also serves traditional Nagano goheimochi broiled rice cake skewers and horsemeat sashimi as a la carte dishes. In spring, the restaurant serves edible wild plant tempura such as fukinoto, the edible buds of the fuki flower.

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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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