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.
  • 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.
  • Shigenoya
    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."
  • Sobanomi
    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.
  • Kikori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Oiwake 119-7
    A soba noodle restaurant situated along National Route 18 in Oiwake, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. Using choice flour stone milled from buckwheat grown at the foot of Nagano's Mt. Asama, the restaurant serves ni-hachi soba noodles made with 80% completely de-hulled buckwheat flour and 20% wheat flour, Sarashina soba noodles, inaka soba country-style noodles, and other soba noodles made by hand. In addition to the Aimori combo, which comes with two different varieties of noodles; and the Ebi Oroshi Soba noodles served with shrimp tempura and grated daikon radish, customers can also enjoy hoto noodle soup, a la carte dishes, and a soba kaiseki course meal (advance reservation required).
  • Sobadokoro Fumotoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa 2819
    Kaida Highland spreads out from the base of Mt. Ontake in Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. Jointly run with accommodation Fumotoya which is surrounded by beautiful nature, the handmade soba noodles here are well-considered even among Shinshu and are made with Kaida Highland buckwheat flour. The simple Zaru Soba is popular for its straightforward flavor and feel while eating. The Toji Soba, in which the soba noodles are eaten by boiling them in a basket in warm tsuyu sauce, is also well-regarded.
  • Kusabue Komoro Honten
    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.
  • Onihira Main Restaurant
    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.
  • Saku no Kusabue
    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."
  • Shinshu Soba no Kusabue (Ueda Oshiro Mae Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Ote 2-7-6
    This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant is located in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, and is famous for its walnut soba noodles and grated yam soba noodles. You can see traditional Komoro soba cutting, and enjoy the different scenic views throughout the four seasons and Ueda Castle from the second floor. The store accepts group customers, and is visited by many tourists.
  • Kurumaya
    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.
  • Nomugi
    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.
  • 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.
  • Soba Club Sasaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Ote 4-8-3
    This soba noodle restaurant makes its soba entirely by hand using buckwheat flour exclusively from Nagano Prefecture combined with no greater than 30% wheat flour and other ingredients. By maintaining these conditions and undergoing a strict inspection, the restaurant has been granted the exclusive Shinshu Sobakiri designation. On the outside, the restaurant building is distinguished by its white walls and kura storehouse-style facade. Particularly recommended are the cold mori soba noodles. Eaten with rock salt and simple condiments, diners can experience the innate sweetness and invigorating flavor of soba noodles. The restaurant plays jazz and classical music over the stereo; another one of its charms is that you can enjoy sake and other alcoholic beverages with your noodles here at night.
  • 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.
  • Toyoshina Bandoko
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Azumino Toyoshina 5703-16
    A handmade soba noodle restaurant located in Azumino City. The restaurant operates out of an old Japanese home moved here which was originally built in the 1800s in Kotaki-shuraku in Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant's noodles are made with Azumino's famous spring water. In addition to standard cold zaru soba noodles, the restaurant offers other dishes like otoji soba - small portions of soba noodle eaten with a hot soup containing duck meat and seasonal vegetables. The restaurant also serves a wide selection of local dishes, as well as meals which include soba noodles plus horsemeat sashimi, edible wild plants, tempura, and more.
  • Namuan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Ina-shi Takatomachi Yamamuro 2010
    "A restaurant which serves vaunted wild sesame ohagi bean jam coated rice cakes and chewy Shinshu soba noodles. Operated by the kitchen of the Onshoji Temple situated along Prefectural Route 211 passing southwest of Mt. Nyugasa, diners can take in a view of a courtyard called the Kameshima Teien garden from the restaurant's veranda. The restaurant's springy, chewy noodles are made with domestic buckwheat flour and Yamamuro water. The Onshoji Temple is also known as the ""Tree Peony Temple,"" and in May, some 1,700 tree peony plants spanning around 160 varieties come into colorful bloom on the grounds. Takato Castle Site Park and other sightseeing destinations are located nearby, and the restaurant also makes a great place to take a breaking while enjoying a scenic drive through the area."

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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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