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Soba / Udon Spots in Nagano Area

  • Kurumaya
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    4.0
    40 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...

  • Nomugi
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    4.0
    41 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.

    We visited Nomugi after reading about it in Lonely Planet and Im really glad we did. It felt like a very authentic soba shop. They dont speak English but they have a menu/guide to eating soba in...

  • Kamijo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 5256-1
    This soba restaurant located approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Hotaka Station is distinctive for its western-style exterior that resembles a lovely pension enveloped in greenery. This is a famous restaurant that is well known for its traditional soba that are handmade with natural spring water from Azamino and soba flour grown at the foot of the Yatsugatake mountains and milled with a stone mortar. They also pride themselves on their soba-tsuyu broth made without any chemical seasonings using ingredients such as wild bonito, konbu (kelp) and soy sauce. In addition to their simple Mori-soba, other well-liked offerings on the menu include the Tenkei-soba which is topped with approximately 10 types of ingredients and the Oshibori-soba that nearly brings tears to the eye thanks to the juice squeezed from a spicy radish.
  • Sobadokoro Jiyuan Asakawa
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 8053-4
    This soba restaurant in Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City is so popular that the reservation book inside the store fills up before the restaurant opens. The interior shows their attention to detail such as tables using old wood and items handmade by artists, all within a dignified environment comprised of an old storehouse with thick earthen walls and wooden beams. The zaru soba which uses the flower buds of wasabi as a condiment is an exquisite item that will make you want to eat more of thanks to its gentle rich-tasting tsuyu sauce and fragrance of the wasabi. The Yukibana Zaru Soba that is topped with plenty of tororo (grated yam) as well as gold dust is also popular. They have an extensive field, soba field, and garden in which hydrangea and cherry trees bloom, which make for nice places to enjoy a stroll either while waiting or after the meal.

    本に載っていたので行きました。 混んでいて随分待ちました。 店の雰囲気は良かったですし、パッと見た感じの料理の盛り付けはいい感じですが、蕎麦は素人が切ったのかと思うよな雑な感じです。蕎麦の太さに斑があり、短く千切れているものもありました。蕎麦自体も水っぽかったです。 天ぷらは、まあまあ美味しかったですが、エビとピーマンとかぼちゃと茄子以外の天ぷらは無くても良かったです。 本や口コミを信用してはいけ...

  • Sobadokoro Fumotoya
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    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.

    とおじそばをいただきました。 きのこや油揚げなどの具材たっぷりの温かいお出汁にお蕎麦をくぐらせていただくものです。一人分には多いかな、と思いつつしっかり食べられました。 体がしっかり暖まる食事で、ライダーの人などには特に重宝されている様子。お出汁がしっかりしていて美味しかったです。お勧めです。

  • Yashima
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Kogandori 3-1-22
    This is an old soba noodle restaurant on the shore of Lake Suwa around a seven-minute walk from Kamisuwa Station, and is famous for serving noodles to the Showa Emperor and Empress. The Rankiri Teuchi Soba made with buckwheat flour from famous soba area Mt. Yatsugatake Sanroku and using family tradition techniques has a wonderful flavor that is typical of Shinshu. The relaxing Japanese atmosphere is created with touches like a sunken hearth, tatami floor seating and a stuffed deer. It is a place not only for lunch while exploring Lake Suwa but is also great for dinner parties and special occasions too.

    店構えは良いですが,肝心のそばはあまり美味しくありません.そのわりには値段が高いので,全くお勧めできません.

  • Takato Soba Masuya
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Inashi Takatomachihigashitakato 1071
    A small soba noodle restaurant located Takato-machi, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture, which primarily serves Takato soba, a type of soba which has been enjoyed in the mountain region of Takato since the Edo period. Masuya uses Shinsu gen-soba buckwheat to make three different noodle types: “gen,” made with flour ground with the husks still on to create a firm, slippery noodle; “nuki,” made with coarse flour ground without the husk to produce a highly flavorful noodle; and “inaka,” which is made with 100% buckwheat flour that results in a flavorful, chewy noodle. At Masuya, all soba noodles are served in a simple zaru-soba style on woven baskets. Masuya’s popular Takato soba is eaten with a sauce made of miso, spicy grated daikon radish, and shredded spring onions; you can also order a combo plate and enjoy all three of Masuya’s soba varieties.

    We came with a group of friends to this highly recommended restaurant. It was a cosy atmosphere. Service was prompt and I ordered the thin soba. I enjoyed it so much and had a second serve! Also...

  • Handmade Soba Udon Tamagawa Main Store
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Shimokitai gun Yamanouchi cho Shibu Onsen 2178
    A long-standing soba noodle restaurant located kitty-corner from the Sasa no Yu bathhouse in the Shibu Onsen area in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture. The restaurant makes its own soba flour, grinding buckwheat from Shinshu contract farms with a stone mill. Each morning, Tamagawa carefully prepares its noodles by hand, making only the amount to be used that day. Popular items include the zaru-soba, which lets you enjoy the simple and true flavor of the noodles; as well as the tororo-soba covered with grated yam and the kurumidare-soba topped with a walnut sauce. The restaurant’s desserts are also popular, such as the soba soft serve ice cream, which can only be ordered by customers who have ordered soba noodles. Smoking prohibited.

    Excellent hand-made soba noodles with winter mushrooms. Dessert with boiled buckwheat seeds was also very tasty.

  • Togakushi Biyori
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 2924
    A soba noodle restaurant located in Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture operated by Kakyo, a company which makes and sells handmade Togakushi soba. The shop’s noodles are made with buckwheat selected by the owner from a family farm and stone-ground to make flour. The zaru-soba, handmade with ice-cold Togakushi water, is particularly popular. The hiyori-soba, a unique shop specialty topped with oil-fried vegetables and tempura bits, is also highly reviewed. The restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere; seating around 40 customers at a time, Togakushi Biyori also has terrace seating where pets are allowed. The spectacular view of the Togakushi Mountain Range is a must-see.

    まだオープンしたばかりの蕎麦屋さん。ご主人は「そばカフェ」と話していましたが。大ざるは9ぼっちとやや多め。ボリューム満点でお腹いっぱいです。香りもコシもしっかりしていておいしいそばでした。またそばプリンなるものもあり、ほんのりそばの香りがして意外においしかったです。

  • Sobadokoro Takasawa
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri 2195-1
    A soba restaurant situated on the Kurohime Highland, in Shinano Town, Kamiminochi County, Nagano Prefecture, a location rich in natural beauty right in front of majestic Mt. Myoko. The restaurant’s Kirishita soba noodles, made with Shinano-grown buckwheat flour, boast an excellent fragrance, flavor, and texture. This popular restaurant is also one of only a very few locations where you can eat Shinshu Hisui soba noodles made with Nagano S8, a new buckwheat cultivar developed in 2013. Takasawa also serves seasonal mountain vegetables, tempura, and Japanese pond smelt, giving you the chance to enjoy the delicacies of Shinshu.

    Recommended by friends who had been before. Popular place so it filled up fast at lunch. Sat on a long table in a kind of annex greenhouse over looking flowers and the mountainside. Complimentary...

  • Nakanoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Matsumoto-shi address 3961-1
    At this shop, located in Bandokoro, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, you can enjoy water mill-ground Bandokoro soba made from scratch by the owner and his soba-farming family. The hand-made juwari soba—which does not use any thickening powder—is well received with its rich flavor and how smooth it goes down. The “soba set” is popular, packed with the good taste of Norikura Highland. Or enjoy local cuisine with items like the “homemade grilled trout in bamboo” which contains trout covered in Japanese pepper miso and wrapped in bamboo leaves.
  • Juwari Sarashina Soba Shinano
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura Shiozawa 746
    Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, this soba restaurant’s charm is its space which utilizes the warmth and quality of wood. They grind carefully selected domestic soba seeds into three different types, offering “sarashina soba” (first), “oraga soba” (second), and “inaka soba” (third) as piled soba (mori soba). There are limited quantities of “ishiusuhiki soba” which uses marunuki soba seeds ground in a stone mill. You can compare “sarashina soba” and “oraga soba” in the “aimori soba,” so it is popular, but the a la carte menu is also great, with tempura, and Japanese char and such available.

    Another soba place where it is hard to get to unless youve hired a car. Very good quality soba and tempura. On par or even better than the near-by Sasakura. Recommended.

  • Echizenya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    1710-1 Kamosatsu-cho, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    This soba restaurant, founded as far back as 1624, is said to be the second oldest restaurant in Japan. The restaurant prides itself on serving great tasting soba with its commitment to “freshly ground, kneaded and boiled” noodles. Their white soba, made using traditional methods unchanged since the restaurant came into being, is one of their most characteristic dishes. The soup which the noodles are served in is made with carefully selected ingredients and tastes superb. A popular dish throughout the year is their soba sushi, and available only during the winter is their kamo nanban (duck and soba). The restaurant can seat groups of up to 40 people although you’ll need to book ahead.
  • Tokuzenin Soba Gokui
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 3354
    Tokuzenin Soba Gokui is a soba restaurant offering traditional dishes from Togakushi. It was originally a pilgrim’s lodging house where seasonal dishes are served to the visitors of Togakushi Shrine. This style became known as Tokuzenin (temple) Soba and here you can enjoy the tastes and surrounds of a Togakushi pilgrim’s lodging house. The thin, handmade soba noodles are a real treat. The noodle soup is made with a special soy sauce with no added food additives. All the soba noodles are freshly made by hand so the restaurant closes for the day once they have run out. The spacious restaurant has ample seating with 24 seats each on tatami mats and at tables.
  • Okusha No Chaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi Megumine 3688 - 6
    This soba restaurant located at the entrance to the Okusha Shrine of Togakushi Shrine was designed by architect Kengo Kuma. From the wall to ceiling glass window you can look out to the nature beyond while enjoying a bowl of soba or some sweet delights. The restaurant serves a variety of handmade and characteristically soft, smooth textured soba noodles. Their soba soft ice-cream is a popular dessert. They also have Shinshu apple soft ice-cream as well as limitedly available ice-cream flavors.
  • 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.
  • Sobakura Chojian
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Komoroshi Honmachi 2-1-3
    Sobakura Chojian has regularly featured on TV programs. It’s a handmade soba noodle restaurant in Komoro City, Shinshu. The charming Japanese-style restaurant with a 120 year long history is made entirely out of cypress wood. There is also an annex where groups of up to 60 people can sit. The soba noodles made with homemade buckwheat flour taste delicious with a rich and sweet flavor. The restaurant prides itself on using local ingredients and visitors can taste seasonal Shinshu produce such as wild edible plants and spicy white radish.

    伝統の小諸そばが食べれたが、天ぷらの衣の厚さ、そして揚げ具合は食べた蕎麦の良さをかき消してしまう。 Good soba minus bad cooking tempura makes neutral . Wait and see how they will improve the tempura.

  • Sobasokoeo Jonen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 7690
    The tasteful atmosphere is thanks to keeping the late Edo Period farm house as is. You can enjoy Shinshu soba and other dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. The soba flour is home-grown. There is a wide selection of Azumino seasonal dishes like the winter-limited “otouji soba.” The adjacent art museum displays treasured belongings of the Sanada family, as well as paintings and sculptures of famous local artists. You can also observe the rare iron kettle collection from Edo Period.
  • Kobayashi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nishinomiya, Omachi, Nagano Prefecture 3210
    This soba restaurant, founded in 1913, is located in Omachi City, Nagana Prefecture and is a three-minute walk from Shinano-Omachi Station. They offer “Shio no Michi Soba,” which refers to the “Chikuni Kaido” (commonly known as Shio no Michi, “Salt Road”) trade route that was once used to transport salt and marine products from the Japan Sea to Matsumoto. This popular dish is made with ingredients from the sea and mountains and topped with grated radish that resembles salt.
  • Yamashina
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    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Miasa 14658
    This soba restaurant is located in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture. The local powder is produced in Miasa Village, and the soba is made by grinding it with a water mill. Poetry cards by famous individuals decorate the interior, and in fact, this shop has been featured in the media many times. The “soba usuyaki,” made from dough that is stretched and baked before being coated with a thin layer of miso, and “soba-gaki” produce an exquisite smell that complements alcohol perfectly. The “morisoba” and “kakesoba” are popular dishes that showcase the soba’s flavor. Enjoy a delicious bowl of noodles in the peaceful ambience.

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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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