Souvenirs Spots in Nagano Area

  • Azumino Tensan Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Azumino Hotaka Ariake 3618-24
    A museum located in Azumino City which introduces the history of the cultivation of the Japanese oak silkmoth. Thread made using the cocoons of the moths is produced similar to that of regular silk, but the resulting fabric is lighter and softer, and possesses a distinctive color and luster. Inside, visitors can learn about the history of Japanese oak silkmoths and their ecology. In the adjoining studio, visitors can watch as textiles are woven from the moths' cocoons. The museum's shop sells Japanese oak silkmoth silks and accessories. In addition, visitors can also see actual Japanese oak silkmoths being raised in an open breeding house on the grounds.
  • Takatoyaki Hakusan Noborigama
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ina-shi Takatomachi Katsuma 142-1
    A climbing kiln pottery studio which mixes cutting-edge techniques with traditional Takato ware to share this form of pottery, invented in 1812, with the people of today. Situated on the northwest side of Takato Lake, the studio is also not far from Takato Castle Site Park. Takato ware is double glazed, giving it a unique coloring. The studio starts glost firing from early November each year, firing 700 to 1,000 pieces. The studio also holds pottery activity classes through which you can make your very own piece of Takato ware. Participants can choose among three colorings: green on white, pink on white, and light brown.
  • Hananoya Shukuba Branch
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Narai 738
    A 10-minute walk from Narai Station on the JR Chuo Main Line. This shop, located in Shiojiri City, specializes in wooden containers and magemono circular boxes. Magemono are made across the country, with each region's bearing a unique design; the shop's magemono have sides made with Kiso hinoki cypress and covers made with Kiso sawara cypress. All of the shop's boxes and containers are handmade, and, as they are used over the years, the lacquer on areas which are frequently touched will gradually grow brighter and change color. Sure to make a delightful souvenir or gift, Kiso magemono boxes are not only beautiful, they're practical as well - when used as a bento box, they keep rice in its optimum state, preserving the flavor and ensuring it tastes delicious even when cold.
  • Sankyu Kougei
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Nozawaonsenmura Toyosato 9274-2
    25 minutes from the Toyota-Iiyama Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. This handmade crafts studio is located in a corner of the Nozawa Onsen hot spring district. Operating out of a remodeled two story earthen storehouse built in 1883, the shop carries vinework crafts as well as woodwork, recycled cloth, wooden clocks, and other crafts. The shop vinework carried by the shop is a traditional type of craft from the northern part of Nagano made with chocolate-vine which has been designated a Traditional Craft Product by the prefecture. The vines grow wild in the mountains and are soaked in hot spring waters to soften them before they are hand woven into baskets; people love the natural, rustic look of the baskets.
  • Akiyama Mokko
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimominochi-gun Sakaemura Akiyama Go Sho Akazawa 18165 Exit Private lodging Naeba So
    A Japanese diner and shop adjoining the Naebaso guesthouse close to the entrance to the climbing trail for Mt. Naeba in Akiyamago. The establishment takes great pride in its kamameshi rice dishes and charcoal grilled char, and dishes such as the char and mountain vegetable kamameshi rice are made with edible wild plants from Akiyamago. Note that the adjoining Akiyama Woodworking Producer's Association woodwork craft gallery and shop is currently closed. The store on the third floor, however, makes crimson glory vine bags and visitors can also view single board tables, braziers, and other merchandise on display (advanced reservation by phone is required).
  • Mannenya Main Shop
    Shopping
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Joto 2-1-22
    This long-standing miso shop was established in 1832 and is located a five-minute walk from Matsumoto Castle. Primarily making and selling miso, the shop notably continues to make its miso according to an old-fashioned, traditional method called miso-dama-zukuri. The shop only uses domestic ingredients to craft its products. Particularly recommended is the Hourei miso, made using the miso-dama-zukuri method. Other varieties include the Shinshu miso-style Tenjo and Tanrei misos, and customers can choose the miso or misos they like the best. Originally a koji malted rice maker, the shop also sells an abundant variety of koji pickles made with ingredients from Matsumoto such as pickled coleseed greens and uri melon kasuzuke sake lee pickles.
  • Chikiriya
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Chuo 3-4-18
    A long-standing craft shop located a 15-minute walk from Matsumoto Station and a one-minute walk from the Hakarishiryokan bus stop. The shop was established by Taro Maruyama, also the founder of the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum, and the shop is still run by his family today. The shop building was once a wholesaler's office and still maintains many traces of this history. Notably, the shop carries a wide selection of primarily pottery and dyed fabric goods designed for everyday use. In addition to things like plates and coffee cups made by Japanese studios located in areas like Oita and Ehime, the shop also sells many goods from other Asian countries such as fabrics and baskets made in India.
  • Washi no Nakajo
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamitakai-gun Obuse Machi Obuse 809
    A souvenir and gift shop specializing in Japanese washi paper located in the heart of Obuse Town. Walking past the washi noren shop curtains, customers are greeted by a cozy space crammed with colorful folk crafts. The shop is filled with cute items ready to adorn your home or that of a loved one, including expressive washi paper masks crafted by artisans from numerous regions, as well as paper dolls, yuzen-dyed doll clothing, letter sets, and memo pads. The shop's original Yukinko paper dolls, only sold here, are also popular. One of the great things about washi paper is its soft, warm texture, and visitors to this shop will find the atmosphere soothing.
  • Omiyage-dokoro Kitamura
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ueda-shi
    A souvenir and gift shop located on the first floor of the Pareos building in front of Ueda Station a one-minute walk from JR Ueda Station. The shop carries merchandise bearing the Sanada clan's Rokumonsen family crest, popular Ueda confections, Japanese pickles, and local liquors. The shop's original Sanada Saemonnosuke Nobushige is a tokubetsu junmai nama genshu undiluted, refined sake crafted with Miyamanishiki sake rice grown in Nagao Prefecture and Kokuyo no Mizu spring water. This sake is sold by volume from a two meter tall, 1.2 meter in diameter on-site tank. The shop also carries an abundant selection of Nagano's famous oyaki buns and soba noodles.
  • Matsusaki Washi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Omachi-shi Yashiro 6562
    A handmade Japanese washi paper studio whose origins are believed to date back to 1042 when a shrine servant used wild mulberry, a raw ingredient used in washi, to make paper for a festival on the request of Nishina Shinmeigu Shrine. Visitors can tour the actual shop floor where the studio makes its wash and also try hand-sieving washi paper themselves. The washi papermaking activity requires an advance reservation, so be sure to contact the studio in advance.
  • Inoue Takezaikuten
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi Naka Yashiro 3416
    Togakushi bamboo work is a traditional crafted which has been passed down through the generations which originally began around the start of the Edo period as handwork for local residents to engage in while the area was covered with heavy snow in winter. It has been designated a Traditional Craft Product by Nagano Prefecture. This shop is filled with warm and rustic bamboo work goods made entirely by hand, from the collection of the bamboo to final product finishing.
  • Glass Studio Daidai
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Tomi-shi Motonno 1071-3
    This individually run blown glass studio opened in 1999. The studio is adjoined by a gallery shop and cafe. The shop is filled with practical yet delicate and beautiful pieces, including walnut ash glasses, sake drinking cups, and cafe lamps. In the cafe, customers can enjoy melon, strawberry, kyoho grape, and honey lemon cream sodas served in glasses specially designed for the drink.
  • Rakuyaki Togado
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Karuizawa Kyukaruizawa 812
    A pottery specialty shop situated along the Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop sells raku ware, which is made by hand without the use of a lathe and fired at low temperatures. The shop also offers a raku ware painting activity in which you can paint a plate, cup, or piggybank and have it fired for you in about 20 minutes.
  • Glass Studio Karuizawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Karuizawa 386-6
    A craft hall situated along Karuizawa Hon-dori Street in Karuizawa, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The establishment displays and sells glass craft items from artists across Japan and the world, including Bohemian glass from the Czech Republic, Italian Venetian glass, and German crystal.
  • Mori e Yokoso
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Karuizawa 5-9
    A souvenir and gift shop situated along Karuizawa Hon-dori Street in Karuizawa, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop is owned and operated by Karuizawa Hyouhyoutei, which makes knickknacks, pottery, and woodwork. The shop carries original merchandise by a variety of artists, such as towels and mugs decorated with illustrations by picture book artist Yasunari Murakami.
  • Kiriman Liquor Store
    Shopping
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Naka Karuizawa 4-1
    A liquor store standing on National Route 18 in Nakakaruizawa, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The store sells local liquors like Tanakaya Shuzoten's renowned Mizuo, wines produced in the prefecture, and beers from local breweries such as Yo-Ho Brewing and Karuizawa Brewery.
  • Kirakusha
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Okuwamura Nojiri 160-27
    A local specialty products shop located inside Roadside Station Okuwa situated along National Route 19 in Nojiri, Okuwa Village, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop sells produce straight from specially contracted farms, Kiso woodwork, local foods and liquors, and other area specialty products. There's also a light meal corner. An adjoining restaurant in the station serves dishes made with Kiso beef and Shinshu salmon.
  • Hinokigasa no Ie
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi Azuma 3321-1
    A craft goods shop situated along National Route 256 in Azuma, Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop makes and sells Araragi hinokigasa woven cypress hats, a craft over 300 years old which has been designated a Traditional Craft by the prefecture. Made by hand according to traditional techniques, the shop's hats can be used for decoration or worn every day.
  • Aburaya
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi Azuma 805-1
    A craft goods shop located in Azuma, Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The shop sells ohitsu rice containers, sushi rice buckets, and other kitchen goods; as well as tableware such as spatulas, spoons, and owan bowls made using the wood which is one of the region's specialty products. Some of the shop's Menpa magemono circular bento boxes are microwave safe.
  • Karuizawa Bussankan
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 571-2
    This souvenir shop located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture is immediately recognizable thanks to the large statue of a cow placed near the entrance. Inside the shop are food products such as Shinshu-produced dairy products, jams, and honey as well as miscellaneous goods, and many tourists visit this shop to purchase Karuizawa souvenirs. The take-out jersey milk soft ice cream and rich bottles of milk are popular as gourmet treats to accompany a stroll.

Nagano Areas

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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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