Rest Spot Spots in Nagano Area

  • Michinoeki Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Takeshikamihoniri Mikahara Plateau
    With an elevation of 2,000 meters it is said to be the highest roadside station in Japan. From here you can see the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains), Mt. Asama and Sakudaira. In the popular Observatory Terrace, you can enjoy coffee and soft ice-cream while looking out over superb views. There is also a restaurant and a shopping area. The place has become well-known among tourists as a roadside station where visitors can take a relaxing break. The Utsukushi-Gahara Open-Air Museum next door (entrance fee 1,000 yen) has up to 350 outstanding sculptures on display outside covering a wide area. It is well worth a visit especially in summer when the alpine flowers are at their best.
  • Roadside Station Kiso-Fukushima
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 4061-1
    A roadside station standing on the Nakasendo Highway in Fukushima, Kiso Town, Kiso County. The station sells local specialty products such as produce, processed foods, liquors, and crafts. The station's restaurant serves soba noodles and set meals made with local ingredients like Shinshu salmon and Shinshu Ogon Shamo chicken.
  • Roadside Station Toyamago
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    Nagano Pref. Idashi Minamishinanowada 456
    A roadside station situated along the Wada Bypass in Minamishinanowada, Iida City. The station has a souvenir shop selling local specialty products, a tourist information center, and a footbath. The Kagura no Yu hot spring bathhouse on the station's grounds has a rest area as well as a restaurant serving local cuisine.
  • Roadside Station Shinshu Tsutakijuku
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    Nagano Pref. Suwagunfujimimachi Ochiai 1984-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 20 in Ochiai, Fujimi Town, Suwa County. The station has a farm-fresh shop selling vegetables picked that morning as well as other agricultural products, processed foods, and crafts. The station's store sells select specialty products from Nagano and Yamanashi. In the station's restaurant, you can enjoy local soba noodles and other dishes. In addition, the station is adjoined by the Tsuta no Yu hot spring bathhouse.
  • Roadside Station Healthy Terrace Sakuminami
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    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Tomono 7-1
    A roadside station located close to the entrance to the Saku-minami Interchange in Tomono, Saku City. The station sells prunes, a local specialty product, and other agricultural products and processed foods as well as local Saku liquors and souvenirs. The rice flour bread sold by the adjoining bakery is also popular. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with local ingredients as well as a lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet which includes some 40 dishes. In addition, the station has a workshop used to hold soba noodle making and cooking classes.
  • Roadside Station Minami Alps Murahase
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    Nagano Pref. Inashi Hasehiji 1400
    A roadside station standing along National Route 152 in Hasehiji, Ina City. The station sells sweets made with Japanese mugwort grown in the Hase Valley as well as local specialty products like healthy medicinal manju steamed buns, medicinal ice cream, fruit and vegetable pies, homemade miso, and pickles. The adjoining Alps Mura Pan-ya bakery sells popular fresh-baked, homemade breads.
  • Roadside Station Hakuba
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro 21462-1
    A roadside station situated along the Chikuni Kaido Road in Kamishiro, Hakuba Village. The station sells Hakuba specialty products; okowa rice, okaki; and other processed foods made in the adjoining factory; crafts; and, in summer, fresh agricultural products. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with local Hakuba brand pork and stone-milled, handmade soba noodles.
  • Roadside Station Ueda Michi to Kawa no Eki
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Koizumi Shiota Kawahara 2575-2
    A roadside station situated along the Ueda-Sakaki Bypass in Shiodagawara, Koizumi, Ueda City. The station has a shop selling farm-fresh produce and local specialty products; a restaurant serving renowned Chikuma River sweetfish meals; a gallery; outdoor stage; dog park; and a dome-shaped inflatable trampoline modeled after the station's own mascot, Nyan. The station also makes use of the surrounding natural environment, holding outdoor tours, in addition to music classes.
  • Roadside Station Shinshu Niino Sengokudaira
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    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunananchou Nino 2700
    A roadside station situated along the Urugi pass Bypass in Niino, Anan Town, Shimoina County. The station has a diner, local specialty products shop, and farm fresh shop, and is adjoined by a Shinshu miso factory and a processed food factory. The station is famous for its gohei mochi grilled rice cake skewers covered with sauce, which are made according to a traditional method and are some of the biggest of their kind in Japan.
  • Roadside Station Osakada Park
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    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Shiojirimachi 1090 within Kozakado Park
    A roadside station located in Osakada Park along National Route 20 in Shiojiri-machi, Shiojiri City. The station sells local specialty products such as famous Shiojiri wines, liquors, Shinshu miso, and Kiso lacquerware, as well as farm-fresh produce. The station's restaurant serves Shinshu soba noodles, Hakuba brand pork rice bowls, curry made with Shinshu vegetables, and other dishes created based on the concept of local production for local consumption. The station also holds events once a month such as a farm-fresh produce exhibition.
  • Roadside Station Oasis Obuse
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    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Ojima 601
    A roadside station situated long Prefectural Route 343 in Ojima, Obuse Town, Kamitakai County. The station sells Nagano specialty products like local liquors as well as sweets and kuri okowa chestnut rice made with renowned Obuse chestnuts. The station's restaurant serves kuri okowa and other dishes made with local ingredients. You can also enjoy soft serve ice cream and chestnut sweets. The station adjoins Obuse Park and a farmer's market.
  • Roadside Station Hana-no-Sato Iijima
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    Nagano Pref. Kaminagunijimamachi Nanakubo 2252
    A roadside station standing on Prefectural Route 15 in Nanakubo, Iijima Town, Kamiina County. The station has a flower shop selling flowers from the adjoining flower house; a farm-fresh shop selling deer and other seasonal game meats from Mt. Shinzan in the Akaishi Mountains (Southern Alps); a JA rice shop where you can have Iijima-grown Koshihikari rice polished on the spot; and a restaurant serving dishes made with horse meat and other local ingredients. The adjoining Apple Pie Labo sells handheld pies made with south Shinshu apples.
  • Roadside Station Otari
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    Nagano Prefecture Kitaazumi-gun Kotani village Daewoo Kitakodani 1861-1
    "A roadside station situated along the Chikuni Highway in Kitaotari, Otari Village, Kitaazumi County. The station sells local specialty products from Otari Village. The station's restaurant serves set meals made with stove cooked Otari-grown Koshihikari rice and other local ingredients as well as noodles, a la carte dishes, and local liquors. The station is adjoined by a bathhouse whose baths are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a natural hot spring which offers a discount meal and bath set."
  • Roadside Station Raiden Kurumi no Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Shigeno Otsu 4524-1
    A roadside station standing along Prefectural Route 79 in Shigenootsu, Tomi City. The station sells confections and processed foods made with Nagano chestnuts, a local specialty product, as well as local agricultural products. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with local Hoe pork, while the cafe offers chestnut soft serve ice cream. The area was also the hometown of the famous Edo period sumo wrestler Raiden Tameemon, and a statue of the man stands on the station's grounds.
  • Roadside Station Shinshu-Shinmachi
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Shinshushinmachiminochi 4619
    "A roadside station standing along National Route 19 in Shinshu Shin-machi Minochi, Nagano City. The station sells local liquors, processed goods, and fresh vegetables, edible wild plants, and other agricultural products. The station's ""fresh milled, fresh made, fresh cooked"" handmade soba noodles, are just 500 yen and oyaki are available to take home frozen or piping hot."
  • Roadside Station Tagiri-no-Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Kaminagunijimamachi Tagiri 2598-1
    This roadside station is on National Route 153 in Iijima Town, Kamiina County. They sell produce like rice and vegetables harvested that morning by local farmers, as well as specialty products, fish, and meat. They have two eateries, Sobadokoro Tagiri and Mikomatei, that serve dishes including local cuisine.
  • Roadside Station Kitashinshu Yamanouchi
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Sano 393-2
    "A roadside station standing along National Route 292 in Sano, Yamanochi Town, Shimotakai County. The station sells original products like sabatake, a local dish consisting of bamboo shoots and mackerel stewed with miso; and ""Kakure Soba,"" a soba shochu made with select local ingredients. You can also buy local specialty products and farm-fresh produce here. In addition, the station's restaurant serves homemade soba noodles crafted with local buckwheat flour, ramen, and curry."
  • Roadside Station Imai Megumi-no-Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Imai 886-2
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 298 in Imai, Matsumoto City. The station sells fresh fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products and processed foods from Imai, the top farming area in the city. The station also has a restaurant serving dishes based on the concept of local production for local consumption such as handmade soba noodles; and a community center which can be used for local products exhibitions, farming workshop classes, and indoor sports.
  • Roadside Station Hana-no-Eki Chikumagawa
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    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Tokiwa 7425
    A roadside station standing on National Route 117 in Tokiwa, Iiyama City. The station sells north Shinshu mushrooms and other seasonal farm produce as well as specialty products. In the adjoining cafe, you can enjoy original dishes made with local Iiyama ingredients as well as Japanese and Western sweets from 17 city confectionary shops.
  • Roadside Station Hiyoshi Kisokoma Kogen
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Hiyoshi 4730-3
    This roadside station is on the Nakasendo Road in Hiyoshi, Kiso Town. They sell the traditional salt-free Kiso tsukemono pickle known as sunki, fermented with lactic-acid bacilli. They also offer locally grown produce, local sake, finished goods, and crafts. The eatery serves set meals, rice bowls with a Kiso flair, and homemade soba noodles crafted from local flour. There's an outdoor stand selling snacks like gohei mochi sticks, and an information area, too.

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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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