Service Area 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.
  • Kiri no Eki
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    Kirigamine of Suwa-shi Nagano Prefecture
    This is a scenic drive-in road-side restaurant surrounded by the magnificent nature of the Kirigamine Plateau. In the restaurant in the facility visitors can enjoy Shinshu soba, and dishes using mountain foods and a souvenir shop selling specialty items from Nagano Prefecture. The facility is used by many people as a base for walks, driving, and touring in the Kirigamine Plateau as well as a place to take a break. The soft serve ice cream made with fresh milk is popular.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 Shinano
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    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Kashiwabara 1260-4
    A roadside station standing along Prefectural Route 119 in Kashiwabara, Shinano Town, Kamiminochi County. The station sells fresh dairy products from the adjoining Kurohime Kogen Farm dairy plant as well as local products. There's also a farm-fresh shop selling seasonal produce. In the station's restaurant, Tenbo, you can enjoy soba noodles made fresh that morning while taking in a spectacular view of Mt. Myoko and Mt. Kurohime.
  • 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 Fuketsu-no-Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi 3528-1
    A roadside station situated along the old Nomugi Kaido highway in Azumi, Matsumoto City. The station has a shop selling Nagano specialty products such as inekokina pickles, said to be the progenitor species of coleseed. There's also a farm-fresh shop and restaurant serving noodle dishes and set meals. In addition, visitors can tour the Fuketsu wind cave, a natural refrigerator used since ancient times to store food; and take a Miyama-ori weaving class.
  • 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 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.
  • Yokoteyama Drive-In
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao 7149
    "At an altitude of 2,100 meters, this drive-in is on National Route 292, the highest in Japan. The two-story building has a souvenir shop on the first floor and a lookout restaurant on the second floor. A nearby lift will bring you to the summit of Mt. Yokote and there's also a moving walkway known as the ""Skylater."" It's open from April until early November."
  • 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 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 Aoki
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    Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunaokimura Muramatsu 26-1
    This roadside station is on National Route 143 in Muramatsu, Aoki Village, Chiisagata County. They sell fresh, local produce and tachiakane soba noodles, an Aoki Village specialty, made with stone-ground buckwheat. The eatery offers fare such as set meals, rice bowls, and noodle dishes like udon and ramen. Visitors can try their hand at making soba and oyaki dumplings at their Furusato Taikenkan facility.
  • Roadside Station Alps Azumino Horigane-no-Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Horiganekarasugawa 2696
    A roadside station located in Horiganekarasugawa, Azumino City. The station sells fresh vegetables and other agricultural products from Azumino as well as processed foods. The station's restaurant serves daily set meal specials, an onigiri rice ball set meal with your choice of two rice balls from a selection of six, donburi rice bowls, and noodles.
  • Roadside Station Marmelo no Eki Nagato
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    Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunnagawamachi Furumachi 2424-19
    A roadside station standing along National Route 152 in Furu-machi, Nagawa Town, Chiisagata County. The shop sells local agricultural products as well as pickles, oyaki dumplings, cut mochi rice cakes, Nagato Farm ice cream, and other specialty goods. The Yasuragi no Yu day trip hot spring bathhouse is also located on the grounds.
  • 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 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.

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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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