Italian in Takasaki

Harappa Ekibiru-ten

In the JR Takasaki Station building, you'll find this local pasta favourite serving every pasta dish conceivable, from the ones you've heard of to a bunch of Takasaki originals, like watari kani no tomato kuri-mu (s…
Noodles in Kusatsu Onsen


Fill up on tasty bowls of sansai soba (buckwheat noodles with mountain vegetables; ¥800) at this popular place on the shopping street that runs behind Yubatake towards Sai-no-kawara. Look for the renovated wooden bu…
Soba in Minakami Onsen-kyo


Expect to queue at this popular 'local' specialising in hegi soba (soba flavoured with seaweed and served on a special plate, a hegi). The noodles are hand-rolled fresh every day and the shop closes once they sell o…
Barbecue in Takasaki

Chōsen Hanten

This chintzy Korean/Japanese barbecue joint is unmissable from Takasaki Station's west exit: it's the red and cyan building on the corner of the first main intersection to your right. Come for the atmospheric late-n…
Japanese in Kusatsu Onsen


This popular lunch spot is diagonally opposite the bus station and serves filling teishoku (set meals) mainly based around tempura and soba or udon noodles. There's no English menu but a picture menu makes things ea…
Pizza in Minakami Onsen-kyo

La Biere

Simple and tasty wood-fired pizzas are served in this cute pizzeria with pot plants and umbrella-covered decking out the front. Takeaway is also available.