Ramen in Matsumoto

Menshō Sakura

Miso and ramen fans should not go past this purveyor of fine noodles. Miso-rāmen and black Kuro-miso rāmen are the specialities of the house: both rank highly. The gyōza (dumplings) are crunchy and the beer is cold.…
French in Matsumoto

Restaurant Taiman

Dress in your Sunday best for lunch or dinner course menus of exquisitely presented French haute cuisine, prepared from fresh local produce where possible. Elegant and refined, this très jolie restaurant is bound to…
Taiwanese in Matsumoto


This simple Taiwanese eatery near the castle serves amazing spicy soups, noodles and veggies, as well as the standard array of Chinese fare at very reasonable prices. There's a picture menu.
Tofu in Matsumoto

Tōfu Ryōri Marui

On the 7th floor of the ESPA building opposite JR Matsumoto Station you'll find this outpost of an Asama Onsen family business that has been making tofu for over 80 years. Lovers of the food's versatility will appre…
Tonkatsu in Matsumoto


Huge portions of crunchy, cooked-to-perfection katsu (cutlets) are presented in this quaint diner in a variety of ways, including sweet, aromatic katsu curry and tonkatsu teishoku (set meals). There's not much here …
Noodles in Matsumoto


In Nakamachi, this is one of central Japan's finest soba shops. Its owner used to run a French restaurant in Tokyo before returning to his home town. Keeping things Zen, there are two dishes: zaru-soba (buckwheat no…
Izakaya in Matsumoto


This wonderfully traditional izakaya serves favourites such as oden (a stew comprising fishcakes, tofu, vegetables and eggs simmered in a kelp-flavoured broth) and yakitori (grilled skewers of meat or vegetables), a…
Japanese in Matsumoto

Matsumoto Karaage Center

If you like karaage (deep-fried chicken), this standing-room-only shrine to the humble chook is a must, with tender, juicy boneless chicken pieces waiting to melt in your mouth. Enjoy it with a hearty serve of chick…
Hawaiian in Matsumoto

Hu La La

This Hawaiian-themed restaurant flips the best burgers in Matsumoto, hands down. There's a bunch of other fun and tasty stuff on the menu as well: great for little kids and big kids alike or when you're drowning in …