Matsumoto restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Matsumoto

Matsumoto Karaage Center

This wildly popular 4th-floor (above Midori in the station building) shrine to karaage (deep-fried chicken) is a must, with tender, juicy boneless chicken waiting to melt in your mouth. Try the local speciality, San…
Top Choice Izakaya in Matsumoto


Head to Shin-Miyoshi (New Miyoshi), established in 1999, to try everyone's favourite Nagano delicacy: horse meat. The first Miyoshi restaurant got going in 1899, and there are brilliant historical photos on the wall…
Top Choice Cafe in Matsumoto

Healthy Penguin Cafe

This cute little cafe on a tiny side street off atmospheric old Nawate-dõri gets rave reviews for plates such as smashed avo toast (¥700) and cinnamon French toast (¥750). Desserts, plus organic coffees, teas, wine …
Izakaya in Matsumoto


This wonderfully traditional izakaya (pub-restaurant) 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 …
Ramen in Matsumoto

Menshō Sakura

Miso and ramen fans shouldn't go past this purveyor of fine noodles in a cute little building opposite the Richmond Hotel. Miso-rāmen and black Kuro-miso rāmen are the specialities of the house: both are rated highl…
Tonkatsu in Matsumoto

Katsu Gen Honten

If you're into tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet), try to find this place a block south of the southeastern corner of Matsumoto Castle park. There's a black pig on the sign hanging outside, plus an English menu. An o…
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…
Hawaiian in Matsumoto

Hawaiian dining Hula-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.
Noodles in Matsumoto


In Nakamachi, this is one of central Japan's finest soba shops. Its owner ran a French restaurant in Tokyo before returning to his home town. Keeping things Zen, there are two dishes: zaru-soba (buckwheat noodles co…
Nepali in Matsumoto

Everest Restaurant & Bar Matsumoto

Friendly Nepali service and tasty cuisine at reasonable prices awaits almost directly across the road from Matsumoto Station. Expect other Asian dishes on offer, too, such as Indian curries and favourites like nasi …