Nagano Region restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Nagano

Banikuman

This is the place to come to try a Nagano speciality: horse meat. Try it raw as basashi for ¥1480, in a shabu-shabu (hotpot) course for ¥3000 or grilled for ¥2200. Don't be confused if you hear the words sakura-niku…
Top Choice Fusion in Nagano

Fujiya Gohonjin

Gohonjin means 'a residence for the lords', and in the Edo period Fujiya Gohonjin played host to the feudal lords of the Maeda family. The present 1925 building was Nagano's Hotel Fujiya but has since been transform…
Top Choice Diner in Karuizawa

Kastanie Karuizawa Roast Chicken

For something a little uncommon in Japan, pop into this original place for succulent and tender roast-chicken dinners, pizzas, pastas and sausage platters, all presented with Japanese attention to detail. This place…
Top Choice Soba in Nozawa Onsen

Sobadokoro Daimon

This superb soba shop, just of the main street in the middle of the village, offers a relaxed atmosphere, jazz music and a chance to try the superb soba that Nagano Prefecture is legendary for. Make sure to get a si…
Cafe in Nagano

India the Spice

This cafe is festooned with every kind of wall clock imaginable, and it specialises in variations on the theme of curry; lunch set menus include omu-karē (rice wrapped in an omelette in keema curry sauce). Look for …
Noodles in Togakushi

Uzuraya Soba

Revered in Japan by those who value soba (as many do), this wonderful noodle shop claims that Togakushi is the home of soba – and it may just be right. It's directly across from the steps to Chūsha shrine. Tempura s…
Cafe in Nozawa Onsen

Nappa 78 Cafe

This extremely cute little cafe is up at the top of town where the locals boil eggs in the onsen water. Set-menu lunches (¥780) and light meals are the go here, along with cakes, desserts and coffees. There's an ash…
Soba in Nagano

Fujiki-an

Fujiki-an has been making fresh soba in the north of Nagano Prefecture since 1827, but you wouldn't know it by the clean, contemporary lines of this outlet. Seiro-mori soba (cold soba on a bamboo mat) lets the flavo…
Japanese in Nagano

Yayoiza

This establishment just before the gates to Zenkō-ji has been serving seiro-mushi (ingredients steamed in a wood-and-bamboo box) for over 150 years. The standard is monzen seiro-mushi (local beef and vegetables). Fo…
Fusion in Karuizawa

Kawakami-an

Just before the start of Ginza-dōri, this is a wonderful place to sample a wide variety of Japanese and Western dishes, including an excellent large serve of tempura soba (¥2090) or, for something different, avocado…