Top Choice Fusion in Nagano

Gohonjin Fujiya

Until recently this imposing 1923 building was Nagano's most venerable Hotel Fujiya, and had been since 1648. It has since been transformed into the city's most elegant Western restaurant and function centre. The sp…
Japanese in Nagano


A stone's throw from Zenkō-ji on Nakamise-dōri, unassuming Marusei serves soba and tonkatsu among others; the generous Marusei bentō (¥1350) lets you try both.
Cafe in Nagano

India the Spice

This eccentric cafe is festooned with every kind of wall clock imaginable, and specialises in variations on the theme of curry; lunch set menus include omu-karē (rice wrapped in an omelette in keema curry sauce; ¥90…
Thai in Nagano

Asian Night Market

This hippy joint is part boutique, selling clothes and knick-knacks from southeast Asia, and part bar-restaurant with English-speaking staff serving sumptuous Thai food. There's also free wi-fi. You can view the men…
Noodles in Nagano


Fujiki-an have 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. There's a picture menu. Seiro-mori soba (cold soba on a ba…
Japanese in Nagano


This establishment 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). For dessert, try kuri-an cream (ches…
Noodles in Togakushi

Uzuraya Soba

This wonderful noodle shop claims that Togakushi is the home of soba and they may be right. It's directly across from the steps to Chūsha shrine. Tempura soba is king.
Cafe in Togakushi

Okusha no Chaya

By Okusha bus stop, Okusha no Chaya serves fresh soba and other staples behind a glass wall overlooking the forest; delicious soft-serve ice cream comes in seasonal flavours such as tomato, chestnut and wasabi.
Dessert in Obuse


Sample chestnut confections at Chikufūdō, established in 1893. Dorayakisan (chestnut paste in pancake dumplings) are the standard.
Italian in Nozawa Onsen

Pasta di Pasta

Freshly cooked pasta, pizza and appetisers are the order of the day in this cosy upstairs eatery. The not-too-creamy wafū sanshū no kinoko pasta (three kinds of mushroom) is delicious.