Nagano restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Nagano


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…
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 …
Soba in Nagano


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


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…
Japanese in Nagano

Marusei Shokudo

A stone's throw from Zenkō-ji, unassuming Marusei Shokudo serves soba and tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets), among other dishes; the generous Marusei bentō (boxed meal; ¥1380) lets you try both.
Fast Food in Nagano

Hawaiian Diner Mountain Q

This popular fast-food joint might be too colourful for some, but if you're travelling with kids they'll be sure to love absolutely everything about it: from the lashings of pastel on the walls to the curly fries an…
Ramen in Nagano

Ramen Misoya

Part of an increasingly popular ramen chain, this branch a short walk from Nagano Station is always heaving with diners slurping away at the miso-ey goodness. Expect to wait a few minutes for a spot at the counter.