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Shopping for Treats in Nagano City

Whether searching for foodie gifts to take back home or something to tickle your tastebuds on a busy day of touristing, Nagano City has no shortage of delicious snacks. Heading down Chuo Dori and Nakamise Dori the irresistible scent of freshly prepared treats and the sight of carefully packaged souvenirs are unavoidable while independent shops and artisans can be found down the back streets in the Monzen area.

Shopping for Treats in Nagano City
  • Miso Soft Cream at Suyakame

    Summer in Japan is synonymous with refreshing snacks, most notably the familiar swirl of soft cream. While unique flavors such as matcha and hojicha are available more and more today, miso soft cream is a less common sight. With two branches in Nagano at opposite ends of Chuo Dori, Suyakame is a miso specialty store with all sorts of miso-laced treats from its delicious sweet miso soft cream for 350 yen to its savory meat, fish, and rice crackers. Don’t miss the restaurant in the back whose regulars swear by its trademark miso rice balls.

    Shopping for Treats in Nagano City

    Shopping for Treats in Nagano City

  • Souvenirs at Midori Nagano

    Accessed via Nagano Station, Midori Nagano is a huge department store set over five storeys. As well as selling clothing, beauty products, and books, there are a number of souvenir shops over the first and second floors selling sweets and treats ideal for presents to take home or as an indulgent snack for yourself.

    Souvenirs at Midori Nagano

    Souvenirs at Midori Nagano

    Make your way to the department store between the hours of 10am and 8pm and you can browse the shops picking up some free tasters along the way. Butter cake at Flat Goro, real fruit candy and homemade jams at Misu candy shop, and Japanese sweets made with Hokkaido adzuki beans at Shin Shu Iida are just a few of the treats you can get your hands on.

  • Oyaki Dumplings at Nishizawa Mochiya Honten

    Oyaki Dumplings at Nishizawa Mochiya Honten

    Oyaki Dumplings at Nishizawa Mochiya Honten

    Something that deserves its own place on any Nagano itinerary is oyaki tasting. These satisfying dumplings come in both savory and sweet flavors with a delicious outer layer of fermented buckwheat dough. Nishizawa Mochiya Honten five minutes from the station boasts almost 20 different flavors of oyaki which can be picked up for 160 yen per dumpling, 3,200 yen for a variety pack of 20, or 4,800 yen for 30. For a savory snack choose between flavors such as aubergine, walnut, and pumpkin, or for the sweet tooth go for a plain or apple flavored anko adzuki bean dumpling.

  • Wine and Jams at St. Cousair Wine

    Wine and Jams at St. Cousair Wine

    Wine and Jams at St. Cousair Wine

    When it comes to buying souvenirs local produce is generally bound to go down well, especially if it’s served up in a pretty bottle or jar. St. Cousair is one of the most famous wine producers of the region with their vineyards just north of Nagano. Found at the northern end of Chuo Dori just before the ascent to the temple grounds the St. Cousair store specialises in Chardonnay but sells a delicious variety of wines as well as jams, pasta sauces, and oils made from ingredients grown locally in Nagano Prefecture.

  • Chestnut Sweets at Shinsyu Satonoka Koubou

    Chestnut Sweets at Shinsyu Satonoka Koubou

    Chestnut Sweets at Shinsyu Satonoka Koubou

    At the very top of the lively Nakamise Dori sits Shinsyu Satonoka Koubou where you can find everything and anything chestnut flavored. This Japanese confectionary shop takes advantage of the abundance of Japanese chestnuts in the Nagano area which flourish thanks to the rich soil and cool climates, particularly in autumn. Open from 9am until 6pm the shop can get quite busy in the middle of the day especially at the weekend, but is worth visiting for its enticing chestnut soft cream and Mont Blanc.

    Suyakame
    Address
    Nagano, Nagano Prefecture Nishi-go-cho, 625
    Phone
    0262354022
    Zenkoji Temple
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
    Phone
    0262343591
    MIDORI Nagano
    Address
    Nagano Nagano-shi Minamichitose 1Chome 22-6
    Phone
    0262241515
    Nishizawa Mochiya Main Store
    Address
    Nagoya-do Town Nagano-shi, Nagano prefecture 1261
    Phone
    0262265295
  • St.Cousair Winery Honten
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunidunamachi Imogawa 1260
    Phone
    0262538002
    Shinshunosatokakouboumidorinaganoten
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Minamichitose 1-22-6 MIDORI Nagano 2F
    Phone
    0262196157
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