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.

Miso Soft Cream at Suyakame
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

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.

Facility Name
Zenkoji Temple
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
Phone
0262343591
Fees
Precincts freedom (main hall inner circle, circle of the altar, Zenkoji historical center common ticket 500 yen, mountain gate admission fee to worship 500 yen)
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is a non-sectarian Buddhist temple located in Nagano City. The temple attracts worshippers who thanks its acceptance of all sects and its stunning main image, the Amida Triad Sharing One Halo. In the Edo period, it was even said that one should visit the Zenkoji Temple at least once in one’s lifetime. Each morning the Oasaji ceremony is held with the rising of the sun; visitors can observe the ritual up close with the purchase of a ticket granting access to the inner temple. Once every seven years, the Gokaicho ceremony is held where the temple’s main image is unveiled to the general public. 15 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Station.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Nishizawa Mochiya Main Store
Address
Nagoya-do Town Nagano-shi, Nagano prefecture 1261
Phone
0262265295
Hours
8:30-18:00
Closed
Irregular holidays
Parking Lot
Available 2spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Available
English Menu
Not available
Introduction
A long-standing shop which has been making oyaki, a traditional Shinshu dumpling, for years and years. This famous shop has devotees not just in Nagano but around the country. Using no additives and following old-fashioned recipes, the shop sells a whopping 21 oyaki varieties. The thin-skinned dumplings are stuffed with delicious fillings and are chewy in texture; the most popular variety is the coleseed greens. The delicious treats are also sure to delight as souvenirs. The grilled oyaki, soba oyaki, and grilled soba oyaki filled with sweet bean paste are only sold here at the flagship location. Closest station: Nagano Station.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
St.Cousair Winery Honten
Address
Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunidunamachi Imogawa 1260
Phone
0262538002
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Phone
0262196157
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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