What to Eat in Nagano City

With a food scene as vibrant and varied as its tourist attractions, Nagano City is bursting with cafés and restaurants to suit every mood and dietary requirement. Whether you’re after simplicity, luxury, or authenticity, there’s something down every street of Nagano and we’re here to guide you straight to the best the city has to offer.

What to Eat in Nagano City

Chikufudo

Chikufudo
Chikufudo

Undeniably Japanese from the inside out, Chikufudo is a restaurant and shop that specialises in Japanese chestnuts. A popular chain established in the nearby town of Obuse in 1970, Chikufudo started out as a small shop selling products made from locally grown chestnuts and expanded around Nagano prefecture. The Nagano City branch is found in Matsushiro next to the castle ruins where the restaurant serves up delicious lunch sets complete with pickles, miso soup, and their unmissable specialty, chestnut rice. Delectable chestnut flavored sweets, ice creams, and cakes will give you a good idea of why the nation has come to love the flavorsome chestnuts of Nagano.

Nihon Matsu Izakaya

Nihon Matsu Izakaya
Nihon Matsu Izakaya

Hidden up on the second floor at the start of the popular Nagano Gondo shopping arcade, Nihon Matsu is missed by many passing tourists but has been a consistent hit with the locals over the years. The dish that keeps its hungry customers coming back is the refreshing cold soba topped off with a good dose of spicy radish. Add on an order of their juicy gyoza tebasaki dumplings and a cup of hot or cold sake and you’ve got yourself one unbeatable combination of Japanese flavors.

Green Kitchen Alam

Green Kitchen Alam
Green Kitchen Alam

Just a few minutes walk north of the station, Green Kitchen Alam has found the recipe for success with its homely hipster vibes and vegetarian friendly menu. With the dishes as appealing as the café’s exterior, the extensive organic menu offers everything from savory pastries and soups to vegan muffins all which can be enjoyed while sat at the long, shared table. While anyone can walk in and take a seat at lunchtime, an evening meal requires a reservation for at least three people.

Gohei Mochi

Gohei Mochi
Gohei Mochi

With Zenko-ji Temple the most popular attraction in Nagano City, the stone-paved Nakamise Dori which leads up to the temple is consequently one of the most visited streets in the city. The street is packed with souvenir shops and eateries selling everything, but with a focus on the mouthwatering gohei mochi. The mochi used for this sticky snack is made from white rice which is beaten until it forms the chewy snack loved all around Japan. Drizzled with a generous coating of sweet sauce, get a taste of gohei mochi and you’ll have a hard time not stopping at more than one of the stalls along the snack-filled Nakamise Dori.

Daimaru Soba

Daimaru Soba
Daimaru Soba

Soba noodles may not be hard to find around Nagano but make a beeline for Daimaru Soba and you’ve guaranteed yourself a noodle dish that’s sure not to disappoint. Located down the central Chuo Dori Street, the restaurant is instantly recognisable by the display window featuring the soba chef prepareing the fresh noodles for the day. Happy customers sat at typical Japanese floor seating are served up zaru soba on a bamboo tray or steaming udon with the optional additions of miso soup or a serving of deep-fried tempura.

Facility Name
Chikufudohonsha
Address
Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 973
Phone
0262472026
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Gondo ping district cooperative
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Tsurugagondouchou 2208
Phone
0262321967
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
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 museum 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
Nakamisedori
Address
Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou
Phone
0262323359
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Nihonmatu

    Soba/Udon
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Tsurugagondouchou 2373
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    Daimaru

    Soba/Udon
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganodaimonchou 504
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    Chikufudohonsha

    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 973
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    Nakamisedori

    Street
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou
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    Gondo ping district cooperative

    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Tsurugagondouchou 2208
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    Zenkoji Temple

    Temple (Kannon/Fudo Myoo)
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
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