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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.

    Chikufudohonsha
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 973
    Phone
    0262472026
    Nihonmatu
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Tsurugagondouchou 2373
    Phone
    0262346967
    Gondoshotengaikyodokumiai
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Tsurugagondouchou 2208
    Phone
    0262321967
    Alam
    Address
    長野県長野市南長野南石堂町1466
    Phone
    026-217-0393
  • Zenkoji Temple
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
    Phone
    0262343591
    Nakamisedori
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou
    Phone
    0262323359
    Daimaru
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganodaimonchou 504
    Phone
    0262322502
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