The Snacks of Karuizawa

Visiting Karuizawa means enjoying a mix of nature, cultural activities, shopping, fine dining, and personal pampering. Treating yourself to a mid-morning or afternoon snack while out and about plays a major role in this mix and is without a doubt one of the major attractions of the town. Here are our recommendations.

Maruyama Coffee

Maruyama Coffee
Maruyama Coffee

Maruyama was founded in 1991 in Karuizawa and has become a coffee institution. Their highy quality beans translate into a delicious and aromatic coffee that can be enjoyed both at the original location just off Road 18, or at the newer café inside Harunire Terrace. At the original location you’ll experience the kissaten-style atmosphere in a quiet setting where the focus is completely on the coffee and tradition is preserved. At the Harunire Terrace, coffee is still centre stage but offered in a modern style with various types of coffee drinks available and are complemented by the bookstore and reading area perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Here you can also sit out on the terrace and sip on the famous Maruyama french press coffee while watching the water stream follow its course.

Maruyama Coffee

Mikado Coffee’s Mocha Softcream

Mikado Coffee’s Mocha Softcream
Mikado Coffee’s Mocha Softcream

Mikado Coffee was born in Tokyo but has called Karuizawa home for 65 years. This is another one of the coffee institutions in town and not a bad choice to calm your java cravings, but make sure you pair it with their famous and delicious mocha soft cream. This milk based ice cream with a subtle coffee flavour in keeping with the bean theme. A syrupy prune adds the touch of fruitiness and originality making this a not-to-be-missed snack while strolling along Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Dori.

Sawamura Bakery’s Treats

Sawamura Bakery’s Treats
Sawamura Bakery’s Treats

Whether you visit Sawamura Bakery at the heart of Kyu Karuizawa or at the Harunire Terrace, you are guaranteed to find freshly baked treats that will tempt you to go for a second or even third round. The selection of snacks options at Sawamura is quite generous making hard to choose a treat, but the palmiers which come in four different flavours are heavenly. Eat them at one of the bakery’s terraces paired with a coffee or tea, or bring some along to enjoy during one of the nature walks around the town.

Harvest Nagai Farm’s Pure Milk Gelato

Harvest Nagai Farm’s Pure Milk Gelato
Harvest Nagai Farm’s Pure Milk Gelato

If you are hanging out at the Harunire Terrace, make sure to stop by Harvest Nagai Farm and try their pure milk gelato. Nagai Farm, a farm from Nagano Prefecture, uses a mixture of rice cultivation and dairy farming to produce both high quality and healthy rice and milk products. This in part makes this gelato a mouthwatering treat especially for milk lovers. Grab your pure milk soft cream and enjoy it out close to nature along the Harunire Terrace boardwalk.

Terakoya Honpo Senbei

Terakoya Honpo Senbei
Terakoya Honpo Senbei

In Karuizawa tradition is not forgotten and while strolling Kyu Karuizawa another tasty snack option is the Teyaki senbei rice crackers at Terakoya Honpo. This is one of the classic senbei stores from Kyoto and with Karuizawa famous for having the best of the best when it comes to food, it is not surprising to find them here. The crackers are grilled in front of your eyes and can be savoured at the back of the store along with a complimentary cup of tea.

Facility Name
Karuizawa
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa ()
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Maruyama Coffee Karuizawa Main Store
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1154-10
Phone
0267427655
Introduction
Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County Nagano Prefecture, this is the head shop for Maruyama Coffee, a specialty coffee shop that is popular even in Tokyo and Kanagawa. The shop is an old pension based in a quiet area of vacation homes that is enveloped by nature, and in the remodeled interior guests can enjoy high quality coffee that has been purchased all over the world via the shop’s proprietary route. Their coffee has a strong fragrance and a smooth finish on the palate, and is loved not only by local regulars but tourists as well.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Kyukaru Ginza (Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street)
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
Phone
0267425538
Introduction
This is the main shopping district of Karuizawa located along the old Kyu Nakasendo. It has over 400 years of history, and the area boasts a row of long-established shops such as a bakery, boutiques of imported fashion, and various new and established shops. The area is bustling with many tourists in the summer months.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Bakery Rest au rant sawamura
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2145-5 Hoshino elm in Terrace
Phone
0267310144
Business hours
Bakery 7-21 (with variations depending on the season), restaurants 11-21LO (7 May 18 - the end of August 7-22LO)
Regular holiday
open everday (there is temporary closing)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Harunire Terrace
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2148
Phone
0267455853
Hours
Depending on the store
Closed
open everyday (Winter maintenance closure by store, Temporary closure may take place)
Parking Lot
Available (about 200 spaces)
Credit Card
Yes
Introduction
Located in a commercial facility that serves as the entrance to the Hoshino Area in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, the concept of this store is “everyday Karuizawa.” Taking on the role as the hot spring town for Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-Yu, it features 15 stores that include restaurants and shops. Inside the facility which features a wood deck construction and nine buildings is a space full of abundant scenery that incorporates a grove of more than 100 Japanese elm trees which had been growing there naturally. There are also book cafes and unique miscellaneous good shops, and visitors can experience the vacation home life that is typical of Karuizawa.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
HARVEST NAGAI FARM
Address
Nagano Pref. Toumishi Kanou 8406-2
Phone
0268640588
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
terakoyahompo Karuizawa Ginzadori Rice cracker
Address
Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Nishishiki west under 570
Phone
0267421131
Business hours
9:00 to 17:30 (summer is extended)
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Nishishiki west under 570
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2145-5 Hoshino elm in Terrace
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1154-10
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2148
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