What to Eat in Karuizawa

Thanks to its reputation as one of the most visitable cosy corners of Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa is bursting with eating establishments to keep its visitors happy. From the good old traditional to upmarket and avant-garde eateries, there’s no shortage of fine food along the little streets of Karuizawa.

What to Eat in Karuizawa

Suju Masayuki

Suju Masayuki
Suju Masayuki

Let’s kick off with a restaurant whose focus is on a flavour the Japanese love: vinegar. With 200 years of history, Suju Masayuki was originally a specialist miso shop but now serves up a diverse spread of dishes which use a vinegar base to cook up all sorts of Japanese favourites. As well as healthy vegetable dishes, warming miso soup and fresh crunchy salads, the vinegar-enhanced rice is one of the restaurant’s specialities thanks to the copper pot it is steamed in which results in a unique taste and fluffy texture. Found right in the middle of Kyu-Karuizawa, this is an easy spot to enjoy a sit down meal any time between 11am and 10pm.

Kawakami An

Kawakami An
Kawakami An

Right next door is the ever popular Kawakami An which, despite sporting a very different style, is run by the same owners as Suju Masayuki. Specialising in freshly made soba noodles, this modern restaurant serves up wholesome zaru noodles on bamboo trays as well as succulent meat dishes and crispy tempura. Pull up a seat either inside or outside any time between 11am and 10pm.

If you’re a fan of the owner's’ impeccable taste, both in style and cuisine, don’t miss Sawamura Bakery across the street for a delicious selection of baked goods.

Papa Steak

Papa Steak
Papa Steak

If you’re the type of traveler that likes to dodge the tourist traps, make a beeline for Kitchen Papa Steak. Tucked away in Naka Karuizawa, a central but residential part of the town, this lively izakaya is one for the locals thanks to its hidden location away from the more popular streets. Papa Steak serves up various dishes both Japanese and Western but, as the name suggests, the tender steak is what keeps the customers coming back. With Papa-san and Mama-san at the helm, whether you speak Japanese or not you’ll be made to feel at home thanks to their welcoming smiles and the friendly clientele.

Shousui un Tofu

Shousui un Tofu
Shousui un Tofu

While tofu has made its way across the seas to many other countries, there are still few that know how to cook up a good tofu dish like the Japanese. Karuizawa’s Shousui un Tofu restaurant offers minimalist style all the way from its exterior to the delicious tofu themed food found on the menu. Ideal for the health conscious, this low fat but highly nutritious ingredient is presented in soups, raw, or fried up in unique flavours and jazzed up with colourful side dishes.

Boulangerie Asanoya

Boulangerie Asanoya
Boulangerie Asanoya

Whether you’re looking for a cheeky westernised breakfast or a pick-me-up following an afternoon of shopping, head over to Boulangerie Asanoya on Ginza Dori in Kyu-Karuizawa. With a huge range of European sweet pastries and Japanese influenced savoury snacks, this is a good insight into the popular Japanese bakeries that have popped up all over the country in the last couple of decades.

Facility Name
Karuizawa
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa ()
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Restaurant Suju Masayuki Karuizawa
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 6-1
Phone
0267412007
Introduction
Founded as a miso storehouse in Shinshu Komoro in 1827, this is the restaurant of Suju Masayuki Shoten, which is known for Japanese seasonings such as miso and soy sauce. They offer plenty of a la carte dishes that make the most of the umami flavor of the ingredients and taste of the traditional seasonings, and guests will not grow tired of enjoying the simple Japanese cuisine. They also have a complete selection of local sake and wine that pairs well with the food. A popular way to finish off the meal is with their fluffy rice cooked in a copper pot and their special miso soup. Alight from Karuizawa Station and proceed on foot for approximately 20 minutes.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Karuizawa Kawakami an
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 6-10
Phone
0267420009
Hours
11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:00) [Heisei 10] 45-23:00 (L.O. 22:00)
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (only after 17:00)
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
Boulangerie Asanoya Kyudo Main Store
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 738
Phone
0267422149
Introduction
This long-established bakery located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture was founded in 1933. They have adopted European-style traditional bread-making, and their French bread and German bread baked in a stone oven imported from Spain are well-regarded. Popular products include their Fruit Rye that features the fragrance of rum-soaked raisins and orange peel. In addition, they sell approximately 70 types of breads including the Chocolate Bread that is limited to Karuizawa. The shop features a space to eat inside.
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

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