Nagano Restaurant Tips by chatterley

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cold soba with tempura - Nagano

cold soba with tempura

various soba restaurants on Zenkoji Omotesando: Nagano - birthplace of Soba!

Nagano Prefecture is actually the birthplace of soba, and so the soba dishes in this region are quite well known. There are quite a number of soba restaurants lining the Zenkoji Omotesando street. We took our lunch at one of the restaurants (it is located opposite Suyakame, the shop famous for its miso products. Refer to my previous tip on Miso ice cream) and ordered soba dishes.

Mine was cold soba with tempura (tennzaru set), hubby ordered nameko soba (soba in hot soup with mushrooms). Total expenditure was 2100 Yen.

Comparison: about average

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Japanese/Sushi

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various shops along Zenkoji Omotesando sell these: Oyaki - a local dumpling dish

The "Oyaki" is a round, flat dumpling made of wheat flour, with different types of fillings - seasonal and wild vegetables, pork etc. It is either steamed or baked, and costs 180 Yen. It is best eaten as a snack. Various shops on the omotesando of the Zenkoji Shrine sells these.

Favorite Dish: Savoury snack.

Comparison: least expensive

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

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the half-eaten miso ice-cream - Nagano

the half-eaten miso ice-cream

Suyakame (Zenkoji Branch): Try the Miso-Flavoured Ice Cream!

There are different flavours of soft-serve ice cream with ingredients from Nagano, e.g. chestnut bean jam, blueberries, wasabi (!), buckwheat (soba) etc.

We tried the miso-flavoured soft-serve ice cream in Zenkoji, Nagano City. The name of this shop is "Suyakame" and it is touted as the original shop which created this flavour (the shop is known for selling miso). The ice cream is very rich, aromatic and sweet (not salty at all!). It costs 300 Yen for 1 cone. It is a must-try!

We would definitely try out other flavours (e.g. buckwheat and wasabi) if we do visit Nagano again.

Favorite Dish: Rich and sweet miso ice-cream, with a nice aftertaste.

Address: 483 Motoyoshi-cho, Nagano

Comparison: about average

Directions: As you approach the Zenkoji Shrine, this shop is located at the entrance / exit of the row of shops leading to the shrine. See my photo for picture of shopfront.

Other Contact: www.suyakame.co.jp

Phone: 026 237 2239

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Ice Cream

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sushi - Nagano

sushi

Isami Sushi: Sushi Restaurant @ Yudanaka Onsen area

This restaurant is also featured in the "Restaurant Guide to Yamanouchi Town" (like the restaurant in my previous tip - Yamaguchiya). We went to this place for dinner (about 3-5 minutes walk from Shimaya Ryokan).

I had the special Sushi and Tempura Set (2000 Yen), which comes with 6 pieces of sushi (2 pieces each of salmon, tuna and shrimp) and 6 smaller rolls (tuna and cucumber), plus 5-6 pieces of tempura (with shrimps, vegetables etc). Hubby chose the 1600 Yen rice bowl with pieces of tuna sashimi on top. The meals come with free green tea and miso soup. Good value for money.

Favorite Dish: The sushi and tempura set is very popular, and highly recommended by other guests who had stayed at Shimaya Ryokan.

Address: Yudanaka Onsen, Yamanouchi Town, Nagano

Comparison: about average

Directions: From Shimaya Ryokan, walk down the road for about 5 min towards Yudanaka train station. This restaurant is on your right. On the "Restaurant Guide", it is marked on the map as "A-3".

opening hours: 1100h - 1500h, 1700h - 2400h (closing days: irregular)

Other Contact: fax: 0269 33 2313

Phone: 0269 33 2313

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Japanese/Sushi

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tempura ramen (600 Yen) - Nagano

tempura ramen (600 Yen)

Yamaguchiya: Cheap and good ramen dishes @ Yudanaka Onsen area

Using the "Restaurant Guide - Yamanouchi Town" we picked up at the ryokan, we found some restaurants within walking distance from where we stayed. The ryokan owner, Mr Yumoto, pointed out and recommended this restaurant to us.

The place is run by an old couple, very tiny establishment but the food is delicious and cheap! I ordered the Tempura Ramen while hubby chose the Pork Udon. The total bill was only 1150 Yen for 2 persons.

The proprietors do not speak English, but they had a menu with pictures on it, with some simple English words. That was how we manage to order the dishes.

Favorite Dish: Their ramen dishes are nice and cheap. Their katsu-don (pork cutlet on rice) is also highly recommended by Mr Yumoto.

Address: It is a stone's throw away from Shimaya Ryokan.

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: If you use the "Restaurant Guide to Yamanouchi Town", Yamaguchiya is marked out on the map as "A-4".

opening hours: 1100h - 2300h (they are closed after 1400h every Wednesday)

Phone: 0269 33 2250

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Japanese/Sushi

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