Restaurants and Bars Our recommendations
For Japanese style pizza, very thin bases. Salads and many side dishes to share! Korean style and Italian style risotto in cast iron pots. Great place to enjoy cocktails and cold beer on tap.
Extensive menu, sashimi, teppanyaki, nabe, rice and more. Friendly host, will recommend the special of the day. Local family run restaurant. Good food for all the family.
For Sushi and pork katsu cutlet dishes. 70 year old tonkatsu recipe and Kimono wearing serving staff for a traditional experience.
Italian/Japanese fusion, 4 Course Dinner set, homemade paté, bread and pasta. Reservations are required in advance.
Across from the Sky4 ski-lift Goryu Resort. Cafe serves great coffee and donuts. Next door Burgers and Brews - A Burger restaurant (and parmas) serving local beers.
Live music events, a good hamburger, pizza and chunky chips. Great for families early in the night, pool table and plenty of room to run about.
Sauce Café & Izakaya
Check out Sauce on any night of the week for beers, cocktails, and light snacks. They have darts, cozy couches, and a large bar with friendly staff.
For cheap eats (burgers, burritos, pizza, nachos), free pool table, beer on tap, strong cocktails, super friendly folks, and some of the best live music and local crowds too.
Da Monde is commonly known as "Darts Bar’. They have 2 electronically operated dart boards. They also have karaoke and a good selection of manga for those who prefer to put their feet up and do a little reading (in Japanese).
One of the best soba restaurants in the Hakuba village. Set in a beautiful old Minka (Japanese farm house) complete with irori (a sunken hearth used for cooking and eating), kotatsu (heated tables), and hand-made hanten (a quilted robe for guests to wear). Open for lunch only.
Izakaya, extensive English menu
OnSki in for lunch or dinner, watch the world go by, in the warmth. Good hearty food, coffee and hot chocolate.
Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki and Steak. Local Nagano wine and great tasting sake.
Bradbury's Bar & Grill
Western grill and Japanese tapas.
Genryu no yu
Order dinner before taking an onsen and dinner will be ready when you get out. Large size sumo hot-pots.
Matsumoto Castle dates back to the 16th Century and is one of Japan's oldest and most impressive historic castles.
Jigokudani Snow Monkeys
These Japanese Macaques spend their days bathing in natural hot-springs, enjoy the hike in on a two kilometer footpath through the forest, which keeps it uncrowded despite being relatively well-known.
Zenkoji Buddhist Temple
Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City was built in the 7th Century and today is one of Japan's most impressive cultural sites.
Explore the heart of Japan; Shrine, Ninja, Soba Noodles. The village nestles amongst 900 year old cedars.
Tatayama Kurobe Alpen Route
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.