Sakai, a traditional Japanese Izakaya restaurant just a few minutes walk from the main street. Give it a try!
Open hours: from 6pm
Location: G5 on our town map. Take a right turn off the main street when walking towards the grand O-yu Onsen and walk uphill a few hundred meters.
Type of food: Izakaya Japanese dining
The Plug: Tucked away from the busier main street, Sakai is a fantastic little spot for a meal. With a menu that keeps on going, you won’t have a hard time finding something appealing. The staff are very welcoming, speaking both Japanese and English. Sakai has an authentic Japanese feel with traditional art, attire, and tatami mat seating, as well as tables and a bar if that’s more to your preference. There will likely be some foods you’ve never tried, so don’t be afraid to order a couple of new dishes and surprise yourself!
House Specialty: Masuzake, a Japanese Margarita as some call it. Sake served in a small wooden box with salt on the edge.
If you like fish then you can’t look past the Mackerel.
You may need to book during busier periods
Average Price of a dish: 500-1000 Yen depending on size of dish
Oyu-7923-2 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 389-2502 – Map Reference – G5