Welcome to our Restaurant, Cafe & Bar Guide
Nozawa Onsen has one of the best village atmospheres of any Ski Resort in Japan. The town is steeped in history and is really just a quiet and charming farming community. This translates into delicious fresh local produce and some amazing eating delights. As all the venues cater to the locals all year round so the prices are very good value. You can easily get a terrific meal in many places for less than 1000 yen, so you can afford to eat out every night and there are some unique and memorable splurges too.
Along with the great restaurants on the mountain there are so many eating-places and quaint bars in Nozawa. We cannot fit them all in here, but we would like to introduce you to many of our favourites. Some are on the map and a few we try and keep a bit secret, so be sure to ask our staff for their suggestions – we’ll be delighted to share. The amazing skiing, breathtaking scenery and relaxing hot springs are not the only reason to visit Nozawa Onsen. If you are a foodie then come to Nozawa just to give your taste buds an adventure.
Something unique to Nozawa is cooking in the Onsens so be sure to try an Onsen Egg or corn while you are here. Other specialties on the main street, Oyu Dori, are the Oyaki or steamed buns. The Onsen Manju in the wooden boxes are perfect on a cold day to warm the hands! Of course you are welcome in any of the many restaurants around the village so get out and explore. Some places may appear closed so don’t be shy they will be happy to see you. Most places have one night a week off which varies so if you miss it one night try again the next. The menus in many places are now in English and Japanese to help make it easier for you.
If you feel like a night in, there is home delivery or “Demae “ is a great option and a few places in town do it when it’s not too busy. They will deliver to the door of the Lodge in the authentic bowls on the back of a scooter! There are also a few places not listed that do great feasts, you just need to book a day in advance so ask our staff for assistance.
Here are couple of phrases that may help with your dining experience:
- Please: Kudasai
- Thank You: Arigatou
- Bon Apetit: Itadakimasu
- Delicious: Oishii
- Food: Tabemono
- Drink: Nomimono
- One: Hitotsu
- Two: Futatsu
- Three: Mittsu
At the end of the meal it is always polite to say – Gochisosama.
Also some hand tips on how to get into your favourites; Restaurant Tips Nozawa Onsen
It doesn’t translate very well so you will just have to trust us on that one!!!