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What I Ate in Nagano, Day 3: Matsumoto, Miasa (長野の名産を食べる旅の第三日:松本・美麻)

What I Ate in Nagano, Day 1: On the Road to Yudanaka Onsen (長野の名産を食べる旅:第一日)

What I Ate in Nagano, Day 2: Yamanouchi (長野の名産を食べる旅の第二日:山の上)

On our last day in Nagano, we went to see Matsumoto Castle and drove through Hakuba and Miasa on the way back to Kanazawa.


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What I Ate in Nagano, Day 2: Yamanouchi (長野の名産を食べる旅の第二日:山の上)

Day 1: On the Road to Yudanaka Onsen (長野の名産を食べる旅:第一日)

On our second day in Nagano, we headed to Yamanouchi to see the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. We kind of took the long way around, but eventually we got on the right path.


The roads from Yudanaka Onsen to the park are lined with ryokan and sweets shops. This one had a window cat!


Manju Shop @ I'll Make It Myself
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What I Ate in Nagano, Day 1: On the Road to Yudanaka Onsen (長野の名産を食べる旅:第一日)

Craft beer wasn’t the only delicious thing I had on my trip to Nagano. Let’s recap!

今回日本語でも書いてみようと思って、日本語で読む興味がある方がいらっしゃいますか?スノーモンキービアライブのんために長野へのROAD TRIP、行こう!

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名物料理 (meibutsu ryouri): local specialty

Nagano is delicious!



長野に、何をした?善光寺? <What’d ya do in Nagano? Go to Zenkôji?>

はい、それと地獄谷の猿に見に行きました。 <Yes, and I also went to see the monkeys at Jigokudani.>

温泉に入るさるやね。ああ、長野に、何を食べた?<The onsen monkeys, right? Oh, what’d you eat there?>

そうですね。。。そばとそば茶とそばまんじゅうとリンゴ。。。<Let’s see–soba, soba manjû, soba tea, shichimi, apples…>

おやきは? <Did you try oyaki?>

Oyaki--Like a savory manjû.

Regional and seasonal food in Japan is Serious Business.™ When I go on trips, I try to make a point of eating the regional specialties. Nagano is famous for a lot of delicious things. I bought the most delicious and cheapest of apples I’ve had in Japan at a stand with a cash box outside Zenkôji in Nagano City–4 for 200 yen! I discovered that Nagano actually has apricots, which are scanty and expensive in my region. I tried the regional Kit Kat flavors: shichimi, “seven-spice,” and apple.

Nagano is also famous for Shinshuu soba (信州, the name of the former province to which Nagano belonged). In addition to soba noodles, there’s soba ice cream, Western pasta made with soba, and soba tea. I had some lovely soba manjû, a sweet with a buckwheat-noodle-based “skin” around sweet red-bean paste, and oyaki, which is like a manjû but made with soba. I had savory vegetable and kabocha oyaki as well as a sweet apple one.

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