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Best Oyaki in Nagano: Ogawanosho, steps from Zenkoji Temple

While Nagano Prefecture’s geography is not conducive to growing rice, it is absolutely perfect for buckwheat. Thanks to the experimentation of the Jomon people thousands of years ago, we can now enjoy things like soba noodles, soba...

The Char-Grilled Chicken Wonderland: Ukai Toriyama

As I sip my tea, a gentle breeze blows into our private dining room. The stand alone sukiya-zukuri style thatched roof and earthen walled structure contains a rather elegant space; tatami mats, a lacquered table and floor-to-ceiling glass doors with stunning views...