Located in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, a city blessed by agricultural bounty, Nihonryori Yukimoto is a three-minute walk from Iida Station, which is directly connected to Tokyo and Nagoya by express bus. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Takayuki Hagiwara, who trained at Shofukuro in Shiga, which is known for fostering young talent, and later returned to work at Nihonryori Yukimoto run by his father. He officially succeeded his father in 2008 and opened a new location in 2016.
In order to deliver the exclusive, fresh and rich flavors of Shinshu to visitors from far away, the restaurant offers dishes featuring local seasonal ingredients. The changing four seasons and their natural beauty are reflected throughout the restaurant, including the dishes, tableware, decorations, and gardens. The vegetables are carefully selected so that only fresh vegetables grown by acquainted farmers and picked in the morning are delivered. The freshwater fish are purchased from reliable fishermen, while the sea fish are sourced from the neighboring prefecture of Aichi every day. The meat dishes feature wild game meat from local hunters, Shinshu beef, and Chiyogenton pork from Iida City, which is known for its meat quality. In particular, as the restaurant is known for its game meat, its seasonal bear meat hotpots are immensely popular, including “Kuma no Kusa Nabe” (a bear meat and edible wild plant hotpot) in the spring, “Tsuki to Suppon Nabe” (a moon bear meat and softshell turtle hotpot) in the summer, “Kuma Kinoko Nabe” (a bear meat and wild mushroom hotpot) in the autumn, and “Kuma no Shirayu Nabe” (hotpot with a moon bear meat and bones) in the winter. In addition, matsutake and other mushroom dishes are offered, sourced locally from Iida, which is known for matsutake mushrooms.
The beverage menu offers 100 labels of wines mainly from Nagano and 30 labels of Japanese sake as well as a variety of soft drinks, including Chinese tea, Taiwanese tea, and fruit juices.
The interior is a combination of elegant simplicity and modernity with furniture created by local artisans. The simple design highlights the beautiful views of the garden and the bounty of nature. With six private rooms and a banquet room (seating up to 50 guests) with a large screen, all of which are wheelchair accessible, the restaurant is suitable for tourists, celebrations, date nights, business dinners, and intimate family meals.
Please enjoy the terroir of Shinshu and the hospitality of Japanese culture at Nihonryori Yukimoto.
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A 3-minutes walk from JR Iida Station