This magical igloo village in Nagano is actually a restaurant

In Japan, winter is more of an experience than a season. There is always something exciting happening somewhere in the country, let it be amazing illuminationsfrozen ice cube displays or breathtaking Ice Hotel. If you prefer to base your travels around dining, you won’t want to miss Restaurant Kamakura Villagea magical restaurant made up of more than 20 ephemeral igloos.

You’ll find the restaurant nestled in the snow-capped Japanese Alps in the small town of Iiyama in Nagano Prefecture. The winter restaurant is set up every year and is open for just over a month. This year, the restaurant is open until Sunday February 27 and reservations are still open.



Each igloo can accommodate up to four people, and you’ll be treated to a hearty meal of the local delicacy noroshi nabe, a hot pot made with miso, pork, and local vegetables. You can choose to dine for lunch or dinner, or opt for a shorter snack plan where you can enjoy a hot cup of amazake or soup inside the cozy little igloos.

do not miss to visit the igloo behind a small red torii gate – inside you will find a frosty Shinto shrine. The grounds around the restaurant are also perfect for sledding, or you can pay a visit during a ski trip to one of the surrounding areas. snow resorts.

Lunch at Kamakura Village is ¥3,700 per person (¥2,400 for children), while dinner is ¥4,200 (¥2,800 for children) and includes noroshi nabe, onigiri rice balls, and rice. private use of an igloo. A snack plan is also available from 3-4pm for ¥1,800 (¥1,200 for children) and includes use of a private igloo, a cup of amazake or soup, and a snow car experience. To book lunch or dinner visit hereand to book the snack plan, visit here.

You can get to Kamakura Village Restaurant in about two hours from Tokyo Station by taking the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Iiyama Station and then an express bus. For more information about the restaurant, go to website.

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