Fodor's Expert Review Usagi-ya
This bustling izakaya across the street from the annex of Hotel Iidaya on the station's east side serves up izakaya staples plus regional specialties like basashi (raw horse meat), sansoku-yaki (a kind of fried chicken) and rabbit (usagi means “rabbit”). There's no English menu, so keep an eye out for what others are eating and point to whatever looks good. At lunch, it turns into a ramen joint. It's easy to spot because of the rabbit design on the noren curtain over the door.
Matsumoto, Nagano-ken 390-0811, Japan
- Excellent sashimi of Shinshu salmon
- Local oddity inago (simmered grasshoppers)
- Range of sake and shochu