Gen no Sato (Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Type: All Vegan
  • Location: Chuo-ku, Matsumoto, Nagano (near Matsumoto City Museum of Art)
  • Nearby Attractions: Matsumoto Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Price: $$ – Moderate (Lunch Sets about ¥1200)
  • Hours: Tues-Fri: 11:00-21:00, Sunday: 11:00-18:00, Closed Saturdays & Mondays (temporarily, check website to see if this has changed).
  • Website:  HappyCow Page
  • Language Barrier:  English Menu available

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About & Location:

Gen no Sato is a macrobiotic restaurant located in Matsumoto City, Nagano-ken.  It’s near the Matsumoto Museum of Art, a popular tourist attraction.  All of Gen no Sato’s dishes are vegan.  They also have  a sister restaurant in Matsumoto, called Hitsuki, which is also entirely vegan.

Address & Phone Number:

  • English Address: 4-1-1 Chuo, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture 390-0811, Japan
  • Japanese Address: 390-0811長野県松本市4-1-1中央
  • Phone Number: 0263-39-3393

Google Map:

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Food Review:

Gen no Sato  is a macrobiotic restaurant, so it probably has some exceptional healthy food.   However, I laugh in the face of vitamins, so I ended up ordering their 3 Kinds Deep Fry Set 2 (which included deep fried wheat gluten “oyster,” deep fried “fish,” and deep fried soy cutlet, along with soup, rice, and pickles).   At ¥1200 it was a very good deal.  I may regret my choices in 20 years, but I certainly didn’t that day.

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3 Kinds Deep Fry Set 2 (¥1200)

It was all REALLY good.  Everything was rolled in panko and deep fried to crispy perfection, with warm gooey insides.   It came with a cold sort of faux-tartar sauce on the side to dip the fried rolls in. The pickles, rice, and thick vegetable soup helped to offset some of the richness of the fried main dish.

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I also ordered Soy Chai Tea (¥500), and got this little cream buns (perhaps oyaki?  But the flour didn’t taste like buckwheat).  One had strawberry “cream” filling and one was filled with apple, and they were amazing.

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My only real gripe is that the chai tea was really much more expensive than it should have been, but then, ¥500 for a cup of tea is not exactly a shocker in Japan.

Atmosphere & Service:

Gen was a very cute, small, and casual restaurant.  Although the space was small they tables were arranged so that you wouldn’t be running into anyone if the place were full.  There was a TV screen in the back with various pictures of adorable animals (mostly pigs), and while this might be distracting and irritating for some customers, I thought it was adorable and it really lightened the mood.  When I visited with my boyfriend, we were the only ones in the restaurant and so received exceptionally prompt service.  Overall, a very cute, casual atmosphere, and good service (although I’m not sure how this varies when busy).

Menu:

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Other Vegan Spots in Matsumoto:

  • Hitsuki (review here and here)
  • Possibly “Hikariya” (macrobiotic, may have vegetarian options)
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