Clear water from snowy mountains and fields and a climate with four distinct seasons produced rich seasonal foods in Iiyama. Farm products like Iiyama rice, mushrooms, and green asparagus are valued highly throughout Japan.
Try a meal of sasazushi (Sushi wrapped in bamboo grass), eaten as battle rations during the time of Kenshin Uesugi (16th century), or Tomikura soba, containing fiber of Okuyamabokuchi leaves and known as a "rare soba."
You can also find many cafes, as well as Japanese and Western sweets shops, with beautiful natural surroundings. Why not take a break from strolling around Iiyama to try some sweets made from special northern Nagano ingredients!?