La Locanda Nella Foresta

Romantic Italian restaurant with rice field views

By Kim B    - 2 min read

If you're in the Minamiuonuma region of Niigata and looking for a place to eat with a romantic atmosphere, La Locanda Nella Foresta certainly delivers. The restaurant is located in a charming wood cabin styled building, and from inside you're able to enjoy a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and rice fields.

A better look at the view
A better look at the view

It may have been evident from the restaurant's name, but the cuisine here is Italian. There are menu sections dedicated to pizza, pasta, and meat dishes, as well as wine, coffee, and desserts. On our most recent visit we opted to share a few dishes, including their sausage pizza, fettuccine bolognese, and penne arrabiata, along with a few glasses of their house wine. We also split some tiramisu over coffee after our meals. Everything was delicious and made to order, and perhaps most amazing of all, we were the only people in the restaurant on the evening we visited! Granted, it was a weeknight, but it still made the atmosphere even more memorable.

Sausage Pizza
Sausage Pizza

Prices for meals here are quite reasonable, too. We spent around 8,000 yen for everything we ordered, and volume-wise it was a lot of food. Even though the restaurant feels very intimate and romantic, we've also visited on other occasions with our children -- they do have high chairs and are very accommodating to families.

This is definitely the kind of place that you visit initially for the food, but ends up seeing you linger around as a result of the views. If you can time your visit to coincide with sunset, you won't be disappointed!

Getting there

La Locanda Nella Foresta is located under ten minutes on foot from Yairo Station, on the JR Joetsu Local Line.

If you drive to the restaurant, you'll find a parking lot right out the front.

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Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!

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Sleiman Azizi 3 weeks ago
I love that view photo. Excellent!
Kim B Author 3 weeks ago
It's such a nice place to enjoy a meal!