THE RESTAURANT: SHOLA
Savor a taste of Karuizawa with exquisite meals at The Restaurant, a curated collection of rare drinks in The Wine & Whisky Bar and a local craft coffee in the treetops at the Forest Terrace – all open to non-staying visitors as well as overnight guests.
A modern taste of Karuizawa is artfully presented at Shola at Shishi-Iwa House Karuizawa, in a Shigeru Ban-designed setting spanning the heart of SSH No.02. The cuisine is richly creative with a contemporary edge, inspired by the beauty of nature, rooted in the passing seasons and sourced from a deep network of local producers. Open daily from breakfast (for staying guests) through to lunch (noon to 2pm) and dinner (6pm and 8pm).
Seasonal. Local. Bold. Imaginative. These words fit easily with the contemporary culinary innovations of our in-house Executive Chef Masashi Okamoto. He is renowned for offering a richly experiential food journey for guests, serving creations that are visually striking and deeply in tune with nature. Former head chef at a leading hotel in Tokyo, Chef Masa moved to Karuizawa in 2022 to helm Shola.
Chef Masa creates an ever-changing special set menu, inspired by both the seasons and the setting at Shishi-Iwa House. Each menu is crafted to showcase the freshest local produce available at that time, sourced from local farmers across the Nagano region. Dishes are prepared in a classic French culinary style, with a modern Japanese twist. Evening menu examples include 20 local herbs and flowers served in a rice cracker; Shinshu Salmon sashimi with Amela farm tomatoes and Azumino wasabi; plus his signature slow-cooked Gin No Kamo smoked duck – all complemented by a dedicated list of wines, specifically imported from Burgundy and Bordeaux for this menu. Lunch is another highlight: stop by and enjoy our signature smoked duck in soba noodles or a Shirakawa wagyu beef burger on the terrace.
THE WINE & WHISKY
BAR + CIGAR ROOM
The art of appreciating the world’s finest drinks is taken very seriously at SSH. An expertly curated collection of some of the world’s finest wines tops the menu at The Wine and Whisky Bar in SSH No.02, an intimate haven with dusky-toned paneled shelving, a tiled bar counter and a private Cigar Room. Our ever-expanding but selective collection includes 60-plus wines spanning around 10 vintages from eight producers across Bordeaux and Burgundy.
In the mood for something special? Shishi-Iwa House can also arrange for our chef to cook for private events – from intimate dinner parties to small pop-up feasts. Please contact staff for more details.