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The Storyhouse Cafe

1-5-29 Josei, Matsumoto 390-0875, Nagano Prefecture
+81 80-4355-6283
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6 Sep 2018
“Great for breakfast”
14 Aug 2018
“I love the storyhouse cafe”
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
1-5-29 Josei, Matsumoto 390-0875, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Chris and his partner were very accommodating for our group this morning before a big ride in the local hills. While breakfast is a simple affair it’s fresh and delicious. Great coffee too. A great start to the day!More

Thank Clint78
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thank you very much for the great review! Glad we could give you energy for the bike ride up Utsukushigahara. It was fun talking with you and your team. I didn't know very much about biking. Anyway, hope you can find another good biking place...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful experience and an awesome place. Especially bagel that owner bakes every morning is so fantastic and he is so friendly!! I played Uno with owner daughter.

Thank jaehool2016
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Stop reading and go check out the breakfasts and snacks on offer here. Everything is freshly made and Chris, the owner, is a friendly guy! The bagels and cookies we had were delicious.

Thank IggyAndMatt
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2018

Thank you for the kind review! I'm very happy you enjoyed the bagels and other snacks that we make each morning. Enjoy the rest of your travels around Japan. And take it easy in this heat!!

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

When in Matsumoto you should have your breakfast in The Storyhouse Cafe. Nice place with very good coffee! The granola with yoghurt and fruit was amazing. Not expensive at all! The owner was very friendly and helpful.

Thank liekeseynaeve
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Thank you for the pleasant review! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and hopefully you had enough time to see all the fun parts of Matsumoto! Glad I could help you with any recommendations :-)

Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

The good mood of Chris and his family + the delicious breakfast they serve is the best start for a day in Matsumoto :DMore

1  Thank Caroline S
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

Thank you for coming by! It was nice meeting you and your group of ever-changing travel companions :-) I hope you have a super fun time traveling around Japan, and bring many nice memories back home with you! Utsukushigahara must have been perfect during this...More

Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

This place serves the best homemade bagels I’ve ever tasted, for a good, fair price. The other foods also look delicious and the coffee is top notch. The staff are all so friendly as well and make you really feel at home while you’re there....More

Thank samueljones2
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you for the great review, Sam! I'm very happy you like the bagels. I hope to see you in Japan again someday! Cheers on your travels and worldly adventures.

Reviewed December 10, 2017

The Storyhouse Cafe has in a very short time established itself as one of Matsumoto's best cafes. It is extremely spacious and inviting. It's a cozy place to hangout all day. It has a large kids area and offers a variety of events that will...More

2  Thank Duende2014
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2017

Thank you for the positive review! We're glad you like our quiche, and we will try to make the bacon one more often :-) Also, as we fully enter the winter season, we'll add some more varieties of warm foods to the menu. Hope to...More

Reviewed December 7, 2017

Glad I went to this cafe! Nice interior, friendly people, and delicious foods. I had a great time there! Chris and Kumi are super friendly, and they take their food and drinks very serious. I particular like the kids area, and their regular story telling...More

Thank CalvinC1317
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2017

Thank you for the great review, Calvin! We're glad you liked it. If you come again, we'll read you a story in the storytelling area :-) Kumi can read you a Japanese book if you want to try learning!

Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

I stopped in the The cafe late with friends. We all very much enjoyed our time there. This place is wonderful and located close to Matsumoto Castle. I’m not sure, but I think all of the food was made in premises, from scratch. There is...More

Thank caleb45
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2017

Thank you for the kind review! Yes, all the food is made in-house. Bagels, quiche, cookies, scones, and sometimes other sweets, all made each morning. We hope you will come back to Japan some day and visit Matsumoto again!

Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely perfect stop with kids. We have 6 yr old twins and a 17 month old and they were well entertained so that the adults could enjoy the wonderful bagels. I️ recommend this place for all. Thanks

Thank leticia b
ChrisNKoch, Owner at The Storyhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2017

Thank you very much for coming by our cafe in Matsumoto, and we are very glad that you were happy and could have some relax time while the kids played. Also, thanks for recommending Room on the Broom! We'll share it with our daughter :-)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5-29 Josei, Matsumoto 390-0875, Nagano Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Koshinetsu  >  Nagano Prefecture  >  Matsumoto
  • Phone Number: +81 80-4355-6283
Very international cafe with a focus on quality home-made food every morning, and an entertaining space to relax in. Home roasted coffee, freshly baked bagels, homemade granola and sweets. Vegan options available (hummus bagel sandwich!!) Enjoy the sofa, piano, guitar and other musical instruments, fireplace, and board games. The back of the cafe is a large kids space with books and toys. Parking is limited (two spots), but we can use our neighbor's large parking on most weekends.
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