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The cafe Rizanbo opened in May of 1977, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono were regulars at this cafe. A fresh breeze blows through the wooden terrace that is surrounded by trees. You will find yourself very relaxed here. The rustic wooden cafe, the simple pergola and the surrounding nature remain unchanged for all these years. The regulars keep coming back for this friendly comfortable setting. You will enjoy delicious coffee and sweets in this legendary cafe.
- 820−96 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 21-min walk from Naka-Karuizawa Station on Shinano Tetsudo Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00‐17:00 (spring and summer), 10:00‐17:00 (fall and winter)
Closed on Wednesdays and in winter (from Dec. through Mar.) *May be closed temporarily without notice.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2 hours
- Other Information
- Average price per person: from 1,000 yen Menu: Nostalgic taste pancakes 850 yen, Rizanbo house blend coffee 700 yen
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A Relaxing Place that John Lennon loved
There are many photos of the John Lennon's family displayed in the cafe that have been amusing many fans. Every cup of coffee that the owner carefully pours has a rich aroma and flavor. You will feel like you have come back to a peaceful nostalgic place even on your first visit.
The John Lennon family and the owner of Rizanbo
Hot and Fluffy Pancakes
Their popular dish is Mukashi Natsukashiajino Hotcake (nostalgic taste pancakes - 850 yen). The pancakes are served hot and fluffy as they are made to order. Rich butter and sweet maple syrup top it off. Their signature item is blueberry juice that John Lennon loved.
Time Passes Slowly at the Pergola
The pergola in the garden used be John's reserved seat, and he could often be seen taking a nap there. You don't want to miss this place when you visit the cafe. You will have a peaceful and relaxing time in the woods.