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Shopping Spots in Nara Area

  • Ileda Ganko-do
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Tsunofurichou 16
    A long-standing shop, Ikeda Ganko-do is the only shop to still make Nara Uchiwa fans, a traditional craft passed down since the Nara period. The shop is located in Tsunofuri Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Nara Uchiwa are made by combining 20 sheets of Japanese washi paper and are characterized by the use of “sukashibori,” a technique in which a design is cut into the fan paper using tiny knives. The shop carries over 100 designs such as famous Nara sights; the delicate designs cut into the fans make them veritable works of art. In addition to selling Nara Uchiwa and Nara Sensu folding fans, the shop also holds reservation only classes in which participants can try making their own Nara Uchiwa.

    三条通り沿いにある「池田含香堂」は、奈良の伝統工芸「奈良扇子」の専門店です。 初めて「奈良扇子」を拝見しましたが、柄がとても綺麗☆ 軽いのでお土産にも良いですね♪

  • Kito Kito
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashikanenagachou 61-2
    A pottery tableware and knickknack boutique operating out of the first floor of an old Japanese-style home in the quiet Kitamachi area. Requiring visitors to take off their shoes before entering, the old-fashioned interior of the shop is filled with pieces by artisans from around the country with a focus on ceramics as well as leather, wood, and cloth goods. Many of the items are offered at reasonable prices which make them easy to feel comfortable using every day, and smaller items like chopstick rests and cutlery make great, inexpensive souvenirs. There’s also a tatami space where you can take your time and choose which pieces you want to take home with you.
  • Kuuki Cake
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 738-2
    A sweets café located in Nara City, Nara Prefecture which sells Western-style confections, fluffy and filled with the natural air found at the foot of Mt. Kasuga. The café’s showcases are filled with cakes made with an abundance of local Nara ingredients and seasonal fruits. The shop’s signature Kuuki cake is a fluffy and light sponge cake sandwiching a mousse filling and has a delicate flavor. Seven varieties are on offer, including plain milk mousse, matcha green tea, and orange. You can enjoy your cake in the shop’s eat-in space or terrace seating area.
  • Archaique
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Fukuchinchou 44-1
    A baked sweets specialty shop located in Fukuchiin Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, modeled after the image of a small Paris sweet shop, the cute shop atmosphere is sure to appeal to any woman’s inner princess. The café’s most popular item is its renowned Nara dear muffins - Japanese-style muffins topped with an iced dear-shaped cookie. The shop also offers a variety of other baked goods which make perfect souvenirs, including colorful iced cookies, conversation, and cakes. The shop also sells cute handmade knickknacks created by craft artisans.
  • Satouden Masuo-shoten
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Gangoujichou 10
    This sugar specialty shop in Gangojicho, Nara opened in 1854. Originally a Japanese tea store the founder came across a returning trading ship in Osaka and loaded up on Okinawa brown sugar and Awa Japanese Wasanbon sugar, marking the beginning of their sugar trade. Their flagship product is an amber Mikadomai rice-sugar made through the saccharification of rice using malt. Their multi-colored konpeito (sugar candy) Nara Confeito is popular as a souvenir item.
  • Honke Kikuya Honten
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    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Yanagi 1-11
    Said to be Nara’s oldest Japanese confectionary shop, Kikuya was established in 1585. The shop got its start when the official Japanese confectionary of Toyotomi Hidenaga moved to the castle town of Yamatokoriyama. The shop’s signature item is the Oshiro no kuchi-mochi, which was even served at parties hosted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi -sweet an paste made with Tanba dainagon adzuki beans wrapped in mochi pounded rice and dusted with kinako roasted soy flour. The shop also sells a variety of other sweets, such as the popular “Kiku-no-Kotobuki”, which goes great with a cup of coffee. Closest station: Kintetsu-Koriyama Station.

    郡山城の帰り、町歩きをしていたら 有名な和菓子屋さんを見つけました。 創業400年の菊屋さんです。 店構えはとても歴史ある作りで、天井には和菓子の型が並んでいて、趣があります。 肝心なお菓子ですが、今回は御城之口餅6個入を購入しました。 一口サイズのお餅の中に粒餡が入っており、きな粉がまぶしてあります。 天正の頃、豊臣秀長が兄の秀吉を招き茶会を催した折り、献上された和菓子で歴史あるお菓子です。 餡...

  • Tengyokudo Nara-Honten
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Oshiagechou 1-6
    A kudzu jelly specialty restaurant founded in 1870 housed inside a black-painted building standing on the former site of the Todaiji temple’s west gate. Here you can taste the unique dishes and sweets of a long-standing restaurant which uses pure Yoshino-honkuzu powder, a Nara specialty product. The restaurant’s jiggling, chewy kuzu-mochi and kuzu-kiri jelly cakes are lovingly prepared to order. The restaurant also offers a full menu of savory dishes made with delicious Yoshino-honkuzu powder, including kudzu udon noodles and kudzu rice porridge. Popular with tourists seeking lunch or a place to take a break, inside, the restaurant is quiet, and its windows look out over seasonal scenery. Closest station: Kintetsu-Nara Station.
  • Nakanishi Yosaburo,
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Wakidochou 23
    This long-standing confectioner first opened in 1913 and is found in the Naramachi area known for its classical appearance. Inside the shop located in a classical townhouse they offer a variety of Japanese sweets including their famous Naramachi Dango (sweet rice dumplings) and seasonal fresh sweets. They serve desserts and green tea along with their special store-only Yoshino honkuzumochi (kudzu starch cake) and their special sekihan (red rice) lunch set including Japanese and Western dishes (reservations required). The nearest station is Kintetsu Nara Station.
  • Nipponichi (Nara Sanjo Branch)
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Tsunofurishinyachou 1-1 Fine Flats Nara-cho Sanjo 1F
    A souvenir shop operated by Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, a long-standing store dealing in handwoven hemp fabrics founded in 1716. The shop is filled with high quality, fashionable goods sure to intrigue the discerning customer, including Daibutsu-branded Nara fukin tea towels, Japanese print tenugui hand towels, 2&9 sock brand products, Yamato-cha tea, sweets, and more. Built around the concept of Japanese souvenirs, the shop sells specialty products and handicrafts not only from Nara but also around the country. Closest station: Kintetsu-Nara Station.

    いつもは百貨店の小さいお店やネットショップでお世話になっていますが今回本店に行くことができました。とても良い立地にあり外観もゆったりとした雰囲気でした。お土産的な和風の雑貨ではなく、本当の和物ですので普段や着物の時などに合わせる商品が個人的にお気に入りです。

  • Furukoto
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashikanenagachou 61-22F
    This shop selling miscellaneous goods and secondhand books in Higashikanenaga Town, Nara City, is on the second floor of an old Japanese house just down an alleyway near the Todaiji Tegaimon Gate. There are four different shopkeepers who rotate through operating this little hide-away store and inside you’ll find a variety of items that reflect the theme of the ancient Nara capital of Japan. Come discover unique Nara souvenirs that you can use in everyday life including small items with Kofun burial mound or deer motifs as well as lamp shades with classic designs of the four seasons and traditional leatherwork goods.
  • Sohonpo Shirozakeya
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    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hase 746
    This shop, located outside the gate of Hasedera Temple in Sakurai City, Nara, is famous for its kusamochi (rice flour dumplings) and Narazuke (vegetables pickled in sake lees). Originally established as a sake brewery they started making Narazuke with their high-quality sake lees. Vegetables such as gourds, ginger, and cucumbers are left to carefully ferment over a three-year period to give them outstanding flavor and mouthfeel. Their kusafuku-mochi is also popular, using native mugwort kneaded into the mochi wrapped around red-bean paste giving it a pleasing smell and rich flavor.

    二度もです あの味が忘れられなくて 桜井市にある長谷寺に行きました お土産物屋が店を連ねずっと坂を登って行くと 長谷寺を正面にみて 左側 最後にあります 漬物樽がたくさんあり 本当にここで漬けてあるのだと実感します

  • Chujodo Hompo
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    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Taima 55-1
    This long-standing confectioner, just a one-minute walk from Taimadera Station, is where they make and sell famous local specialty Chujo-Mochi. Chujo-Mochi is an unsophisticated Japanese confection that uses the native wild-growing mugwort of the Katsuragi area in the mochi which is then wrapped around elegant sweet smooth red-bean paste. Enjoy the traditional flavors of their Chujo-Mochi and sencha green tea set or red bean soup with kusamochi (rice flour dumpling) as you relax in the peaceful interior of the shop. The front has a wide variety of products packed for take away with everything from two-piece to 48-piece box sets.

    I took a rest at this famous traditional sweets café and shop after visiting to Taimadera temple. These kind of sweets are often so so taste because most of tourists never coming back to same places...

  • Haniwa Manju Hompo
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    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Kumechou 905-2 Kashihara Oak Hotel 1st Floor
    This is a Haniwa Manju specialty shop located in a spot around one minute's walk from Kintetsu Kashiharajingu-mae Station. The manju (steamed yeast bun) on sale are made from koshian (smooth red bean paste) covered in castella dough, and each is molded into one of four haniwa (unglazed earthenware shapes) comprised of a horse, soldier, bell and pot. Another popular offering is their Manyo-kashi Asuka Otome pound cake made with ancient style So cheese boiled down over several hours in milk. 
  • Hyotaro
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 429
    This is a Kakinoha-zushi specialty shop close to the copper torii gate of Kimpusen-ji Temple, a five-minute walk from the ropeway’s Yoshinoyama Station. Kakinoha-zushi is said to be delicious the day after thanks to the mellow flavor and aroma of persimmon leaves, and makes for a popular souvenir.

    This is the most delicious one Ive ever had. It is a famous shop of persimmon leaf sushi. I bought a mix containing mackerel and salmon. 10 pieces for 1,350 yen Is the fish like to keep it for a...

  • Gateau Des Bois Main Store
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Saidaijiminamimachi 1-19-101
    This pastry shop is located approximately two minutes on foot from Yamato-Saidaiji Station, Saidaiji Minamimachi Town. The owner and chef, Masahiko Hayashi, was the first Japanese person to win the La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie contest, an international confectionary contest held in Lyon, France, once every two years. In addition to baked confectionaries and chocolate, there are also Japanese unbaked sweets, which are one of the chef’s specialties. The seasonal baked and unbaked confectionaries change on a monthly basis, according to the seasonal ingredients available.

    This is a famous patisserie in Nara. I came here with one friend in the spring time. We all enjoyed the hot tea and fine desserts here. The style of the desserts here is more traditional than other...

  • Yoshida Kaya
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Shibanoshinyachou 1
    Located in Shibanoshinya-cho of Nara City, this is a mosquito netting specialty store. The raw gauze like cloth for mosquito netting called kaya is a specialty of Nara, and the kitchen towels made from this material is available in many different colors. Of course they sell mosquito nets, but also noren entryway curtains, coasters, and table mats all made of the exquisitely shear cloth.

    いろいろな布巾が売っていました。ボディタオルとして利用できる長細いタイプも売っています。台所用に布巾を利用していますが、とても柔らかく使いやすいです。ただ、可愛くて買った赤い布巾は使い始めの頃に赤い色が色落ちして水が赤くなったので、気になる方には定番の白い布巾をお勧めします。

  • Chiyona Takemura
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashimukiminamimachi 22
    This an old Japanese confectionery shop built in 1701, around a three-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. Popular items include the Aoniyoshi (named after an ancient epithet of Nara), dried sweet using Wasanbon refined sugar, and their Nara Manju with two types of fillings which are the smooth shiro-an (white bean paste) and the kuro-an (red bean paste) made with brown sugar.
  • Shogetsudo
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakami 1988
    This is an old Japanese confectionery shop established around a century ago in Ouda-kami, Uda City. The famous Kimigoromo is soft whipped meringue wrapped in egg yolk and baked. The unique texture and flavor make it a popular souvenir too. 
  • Kitemite Nara Shop
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 38-1 Nara Prefectural Commerce and Tourism Museum 1F
    This is a specialty product store on the first floor of the Nara Prefecture Commerce and Industry Tourism Building along National Route 369 and a two-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. They sell an extensive selection of special products of the region such as traditional handicraft including Nara writing brushes and blade engraving, and foodstuffs including Yoshinokuzu and Narazuke (vegetables pickled in sake lees). In the Hometown Product Corner they display and sell goods from individual towns and villages and the goods change every two weeks. In the Artisan Corner they hold events including handicraft experiences.

    県がやってる、奈良県の特産品の紹介をやっている、いわゆるお土産やさん。 食品、お菓子から、食器や漆器、装飾品など、オールマイティに扱っている総合物産お土産屋でしょうかね。

  • Je et Nous
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Suimonchou 53
    This is a miscellaneous goods store located in previous Todaiji Temple’s premise, Suimon Town, in Nara City. They sell a great number of goods designed with a deer motif including accessories such as earrings and brooches, key chains, hangers, art objects and pot/pan coasters. 

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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