Shopping Spots in Nara Area

  • Nakatanido
    rating-image
    4.0
    355 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hashimotochou 29
    This is a yomogi mochi rice cake specialty shop located on Sanjo-dori Street in Hashimoto Town, Nara City. The yomogi mochi is made from carefully selected locally grown produce. Hot rice is pounded swiftly according to traditional methods to make the soft and springy texture of the sweet. The shop is visited by many customers who come to see the skilled combination of the craftsmen turning and pounding the rice first hand.

    I was on my way to the hotel from Nara Park when I saw this shop and a lot of people in front of it. People would buy something and then take pictures of it or in front of the store, so I had to try...

  • Tenpyoan (Todai-ji Temple Branch)
    rating-image
    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16 Todaiji Temple Yumeikaze Hiroba
    This is a Japanese confectionary store in the Yume-Kaze Plaza in front of the gate of the Todai-ji Temple in Kasugano Town, Nara City. The store makes sweets from locally grown ingredients such as Japanese Yamato-imo yam and Yoshino-kuzu arrowroot. A popular item is the Japanese hotcake sweet bean paste sandwich called Yamato sanzan dorayaki. They are made freshly daily with red beans, and flour and eggs from a Tokachi farm. There is also a cafe on the second floor where customers can enjoy sweets and Miwa Somen noodles.

    I was looking for something sweet on my way out from Nara Park, and this shop looked really nice! I bought a small strawberry daifuku and a matcha cake with white chocolate cream filling. Let me tell...

  • Kashiya
    rating-image
    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Narashi Chuinchou 22-3
    This is a Japanese confectionery shop in Chuin Town, Nara City. They create the finest of sweets through the best ingredients and most time and effort in preparation. They sell fresh sweets, dried candies, and seasonal confectionery including warabimochi rice pudding using just domestic bracken starch and sugar, Miyoshino kuzu-yaki using Yoshino honkuzu (arrowroot) and Tamba strained red bean paste, and Kodane sembei (rice crackers) made with Omi mochi rice (glutinous rice) and Awa wasambon refined sugar.

    After visiting the Nara Park and all the temples, my partner and I decided to stop for some afternoon tea. Found this place in the old town of Nara. The interior is decorated to pretty tradition...

  • Hyotaro
    rating-image
    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Shopping
    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...

  • Dangosho Bojo Main Store
    rating-image
    4.5
    50 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Higashiboujouchou 860
    This dumpling shop founded in 1878 is known for its tasty kinako dango (sweet dumplings sprinkled with roasted soy flour), each of which is carefully made the old fashioned way and served on a bamboo skewer. Guests can enjoy their dumplings inside the shop's bright Japanese-style interior. Although the shop officially closes at 5:00 p.m., we recommend going earlier in the day as it sometimes sells out and closes early.

    This small shop is very popular among local people with Dango (skewered small rice balls (paste) with soy beans powder. It might look very simple. But you will be very surprised with its very good...

  • Yu Nakagawa (Nara-machi)
    rating-image
    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Narashi Ganrinchou 31-1
    A shop operated by the long-standing Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, founded in 1716, which offers handwoven hemp fabrics. Located a five minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station. The shop’s concept is “good, old fashioned, and playfulness.” The shop offers a variety of products, including hemp and cotton cloth accessories, knickknacks, bags, and clothes. The shop’s most popular item is its hana-fukin tea towels made with mosquito netting produced in Nara Prefecture. Highly absorbent and fast-trying, these tea towels have won the Good Design Award.

    日本の伝統工芸を今風にアレンジして人気のお店の本店。路地裏にあり、外観もふっそりしているのでうっかり通り過ぎそうに。中はシックで、ふきんや雑貨がおしゃれに並べられていました。落ち着いて見れるのでおすすめ。

  • Asuka-Yumehanbaisyo
    rating-image
    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Misono 2-1
    This farmer's market in Misono, Asuka Village is located at the intersection of Naka-kaido Street and Prefectural Route 209. It offers fresh locally-grown vegetables, seasonal fruit including 'Asuka Ruby' strawberries (winter only), fresh flowers, and more at reasonable prices. It also sells processed agricultural products, such as jam and soft-serve ice cream made with Asuka Ruby strawberries.

    吉野山周辺を散策した後に立ち寄りました。駅前の道路を挟んだ反対側にあります。駐車場には、警備員の方がいて誘導をしてくれました。店内は新鮮な野菜がたくさん販売されていました。また近くに寄った際は立ち寄りたいとも思います。

  • Mahoroba Daibutsu Purin Honpo (Todai-ji Temple Yume-Kaze Plaza Shop)
    rating-image
    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16 Todaiji Temple Maemae Yumeizaka Hiroba Monza Market
    This confectionary makes each and every one of their puddings by hand using generous amounts of ingredients sourced locally from Nara. The puddings, which come in glass jars, are popular for the cute designs of their lids. Their various seasonal puddings, such as mahoroba (splendid place) Daibutsu pudding rolls, and their soft-serve ice cream made with Daibutsu pudding are also quite popular.

    今回テレビで特集されていたのを見て訪れました。多くのお客さんで賑わっており、確かな人気度を感じました。手作りのプリンは格別でした。

  • Tengyokudo Nara-Honten
    rating-image
    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    We was looking for some local food and found this kudzu eatery. There was 2 floors, and we chose the upper. There was English menu. We decided to ordered 1 set and ala carte to share among us. There...

  • Chujodo Hompo
    rating-image
    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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...

  • Gateau Des Bois Main Store
    rating-image
    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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...

  • Yoshino Main Shop (Restaurant & Shop)
    rating-image
    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Yoshino-gun Yoshinocho Iigai 614
    This pedigreed persimmon leaf sushi company was established in 1861. Situated amidst the mountains of Ancient Yoshino, Nara, the company's signature products are its persimmon leaf sushi, a product of human intellect and ingenuity; and ayu (sweetfish) sushi, a type of sushi treasured and even given as official gifts to high-ranking personages since ancient times. You can also enjoy regional and more conventional Japanese cuisine crafted using seasonal ingredients.

    吉野名物柿の葉寿司。 ここはレストランも併設されているので食事もできます。 国道から橋を渡ってすぐ。 柿の葉寿司MIXを買いましたが少し薄味かな?と感じましたがクセもなくとても食べやすく万人ウケする感じです。 焼き鮎寿司や焼き鯖寿司もあるので今度はそちらを試してみたいと思いました。

  • Sohonpo Shirozakeya
    rating-image
    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    長谷寺の名物は 「くさ餅」です。 参道にはくさ餅のお店がたくさんあります、「総本舗 白酒屋」さんで買ってみました。 昔ながらの製法を受け継いだ、懐かしく素朴なお味の草餅。 もちもちで香りよく甘さ控えめ、美味しいです。

  • Senjuan Yoshimune Nara Main Shop
    rating-image
    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Oshiagechou 39-1
    For the past three generations, this confectionary has been making sweets using ingredients harvested from the bountiful nature of Nara that make people have an urge for eating daily. The shop's delectable warabimochi (bracken starch dumplings), the signature sweet of Nara, are made by hand from natural sundried sweet potato starch and domestically-produced genuine bracken flour.

    Yes. The warabi mochi and white azuki are really nice. It was so good on a rather cold day. Just too expensive for a small portion of snack. Delicious anyway.

  • Yoshida Kaya
    rating-image
    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    蚊帳やさんで、もちろん立派は蚊帳も売っていますが、お店に来る人のほとんどがならまちふきん目当てのようでした。 カラフルなふきんがずらっと並んでいて、どの色にするかしばらく悩みました。 ちょっとかさばりますが、軽いしかわいいし安いしで女子へのおみやげにはぴったりだと思います。 クレジットカードも使えましたよ。

  • Tamura Seihoen
    rating-image
    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Narashi Shounamichou 18
    This tea shop is located in a prime example of a traditional Nara townhouse that happens to be registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. The shop offers a number of varieties of Nara's Yamato tea, including gyokuro, sencha, hojicha, and bancha. Yamato tea, which refers to tea harvested in the Yamato Highlands, is known for its savory flavor. The name of cha-gayu (rice gruel cooked in tea) made by monks of Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple with Yamato tea is known as Yamato no Cha-gayu.

    こちらでは過去《ほうじ茶》と《かりがね焙じ茶》を購入し、こちらの茶を妻ともども気に入っており [春日庵]の《かき氷》と《さつま焼き》を楽しむ為に[ならまち]訪問機会に こちらに立ち寄りました。今回は《かりがね焙じ茶 100g 500円税込》に加え《抹茶入りかりがね玄米茶 100g...

  • Kitemite Nara Shop
    rating-image
    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    結構、大きな物産館だ。場所が近鉄奈良駅の道を挟んで北側にある奈良県商工観光館の一階にあり、利便性も高い。商品ラインナップも幅広く、工芸品、食品、雑貨などが県内各地から取り揃えられている。

  • Asuka-Yume-no-Rakuichi Market
    rating-image
    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka 225-2
    This famer's market is located on Prefectural Route 124 in Asuka Village. The market sells fresh vegetables grown locally in Asuka Village, fresh seasonal fruit, Asuka-mai rice, ancient rice, and flowers. It also offers a variety of processed foods including handmade pickles, sweets, and seasonings.

    飛鳥の資料館の横にある直売所のようなところ。地元でとれた野菜などが大変安いです。 買って帰りたいけど、大根などの大物は電車に乗るのが恥ずかしいので買えません。

  • Kasugaan
    rating-image
    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nakanoshinyachou 29
    Kasugaan has been making its Satsuma-yaki since it was founded in 1897. The light and smooth bean paste made with selected red sweet beans from Hokkaido is sandwiched between pancakes made of flour and eggs, skewered and then baked. The Satsuma-yaki won the Ministers Award at the National Confectionery Exposition. It is one of those sweets which bring back the tastes of ancient Nara. The nearest station is JR Nara Station.

    暑い季節を迎える中 冷たい《かき氷》と温かい《和菓子;さつま焼》を 和室で同時に楽しむと 奈良感がアップしますので お薦めします。 奈良市内は数多くの《かき氷》店があり、奈良感のある《かき氷》として [きな粉][わらび餅][粒餡]を使用したものに関心を持ち、以前[千壽茶寮 奈良総本店]の《千壽金時》を食べたことがあったので 比較の意味で こちらの《黒蜜きな粉わらび餅...

  • Kuuki Cake
    rating-image
    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    We randomly picked this place in the way back to the station and we did not regret it. It is maybe not the cheapest, a bit crowded (or simply popular ☺) but the cakes was delicious. I dont like...

Nara Areas

around-area-map

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.

Nara Photo Album

Browse Interests