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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.
  • Yu Nakagawa (Nara-machi)
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    12 Reviews
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    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。

  • Kuuki Cake
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    25 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Archaique
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    1 Reviews
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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.

    サブレやクッキーを販売しているお店です。おもたせに利用していることが多かったのですが、最近パンフレットで、用途に応じたメッセージを入れてくれることがわかりました。アニバーサリーや、お礼など、あらゆる用途に使えそうです。、

  • 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.

    朝8時から営業している老舗のお菓子屋さんで、太閤殿下に献上したという銘菓の「御城之口餅」3個とほうじ茶を店先で300円でいただきました。粒あんを餅で包んできな粉をまぶしたものでした。JALのファーストクラスに提供しているスイーツも220円で買えます。

  • 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.

    Only available from 11am to 2pm and monday through friday, you can only order very pricy sets out of that time slot. The service is so so and quick for the cold salad sets.

  • 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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    11 Reviews
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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.

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  • 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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    8 Reviews
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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.

    近鉄長谷寺駅から長い距離を歩いて、やっと長谷寺の仁王門というところ、参道の左側にあります。明治8年創業という草餅の老舗です。3ケ400円だったと記憶しています。よもぎの風味が濃い感じで、餅もよく伸びます。餡は粒餡で納の甘さがよいです。

  • Chujodo Hompo
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    33 Reviews
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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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    30 Reviews
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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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    30 Reviews
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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.

    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。

  • 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.

    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。

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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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