Shopping Spots in Nara Area

  • Tenpyoan (Todai-ji Temple Branch)
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    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...

  • Yu Nakagawa (Nara-machi)
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    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。

  • Nakatanido
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    4.0
    361 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 skeptical at first - Ive had many a mochi in my lifetime and Ive never been fond of bean paste - but after seeing *that* viral video, I reluctantly decided to try Nakatanidou at least once...

  • Kochikuya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yamatokoriyama-shi Konyamachi 23-1
    "Goldfish, one of Yamatokoriyama's specialty products, are believed to have been first cultivated in the area at the end of the Edo period by then- Koriyama Domain retainer Sato Sanzaemon. This shop crammed with Koriyama goldfish-themed accessories and knickknacks, items featuring designs inspired by the Buddhist temples of Koriyama, and other souvenirs and mementos. There's also a popular adjoining ""kingyo sukui"" goldfish scooping area where you can try this popular traditional game which involves scooping up real live goldfish using a precarious, disintegrating paper scoop."

    お店の方が丁寧にレクチャーしてくれるので初心者でも金魚すくいを楽しめます。ちょうど金魚すくいチャンピオンが練習にいらしてたので、見学させてもらいました。

  • Mahoroba Purin no Mori Main Shop and Cafe
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Nara-shi Narazakacho 1073
    This pudding shop is situated on Narayama-odori Street in Narazaka-cho, Nara City. The shop's signature Mahoroba Daibutsu Pudding is made with simple ingredients: an abundance of high-quality fresh cream, milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla beans. In addition to standard custard flavor, the shop also sells a variety of other flavors, including Yamato tea, a local Nara specialty product; cheesecake; chocolate; and Harushika, a local Nara sake. Other products include the Shiroi Shika no Purin pudding, and the Daibutsu-sama no Hohoemi Cookie.

    The building looks really cute! You can eat various kinds of sweets, mainly Daibutsu puddings. These are little bit expensive, ( around 400yen for small size, and 900yen for big size) but meltingly...

  • Tamura Seihoen
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    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
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    4.0
    7 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。

  • Dangosho Bojo Main Store
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    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...

  • Asuka-Yume-no-Rakuichi Market
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    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。

  • Mahoroba Daibutsu Purin Honpo (Todai-ji Temple Yume-Kaze Plaza Shop)
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    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.
  • Chujodo Hompo
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    4.5
    36 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...

  • Kaki no Senmon (JR Nara Station Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Sanjouhonmachi 1-1JR Nara Station Viera Nara 2F
    This is a persimmon specialty store on the second floor of the commercial facility in Vierra Nara in Nara Station. The store sells products such as Japanese confectionaries using persimmons, dried persimmons, cakes, frozen desserts, jams and persimmon vinegar. A cold Japanese sweet that wraps persimmons with arrowroot called Kaki kori is becoming a talking piece as it was awarded the Japan Gift Grand Prize.
  • Ileda Ganko-do
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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♪

  • Dangosho Yagi Shop
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Naizenchou Kintetsu Yagi Station front
    This confectionary makes and sells sweet dumplings, a specialty of the Yamato province. Just like the flagship location, this Yagi location adjacent to Kintetsu Yamato-Yagi Station closes as soon as it sells out. Served on bamboo skewers, their kinako dango (sweet dumplings sprinkled with roasted soy flour) are made from just three ingredients; rice flour made from high-quality new rice ground the old fashioned way in a mortar, high quality kinako (roasted soy flour), and a special syrup said to have been created by Shogoro the First after many pained efforts.

    本店に1度だけ行ったことありますね。近場で買えるのは、近鉄阿倍野店ですね。月1回(第三木曜日)13:00~諸国銘菓にて販売されています。販売は10本入りのみで、1人3箱まで買えます。ちょうどこの日は、友達に会う約束してたので、友達のお土産用と自分とこ用を買いました。やっぱここのおだんごはわらず柔らかくて美味しい。時間が経てば硬くなるのは当たり前なんだけど、ここのは1日経っても硬さが気にならないぐら...

  • Yoshino Main Shop (Restaurant & Shop)
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    4.0
    13 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.

    柿の葉寿司以外のものを食べようと思い、茶がゆのコース料理である吉野川をランチにオーダーしました。内容は、焼鮎すし、葛切り、小鉢、茶がゆ、香の物です。目の前に来てから冷静に見てみると、メインが焼鮎すしと茶がゆですので、ごはんばかりでした。ちょっと失敗したかなと思いましたが、食べ終わった後の感想はまずまず満足でした。次回訪問時は、お寿司は柿の葉寿司で、アユは塩焼きにしましょうか。

  • Miwa Yamamoto Oshokuji Dokoro
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    Nara Sakurai-shi Hashinaka 880 (Miwa Yamamoto Uchi)
    Miwa Yamamoto Oshokujidokoro is a restaurant located along National Route 169 in Hashinaka in the city of Sakurai, inside the headquarter of the noodle company Miwa Yamamoto. Of course the menu at this venerable shop is centered on the Somen noodles manufactured and sold by the company. Items on the menu include Chilled Somen, Hot Noodles in Broth, Persimmon Leaf Sushi, and desserts can be enjoyed a la carte or in prix fixe meals.
  • Yoshinoya Yamazakura Kondo (Kondo Shoten)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Yoshino-gun Yoshinocho Yoshinoyama 63
    This is a souvenir shop near the Yoshino Station in Yoshino Town, Mt. Yoshino. The shop's specialty is homemade sweet bean jelly that is made with Yoshino kuzu (arrowroot) and cherry blossom petals called Yama-zakura sweet bean jelly. The shop also offers Yoshino kuzu arrowroot, kuzu starch gruel, cherry blossom petal pickles and cherry blossom and Japanese mugwort flavored soft serve ice cream.
  • Tengyokudo Nara-Honten
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    4.5
    91 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...

  • Hyotaro
    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.
  • Miwayamamoto
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hashinaka 878
    Miwayamamoto is a place where somen noodles have been made by hand for 300 years. It is located on National Route 169 in Hashinaka, Sakurai City. There is a video and exhibition room where visitors can learn about the history behind the hand-made somen noodles and how they are made. In the adjoining restaurant you can try for yourself the delicious somen noodles and nyumen (somen noodles in soup).

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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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