Groceries 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tengyokudo Nara-Honten
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    4.5
    92 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...

  • Kuuki Cake
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    4.0
    26 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...

  • Archaique
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Fukuchinchou 44-1
    "This store is located in Fukuchiin Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, specializing in baked sweets. The appearance of the store is designed with the image of a small pastry shop in Paris, which tickles a girl's fancy. The most popular item is the famous ""Nara no ShikaMuffin"", a Japanese-style muffin topped with a deer-shaped icing cookie. They also carry many other baked goods such as cakes that make great souvenirs and gifts. The store also sells lovely handmade goods by craftspeople."

    駐車場がないので、ホテルから歩いて行きました。お目当てのコンベルサシオン?がなかったので、焼きチーズケーキとクルミキャラメルスコーンを買いました。お菓子を包んでもらっている間、そんなに待ったわけではないですがご試食にどうぞとチョコレートケーキをいただきました。しっとり濃厚で美味しかったです。チーズケーキ、クルミキャラメルコーン両方ともとても美味しかったので、もっと他の種類のお菓子も試してみたいので...

  • Honke Kikuya Honten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.
  • Nakanishi Yosaburo,
    Shopping
    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.
  • Sohonpo Shirozakeya
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    4.0
    11 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3回目なのですが、このあたりはよもぎ餅が名物なので必ず買います。ただコロナの影響か、3連休でもお店あいているのかやっているのか不明みたいなとこが多くて、この一番門前に近いお店はよもぎ餅がごろごろおかれているのでやっているのがよくわかりました。140円でしたが、おそらく一番このへんで高い価格

  • Haniwa Manju Hompo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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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    4.5
    35 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...

  • Gateau Des Bois Main Store
    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.
  • Chiyona Takemura
    Shopping
    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
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.
  • Shikano
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Aburasakajikatachou 5
    This is a baumkuchen specialty shop along Sanjyo-dori Street around a four-minute walk from Nara Station. Their specialty is Deer Antler Baumkuchen baked based on the shape of Nara Park deer antlers, made with pure honey and fresh eggs produced in Nara that are less than 36 hours old. In addition they sell baumkuchen using famous Nara products including Asuka ruby strawberries, Yamato tea, and black rice.

    奈良市中心部にある三條通りに位置するバームクーヘンを扱ってる店です。鹿の角のような見た目のお菓子を販売しています。

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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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