Groceries Spots in Nara Area

  • Nakatanido
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    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)
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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...

  • Kashiya
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    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
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    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
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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...

  • Mahoroba Daibutsu Purin Honpo (Todai-ji Temple Yume-Kaze Plaza Shop)
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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)
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    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
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    4.0
    10 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.

    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
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    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.

  • Kasugaan
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    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
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    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...

  • Honke Kikuya Honten
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    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.

    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。

  • 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.
  • Dangosho Yagi Shop
    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.
  • Okashi Tojo
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Chuinchou 20
    This cake shop is located in the former urban district of Nara City, Naramachi, Chuin Town. The shop bakes and sells seasonal cakes and baked confectionaries, made with fruits from the prefecture. The shop’s most popular product is its cheesecake, made with Nara’s locally produced Harushika sake’s lees.

    2019年6月現在,奈良市中院町にお店があります。 10年前には,『ロカシカカフェ』の中にお店がありました。 2009年の12月29日に,一度お店が閉店となりました。 2010年の5月に今の店舗が完成して,その年の6月から 営業を再開されています。 この日は,いちじくのケーキとチョコミントのケーキを買って 帰りました。少しですが,イートインスペースもあります。

  • Tamura Mitarashi Store
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujiminami 1-6-23
    This is a Mitarashi dumpling specialty shop on the south side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town. The simply seasoned dumplings with a blend of two types of soy sauce are popular. Visitors can enjoy freshly made dumplings as each dumpling is made to order.

    個人住宅のような構えのお店に、1本70円のみたらしだんごの看板。 注文すると丁寧に団子を焼いてくれます。しょうゆ味のこれ以上ないシンプルな味わいなんですが、団子の焦げた香りが意外に効いてます。

  • Barmans Chocolate Nara Mochiidono Kobo
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Mochidonochou 42-1 OK Building 2F
    Barmans Chocolate is chocolate for adults, made by an experienced chocolatier and former bartender, who combines carefully selected Western liquors with cacao. The company's brick-and-mortar store is the Mochiidono Workshop in the city of Nara. In addition to vintage Armagnac (aged 40 years) chocolate, the shop also sells ice cream, the shop sells unbelievably good ganache made with a chocolatier's expert knowhow and techniques. Packages containing nine varieties of Barmans Chocolate, one piece each, are a popular souvenir.

    以前お土産でこちらのチョコレートを貰い、美味しかったので訪問しました。 商店街の中にあるビル二階にあり、少しお店は分かりにくいです。 工房でチョコレートを作ってるとのことで、入店するとベルがなり店員さんが出て来てくれます。 チョコレートは美味しいのでオススメです。

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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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