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  • Yume-Kaze Plaza
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16
    12 souvenir shops and restaurants operate inside this complex located in the center of Nara Park. In addition to more conventional souvenirs, visitors can also find Daibutsu Pudding, which exploded in popularity after it was featured on television, as well as traditional “Yamato” vegetables and fruits stocked from nearby farmers. Yume-Kaze Plaza is also home to several restaurants, including a casual Italian restaurant perfect for lunch as well as a venerable establishment favored for its kudzu sweets and meals made with local Nara ingredients. The natural scenery, including a commanding view of Mt. Wakakusa, Mt. Mikasa, and Mt. Tamuke, is spectacular, and the facility is visited by many tourists and students on school outings.

    This is the square close to Todaiji temple where there are a number of pretty good quality restaurants for a proper meal. I had lunch at one of the restaurants here before heading to Todaiji.

  • Houkon-an
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 550
    A popular tea house with terrace seating offering a superb view located in the Nakasenbon area on Mt. Yoshino. The first location on Mt. Yoshino to sell kudzu mochi rice cakes and kuzu-kiri kudzu jelly noodles, the shop’s signature and delectable “kuzubana” is made by stuffing soft and chewy kudzu jelly with locally grown sweet adzuki been paste. The shop offers an abundance of items perfect for enjoying during a short break in a stroll, such as the matcha green tea set.

    吉野に千本桜を観に行ったら、ここで葛きりを食べるのがオススメと聞いていたので、迷わずまっすぐこのお店に向かいました。葛きりはとても美味しく、家人も一口食べるなり「おいしい!」と喜んでくれました。建物は昭和レトロで鄙びた雰囲気です。おトイレが地下2階にあり、和式なので、膝の悪い人には向かないです。でも葛きりは文句なしに美味しいです。吉野山に再訪した際には、またここに寄るつもりです。

  • Café & Shop Kaon
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160 Kasuga Taisha Shrine National Treasure 1st floor
    A café and museum shop in the Kasugatasisha Museum in Kasugano Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Here you can buy original snacks, merchandise, and illustrated books relating to the history and traditions of Kasugataisha shrine. The café space has clean, minimalist look modeled after the Kasugayama Primeval Forest. The café space’s tables, made with wood from thousand year old Japanese cedars growing on Mt. Kasuga, hint at the skills of the traditional shrine carpenters who crafted them. Based on the concept of “eternal nourishment,” the café serves items made with naturally-derived, Nara-grown ingredients with a focus on Japanese café staples such as anmitsu bean jam in syrup, matcha green tea, and pancakes. Takeout available.

    The wisteria soft ice cream was really something special. Id never had that before. The matcha ice cream was nice as well:A little bitter, not too sweet. The location is great, a perfect place to...

  • Yakko
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 543
    A renowned persimmon leaf sushi restaurant located in front of the Kimpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do hall in Yoshino Town, Yoshino County, Nara Prefecuture. This long-standing restaurant continues to follow the same traditional recipes used since it was established in the Taisho period. Persimmon leaf sushi is mackerel sprinkled with salt on a bed of vinegared rice wrapped in a persimmon leaf, which has antibacterial properties. This traditional local dish was originally conceived of as a way to bring fish deep into a mountainous region far from the sea. Each piece is carefully pressed by hand to create a delectable treat with the proper flavor balance; in addition to being available for purchase as souvenirs, the shop has an eat-in space where you can enjoy some persimmon leaf sushi right there. The shop’s seasonal noodle dishes and set options are also popular.

    Spent a week in yoshino and this charming restaurant cafe offers one of the best tasting kudzu Mochi which we have tried during the entire week. The Mochi is very delicate and has a fine, light taste...

  • Kanakana
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kunodouchou 13
    A café situated inside an old Japanese-style home in the Naramachi (Town of Nara) area centering on the former grounds of the Gango-ji Temple. The remodeled home still retains its old latticed and frosted glass windows, giving the café an old-fashioned yet somehow familiar atmosphere. The café’s signature menu item is the Kanakana-gohan, which comes with a variety of healthy Japanese side dishes, rice, and miso soup. The café’s full menu also includes cakes, pudding, and carefully selected beverages. Closest station: Kintetsu-Nara Station.

    Queued for half an hour and totally worth the wait! The daily special was awesome! There were a lot of vegetarian options too! Really love this cafe in the old town of Nara away from the crowd!

  • Kuuki Cake
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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.
  • Kuruminoki (Ichijo Branch)
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hourenchou 567-1
    A café situated in a home surrounded by greenery in Horen Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Frequently featured in magazines and other media, Kuruminoki is known for the lines that can form outside its door. The café’s signature seasonal lunch comes with weekly changing dishes such as obanzai cuisine and mazegohan rice made with an abundance of seasonal and local Nara vegetables. The café’s homemade, healthy sweets are also popular. The café’s tranquil grounds also accommodate a knickknack shop, apparel shop, and cake studio.

    平日にいってもかなり並びます。 10:30からお店の前にボードがでるので名前を記入し、1枚目の用紙に名前を書くことができれば11:30のオープン時に席に座ることができますが、記入できなければかなり待つことになります。 ランチは季節のお野菜と奈良らしい食材のお料理で、毎回美味しいです。 雑貨店と洋服のセレクトショップもお洒落なものが置いていています。 雑貨店で購入できるケチャップでオムライスを作...

  • K Coffee
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Yanagi 4-46
    A coffee shop located in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture, a city famous for goldfish, K Coffee operates out of a former gasoline stand. A phone booth with goldfish swimming in it stands outside the entrance and is a popular spot to take photos. The former gas station office is now a kitchen and sales counter where you can buy drinks such as carefully-prepared, home-roasted drip coffee in addition to coffee beans. There are benches and chairs in front of the café where customers can enjoy their drinks.
  • Coccolo* Café
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Misono 137-1
    This cute café just a two-minute walk from Asuka Station has a warm wooden interior with a relaxed atmosphere. The popular Coccolo Lunch set mixes side dishes made from local Asuka vegetables, 15 grain rice, and handmade main dishes including delicious pasta or Javanese Japanese-style curry. They open at 8 with their popular morning menu including fresh baked breads, eggs, and salads.

    近鉄飛鳥駅の駅前にあり、電車の時間まで1時間くらいあったので、立ち寄りました。 夕方の時間帯のためか、店内は他に1組のみで空いていました。 昼食は済ませていたので、デザートセットわ注文しました。バナナケーキとカボチャチーズケーキを選びましたが、バナナケーキは想像通りの味、もう少ししっとりめが個人的には好きです。カボチャチーズケーキが美味しかったです。あまりチーズ感はありませんが、暖かくてカボチャ感...

  • Archaique
    Shopping
    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.
  • Hoseki-bako
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Mochidonochou 12 Dream CUBE
    A shaved ice and tea specialty shop located a seven minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station. This popular shop is visited by a great many people even in winter. The shop uses pure Nara ice slowly frozen over a period of three days for its shaved ice treats. The milk, honey, matcha green tea powder, and other ingredients used by the shop are also primarily from Nara. The shop’s signature espuma shaved ice is made with thinly shaved ice topped with mousse-like espuma syrup. Fluffy and light, many customers come from far and wide to experience this sweet and its unique texture. Only 200 are served each day.

    Awesome shave ice store! I went therein summer. Unfortunately, the 子鹿氷 is sold out. If you visit Nara please do not miss to visit here.

  • Awa (Nara-machi)
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Shounamichou 1
    A restaurant and hideaway located in the Naramachi (Town of Nara) area, renowned for its charming old-fashioned townscape, a 15 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. Situated inside a townhome over 140 years old, the restaurant is divided into multiple rooms, including one with a view of the inner garden, a traditional kura warehouse section, and a tatami room on the second floor. Awa serves dishes which gives diners the chance to enjoy the food culture of Nara, including home-grown Yamato vegetables, Yamato beef, and local Yamato sake. Its lunches consisting of numerous small dishes piled high on a basket are so beautiful they look like works of art. Visitors also love the fact that Awa’s dishes are not restricted to the traditional boundaries of Japanese cuisine, such as the restaurant’s rib roast steak served grilled on a porcelain plate. Advance reservation required.

    We went here by chance and we have to say it was just amazing! The staff is super friendly and the food experience is just amazing! We recommend it!!

  • Shizuka (Koen Branch)
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    4.0
    143 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 59-11
    A kama-meshi (rice, meat and vegetable dish served in a small pot) specialty restaurant located near Nara Park and the Nara National Museum in Noborioji Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture know for the constant line outside its door. Each serving of kama-meshi is cooked to order over an open fire. The harmony between the hearty portion of toppings, dashi-steeped rice, and toasty okoge is exquisite. The most popular item on the menu is the Nara seven variety kama-meshi, which has seven toppings, including shrimp, crab, and conger eel. The inside of the restaurant is quiet and spacious; come here to enjoy a meal in between sightseeing.

    I knew that Kamameshi Shizuka was popular, therefore I decided to go before mid-day. There was already a line at the front of the restaurant, it was not that big, so I went there right away. However...

  • Naiyabingi
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Monzenchou 12-9
    A café which only offers private room seating located in Monzen Town, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture house inside a remodeled historic priest’s quarters along the approach to the Hozan-ji Temple. Using no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or other animal products, Naiyabingi serves dishes where home-grown vegetables taking center stage. The café’s lunch, which come with numerous small dishes, are particularly popular; there’s also a full café menu including vegetable cakes and natural fruit juices. The equatorial-style terrace seating offers a superb, sweeping view of the town. An advance reservation is required for food orders.

    昔、遊郭だった旅館をそのままに、レゲエ好きのご夫婦が、手作りのアレンジを加えたユニークなお店です。 自然菜食という事で、動物性を一切使わないメニューが好評のようです。 ランチは一種類1950円のみ。 前菜やデザートまでついて、お腹いっぱいになります。 予約必須!

  • Honke Kikuya Honten
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    郡山城の帰り、町歩きをしていたら 有名な和菓子屋さんを見つけました。 創業400年の菊屋さんです。 店構えはとても歴史ある作りで、天井には和菓子の型が並んでいて、趣があります。 肝心なお菓子ですが、今回は御城之口餅6個入を購入しました。 一口サイズのお餅の中に粒餡が入っており、きな粉がまぶしてあります。 天正の頃、豊臣秀長が兄の秀吉を招き茶会を催した折り、献上された和菓子で歴史あるお菓子です。 餡...

  • Takabatake Salon
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 1247
    This tea garden in Takabatake Town, Nara City, is located in western-style painter Nakamura Kazuo’s old garden which has been opened to the public, across the street from the former residence of Shiga Naoya. You can feel the history of the Provence, South-France style building that was built during the Taisho period as you sit on the terrace and look at the over 100-year-old Himalayan Cedar tree. The earthen wall surrounding the property has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property. The shop is popular for its coffee made from locally roasted beans and hand-made cakes made with seasonal fruits.

    高畑町の志賀直哉旧宅の隣にある喫茶店。金、土、日曜日の午後のみの営業です。もともと観光客の少ないところですが、志賀直哉旧宅を訪問した際に、あわせて訪問をおすすめします。 もともと、志賀直哉とも親交のあった画家のお宅で、庭にテーブルが置かれています。 志賀直哉旧宅にも通じる、サロンのような喫茶店です。

  • Haru
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kunodouchou 14
    A “yoshoku” Japanese-style Western food restaurant situated inside an old townhome in Kunodo Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Haru has an old-fashioned look appropriate to the ancient capital of Nara, including a Japanese garden and sunken hearth. This famous restaurant serves old-fashioned yoshoku made with local specialty products such as select Yamato beef and Yamato pork. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the juicy hamburg steak and huge wild fried prawns with head. Women love Haru’s Hayashi rice topped with a crisply breaded pork cutlet. The inside of the restaurant has the quiet atmosphere of an old-fashioned Japanese home, making it easy to enjoy a quiet meal at your leisure.

    It is not easy to find this little culinary pearl but it is well worth looking for it. The experience could not be more autentic. Don‘t be afraid if there is no English menu. The only dish is a big...

  • Yotsuba Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kiderachou 954
    A café situated inside a remodeled old Japanese home in Kidera Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. The café is snug and old-fashioned; its townhome architecture is appropriately Nara-esque. A popular spot to enjoy a lunch or take a break in between a walk, Yotsuba has window-side counter seating as well as tatami mat seating where you can take your time with your meal. The café’s chicken, special curry with brown rice, sandwiches, daily special cakes, and other menu items are handmade with a focus on simplicity and are well-reviewed.
  • Asuka-no-yume-ichi / Yumeichi-chaya
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Shimashou 154-3
    A soba noodle restaurant located near Ishibutai Tomb, a popular sightseeing destination, in Asuka Village, Takaichi County, Nara Prefecture on the second floor of the Asuka-no-yume-ichi shopping facility. Inside, tables and chairs made from thinned timber from the forests of Asuka stand side by side; smelling faintly of wood with light pouring in through the windows, the restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere. The set meals, made with an abundance of Nara ingredients like ancient rice varieties and local vegetables, are well-reviewed. A warming Asuka nabe hotpot set is also served in winter. The first floor of the facility is a souvenir shop selling local Asuka specialties and handmade knickknacks.

    Our guide took us here for lunch. It wasnt on my radar. It was a simple, delicious meal with the BEST fried chicken Ive ever had, which caught me off guard being that its a rural misty mountain...

  • Tengyokudo Nara-Honten
    Shopping
    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.

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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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