Gourmet / Alcohol 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...

  • Shizuka (Koen Branch)
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    4.0
    168 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.

    After we visited Nara Deer Park and the surrounding temples, our legs were tired and stomach hungry. We stopped by at Shizuka for kamameshi. We were not surprised by the queue in front of the...

  • 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...

  • Wakakusa Curry Honpo
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    4.5
    123 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Mochidonochou 38-1
    Wakakusa Curry is a curry restaurant in Mochiidono Town, Nara City. The restaurant serves all sorts of curry such as healthy curries made up of spinach or tomato and mixed with seasoning, and chicken curry made with coconut milk. Guests can customize their curry with a variety of toppings, and can also choose how hot they want it and how much rice to have. Also on the menu are dishes such as baked curry, omelet curry, and curry ramen. Takeaway curry bread is also available.

    It is a small restaurant that is slightly off the main road and easy to find the curry was good enough, service was polite and fast and the price was 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。

  • Hoseki-bako
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    4.5
    50 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.

    Unfortunately, I did not like the kakigori here as it was too sour for me. I chose the one which changes color after you pour the syrup in. It was so sour I couldt finish it. However, the cafe was a...

  • Kanakana
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    4.0
    55 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.

    Best cafe in Nara for sure. Probably best cafe in Japan and even in all Asia. *Maybe even the vest cafe in the world. Trust me. GO.

  • Trattoria Piano
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Hashimotochou 15-1
    An Italian restaurant located a four minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station which serves dishes lovingly prepared from select Nara ingredients including traditional Yamato vegetables, Yamato pork, and Yamato beef. In spite of Nara’s lack of access to the ocean, the restaurant is also renowned for its fresh seafood shipped direct from Tosashimizu. The restaurant has a stylish interior and relaxed atmosphere that makes it easy for both couples an groups to enjoy themselves. In addition to a la carte dishes such as chewy oven-baked pizza and authentic pastas, the restaurant also offers a full menu of reasonably-priced lunch choices.

    Good pasta and pizza, service was very good on a busy night. We had no problems communicating to them in English. They coped with allergies very well. We enjoyed our meal!

  • Kuruminoki (Ichijo Branch)
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    4.0
    39 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.

    お昼のランチは人気と聞いていたのでカフェ利用目的で16時頃行きました。ほとんど席は埋まっていましたがどうにか待たずに利用できました。敷地内に雑貨屋さん、お洋服屋さんがありセンスが良く見ているだけでも楽しかったです。

  • Hiraso
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Imamikadochou 30-1
    A long-standing persimmon leaf sushi restaurant located a 10 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station which was founded in 1861. Persimmon leaf sushi is fatty mackerel served on a bed of vinegared rice and wrapped in a persimmon leaf, which has an invigorating fragrance. In addition to persimmon leaf sushi, Hiraso also serves chagayu tea gruel, a traditional priest’s meal, as well as seasonal local cuisine made with an abundance of Nara ingredients. The nearby Sarusawa Pond, considered one of top eight sights of Nara, reflects the Kohfukuji Temple’s five-tier pagoda; this lovely scene attracts many tourists who also like to stop by Hiraso for lunch. Hiraso also offers classes on making persimmon leaf sushi.

    we did a lot of research and landed on this impeccable establishment for lunch for our day in Nara. Although the web and their posted hours has them as open they were inexplicably closed the day we...

  • 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...

  • Izasa Yumekaze Square Store
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16
    This specialty Kakinoha-zushi store is located in the Yumekaze Square, across from The Nara National Museum’s East Wing, in Kasugano Town, Nara City. The sales corner on the first floor has Kakinoha-sushi, Oshi-zushi, and Izasa-sushi (salmon and sushi rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) for sale. The restaurant on the second floor sells creative steamed sushi and Gozen course meals.

    I had lunch at this restaurant and 10 minutes later I felt sick, resulting in having to call an ambulance and visit a hospital as I was violently ill due to food poisoning. I ate the ¥2,600 set but...

  • Com Ngon Vietnamese Cuisine
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashimukiminamimachi 19 Yoshida Building 2F
    This Vietnamese restaurant in Higashimuki-Minamimachi, Nara City offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine prepared by their Vietnamese chef, including noodle dishes, spring rolls, and rice dishes. As you might expect given the popularity of noodles in Vietnam, their selection of pho and other noodle dishes is especially abundant.

    Stopped over for dinner. The place is nicely decorated and the service was very good. We had a chicken curry and it was so delicious. Prices were very worth it. 100% recommended

  • Menya Noroma
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Minamikyoubatechou 3-1531
    This ramen shop popular for its incredibly savory chicken bone broth is also a hit with young mothers and fathers due to its family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to their torisoba (chicken broth ramen noodles), which has broth so tasty you'll want to drink it to the last drop, we also recommend their chashu-don (braised pork belly rice bowl), which is topped with a generous portion of braised pork slices.

    帰省中に奈良市内でお昼時になった為、こちらのお店に訪問。 人気店らしく行列が出来ていました。 私は、『特選鶏つけ麺』を注文。あまり印象に残らない感じでしたが、 奥さんが注文した鶏そばが美味しかったです。

  • Tonmasa
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Minamikoriyamachou 363-23 Meihana Heights 1F
    This restaurant is famous for serving Japan's biggest tonkatsu (fried pork cutlets), but they're about more than just size. Each of their side dishes is prepared with care by an experienced chef using only the freshest ingredients. Besides their tonkatsu, their wild-caught head-on shrimp, wakadori katsu (fried spring chicken cutlets), and fried oysters (depending on the season) are all served in generous portions.

    Do you know another category of Japanese dish called Yoshoku? Japan, you know, has a long history of traditional Japanese dish. It also has a new comer Yoshoku. it After the end of...

  • 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...

  • Senjutei Somen Chaya
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Shiba 293
    This somen noodle restaurant located in Shiba, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture is operated by longstanding Miwa somen shop “Ikeri.” The shop has a pure Japanese aura with an elegant ambience and contains large windows with tables seating. The flagship dish, “hiyashi somen,” features a smooth and refreshing flavor that goes down well. There’s also local Nara cuisine with a focus on “nyumen” (somen noodles and various ingredients in a soy sauce broth), as well as other seasonal dishes. One popular option is the “senjutei afternoon meal,” which includes nyumen, Nara delicacies, and persimmon leaf sushi.

    三輪駅から少し歩いて、開店時間の11時より10分ほど早く到着すると、開店を待つ列の2番目でした。 三色の冷やし素麺とビール、そして相方は冷やし素麺に天ぷらなどが付いたセットを注文しました。 素麺は家庭でも食べることが多いですが、お店でいただくと、やはり一味違います。

  • Café Kotodama
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 1223
    This cafe located in Oka of Asuka Village, Takaichi County is run from a renovated sake brewery with close to 200 years of history. They offer their Kotodama Lunch based around fresh Asuka Village vegetables which changes every other week, and sweets including cakes and shaved ice made with Asuka Village fruits. Be aware that the only meal available is the Kotodama Lunch which is limited in supply. 

    Ate lunch today at Kotodama Cafe in Nara, Japan. It was a set menu and everything was not only beautiful to look at but was extremely tasty as well. The restaurant itself is an old house that has...

  • Lucky Garden
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Onitorichou 168
    First opened in 1999, this restaurant is divided up into three areas, the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Area, where guests can take their time to enjoy a meal, the Hitsuji (Sheep) Area, where you can meet and pet animals in a natural setting, and the Yamagoya (Mountain Hut) Area, a gallery used to host various exhibits and events. In the Sakura Area, course meals are available for both lunch and dinner. Their special vegetable dishes only available on nights with full moons are also popular. The Hitsuji Area offers special plates, soup sets, and more.

    今から約10年前にラッキーガーデンを訪れました。当時は閑散としてお客様も少なかったです。しかし、ご飯を食べ終わるとスリランカ人のシェフがお話をしに来て下さいました。今はヤギも触れてとても可愛かったです。日本風にアレンジされてたカレーですが辛く無くて食べ易く美味しかったです。

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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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