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Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Nara Area

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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.
  • Café Wawa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Sonoharachou 183
    A mountain refuge-style café located in Tenri Kanko Noen in Tenri City, Nara Prefecture standing along the park’s mountain nature-rich hiking course. The café serves healthy dishes such as lunches made with vegetables grown in the park with no or reduced pesticides, stone oven-baked pizzas, and kuri-mochi chestnut takes made according to the same recipe used when the establishment was founded in the Showa period. Visitors can also enjoy fun park activities here such as kuri-mochi pounding and mandarin orange picking in autumn.
  • Coffee Sanpo
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 55-4
    This café in Asuka Village, Takaichi County, Nara, is situated across the street from the Asuka Village Office. Located in a remodeled classical styled house that exudes the taste of the former capital the shop has large windows and a relaxed atmosphere. In the rear garden you can sit on the terrace and look over Amakashi no oka hill and the site of the former Asuka Itabuki-no-miya palace. Carefully selected beans are roasted in house and the resulting hand dripped coffee is distinguished by its strong aroma and refreshing aftertaste. Along with their café menu they have a popular food menu with dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice.

    The cafe au lait is served in beaitiful handmade ceramic bowls. It was really good & so was the green tea cake. You can get filter coffee from specific regions & locally grown tea. The small cafe...

  • Nodo Cafe
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Gojouchou 162-2
    This café operates out of a house in Gojo Town, Nara City, giving it an at-home feeling. The shop is decorated with wooden furniture and you can easily let time slip away in the comfortable shop interior. Their Café Gohan (meal) is an everchanging lunch set and a popular choice. It is a delicious, healthy dish made up of a variety of ingredients and local vegetables and includes hand-made side dishes, rice, and miso-soup. The rice flour cakes and Japanese style sweets on the desert menu are also popular.

    薬師寺を参拝した後、お昼を食べようと伺いました。甘い物にも心引かれましたが、ランチをたのみました。基本のランチにドリンクやデザートを付けられます。美味しく炊いたご飯の量は少なめ、普通、多めから選べます。野菜をたっぷり使ったおかずでご飯が進みました!どれも美味しかったです。店内には健康に良い情報なども書かれていたりして、身体に良いものを出そうという気持ちが感じられました。米粉を使ったシフォンケーキ...

  • Hinatabokko
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 3056
    This log house café is located in front of the Japanese-style inn Kato along Prefectural Route 15, in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. They have a “local vegetable lunch” made with over 25 different types of organic vegetables harvested in the morning (reservation required), and a rotating daily menu called “Yoshino Teishoku,” which includes Yamato Pork cutlets and Kakinoha-sushi. They also have a dessert menu with items such as Kuzumochi and ice cream, all of which can be eaten while enjoying the views of the seasons at an altitude of 400 meters.

    吉野千本桜が見えるロケーション まわりは和風なお店に対して ここは洋風 気にならない人は 値段もリーズナブルなので お茶するのに良いです

  • Hidamari cafe Asuka
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Koshi 17
    This is a cafe inside Café & Pension ASUKA located around a three-minute walk from Asuka Station. For lunch they serve dishes including curry with nutritious black rice and hayashi rice (hashed meat with rice) topped with a fluffy egg. The Hidamari Cafe Lunch, their most popular offering which changes every two weeks, is a set accompanied by several side dishes made from local vegetables, a dessert and drink. 
  • Quiche Specialty Shop Le Case
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 158 Inside Nara Park
    This is a quiche specialty shop inside the grounds of Nara Park in Kasugano Town, Nara City. They serve quiche made with organic vegetables, whole-wheat flour, rye wheat flour, fermented butter and organic eggs. At lunch they offer sets with soup and they also offer a weekday-only course (reservations must be made by 12:00 the day before). For takeout they sell 15 varieties of quiche including both side-dish and dessert types, available for purchase by the piece (a whole quiche requires reservation up to two days before). They also sell lunchboxes with quiche and soup.

    It is located high up in the park, almost in the middle of nowhere. However, they offer really great food here. Peaceful too. Love it. We had persimmon tart and apple tart, and we just love them...

  • Fukokuen
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 2-2-35
    This is a cafe near Horyu-ji Temple, in Horyuji 2-chome, Ikaruga Town. It was built in 1887 and was used by officer of the court Harufusa Kitabatake when he lived in a nearby residence in his later years. They serve lunch with Nara foodstuffs, sweets including shaved ice, coffee made with organic beans, all served in traditionally-made Akahada-yaki ware. 

    法隆寺の散策が終わって入れるか入れないかという時間帯に入ることになりました このときは、昼食をすでに済ませてましたのでカフェとして軽食を取りました 江戸時代からある建物をモダン風に改修してレストランとして使ってるようで なかなか味のある雰囲気がありました タルトと紅茶を注文しましたが味も結構いけてましたね

  • Mori-midori Café
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-9-33
    This is a cafe in Horyuji 1-chome, Ikaruga Town. At lunch they serve dishes such as the limited Mori-midori gohan plate using fresh local vegetables for nutritional balance, the yakuzen curry, and pasta. As a cafe they serve chiffon cake and a daily special cheesecake. They also hold exhibitions of mainly modern art in the attached gallery.

    法隆寺巡りの後は、ぜひこのカフェへ。 お店も素敵ですが、ランチプレートがとても良いです。 10月のプレートは、 焼きナスのジュレがけ、柿の白和え、ジャガイモのキッシュ、白身魚のフライ玉ねぎと人参のマリネソース、サラダ だと思います。(筆者の分析) これにお味噌汁と古代米ごはん。飲み物もついています。 明るい店内で、ゆっくりとご飯を楽しむ。 ゆったりと時が流れていきますよ。、

  • Hackberry
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou 1-3-3
    This café is located approximately three minutes on foot from Yagi-nishiguchi Station, in 1 Chome, Imaicho, Kashihara City. The café is inside a renovated old private house, with a distinctively large hackberry tree. It has a plentiful menu with items such as German-style pancakes cooked in a Dutch oven and packed with fillings, and Kashihara bibimbap created by arranging authentic recipes from all across Jeonju City, Korea.

    There is not really a lot of choice in Imaicho. Hackberry may be about the only option unless you speak Japanese and can track down hidden local restaurants. It is called a cafe but it is really...

  • Bolik Coffee
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinoshinyachou 40-1
    This café in Nishinoshinya Town, Nara City offers their own roasted coffee, baked sweets, coffee jelly made with their coffee, and coffee jelly parfait using Russian condensed milk. They also offer a food menu with dishes including the Bolik Soup Set Meal, which comes with genmai (unpolished rice) and a large soup bowl, and the Borscht Set.
  • Kerinosu Gallery Café
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Monzenchou 23-5
    This gallery café is located in the center of Monzen-cho, Ikoma City, which lies beside Mount Ikoma. In addition to desserts, the lunch menu is full of dishes with organically produced vegetables. There are also various events held here, such as watercolor painting classes and painting classes conducted in English.

    ランチに伺いました。無農薬の野菜を調理したランチ。肉や魚は使っていませんが、 出汁には使っているそうです。 ベジタリアンにはボリュームもあり食べごたえがあります。 マクロビの人も出汁の材料にこだわらなければ美味しく頂けます。

  • Café Kotodama
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    4.0
    23 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...

  • Pokupoku
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    5.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Shounamichou 23
    Pokupoku is a cafe located in Shonami Town, Nara City. The menu, made up of dishes using the Nara brand Yamato pork, has become somewhat of a specialty. Guests can enjoy the full flavor of Yamato pork in dishes such as pork cutlet with salt, and pork steak. They also have a cafe menu too with drinks and other treats.

    雑誌で見て予約をして行きました。 近鉄奈良駅から路地裏の道を歩いてお店に到着。アットホームな店内です。 こだわりはトンカツだけではなく、サラダ・スープ・お茶…全てに店主の想いを感じます。お値段もリーズナブルです。

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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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