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  • 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!

  • Hiraso (Horyuji Store)
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-40
    This eatery in Ikaruga Town, Ikoma County, Nara, sits in front of the gate of Horyuji Temple. It opened in 1861 and has been making persimmon-leaf sushi ever since. The interior has a chic color tone giving it a Japanese-modern feel and take-away goods area available as well. The shop’s feature product, the persimmon-leaf sushi, is a Yoshino specialty in which local Nara grown rice and fatty mackerel are wrapped in a persimmon leaf. They also offer a variety of other menu options from savory to sweet including seasonal noodle dishes and shaved ice. You can even try making persimmon-leaf sushi for yourself.

    ランチにて利用いたしました。奈良セットにしたので、柿の葉ずし、三輪そうめん、温泉卵、わらび餅がセットになっておりました。柿の葉ずしは、サバが二つ、鮭、鯛、大根となっておりました。テイクアウトもできますが、おいしくいただけました。

  • Café HAGIO
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka 180
    This is a famous restaurant where one can enjoy the feel and beauty of the architecture in an old Japanese home while eating carefully prepared kaiseki (course) cuisine. It is located in Asuka Town, Takaicihi County, Nara Prefecture. The ingredients and flavorings are all carefully selected from across the country. They take special care with water and fire, using water coming from natural rocky sources and binchotan high-grade charcoal. Popular options include the Katte Shojin Course centered around vegetables and made with bonito dashi soup stock, and the Ofuku bento lunchbox limited to orders of at least 10. They also offer side dishes including homemade goma-dofu (tofu-like food made from crushed sesame seeds and starch) and seasonal vegetable tempura. They also sell Western-style sweets like cakes and bavarois as souvenirs. Seats are by reservation only and not available to diners under 12 years old.

    明日香村の有名店です。飛鳥観光の目玉が欲しいと思って、奮発してこの店に行きました。飛鳥寺からもそう遠くはありません。とても丁寧な料理で、さすがと思います。いただいたものの中から記憶に残るものを書きます。帆立と湯葉の蒸しもの、大和牛の握り、きのこと野菜の胡麻和え、ごま豆腐、ウナギの蒸し物、蓮根麺などです。どれも美味しい料理ばかりで気も地まで豪華になりました。

  • Shunsai HIYORI
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Nakanoshinyachou 26 Yuya Club 1F
    This is a vegetable cuisine restaurant offering mainly Yamato vegetables, located in Nakanoshinya Town, Nara City. For lunch they offer Yasai Biyori, a set of vegetable cuisine using Yamato vegetables from a contract garden and kodaimai (wild rice), the Hidamari which comes with Yamato beef, and Hinata that comes with either char or prawn. They also offer a popular Yasai Kaiseki (vegetable course) full of vegetables from start to finish (reservations needed by the previous day). This can also be made into a set with Yamato beef, char, Yamato pork or Yamato chicken. 

    This restaurant is tucked away in a back street in Nara. It is fairly bustling with a local crowd but has an english menu. The vegetables are all local grown and they serve proper kaiseki cuisine...

  • Nara Nagomikan Restaurant & Cafe Awogaki
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 1071
    Awogaki is a restaurant within the Nara Nagomikan souvenir shop on National Route 169 in Takabatake Town, Nara City. The restaurant serves a range of dishes including seasonal Japanese set meals, Yamato beef steak, and Yamato chagayu (a kind of rice porridge) made with specialty products such as Yamato beef, Yamato pork, and an old variety of rice known as Yamato rice. There is also a cafe which serves desserts such as deer parfait and pancakes.
  • Kisetsu Ryori Shizukatei
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 952
    This Japanese restaurant is located along Prefectural Route 15, in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino cho. It serves dishes made with seasonal ingredients, including wild vegetables and duck. In addition to set seasonal meals, such as the Duck Hamburg set and the Botan-nabe (wild boar meat hot pot) set (served only in autumn/winter), there are udon and soba, hot pots and individual dishes and Kuzu sweets as well as seasonal Shokado Bento lunches, which must be ordered at least three days in advance. The homemade additive-free Kakinoha-sushi is also very popular, and can be delivered nationwide. And in the spring and autumn, customers can enjoy the superb views of Yoshino.
  • Ashibi-no-Sato
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Wakidochou 29
    This is a wedding hall located in Wakido Town, Nara City. With its spacious open plan design, the hall is available for full-day private wedding ceremonies, and wedding receptions as well as after parties. The facility is run by Ashibiya Honpo, a long-established store selling Nara pickles and visitors can also taste pickles and purchase them on site. Visitors can enjoy lunch, a cafe, traditional Japanese cuisine (reservations required), concerts and other events.

    This is a delightful restaurant with outdoor seating hidden down a green tunnel in the Naramachi area. Lunch options were limited to one of two sets that included fish, pickles, rice, tempura and a...

  • Kiyosumi no Sato AWA
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Takahichou 861
    This is a restaurant that specializes in Yamato vegetable cuisine in Takahi Town, Nara City. The restaurant offers course menus that mainly use seasonal vegetables from the village of Kiyosumi no Sato. The Awa Yamato Vegetable full course menu comes with a Japanese confectionary called Awanari, using the highest quality millet. The restaurant is reservations only, however, only if there are seats available or after 14:30, the restaurant may be open.

    少し高台にあるので、一面のガラス戸から里山風景が一望できます。広々とした空間にはその日の食材の野菜達がディスプレイされていて、野菜の美しさに気付かされます。50品程の野菜を使った料理はどれも優しい味付けで野菜の味がよくわかり、お肉は少しですが充分満足できました。四季折々に訪れてみたいお店です。

  • Kiraku Kyubei
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntenkawamura Dorogawa 47
    This is a long-established restaurant founded in the Taisho period situated on Prefectural Highway Route 21 in Dorogawa, Tenkawa Village. It serves set meals with salt-grilled ayu sweetfish and tofu made from famous local water, and a local delicacy called Mehari sushi, which is rice wrapped with pickled mustard leaves.

    お盆の時期なのかどうかですが、ランチを食べようと行きましたが、結構並んでました。店内は結構広く、景色もよかったです。夫婦であまご定食と豆腐定食をいただきました。お勧めです。

  • Haseji
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hase 857
    This is a restaurant located along the Hase Road in Hase, Sakurai City. Popular dishes include somen wheat flour noodles, nyumen noodles (noodles served in a soy source broth), and buckwheat noodles with wild plants, served with kakinoha sushi (sushi wrapped in a persimmon leaf). The matcha green tea prepared with well water is also popular. In addition, the restaurant offers local sake called Murasaki-Genji. Customers can buy 720 ml or 1.8-liter bottles of sake, or choose two sizes of pottery bottles with original words.

    にしんそば、鴨そば、にゅうめん等の食事メニューがあり、コーヒー、抹茶等の喫茶メニューもあります。庭園を見ながら落ち着いた雰囲気で食事をする事ができます。お店の近くに駐車場もあります。

  • Genmai-an
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujihigashi 1-3-24
    This is a Japanese restaurant on the east side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town on the Prefectural Route 9. The restaurant is a traditional wooden building made with Kumano Cedar. It serves brown rice and brown rice mochi-rice cake cooked in a cedar stove with dishes that have been seasoned with naturally fermented condiments. The restaurant offers a small side dish set and steamed vegetable course (reservations are required three days in advance). Guests can also enjoy desserts such as sweet red bean paste served with brown rice mochi rice cakes as well as an Irori sunken fireplace course (dinner is available from four people and reservations are required three days in advance).

    We went here for lunch after visiting Horyuji and it was amazing. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. It’s also impossible to imagine better service. My sone accidentally...

  • Saryou Hanayamato
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichiguntakatorichou Shimizutani 1064
    This is a Japanese style restaurant, founded in 1904 in Shimizutani, Takatori Town. The town has been known as the town of medicine from ancient times and because of this, the restaurant offers Japanese style Chinese medicine cuisine using medicinal herbs such as Asian ginseng. The scene of the large lake right next to the restaurant is also spectacular.

    創業は明治37年とか・・・凄い老舗ですね。食べ物商売で50年以上続いているのは何らかの特徴がある料理を提供しているか、著名観光地で何の努力もしなくても人が「ついでに」押し寄せて来るか、価格パフォーマンスが余程優れているかのいずれかですが、最近では情報社会で、価格もダメ、特色もない、味も悪いの「ないない尽くし」の店でもマスコミの力によって繁盛している店もあります。ガイドブックに掲載してもらえればしめ...

  • Restaurant Asukano
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Shimashou 165-1
    This is a restaurant near the Ishibutai-kofun Tombs in Shimasho, Asuka Village. The restaurant offers Makunouchi, which is rice with side dishes made using red spotted trout caught in the Asuka River and local vegetables produced in Asuka. Also, a traditional Japanese course dinner called Asuka-no-en is served. In this course dinner, visitors can enjoy ancient dishes such as an ancient cheese called So that has been modernized. In addition, there are souvenirs such as Asuka-no-so cheese and persimmon leaf wrapped sushi.

    明日香村の石舞台古墳のすぐ近くにあるドライブイン、土産店、レストラン併設のお店です。 テーブル席が並ぶ広い店内でした。 ランチをいただきました。 食べたのは「季節の彩り膳」。古代米を利用したご飯に彩り鮮やかな和のおかずには季節の海の幸、山の幸がたっぷり。明日香の山間の美しい景色の中で悠久の時を感じながらいただくおいしいお食事でした。

  • Shinchi Irifune
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Goseshi Country street 1-1117-3
    This diner located on Mikuni-dori Street, Gose City is a three-minute walk from JR Gose Station. The restaurant's specialty, curry udon noodles, can be served topped with tempura, as tsukemen, or as part of a set meal. The diner also offers a variety of fried food set meals, donburi rice bowls, udon and soba noodles, an a la carte menu, and more.
  • Fukushindo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Miwa 1237-1
    This Japanese restaurant located on the approach leading to Omiwa Shrine in Miwa, Sakurai City offers hand-pulled Miwa somen noodles. Whether served chilled or hot, the noodles can be enjoyed along with local dishes like persimmon leaf sushi. The restaurant also offers kaiseki-style banquets by reservation only.
  • Kamameshi Tamaya
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Katsuragishi Taima 1242
    This restaurant is located in an old Japanese inn built in the mid Edo period that is a nationally-registered Tangible Cultural Property. Their famous kamameshi (a type of Japanese pilaf), their crab hotpot featuring snow crab shipped directly from Kasumi Port in Hyogo Prefecture, and their sukiyaki-style chicken hotpot made with Nara's Yamato Niku Dori breed of free-range chicken are all exquisite. The restaurant also accepts orders for bento boxes for excursions and other events.

    當麻寺に参拝する前に昼食時間になったので「玉や」さんで釜飯をいただきました。角煮、地鶏、時雨煮、」季節の釜飯の中から一つを選べ、小鉢(玉子焼き)、味噌汁、漬物が付いた「桜」1580円をいただきました。角煮の釜飯をいただきました。大和ポークは脂が乗っていてトロトロになるまで煮込まれ柔らかくて美味しいです。釜めしの炊きたては米がツヤがあって、甘みがあります。追加になりますが、お出汁を注文すればお茶漬け...

  • Ajitei Yamazakiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Higashimukiminamimachi 5 Inoue Building 1F
    Yamazakiya, a venerable purveyor of Narazuke pickles established in the early Meiji period, opened this restaurant in 1984 with a view of handing down their own flavors of Nara's regional cuisine. In addition to kaiseki meals that change every month and chef's choice courses, the restaurant also has 13 varieties of set meal. Guests can enjoy regional favorites such as cha-gayu (rice gruel cooked in tea), persimmon leaf sushi, Miwa somen noodles, and much more.
  • Jubei Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Yagyuchou 83-3
    Some of the offerings of this tea house-style eatery adorned with a tasteful sign made from a single piece of wood include udon noodles, set meals, and donburi rice bowls. Their most popular item, however, is their Jubei soba / udon noodles, which are garnished with two shiitake mushrooms, an homage to the family crest of the Yagyu family. Their umeboshi (dried plum), skipjack tuna, and konbu (kelp) rice ball bento boxes are available for takeout.
  • Tabegoronomigorokobo Kaerunoheso
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Surugamachi 43-3 Joy Palace Part 7103

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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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