Japan Travel by NAVITIME - Japan Travel Guides, Transit Search and Itinerary Planner

Bread / Dessert / Other Food Shop Spots in Nara Area

  • Yume-Kaze Plaza
    rating-image
    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
    rating-image
    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。

  • Kuuki Cake
    Shopping
    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.
  • 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
    rating-image
    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.

  • Honke Kikuya Honten
    rating-image
    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...

  • 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.
  • Hana
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Byakugoujichou 228
    A café situated inside an old Japanese home in Byakugoji Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Hidden away in a residential area, the café has a charming air. Focusing on the concept of providing life through food, Hana serves dishes made with select Nara ingredients. The café’s lunch courses, which come with several small dishes served on a lovely bon tray, are particularly popular. Colorful, numerous, and on par with a traditional ryotei inn, customers love Hana’s healthy food. The dessert plate set, an assortment of Western and Japanese sweets, is also much-loved.
  • Chujodo Hompo
    rating-image
    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Shopping
    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...

  • Nalala
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Konishichou 21-1
    This is a combined facility located around one minute's walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, containing 12 stores including restaurants and beauty salons. The facility consists of two floors with open space is a wide area where one can enjoy Japanese taste in Nara style. There are several gourmet options available in this one building including a French restaurant run by an experienced chef from a famous place, ramen, handmade tofu and yuba (tofu skin), and a steak house serving carefully-selected Wagyu beef. It is popular among tourists, shoppers and even as a lunch spot for office staff working nearby.
  • Haniwa Manju Hompo
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Kumechou 905-2 Kashihara Oak Hotel 1st Floor
    This is a Haniwa Manju specialty shop located in a spot around one minute's walk from Kintetsu Kashiharajingu-mae Station. The manju (steamed yeast bun) on sale are made from koshian (smooth red bean paste) covered in castella dough, and each is molded into one of four haniwa (unglazed earthenware shapes) comprised of a horse, soldier, bell and pot. Another popular offering is their Manyo-kashi Asuka Otome pound cake made with ancient style So cheese boiled down over several hours in milk. 
  • Himiko-an
    rating-image
    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou 2994
    This coffee shop is located in Yanagimoto Town, Tenri City. The shop is inside the owner’s Japanese-style house, and customers can relax in the tatami room or the engawa (narrow wooden veranda) viewing the garden. The shop’s specialty is an original Japanese-style coffee, brewed and whisked in a green tea bowl.

    三輪〜柳本の山の辺の道ハイキング途中で一息したくて寄りました。完全なる民家、しかも仏間で面白かったです。お庭の向こうに三輪山を望めました。抹茶には虎屋の羊羹が、しかも太めにカットされた状態で出てきて驚きました。和風コーヒーはマイルドで、普段カフェ・オ・レの私も美味しくいただけました。またおじゃましたいです。

  • Gateau Des Bois Main Store
    rating-image
    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Shopping
    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...

  • Ryubido
    rating-image
    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou Todaiji Temple Nishido South Tea Plaza
    This is a teahouse inside the tea-growing district of Nigatsu-do within Todaiji Temple. They serve hoji-cha (roasted tea) boiled in kettles boasting a history of over 200 years alongside sweets including warabi-mochi (bracken starch dumplings) and ohagi (rice balls covered with sweet bean). It is also the only place to sell Todaiji Temple traditional Gyoho Miso made with soy beans and burdock, a food loved by the monks who practice asceticism.

    This wonderful restaurant is just besides the Nigatsudo hall, near the fountain. A great place to stop by, relax, eat & enjoy the breathtaking view on Nigatsudo hall. Delicious warabi mochi, which is...

  • Shogetsudo
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakami 1988
    This is an old Japanese confectionery shop established around a century ago in Ouda-kami, Uda City. The famous Kimigoromo is soft whipped meringue wrapped in egg yolk and baked. The unique texture and flavor make it a popular souvenir too. 
  • Tofu Chaya Hayashi
    rating-image
    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 551
    This is a tofu cuisine restaurant located along Prefectural Route 15 in Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Town. They make tofu with carefully selected ingredients including high quality domestic soy beans and water from the Yoshino Omine mountain range, and serve yu-dofu (boiled tofu), tofu skin hamburger, tofu ramen made with tofu noodles, and tofu zukushi-zen where one can try different types of tofu cuisine. In addition to the cafe menu with items such as tofu donuts and tofu soft ice cream, they also sell tofu along with other souvenirs.

    8月の吉野は観光客がかなり少なく、空いてるお店も少なめだった中、メニューが充実していたので休憩に立ち寄りました。 ガイドブックにも載っているお店で、観光客が少ないこの時期でもパラパラですがお客さんが数組入っていました。 店内も綺麗で、居心地が良かったです。 昼食は既に食べていたので豆腐ドーナツと豆乳ソフトを注文しました。 豆腐ドーナツは想像どおりの優しい味、一緒にいた友人は豆乳ソフトクリームをすご...

  • Shikano
    rating-image
    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Narashi Aburasakajikatachou 5
    This is a baumkuchen specialty shop along Sanjyo-dori Street around a four-minute walk from Nara Station. Their specialty is Deer Antler Baumkuchen baked based on the shape of Nara Park deer antlers, made with pure honey and fresh eggs produced in Nara that are less than 36 hours old. In addition they sell baumkuchen using famous Nara products including Asuka ruby strawberries, Yamato tea, and black rice. 

    三条通のバームクーヘンの専門店。一番人気の鹿の角は、形が鹿の角のような感じだから。砂糖のコーティングが甘さのアクセントですが、基本のしっとり感もグッドです。 同行者一人旅

  • Okashi Tojo
    rating-image
    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    家の近くにあるので、仕事帰りに訪れます。いつも買うのは「ブルーチーズを使ったチーズケーキ」で、「おつまみチーズケーキ」と名付けられていました。ブルーチーズの香りがほのかにして、赤ワインと食べるとよく合うんです^^

  • Alcyon Deli Cafe
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Narashi Saidaijihigashimachi 2-1-63 Sanwa City 1F
    This is a bakery on the first floor of the shopping facility Sanwa City Saidaiji located in front of Yamato Saidaiji Station. It sells sandwiches and hot dogs, side dishes such as salads and croquettes, cakes as well as bread and sweet bread baked in a wood stone kiln. Patrons can eat the bread and side dishes purchased at the eat-in area. A set menu of main dishes and pasta is also offered.
  • Sabo Ofusa Tea House
    rating-image
    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Ousachou 6-22
    This is a tea room inside the precincts of Kanon-ji Temple known as Ofusa Kannon, located in Ousacho Town, Kashihara City. Visitors can enjoy tea and sweets in the tea room situated in the center of a traditional Japanese garden designed as a strolling path. The tea house was built in 1915 in the goten-zukuri architecture style. The shaved ice, only available during summer, is also popular.

    素敵なお庭を見ながら、風鈴の音を聞きながら、ふわふわのかき氷は絶品です。 ミルク金時白玉入りと主人は宇治抹茶を食べました。 ただ今回は、お寺の本堂?の座敷なのですが、別のテーブルのおばさん2人が大声でおしゃべりして長居していてせっかくの雰囲気が台無しでした・・・

Nara Main Areas

around-area-map

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.

Nara Photo Album

Browse Interests