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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Senjutei Somen Chaya
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    4.0
    22 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.

    三輪駅から徒歩にてこちらへ向かいました。ランチタイムに利用し、5種類のそうめんが選べるセットにいたしました。温冷が楽しめましたし、味のついたそうめんもあり、堪能する事ができました。お店の雰囲気もよかったです。

  • Chujodo Hompo
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    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...

  • 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。

  • 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. 
  • Hashimotoya
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Udashi Murou 800
    This is an old restaurant ryokan built in 1871 in Muro, Uda City. Located in front of Muro-ji Temple, famous as a “Nyonin Koya” meaning Koya for women (original Koya is only for men), Hashimotoya offers sansai ryori (wild vegetable cuisine) with special grated yamato-imo potato, known as a favorite of photographer Ken Domon. As well as courses and a la carte options, they also offer a Women's Special Sansai Lunch limited to 20 per day where one can try lots of little dishes.

    普通の食堂でした。食べ物屋はその味とか盛付とかだけでは評価は出来ない。価格とマッチしているか、ミスマッチかと云うコスパが大事。ここも値段はミスマッチ。内容は良いが。

  • 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. 
  • Mendoya
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 40
    This local restaurant is located in Oka, Asuka Village. The restaurant serves local cuisines from Asuka Village or Nara area, made with organically grown vegetables and good-quality well water, free of any chemical flavoring. The Gourd Bento, a lunch filled with local ingredients, and the Asuka Pot, made with free-range local chicken, stewed in milk soup, are very popular, and the pot course also includes kakinoha-sushi and warabi-mochi (bracken-starch dumpling). Homemade sesame tofu and warabi-mochi can also be purchased as souvenirs.

    原本想點飛鳥鍋,但是只有一個人沒辦法點,只好改點老闆娘推薦的¥1200套餐,份量充足又十分美味,有一碗料很多的細麵、奈良名產柿葉壽司、小菜、新鮮無花果、一片柿乾、手作蕨餅。吃完覺得十分滿足!

  • 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. 
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Shiratamayaeiju Saryo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Miwa 660-1
    Shiratamayaeiju Saryo is a coffee shop adjoined to the Japanese sweet shop Shiratamayaeiju, located on National Route 169 in Miwa, Sakurai City. Visitors can enjoy a cup of matcha green tea with their famous monaka (wafer cake filled with red bean jam) which boasts a history of about 170 years. They also have a seasonal menu which includes chestnut zenzai (red bean soup) in the winter and cold kudzu noodles and chilled matcha green tea in the summer.
  • Sabo Ofusa Tea House
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    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・・・

  • Asuka Curry Cafe
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Koshi 11-4
    This is a curry specialty restaurant near Asuka Station. The curry is made with a blend of 25 types of spices and fruit and vegetables harvested in Asuka Village. It is a healthy curry made with only a small amount of oil. The restaurant serves a dish called Kameishi Rock Asuka curry. This curry is served with rice consisting of 16 types of grains in the shape of the Kameishi Rock, famous in the area. In addition, baked curry and curry served with udon noodles is also available. The restaurant also offers homemade shaved ice, hand dripped coffee and lassi.

    We stumbled upon this delightful curry cafe next to Asuka station on our trip, and were absolutely delighted to do so. The decor and atmosphere inside was tranquil and calming, and the owner was very...

  • Tama
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou 4-5-14
    This is a French restaurant located in Imai-cho 4 Chome, Kashihara City. The restaurant serves dishes that enhance the flavor of the produce using locally grown organic and pesticide-free vegetables. Visitors can enjoy the course menus by making a reservation for lunches and dinners. Dinner reservations accepted until the previous day.

    予約してランチタイムを利用しました。地元の食材を使い、季節感たっぷりのお料理。本当に素敵な時間を過ごせました。器も素敵です。近々ディナータイムを予約するつもりです♪ 車で行くとお店の駐車場がありません。近くの有料駐車場に置かなければいけないので、『良い』の評価にしました。

  • Sobagoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Goseshi Kamogami 1126 Road in Katsuragi Castle History Culture Center
    This is a soba buckwheat noodle restaurant in Katsuragi no Michi History and Culture Museum located in Kamogami. Gose City. The soba flour used is grown organically by a famer in Hokkaido and ground in a millstone, without changing the original flavor of the buckwheat.
  • 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。

  • Sizin
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka In the 10 million leaf culture hall
    This is a cafe / bakery located inside the Nara Prefecture Complex of Man'yo Culture museum in Asuka, Asuka Village. The bakery sells a loaf of bread called Muro Natural Yeast Loaf, made with natural yeast that has been proved for 24 hours. In the cafe, customers can enjoy Muro Natural Yeast Loaf toast with dishes using fresh vegetables grown in Asuka and cold drip coffee.

    奈良県が建てた「万葉文化館」の1階にあります。万葉文化館は想像以上に大きく、また、広い駐車場は明日香村地域振興関連の施設(民俗資料館、夢市、楽市、旬菜館、犬養万葉館など)と共有になっていましたので、車をどの辺に止めたらよいのか迷ってしまいました。 重厚な自動ドアが開くと、受付の女性2人が私たちを迎えてくれました。館内は広々していて、気持ちよかったです。Sizin(しじん)は、すぐ見つかりました。店...

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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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