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  • Japanese
    1-6 Oshiagecho, Nara City, Nara
    Closed on Tuesday

    (the following day after a Tuesday Holiday)

    [Business Hours]
    10 am to 7:30 pm (Last order at 7:00)

    Tengyokudou is a kudzu shop with over a 140 year history. Always grateful for the gifts of heaven and earth, we are committed to providing our customers with delicious kudzu.

  • Japanese
    Kichiza Den-emon
    5-1 Honkomoricho, Nara City
    No set holidays

    [Business Hours]
    Lunch: 11:00-15:00 (L.O. 14:30)
    Dinner: 17:30-23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

    With the best seasonal ingredients and exceptional Japanese hospitality, we await your arrival, whatever the occasion.

  • Soba
    23-2 Fukuchiinchou, Nara City, Nara
    Closed on Sunday and Monday
    (Saturday, lunch only)

    [Business Hours]
    Lunch 11:30-13:00 (L.O. 13:00)
    Dinner 18:00-21:00 (L.O. 19:00)

    A 15 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, Gen received 1 star from Michelin in 2013. It is the detached Soba shop of Imanishi Shoin, a registered Important Cultural Property. As the soba noodles are made freshly daily, we recommend making a reservation in advance.

  • Pot-cooked Meals
    23-2 Noboriojichou, Nara City
    Closed on Tuesday

    [Business Hours]

    Each pot is thoroughly cooked over a direct flame giving the browned, crispy rice its distinct aroma. Established in Nara 50 years ago, Shizuka strives to make a meal that is enjoyable to the bottom of the pot.

Rest Spots
  • Café
    13 Kunoudoucho, Nara City
    Closed on Monday

    (The following day after a Monday Holiday)

    [Business Hours]
    11:00-20:00 (December-February, until 19:30)

    The shop interior’s relaxing space and nostalgic vibe bring out the serene atmosphere found in traditional Japanese townhouses (Machiya). We offer both Japanese and table seating. Take off your shoes and enjoy the comfort of our Japanese zashiki seating.

  • Café
    840 Takebatakecho, Nara City, Nara
    Closed Sunday

    [Business Hours]
    Monday-Friday 11:00-20:00
    Saturdays and Holidays 11:00-18:00

    This shop was remodeled by hand from a traditional Japanese longhouse. We recommend the curry rice accompanied by raisins and yogurt. With the grandfather clock ticking in the background, enjoy a comfortable moment of rest.

  • Café
    45 Tsubaicho, Nara City
    (In front of Tsubai Elementary School)
    Closed Tuesday
    (Also closed for special occasions)

    [Business Hours]
    Lunchtime, Sunday operating hours

    Remodeled from a rice granary of the Meiji Era, the outside looks much different than your typical shop. The warmth of the wooden interior combined with the local art displayed on the walls gives the shop a comfortable coziness.

  • Japanese sweets
    Japanese Sweet Maker Manmandou Michinori
    34 Hashimotocho, Nara City, Nara
    Closed Thursday but not fixed

    [Business Hours]

    Manmando Michinori was founded in Nara during the latter half of the Edo period. Keeping with the flavor of this ancient capital, the shop adds a new element to Japanese sweets while staying true to this longstanding tradition.

  • Japanese sweets
    Nakatanidou Co., Ltd. Kitayama Nakatanidou
    29 Hashimotocho, Nara City, Nara
    No set holidays

    [Business Hours]

    We focus on freshly-made, carefully-crafted sweets using the best ingredients. The sublime flavor of Nakatanidou’s Yomogi-mochi will bring a smile to your face.

  • Cakes
    Kuki Cake
    738-2 Takabatakecho, Nara City
    Closed Wednesday (Open on Holidays)

    [Business Hours]

    The ancient capital of Nara lies at the foot of Kasuga Mountain. Beginning with natural Nara-produced ingredients, we offer cakes with just the right sweetness made from the most seasonal, carefully selected materials.

  • Souvenirs
    Gallery Kawari, Kakimoto Co., Ltd.
    2-19-8 Tatsunokita, Ikomagunsangoucho, Nara
    Closed Saturday (Open 2nd Saturday of the month), Sunday, and Holidays

    [Business Hours]
    Weekdays and the 2nd Saturday of every month 10:00-17:00

    Our multi-colored, 4-sided lamps are suitable for any season, place or occasion. When lit, the sharp lines created by the metal edges produce a clear silhouette. The lighting and design emit a soothing charm.

  • Souvenirs
    Honke Jukichiya
    392-2 Nishinokyouchou, Nara City (In front of Yakushi Temple’s southern gate)
    Closed Thursday from the middle of January until the end of February, New Year’s Eve

    [Business Hours]

    Honke Jukichiya is located in front of the southern gate of the Yakushi Temple World Heritage Site and is home to the Narazuke pickled vegetable manufacturer. Using traditional in-house techniques and generous amounts of Nada sake lees and Sanga mirin on our carefully selected ingredients, we repeatedly pickle our products for around 1 year. We use no additives or preservatives in our pickles to create a rich flavor that is crisp and slightly sweet.

  • Souvenirs
    78-1 Minamishincho, Nara City
    Closed Sunday, over the summer holiday and the beginning and end of the year

    [Business Hours]

    We have been operating as the caligraphy brush maker for the ancient Nantoshichi Temple. For around 380 years since Akashiya’s inception as a brush wholesaler in the middle of the Edo era, we have continued to specialize in the cultural tradition of brush-making.

  • Souvenirs
    Akahada-yama Motogama Furuse Gyozo
    1049 Akahadacho (Gojouyama), Nara City
    Closed Monday and the 4th Wednesday of every month

    [Business Hours]

    Akahada-yama Motogama originates from the Tenmei era, when a palace guard entered the mountainous area of Gojou Mountain at the foot of Akahada and revived Akahadayaki pottery as the official kiln for the domain in the area.

  • Souvenirs
    3-9 Kamisanjoucho, Nara City

    [Business Hours]
    Weekdays 9:30-19:00, Sundays and Holidays 10:00-18:00

    Isshindou started as an ink and brush maker during the Taisho period. They began making ink using a technique to extract smoke with vegetable oil and are still widely respected as a traditional ink and brush maker by both professional and amateur calligraphists.

  • Souvenirs
    Shop Tabiji: Tabi and Socks
    2-2F Taruicho, Nara City
    (On the south side of Sanjou street, 30m west of Saruzawa pond)
    Closed Wednesday

    [Business Hours]

    With ‘Traditional, Modern, Healthy’ as our concept, we deal in specialized footwear. From Tabi shoes and Jika-tabi, to Tabi socks, slippers, and 5-toed socks, please check out our carefully selected line up.

  • Souvenirs
    Imanishiseibei-shouten Co., Ltd.
    24-1 Fukuchiincho, Nara City
    Closed for the Summer Holiday and the beginning and end of the year

    [Business Hours]

    Nara is the birthplace of Japanese sake. With its sake warehouse set among the traditional sites of Nara, Harushika began making sake in 1884. This sake was originally named Kasugashinroku, after the legend of the Kasuga gods riding into Nara on deer, and was later shortened to its current name, Harushika.