Naramachi Travel Guide

Naramachi
See what life was like in Nara during the Edo era, and pick up a coffee and some souvenirs while you’re at it.

Nearby Food Experiences

Nearby Restaurants

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NARA

Akordu

Get a taste of Nara through Spanish dishes, while overlooking the blooming trees of Nara Park.
Lunch: ¥10,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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NARA

Hitoshizuku

Located in central Nara, just a short walk from the city’s most famous attractions, this kappo counter restaurant offers unbeatable value for fine Japanese course meals. A comfortably modern setting and attractive price point make it a must-visit.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000
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NARA

Tsukumo

Experience the Japanese essence that's been deeply infused into these meticulously-crafted dishes.
Lunch: ¥5,000-10,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000
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NARA

Sukiyaki Kappo Kitsune

Just a short walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station, this back-alley sukiyaki restaurant is reinventing Meiji-era cuiine with French-influenced starters and Nara-grown local ingredients.
Lunch: ¥7,000-18,000
Dinner: ¥18,000-18,000

Nara City has done a good job of preserving its old merchant quarter, known as Naramachi (“Nara Town”). The tight, Edo era streets are home to museums which celebrate the history of the city, as well as a great range of cafes and independent shops selling souvenirs, clothing, and handicrafts.

These are located inside historic machiya townhouses, with distinctly narrow footprints which were intended to save on taxes for the merchants who owned them. If you want a closer look at what these sort of shop-house combos were like to live and work in, then head to Koshi-no-Ie or Nigiwai-no-Ie: two well-preserved examples which are open to the public.

The current form of the area as a commercial district only began development in the 15th century, before which the entire area was dominated by a temple. Gangoji Temple still remains, but the advance of the salesmen has slowly but surely pushed its influence back, and now only a few of its buildings remain.

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