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Do you know Naramachi that remains the ambiance of Japanese good old days ?

Naramachi is the southeast part of the central city area in Nara and is the old city area that has no damage of the Pacific War, along with Kyoto and Kanazawa. The history started when Naramachi was organized as a Gekyo of Heijokyo(ancient Nara). Now, let me show you this good old town today. Let’s check it out !

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Tourist Attraction in Naramachi

Old residence of Naoya Shiga(Shiga Naoya Kyukyo)

Refer to this site: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31277219

Naoya Shiga is a famous Japanese writer and is said to be “ god of novels “. The mansion that his masterpieces were created one after another is maintained neatly now. You need to pay admission fee, 350yen.

【Old residence of Naoya Shiga(Shiga Naoya Kyukyo)】
(access) JR Kintetsu Nara station → (bus) → Wariishicho → 5minutes walk
(URL) http://www.kasugano.com/kankou/shiganaoya/

Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum

Refer to this site: http://blog.livedoor.jp/jp3pzd/archives/51754146.html

You can experience various kinds of toys in the Edo Period. Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum is a fantastic old Japanese-style house and the museum staff explains how to play the toys. There is no admission fee !

【Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum】
(access) 10minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) https://karakuri-omochakan.jimdo.com/

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Café & Restaurant in Naramachi

Nekoan(寧估庵 )

Refer to this site: http://mgdcatcafe.exblog.jp/12410289/

Nekoan is one of the best cat cafes in Japan that we can interact with cute cats at old Japanese-style house. It’s a former antique shop and is very popular.

Refer to this site: https://monokakishashindo.blogspot.jp/2012/09/257.html

You will feel at ease because the cats are friendly and well-behaved. It costs 1,000yen per 90minutes and comes with drink.

【Nekoan(寧估庵 )】
(access) 11minutes walk from JR Sakurai Line Kyobate station
(URL) https://retty.me/area/PRE29/ARE120/SUB12001/100001053453/(Retty)

Kana Kana(カナカナ)

Refer to this site: http://small-life.com/archives/09/07/3120.php

Kana Kana is the first old Japanese-style café in Naramachi, and its popularity is No.1. This traditional town house that was built over 90years before is renovated for café.

Refer to this site: http://tetsuwanco.exblog.jp/24173118/

The lunch plate set is 1,300yen, and another menus are around 1,000yen on average. Sweets are also recommended. Let’s enjoy tasty Japanese foods !

【Kana Kana(カナカナ)】
(access) 15minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) http://kanakana.info/

Franz Kafka(フランツ・カフカ)

Refer to this site: http://yyaa.jp/04shop-office/s03kafka/index.htm

This is a nice old Japanese-style house’s bookcafe. I wonder why the name of this café is “ Franz Kafka “. The shop logo is not a huge fly, but a stylish rabbit.

Refer to this site: http://naranara813.blog118.fc2.com/blog-entry-509.html

It’s very comfortable and fashionable space. You will have a good time reading a book in such a calm café. The menu rich in variety is also attractive.

【Franz Kafka(フランツ・カフカ)】
(access) 15minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) https://franzkafka.jimdo.com/

Ramen shop in Naramachi

Fujimon Seimen

Refer to this site: http://ramengers.com/fujimonseimen/

Fujimon Seimen is a very popular ramen shop in Naramachi. You can enjoy the taste of fish and pork stock. There are many female customers here because of calm mood. The price of ramen is 700yen.

【Fujimon Seimen】
(access) 9minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) https://retty.me/area/PRE29/ARE120/SUB12001/100000865737/ (Retty)

Niboshi Koishi

Refer to this site: http://nara-gourmet.com/%E3%81%AB%E3%81%BC%E3%81%97%E3%81%93%E3%81%84%E3%81%97/

The soup stock of the ramen of Niboshi Koishi is made from dried sardine and chicken plain hot water, so it is a rich taste. The average price is around 1,000yen. There are rice menus such as deep fried rice bowl. It’s so recommended !

【Niboshi Koishi】
(access) 4minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) https://retty.me/area/PRE29/ARE120/SUB12001/100001313286/ (Retty)

Variety Goods Shop in Naramachi


Refer to this site: http://nararaku.pecori.jp/akemitori/

Tenugui (washcloth) and variety goods under the theme of Nara are sold here.

Refer to this site: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/tabinakama_2014/e/e8ee62501eb7badde589fbd0a60ad2c8

There are so many kinds of tenugui, so you won’t be able to decide which one to choose. It’s also recommended for souvenir because they are unique to Japan.

(access) 5minutes walk from Kintestu Nara station
(URL) http://www.akemitori.jp/

Souvenir Shop in Naramachi


Refer to this site: http://naraspa.blog41.fc2.com/blog-entry-1227.html

Toraya is a Japanese confectionery shop in Naramachi and sells cute cat sweets. Neko manju is the most popular. It’s full of love for cats inside the shop.

(access) 10minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) https://wagasigaoisii.jimdo.com/

Yoshida Kacho(吉田蚊帳(よしだかちょう))

Refer to this site: http://www.city.nara.lg.jp/www/contents/1395292449999/index.html

Yoshida Kacho is a long-established mosquito net store and sells entrance curtains, stalls, luncheon mats, and dish towels used mosquito net.

Refer to this site: http://blog.livedoor.jp/cocoakk925/archives/54585536.html

Kacho is usually called “ kaya “. Kaya cloth is one of the special products in Nara.

【Yoshida Kacho(吉田蚊帳(よしだかちょう))】
(access) 13minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) http://yoshidakaya.co.jp/

Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten(中川政七商店)

Refer to this site: http://www.yu-nakagawa.co.jp/p/honten

Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten is the Japanese variety goods shop established in 1716. It is a nice store renovated old Japanese-style houses.

Refer to this site: http://coolnara.net/jp/yu-nakagawa-honten/

Hanafukin, a dish cloth which is made of mosquito net cloth, is the representative goods at this shop. Besides Hanafukin, there are hemp bags, handkerchiefs and sweets, etc. The price of Hanafukin is 750yen per unit.

【Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten(中川政七商店)】
(access) 5minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
(URL) http://www.yu-nakagawa.co.jp/top/

Sato Den(砂糖傳(さとうでん))

Refer to this site: http://guide.travel.co.jp/article/6683/

Sato Den is a long-established popular shop that sells Japanese confectioneries such as Konpeito(star candy). You can enjoy 200years’ history here.

Refer to this site: http://www.satouden.com/item/index4.html

Konpeito has a history of 470years since Portuguese first visited Japan in 1543. Would you like one for souvenir ?

【Sato Den(砂糖傳(さとうでん))】
(access) 9minutes walk from JR Sakurai Line Kyobate station
(URL) http://www.satouden.com/

Sightseeing in Nara

Refer to this site: http://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/67259

I introduced the sightseeing spots in Naramachi this time, besides that, there are so many sightseeing spots in Nara. Please refer to the following link.

(URL) http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/index.html


Refer to this site: http://www.tabi.photo/album/common/common_251_300/common_album_291.php

Naramachi is near Nara station and is recommended place because we can feel good old days. Not so popular as Kyoto, Nara has many nice secret spots. It’s not so crowded, and you will be able to look around comfortably. How about visiting Naramachi once by all means ?

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