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In addition to the area’s famous somen wheat noodles, you can also enjoy soba buckwheat noodles here.
We’ll introduce you to the shops that represent Yamato the best, including old homes restored into new restaurants.

* All prices include taxes (8% sales tax). Prices as of January 2017.
Contents may change from this listing.

Miwa/Yamanobe Area

Category:
Somen

Restaurant Miwa Yamamoto

三輪山本 お食事処

This is the directly-managed restaurant of a somen maker that’s been in business 300 years. The shop, which is featured in the Nara Michelin Guide, offers meals and souvenirs as well as a somen-making workshop for a “somen multiplex” you can enjoy to your heart’s content.

Information

Price:
¥450 to ¥1,700
Adress:
880 Hashinaka, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市箸中880
Tel:
0744-43-6661
Hours:
11:00 to 15:30
Closed:
New Year’s holidays
Credit Card:
Card: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, JCB, DC, UnionPay
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Somen

Miwa Somen Teahouse Senjutei

三輪素麺茶屋 千寿亭

This restaurant is directly managed by a somen maker. Not only do they serve delicious somen, you can also buy the noodles here, too. It’s been featured in the Nara Michelin Guide, as well.

Information

Price:
¥540 to ¥2,808
Adress:
293 Shiba, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市芝293
Tel:
0744-45-0626
Hours:
11:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Fri. (Open on holidays, closed day before)
Credit Card:
Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, JCB, DC
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Somen

Fukushindo

福神堂

This somen shop is right in front of Omiwa Jinja Shrine. Stop by after visiting the shrine!

Information

Price:
¥600 to ¥1,000
Adress:
1237-1 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市三輪1237-1
Tel:
0744-42-6444
Hours:
10:00 to 16:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Japanese

Tororomeshi Yamato

とろろめし 山和(やまと)

Famous for its “tororomeshi,” a rice bowl dish that uses plenty of grated Nara-grown Japanese yam

Information

Price:
¥850 to ¥1,950
Adress:
648-3 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市大字三輪648-3
Tel:
0744-42-1066
Hours:
11:00 to 20:00 (closes when sold out)
Closed:
Wed. (Open on holidays)
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Soba

Yamato Mahoroba

大和まほろば

This soba shop is near the burial mound of Emperor Keiko. It’s perfect for a break when out walking the Yamanobe Road.

Information

Price:
¥700 to ¥3,800
Adress:
399-1 Shibutanicho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県天理市渋谷町399-1
Tel:
0743-67-1362
Hours:
Sun. and holidays, 11:00 to 20:00, Mon. to Sat., 11:00 to 15:00
Closed:
Wed., 3rd Thu.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Cafe

Melissa

メリッサ

Found a little ways north from Chogakuji Temple, this cafe is located in a traditional home that’s been renovated. Stop by for a rest when you’re out exploring.

Information

Price:
¥360 to ¥1,500
Adress:
763 Nakayamacho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県天理市中山町763
Tel:
080-3811-0161
Hours:
Sat. & Sun., 11:00 to 16:00
Closed:
Mon. to Fri.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
French, Cafe

Le Reve

ル レーヴ (Le Reve)

Neighboring Isonokami Jingu Shrine to the south, this restaurant is surrounded by greenery. Broad and spacious with a Japanese-style exterior and Western furnishings inside, the cafe presents you a place to relax for a spell.

Information

Price:
¥518 to ¥6,804
Adress:
123 Somanouchicho, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県天理市杣之内町123
Tel:
0743-63-6922
Hours:
8:00 to 16:30, 17:30 to 22:00
Closed:
Wed. (Open Wed. on holidays)
Credit Card:
Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, JCB
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Japanese, Sushi

Sushi Cuisine Tachibana

寿司割烹 たちばな

This Japanese restaurant is much loved by locals. It’s a place to enjoy a drink alongside cuisine made with seafood freshly- procured every day at the market by the owner.

Information

Price:
Lunch ¥1,000 to ¥3,500 Dinner ¥2,000 to ¥5,000
Adress:
173-1 Tonmoto, Tawaramotocho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
奈良県磯城郡田原本町富本173-1
Tel:
0744-32-5187
Hours:
11:30 to 14:00, 17:00 to 22:00
Closed:
Wed.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Japanese, Sumo Hot Pot

Chanko Sugi

ちゃんこ杉

This restaurant specializes in chanko nabe, a single hot pot dish eaten by sumo wrestlers and filled to the brim with meat and vegetables. The Japanese home-style interior feels like a sumo wrestlers’ lodge with plenty of hand prints and photos from wrestlers.

Information

Price:
¥3,500 to ¥4,000
Adress:
460 Yuzaki, Kawanishicho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
奈良県磯城郡川西町結崎460
Tel:
0745-44-0788
Hours:
11:30 to 13:30, 17:00 to 22:00
Closed:
Every Thu.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Restaurant, Cafe

Teahouse Misoraya

喫茶 みそら屋

This shop is managed by a social welfare NPO. Made with seasonal vegetables, their daily lunch is quite popular. You can also buy hand-made sausages to prepare at home, too.

Information

Price:
¥500
Adress:
848-1 Tomondo, Miyakecho, Shiki District, Nara Prefecture
奈良県磯城郡三宅町伴堂848-1
Tel:
0745-42-2919
Hours:
10:00 to 17:00 lunch 12:00 to 14:00
Closed:
Weekends and holidays
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No

Sakurai/Tonomine Area

Category:
Japanese

Rustic Teahouse Chie

田舎茶屋 千恵

This is an atmospheric restaurant situated in a restored traditional home. Here, you can enjoy rustic Japanese cuisine including dishes made with traditional wild greens. It was once awarded a Michelin star. They can also pick guests up from Sakurai Station. The system is reservation-based.

Information

Price:
Lunch ¥4,860 to ¥6,500, Dinner ¥8,100 to ¥14,580
Adress:
350 Taie, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市高家350
Tel:
0744-43-0247
Hours:
11:45 to 15:00 18:00 to 21:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Japanese, Traditional Banquet

Ajinokaze Nishimura

味の風 にしむら

Tucked away in a residential area near Sakurai Station, the 10 counter seats of this shop give it the feel of a hidden gem. It currently holds a Michelin star. A popular restaurant, reservations are required.

Information

Price:
Lunch ¥3,890 to ¥5,400, Dinner ¥7,560 to ¥10,800
Adress:
1F Sumiyoshi Heights, 1023-3 Odono, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市粟殿1023-3 スミヨシハイツ 1F
Tel:
0744-42-7773
Hours:
11:30 onward, 13:30 onward, 18:00 to 20:00
Closed:
Mon.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Ramen

Ramen Ichian

らーめん いち庵

This ramen shop near Sakurai City Hall draws in ramen fans from all across the region. We recommend the Tsuru Paitan (“white broth”). It’s a simple yet delicious ramen.

Information

Price:
¥1,000 (approx.)
Adress:
1014-3 Odono, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市粟殿1014-3
Tel:
0744-45-1170
Hours:
Weekdays 11:30 to 14:15, 18:00 to 2:00 next day
Sun. and holidays, 11:30 to 14:15, 18:00 to 24:00
Closed:
Open all days
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Okonomiyaki

Ranka

爛柯(らんか)

This is an established okonomiyaki (savory pancake) shop near Sakurai Station. They serve up juicy and enjoyable okonomiyaki.

Information

Price:
¥660 to ¥1,000
Adress:
260-5 Kawai, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市川合260-5
Tel:
0744-42-0032
Hours:
11:00 to 22:00
Closed:
Tue. (Open on holidays)
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Sushi

Hamazushi

浜鮨

This shop is directly north of Sakurai Station. They also serve lunch.

Information

Price:
¥1,000 to ¥8,334
Adress:
257-5 Kawai, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市川合257-5
Tel:
0744-45-2233
Hours:
11:30 to 21:30
Closed:
Mon. (Open on holidays)
Credit Card:
Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, JCB
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Cakes, Cafe

Maman

MAMAN

This cake shop is popular with locals. They have a number of shops in the Yamato area. The main shop has a calm and quiet atmosphere perfect for a relaxing break. It also sells coffee roasted in-house. The branch north of the station only sells cake. Stop by for a mid-stroll snack!

Information

Price:
¥400 to ¥950
Adress:
Main shop: 1040-1 Tobi, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture;
Sakurai Station branch: 256-6 Kawai, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
本店: 奈良県桜井市外山1040-1
桜井駅前店: 奈良県桜井市川合256-6
Tel:
Main shop 0744-45-3772
Sakurai Station branch 0744-45-3440
Hours:
Main shop 9:00 to 19:00
Sakurai Station branch 10:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 on Sun.)
Closed:
Main shop Tue.
Sakurai Station open all days
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes

Hase Area

Category:
Soba, Tea, Japanese Sweets

Haseji

長谷路

This shop is located in the town that developed around Hasedera Temple. Here, you can enjoy tea, soba, and other Japanese dishes in a building registered as a cultural property.

Information

Price:
¥1,080 to ¥1,350
Adress:
857 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬857
Tel:
0744-47-7047
Hours:
10:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Somen, Soba

Suyacho

酢屋長(すやちょう)

In addition to serving somen and other meals, you can also enjoy a tea break together with kusamochi (Japanese rice and mugwort sweets) and other sweets. This is your intelligence HQ for information on the old station town; you'll be able to get info on sightseeing spots and other items of interest. There is also a exhibition of Yamato Izumo clay figurines, a local product.

Information

Price:
¥650 to ¥1,350
Adress:
745-1 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬745-1
Tel:
0744-47-7121
Hours:
9:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Somen, Tea

Hatsuse Choja Tei

泊瀬長者亭

In addition to serving somen and other meals, you can also enjoy a tea break, some kusamochi (Japanese rice and mugwort sweets), or even buy some Izumo clay figurines. This is your intelligence HQ for information on the old station town; you'll be able to find out about sightseeing spots and other items of interest here.

Information

Price:
¥300 to ¥800
Adress:
796 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬796
Tel:
0744-57-9280
Hours:
9:00 to 16:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Soba

Kasasobasho

笠そば処

Situated high in the mountains, this soba shop commands a beautiful view. Their soba noodles are fresh and delicious, made with buckwheat harvested in the local Kasa area. You can also try your hand at making soba yourself!

Information

Price:
¥470 to ¥950
Adress:
4408 Kasa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市笠4408
Tel:
0744-48-8410
Hours:
10:00 to 16:00
Closed:
Wed. (Open on holidays, and on 28th)
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes

Uda Area

Category:
Medicinal Herb Cuisine

Daiganji Temple

大願寺

Come to this storied temple with over 1,200 years of history and you can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine made with medicinal plans and Yoshino kudzu gathered in the local area. It’s good for both the body and the spirit! Reservations required.

Information

Price:
¥3,800
Adress:
736 Oudahirou, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県宇陀市大宇陀拾生736
Tel:
0745-83-0325
Hours:
11:30 to 14:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Medicinal Herb Cuisine

Hilltoco Cafe

ヒルトコカフェ

This spacious cafe is located in a spacious, renovated traditional home. They have a variety of dishes, including tea and desserts as well as lunch made with plenty of fresh local vegetables and locally-gathered medicinal herbs.

Information

Price:
¥1,620 to ¥2,000
Adress:
129 Oudanakanosho, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県宇陀市大宇陀中庄129
Tel:
0745-88-9409
Hours:
11:00 to 16:00
Closed:
Wed., irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Category:
Soba, Buddhist Vegetarian

Ichinyoan

一如庵(いちにょあん)

This restaurant lets you enjoy not only soba but Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, as well. The shop is a renovated traditional home built 150 years ago in a mountainous valley. It’s earned a star in the Michelin Guide. They also have fully vegetarian options. Reservations required. (Reservations for 4 or more people must be made 4 days in advance.)

Information

Price:
¥1,080 to ¥5,400
Adress:
1362 Haibarajimyo, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県宇陀市榛原自明1362
Tel:
0745-82-0053
Hours:
11:00 to 14:30 17:00 to 20:00 (reservation required)
Closed:
Mon. Tue.
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Category:
Italian

Pizzeria e Trattoria Renone

Pizzeria e Trattoria renone

This little Italian restaurant is located out in the mountains. Here you can enjoy authentic Italian pizza surrounded by nature. It’s a popular shop that has customers coming in by car from other cities.

Information

Price:
¥1,500 to ¥2,000
Adress:
168 Kozue, Mitsue Mura, Uda District, Nara Prefecture
奈良県宇陀郡御杖村神末168
Tel:
0745-95-3303
Hours:
Weekdays 11:00 to 15:00, weekends and holidays 11:00 to 18:00 (closes when sold out)
Closed:
Mon., Tue. (Open on holidays, closed next weekday)
Credit Card:
No
Wi-Fi:
No