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

Miwa/Yamanobe Area

Category:
Somen

Miwa Somen Producers’ Cooperative of Nara Prefecture

奈良県三輪素麺工業協同組合

There are many somen shops in the Miwa area, where you’ll find Omiwa Jinja Shrine. From ultra-thin noodles to colorful ones, there’s a huge variety of somen noodles here.

Information

Adress:
334-6 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市三輪334-6
Tel:
0744-42-6068
Hours:
9:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Weekends and holidays; open Saturdays from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 and in June and July
Credit Card:
Visa, MasterCard, NICOS, DC, UnionPay
Category:
Sake

Mimurosugi, Imanishi Brewery

三諸(みむろ)杉/今西酒造

Near the foot of Omiwa Jinja Shrine, this shop was founded 350 years ago. Inside, you’ll be able to do a tasting of Japanese sake (reservation required). The sake-flavored ice cream is also delicious.

Information

Adress:
510 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市三輪510
Tel:
0744-42-6022
Hours:
9:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No
Category:
Monaka

Mimuro Monaka, Shiratamaya Eiju

みむろ/白玉屋榮壽(しらたまやえいじゅ)

Omiwa Jinja Shrine is famous for its monaka. This shop goes back over 170 years. Monaka is a sweet made of red bean jam spread between mochi crackers.

Information

Adress:
660-1 Miwa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市三輪660-1
Tel:
0744-43-3668
Hours:
8:00 to 19:00
Closed:
Mon., 3rd Tue.
Credit Card:
No

Sakurai/Tonomine Area

Category:
Sake

Tanzan, Nishiuchi Brewery

談山/西内酒造

Founded in 1877, this is a small, hard-working brewery at the foot of Tanzan Jinja Shrine. In addition to regular sake, they also sell special sake like nigori, a cloudy and sweet sake.

Information

Adress:
3 Shimo, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市下3
Tel:
0744-42-2284
Hours:
9:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Jan. 1, Apr. 1 to Apr 20
Credit Card:
No

Hase Area

Category:
Kusamochi

Kusamochi, Hasedera Region

草餅/長谷寺周辺

Kusamochi is the specialty of the town that developed around Hasedera Temple. Delicious either grilled or as-is, it’s a sweet made from mochi rice kneaded and infused with mugwort. Snack on one while you stroll around the town outside the temple. Each shop sells a distinctive type of kusamochi. See the photo for reference. Left to right on top row are kusamochi from Hoendo Confectioner, Akataki Sakaeya, and Sohonke Kotobukiya; left to right on the bottom row are from Sohonpo, Shirozakeya, and Inoue Botando.

Category:
Yamato Izumo Figurines

Yamato Izumo Figurines, Yamatobito no Kokoro Mise

大和出雲人形/やまとびとのこころ店

These rustic, hand-made figurines are crafted one by one by pressing clay into shape with a traditional mold, baking in rice chaff after drying, and painting using a traditional calcium carbonate paint mixed with gelatin. They have their origin with haniwa figures, which were buried in the tombs of ancient emperors.
Inside the shop, you can also enjoy a meal and some tea.

Information

Adress:
830 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬830
Tel:
0744-55-2221
Hours:
10:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Tue., Wed.
Credit Card:
MasterCard, Amex, Diners, Discover, JCB
Category:
Sekihan Manju

Sekihan Manju, Hoendo Confectioners

赤飯まんじゅう/御菓子司 寶園堂

This manju (steamed bun) is filled with sticky rice cooked with adzuki beans, all topped with a chestnut. The shop keeps them steamed, so you’ll get a delicious, piping hot manju.

Information

Adress:
844 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬844
Tel:
0744-47-7120
Hours:
9:00 to 17:00
Closed:
Irregularly
Credit Card:
No

Uda Area

Category:
Udagawa Manju

Udagawa Manju, Shoeido Confectioners

宇陀川まんじゅう/御菓子司 昇栄堂

Striking an enjoyable balance between the large azuki beans and sweet white bean paste, these grilled and thin-skinned Japanese sweets are cooked to perfection, the confectioners taking care not to crush the locally-produced Uda azuki beans during production.

Information

Adress:
2558 Haibarahagihara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県宇陀市榛原萩原2558
Tel:
0745-82-0033
Hours:
8:30 to 19:00
Closed:
Sun.
Credit Card:
No
Category:
Honkuzu

Yoshino Honkuzu

吉野本葛

This starch is produced from the roots of the kudzu vine, native to Japan. A precious ingredient for cooking, it’s been called “white diamonds.”
It can be used as a thickener or in mochi or jellies. Not only is it nutritious, it’s also used as a home cold remedy.
You can find it sold in the Uda Matsuyama area as well as at roadside rest stations in Uda City.