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Special souvenirs of Nara to take home!

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Kakinara 
(Central Nara)
<Overview>
The warm and gentle colors of these scarves are a gift from nature. Kakinara offers a variety of scarves, clothes and accessories which are dyed carefully one by one by the artist's hand. Kakishibu is a persimmon tannin which has been used as a dye material since ancient time in Nara. Only natural plant material is used for Kakinara's items, so every item is unique and only one.
<Recommended Items>
Kakishibu scarf (left): 5,000 yen,Natural indigo scarf (right): 3990 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 090-8367-1516 / Open: 10:00-19:00 / Closed: Thurs. / 3-1 Hashimoto-cho, Nara (1F of the building); map A, C-2, pg 6
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space ROKU 
(Central Nara)
<Overview>
ROKU is a cute and lovely deer character born in Nara. The small but cool shop is full of pretty ROKU & his friends' goods: towels, badges, postcards, stuffed toys, and more. One item is a collaboration of ROKU and Nara's locally grown green tea, Yamato-cha. There is no cuter green tea than ROKU-cha!
<Recommended Items>
Nara's Yamato-cha green tea with ROKU: 630 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-81-8277 / Open: 11:00-18:00 / Closed: irregularly / 14-1 Ogawa-cho, Nara (4F of the building); map A, C-2, pg 6; www.rokuchan.jp
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"Kiratto NARA" 
(Central Nara/ Dining and shopping complex facility)
<Overview>
"Kiratto NARA" is a place where new business owners begin their challenge for their future dreams and goals in Nara. Although they have just stared business, their hope and enthusiasm will add a new dimension to Nara. Come to Kiratto NARA to see their challenges in action.
<Shops>
Creela: "Made in Japan" handmade accessories using kimono fabric, Kaki Nara: Naturally-dyed, original shawls & stoles, avant garde: Used & vintage cloth, shoes, postcards, and more, Teesica: "Fun & Stylish" original design T-shirts from Nara , Craftknit: Hearty hand-knit sweaters & hand-made items, robin: "One-of-a-kind" hand-made artistic works, Koshindo: Mingei & Japanese antiques and crafts, raku raku: Hand-woven scarves, genuine stone accessories, Karakoron: Nostalgic Japanese taste handicrafts and items, Wakakusa Curry Hompo: Spicy & healthy original curry & drinks (Open: 11:30-22:00)
<Shop Data>
3-1 Hashimoto-cho, Nara (in the Mochiidono Center Arcade); Open: 10:00-19:00; Closed: Thurs.; map A, C-2, pg 6 Machizukuri Nara Co., Ltd: http://machinara.sakura.ne.jp/
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Rifrekan 
<Overview>
Rifrekan offers thousands of second-hand items with reasonable prices: Kimono, jewelries, fur coat, watches, and more. Although all Refrekan offers are second-hand, the quality and condition is excellent. For foreign visitors, incredibly low price kimono and obi (only from 500 yen!) are recommended. If you are not sure something, please feel free to their staff. US$ and € are accepted without commission charge. What is more, get a 10% discount if show Nara Explorer!
<Recommended Items>
Kimono and obi sash: from 500 yen
US$ and € are accepted without commission charge
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-27-5115 / Open: 9:30-19:30 / 1-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, in the Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
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Konato-an 
<Overview>
Nara's most famous symbol is the Daibutsu Big Buddha at Todai-ji Temple. This Big Buddha is transformed into a pretty nonosama-yaki cake (nonosama is a kid's word referring to Buddha). The soft and sweet sponge cake has a sweet red bean paste or soymilk cream filling. Konato-an's red bean paste is made from Nara's local red beans which are only used in first class Japanese sweets. A seasonal special cream is available.
<Recommended Items>
Nonosama-yaki: 180 yen each
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-5715 / Open: 10:00-19:00 / Across from Kintetsu Nara Sta., on the north side of the street
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Shikaya
<Overview>
Shikaya, a fun souvenir shop nearby Todai-ji Temple, offers a huge variety of "typically Japanese" souvenirs throughout the shop: kimono, samurai swords, ninja goods and many more! Current recommendations are two types of cool chopsticks in the shape of the Lightsaber (a fictional weapon in the movie 'Star Wars') or samurai swords. Make a choice between futuristic or traditional Japanese. Which one would you like to eat with?
<Recommended Items>
Star Wars & Japanese Sword Chopsticks: 1,050 yen each
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-3181/ Open: 9:00-17:00 / Closed: irregularly; on the west side of Todai-ji Temple approach
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Kofuku-ji Temple Museum Shop
<Overview>
Ashura is one of the highly popular Buddhist guardian deities. The original statue of Ashura, a National Treasure, from the Nara period (710-794) is displayed in the Kokuho-kan Museum of Kofuku-ji Temple. The figure of Ashura is designed on this iPhone case. This special design of Ashura is available only at Kofuku-ji Temple's museum shop; a truly unique and special souvenir from Nara.
<Recommended Items>
ASHURA iPhone case: 1,680 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-7755 / Open: 9:00-17:00 / A 15-min. walk from JR Nara Sta., across from Sarusawa Pond; http://www.kohfukuji.com/
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Naraya Todai-ji Shop
<Overview>
Naraya offers hundreds of different kinds of souvenirs of Nara: sweets, crafts, accessories, etc.. Nara's time-honored cooking knife specialists have managed the shop since the 12th century (Kiku Ichi). This nail clipper is made following their experienced craftsman's technique. The blade uses fine quality steel so it is so smooth and easy to cut your nails. Acquire a truly Nara original finest quality craft for your daily life.
<Recommended Items>
Nail clipper: 1,050 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-5233
Across from Nara National Museum, a 15-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta.
Open: 10:00-17:30
http://www.yume-kaze.com/
A wide variety of cooking knives are available at the main shop.
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Souvenir Kamei
<Overview>
Japan's world famous cute character, Hello Kitty, is disguised as a Nara deer! Each famous tourist place in Japan produces original Hello Kitty goods and these Nara designs are of course available only in Nara. There are some other Nara original Hello Kitty goods available at many souvenir shops in the city. Look for your favorite Hello Kitty in Nara.
<Recommended Items>
Nara original Hello Kitty strap: 525 yen each
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-7628
About 10-min. walk from JR Nara Sta., on the south side of Sanjo.
Open: 10:00-18:30
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Rokuya
<Overview>
Rokuya is a sweet shop that offers delicious and unique sweets using Nara's local products. One of their recommended items is baumkuchen (a kind of layered cake). They bake every piece at the back of the shop every day. Nara's locally harvested green tea (Yamato-cha), Asuka Ruby strawberry, and ancient rice are special ingredients from Nara. The Yamato-cha baumkuchen has the aromatic scent of green tea – a perfect accompaniment for an afternoon tea break.
<Recommended Items>
Yamato-cha baumkuchen: 200 yen (1 piece), 1,200 yen (whole)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-24-0090
A 3-min. walk from JR Nara Sta., on the north side of Sanjo.
http://www.rokuya.co.jp/
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Yu Nakagawa Main Shop 
<Overview>
Yu Nakagawa, started in Nara, is a shop offering linen products and other original goods. They have become super popular throughout Japan. One of their best products is “Nara Fukin dish towel”. Five linen textiles used for mosquito netting (Nara’s traditional industry in former times) are layered into one and it has excellent water absorbability and dries quickly, too. Pretty pattern of Nara (deer, Great Buddha, etc.) are printed on the towel so makes a great souvenir from Nara for someone!
<Recommended Items>
Nara Fukin dish towel: 368 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-1322
About 100 meters from the north entrance of the Mochiidono Center Arcade, turn left at a narrow lane
Open: 11:30-18:00.
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Museum Shop of Nara National Museump 
<Overview>
Shoso-in Repository is Japan’s most important treasure house and is also called the eastern end of the Silk Road. It possesses all kinds of valuable and beautiful ancient arts and crafts (paintings, calligraphies, metal, lacquer wares, swords, ceramics, glass wares, etc.) from Japan, China, eastern Asia and Persia. There are several famous “Shoso-in Patterns” found amongst those items. At the museum shop of the Nara National Museum, you can see many original goods using the Shoso-in Pattern (scarf, handkerchief, pouch, accessories, etc.). Take the beauty of ancient Japan across 1300 years with you from the old capital.
<Recommended Items>
Scarf with Shoso-in Pattern: 1,890 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-3868
B1F of Nara National Museum
Open: 9:30-17:00 (open until 19:00 on the extension days) / Closed: Mon.
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Ban-INOUE Todaiji Shop 
<Overview>
Linen textiles are soft and light, and very durable. Ban-INOUE specializes in Japanese linen goods using Nara’s traditional craft techniques. A variety of hand-made linen goods are displayed in the shop and their Ayumi Shika (Walking Deer) pattern looks extremely pretty on colorful linen goods: bags, pouches, pen case, book cover and more. Choose a pretty bag with the Nara deer pattern and enjoy your outing!
<Recommended Items>
Ayumi Shika pattern tote bag: large 3,675 yen, small 2,625 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-27-1010
Across from Nara National Museum, a 15-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta.
Open: 10:00-19:00 (Seasonally changed)
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Ochanoko 
<Overview>
Although not widely known, Nara produces fine quality green tea. One local tea, Yamato-cha, has gained many fans due to its aromatic scent and taste. Ochanoko offers organic Hoji-cha (roasted brown tea) which is reasonably priced and tasty. Try another kind of Hoji-cha which is best drunk with milk and tastes different from English tea with milk.
<Recommended Items>
Nara’s organic Hoji-cha roasted brown tea: 630 yen (170 g)/Sen-cha green tea and Hoji-cha brown tea: 735 yen each (50 g)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-24-2580
3F of Shibata Bldg., one street west from Mochiidono Shopping Arcade
Open: 10:00-20:00
A 3-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta., on the east side of Konishi Sakura Street.
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Machiya Kobo Nara 
(Central Nara/Oil pastel art)
Heartfelt oil pastel art pieces reflecting the spirit of Nara
<Overview>
Artist Satoshi Tatsumi has loved to paint for many years and opened this small shop 5 years ago. Though very small, the shop displays many of his art works all of which are filled with the energy and spirit of Nara. Using oil pastel, his drawings (all postcard size) depict the timeless and unchanged scenery of Nara as well as Buddhist statues that moved him with their energy and dignity.
<Recommended Items>
Original oil pastel art: plants and sceneries: from 5,000 yen, Buddhist statues: from 10,000 yen
Postcard: 150 yen
Notepad: from 100 yen
Envelope: 120 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-8238
In the KAI studio complex, on the east side of street, 50 m north from Sugioka Calligraphy Museum
Open: 11:00-18:00 / Closed: Mon.
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Hanatsubaki 
(Central Nara/Kimono & café)
Wear beautiful yukata summer kimono and get cool
<Overview>
Located just next to the World Heritage Kofuku-ji Temple, Hanatsubaki offers a wide range of kimono and Japanese goods: finest quality kimono, works of art pieces by Nationally recognized craftspeople appealing ceramics and Japanese accessories. In the spacious café space, you can try traditional Japanese sweets like warabi-mochi (sweet jelly-like dumpling). Why don’t you wear a yukata-casual summer kimono and take an evening stroll amongst this ancient capital?
<Recommended Items>
Yukata set (yukata, obi sash, geta clog): 5,800 yen & 6,800 yen
Yukata only: from 3,800 yen
Ceramic mug cup: 2,200 yen (same type as used in the cafe)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-24-7111
A 10-min. walk from JR Nara Sta., on the south side of Sanjo
Open: 11:00-18:00 / Closed: Wed.
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Gallery & Dye works: ‘rooftop’ 
(Central Nara/)
Traditional dyeing technique reborn in stylish art and goods
<Overview>
Symbolized by its name, ‘rooftop’ is located on the building’s top floor and is the gallery and studio of a young, Nara-born female artist, Yukiko Nakai. Yukiko specializes in Roketsu wax-resist dyeing (one of the three traditional rot-proof dyeing way from the Tenpyo era: 8th century). Half of the space is a gallery displaying Yukiko’s art works and goods and the other half is her studio which is also used as a workshop space for visitors to try their hand at Roketsu dyeing. Her design is simple and using vivid colors but still have sense of Japan. She can accept order-made cloth using her textiles. Visit her gallery and see how this young artist combines traditional dyeing with her stylish art sense.
<Recommended Items>
Hair accessory: 600 yen & 1,200 yen
Stole: 9,000 yen
Scarf: 8,500 yen
Tie: 8,500 yen
Order-made cloth: please enquire
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-55-2250
3F of Shibata Bldg., one street west from Mochiidono Shopping Arcade
Open: 10;00-18:00
Closed: Wed., Thurs.
http://www.rooftop-nara.net/
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Hiyori Nara Shop 
(Central Nara/Aburatori-gami Facial oil blotting paper)
An excellent cosmetic item born from Japan’s tradition
<Overview>
Aburatori-gami or facial oil blotting tissue is one of the essential cosmetic items for Japanese women. Originally, it was a thin paper used in the process of making gold foil. When the gold was thinned using a hammer, the paper prevented the gold foil from being damaged. It was also effective in absorbing any oil which could damage the gold’s quality. People found that this property could also be used to absorb excess facial oil and thus help to prevent skin disorders. Hiyori, only uses natural paper that is free of chemical compounds and packs containing aloe or peach essence are available. Hiyori’s Aburatori-gami is thus very handy and can help both women and men look and feel good.
<Recommended Items>
Facial oil blotting paper: Normal: from 367 yen
Containing aloe, peach or silk essence: from 420 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-20-0077
On the south side of Sanjo, across from Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
Open: 10:00-19:00
http://www.hiyori.jp/
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Mingei Folk Crafts YAMADA 
(Central Nara/Folk crafts & goods)
Touch the beauty of Japan born from daily life
<Overview>
Yamada is a shop offering a wide range of traditional Japanese folk crafts and goods. One of the interesting goods is a durable basket made using a special papier-mâché technique called Ikkan-bari. Washi paper is coated with persimmon tannin. See their unique selection: small folding screens decorated with woodblock printing, clay bells shaped like a deer or flower, etc. They are just beautiful as art objects in your room. Visit Yamada and see how Japanese people find beauty in their life through crafts and tools.
<Recommended Items>
Ken-dama (similar to cup & ball toy): from 840 yen
Folding screen using woodblock printing decoration: from 3,500 yen
Five-color clay bell: 1,680 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-3336
A 10-min. walk to the east from JR Nara Sta. on the north side of Sanjo St.
Open: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Mon.
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Yoshida Kaya 
(Central Nara/traditional mosquito nets & linen goods)
Modern and stylish linen goods born from Nara’s traditional industry
<Overview>
In days gone by, almost 90% of Japan’s mosquito nets (kaya) were produced in Nara and mosquito netting was Nara’s main industry. Though rarely used any more, Yoshida Kaya still continues the tradition and also makes stylish contemporary linen goods for a modern lifestyle based on their experience. Soft and delicately colored noren curtains, stoles and luncheon mats are all on display in the shop. An outstanding selection is the Naramachi kitchen linen which absorbs water very well. Their lightness and soft color will surely match your room interior and fashion.
<Recommended Items>
Noren curtain: from 6,820 yen
Naramachi kitchen linen: from 260 yen
Stole: from 3,990 yen
Luncheon mat: from 1,360 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-3381
In the Naramachi area, about 100 meters to the east of Naramachi Museum
Open: 9:00-18:00
www.naramachi.com
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Kite Mite Nara Shop 
(Central Nara/Nara local goods & souvenirs)
All kinds of Nara’s goods, souvenirs and foods are here together!
<Overview>
If you want to look at a wide variety of local souvenirs and goods from Nara, Kite Mite Nara Shop is the perfect place. The perfect small gift for your friends or family, superb art works by experienced craftsmen, food using Nara’s local special ingredients, accessories, carvings made of deer bone… You are sure to discover ‘that special something’ that reflects the warmth of the handiwork of Nara’s craftsmen or the seasonal atmosphere. Major credit cards accepted.
<Recommended Items>
Natural plant dyeing tapestry: 6,825 yen
Akahada-yaki ceramic coffee cups: 7,350 yen
Deer horn carving: from 1,365 yen
Glass dolls: from 10,500 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-8828
A 2-min. walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta., 1F of Nara Commerce & Tourism Bldg.
Open: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Mon.
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Fujita Unkou-tei 
(Central Nara/Washi Japanese paper & paper crafts)
Warmth of hand-made Washi paper crafts in an 80-year old Japanese house
<Overview>
Fujita Unkou-tei has been located at its present location since 1935. When the present shop manager, Ms. Fujita, married and moved here about 40 years ago, the family decided to renovate the shop and began to sell fine quality Japanese Washi paper and attractive paper crafts. Ms. Fujita’s recommended item is their original postcards which have the warm touch of hand painted scenes of Nara. There are many handmade, one-of-a-kind goods available, including deer clay bells and Washi paper accessories.
<Recommended Items>
Fujita Unkou-tei original Nara postcards (Set of 3 cards): 315 yen
Washi paper post cards: from 158 yen
Deer clay bells: 1,680 yen
Paper dolls: from 2,100 yen
Washi paper accessories: from 1,575 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-2082
On the west side of Mochiidono Shopping Center Arcade, about 300 meters from the North entrance
Open: 11:00-18:00
Closed: Thurs
http://www.jin.ne.jp/unkoutei/
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Ku-ho 
(Central Nara/Tombo-dama glasses, glass crafts, do-it-yourself glass making experience)
Unlimited number of colorful handmade glass crafts
<Overview>
Kuho is a small shop and studio located in the Naramachi Kobo, an area where several shops and studios are gathered. The interior of Kuho is overflowing with colorful and delicate glass crafts. All of them are handmade by the owner, Ms. Masako Takahata, a glass craft artist. Every piece is a result of her sensitivity, masterful technique and coincidence. Therefore, no two same designs exist. Tombo-dama glass beads can be enjoyed as accessories and for decoration. Other popular goods are rings, glass wares and accessories. You can also try your hand at making your own original Tombo-dama glass beads with the aid of English instructions.
<Recommended Items>
Rings: from 3,000 yen
Hair accessories: from 2,300 yen
Glass wares: from 2,500 yen
Tombo-dama glass beads: from 3,000 yen
Tombo-dama making experience: 5,500 yen (two original Tombo-dama; the session lasts about 2 hours; reservation required by fax three days in advance)
<Shop Data>
Tel/Fax: 0742-26-0493
1F of Naramachi Kobo, in Naramachi area, a-5min. walk to the southeast from Gango-ji Temple
Open: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Mon.
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Matsumori 
(Central Nara/Japanese ceramics and lacquer ware)
Specializing in traditional Japanese ceramics and lacquer wares since 1871
<Overview>
Matsumori offers a wide range of traditional Japanese ceramics, lacquer ware and also glass ware from famous production areas all over Japan. Nara’s Akahada-yaki potteries with traditional Nara scenes are especially recommended. Tea cups and plates decorated with classic Japanese patterns called Shoso Monyo (from famous Shoso-in Temple) are Matsumori’s original. Choose one of Matsumori’s fine ceramics or pieces of lacquer ware for a memento of your Nara trip.
<Recommended Items>
Akahada-yaki ceramics: from 2,000 yen
Shoso Monyo pattern wares: 1,100-2,500 yen
Others: from 1,000 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel:0742-22-2037
On the right side of Mochiidono Shopping Center, near the north entrance
Open: 9:00-20:00
Closed: Thurs.
http://homepage2.nifty.com/matsumori/
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Sikaya 
(Central Nara/Souvenirs, Kimono, samurai & ninja goods)
Come and have some fun with kimono & samurai goods!
<Overview>
Sikaya is located on the approach to Todai-ji Temple. In this spacious shop, you will find a great variety of souvenirs: Nara specialties, traditional Japanese dolls, kimono, and much more. Sikaya is recommended for their kimono, samurai and ninja goods. Get a set of kimono for your unforgettable Japanese experience. Shikaya offers a wide range of reasonable kimono (even for pregnant mothers!). What is more, they offer tax-free shopping (passport required).
<Recommended Menu>
Sword replicas, swords for iai martial art: 2,980-200,000 yen
Ninja suits: for children: 4,200 yen (with plastic toy swords); for adults: 10,500 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-3181
On the west side of the approach to Todai-ji Temple
Open: 9:00-17:00 (changed seasonally)
Closed irregularly
http://www.sikaya.co.jp/
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Ezuya 
(Central Nara / Nara character goods/souvenirs)
A number of interesting and pretty Nara character goods
<Overview>
Ezuya, just opened last March, is a shop which sells a number of original or interesting “Nara character” goods: Sento-kun (official mascot of the 1,300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital), Manto-kun and other cute special Nara characters. Before celebrating the large celebration in 2010, Ezuya has already got much attention from all over Japan. Some goods are available only here. From original Sento-kun T-shirts, mini towels, postcards, fans to cookies, there are about 400 goods. Come to Ezuya and find your favorite Nara character!
<Shopping Recommendations>
Sento-kun/Manto-kun strap: from 315 yen
Sento-kun mascot pens: 525 yen
Sento-kun/Manto-kun T-shirts: from 2,300 yen
Sento-kun cookies: from 530 yen
Towels/handkerchiefs: from 380 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-3131
On the west site of Mochiidono Center Arcade, about 150 meters from the north entrance
Open: 10:00-19:000
Closed: irregularly
http://www.ezuya.jp/
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Maruju Bussan 
(Central Nara/Souvenirs)
Take a traditional Japanese Kaki-shibu fan and get yourself cool down
<Overview>
One of Nara’s agricultural specialties is the persimmon (kaki). At Maruju Bussan, they produce a special Japanese folding fan (sensu) which is dyed by natural persimmon tannin (kaki-shibu). Persimmon tannin is effective for preventing rotting and water proof, so that a fan will last long. In addition, the longer you will use is, the more it will get an original effect as time goes. Summer in Japan is known for its humidity. Why not taking a fan from Maruju Bussan and cool down yourself as people in old Nara did?
<Recommended items>
Kakishibu (persimmon leaf dyed) fan: 3,780 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-6337
At the foot of Mount Wakakusa, a 10-min. walk from Todai-ji Temple
Open: 9:00-18:00 open everyday
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Harushika Sake Brewery 
(Central Nara / Japanese sake brewery and shop)
Taste fresh Japanese sake in a classic sake brewery
<Overview>
Nara is considered to be the birth place of Japanese sake. The brewery’s best sellers is “Cho-karakuchi (super dry)” which is exported to and enjoyed in over 10 countries. Highly recommended are “Tokimeki”, which tastes like champagne, and the Daiginjo “Harushika” with it’s rich aroma. Try their sake tasting (400 yen) and find your favorite.
<Recommended items>
Sake tasting: 400 yen
Tokimeki: 493 yen (300ml)
Daiginjo Harushika: 2,625-5,250 yen (720ml-1.8 litter)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-2255
A 3-min. walk from Ganko-ji Temple to the west, on the left side
Open everyday: 8:15-17:15
http://www.harushika.com/
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Seishi-en 
(Central Nara/original Nara accessories)
A variety of pretty goods hand-made in Nara & Itto-bori carving display
<Overview>
In the Naramachi area, the historical and nostalgic center of Nara, there is a stylish space where you can find a gallery, a café and some shops. One of these shops is Seishi-en. Seishi-en started as a shop specializing in Nara’s traditional arts and crafts. The present third generation master himself is an earnest carver in Nara’s traditional Itto-bori carving style. His carvings are on display - from classic forms to cute and modern styles. The shops has a variety of pretty hand-made accessories and goods using Nara’s special linen textile.
<Shopping Recommendations>
Hair accessory: 400 yen
Mobile phone strap: 380 yen
Nara-sarashi textile pouch: 1,300 yen
Please enquire about the Itto-bori carving
<Shop Data>
Tel: 080-5333-0720
South of Sanjo Street, on the left side, in the KAI gallery space
Open: 11:00-18:00
Closed: Mon.
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/seishienakira
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Nara Crafts Museum 
(Central Nara/Traditional Nara crafts exhibit and shop)
Experience the long history of Nara’s traditional crafts
<Overview>
A wide range of traditional Nara crafts are displayed here including works by living National Treasures who specialize in Itto-bori wood carving, Akahada-yaki ceramics, calligraphy brushes and inks, deer horn crafts, and more. There are special exhibitions and demonstrations by real craftsmen held occasionally. Prince Charles and his wife visited the museum last autumn and marveled at the beauty of Nara’s traditional crafts. In the museum shop, you can find a variety of Nara craft goods (old & new, reasonable & higher prices). Visit the museum and learn more about Nara culture.
<Shopping Recommendations>
Itto-bori carving dolls: from 3,675 yen
Akahada-yaki ceramics: from 2,000 yen
Deer horn crafts: from 880 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-27-0033
Go through Mochiidono and Shimomikado Shopping Arcade and turn right, about 50 meters on the right side.
Open: 10:00-21:00
Closed: Mon.
http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~naramachi/
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Okai 
(Central Nara/ Nara-sarashi linen textile goods)
Nara-sarashi linen textile and goods
<Overview>
Nara is famous for the production of linen or Nara-sarashi. Since the early Edo period (1600-1868), it has been regarded as the best quality linen in Japan. Okai, which started in 1863, preserves the tradition of Nara-sarashi and actively produces new goods for modern life styles. From classic white cloth for the tea ceremony to modern interior goods (tapestries, parasols, samue Japanese pant suits, table centers, etc.). They are all dyed with natural plants which have a deep and warm color. In addition, designs which use Nara-e pictures or historical patterns related to Shoso-in Temple add a sense of history.
<Shopping Recommendations>
Nara-sarashi pouch: from 2,625 yen
Parasol: 15,750 yen
Kakishibu-dyed bag: 7,875 yen
Hats: 6,720 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-24-7119
In the Higashimuki Shopping Arcade, about 200 meters from Sanjo Street, on the left side
Open: 10:00-19:000
http://www.okaimafu.com
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Antique Kimono SAO 
(Central Nara / old kimono, original accessories)
Great value kimono and cute original accessories - find you favorite!
<Overview>
Only a few minutes walk from Sarusawa Pond, you will find a unique looking shop. This small, interesting shop is full of goods you can’t find anywhere else. You shouldn’t miss their great value old kimono selection (from only 500 yen!). Some are over 100 years old and some are quite new. The owner herself makes original accessories using old kimono fabric.
<Shopping Recommendations>
Old kimono: from 500 yen
Traditional Japanese dolls: from 500 yen
Original accessories: from 250 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 090-8576-0281
A 3-min. walk from Sarusawa Pond to the southeast, on the west side of the street
Open: 12:00-17:000
Closed: irregularly
http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~mukashikimonosao/
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YUMEIDO  
(Central Nara/ Japanese antiques & maccha green tea)
Authentic Japanese antiques from the old capital
<Overview>
At Yumeido, you can see a wide variety of authentic Japanese antiques; from ceramics, hanging scrolls, tea ceremony tools to Buddhist art. There is a café in the shop where people can try traditional maccha green tea with seasonal home-made sweets. Stop in at Yumeido and have a bowl of green tea surrounded by Japanese history.
<Recommended items>
Japanese antiques: from 5,000 yen
Maccha green tea with traditional sweet: 1,000 yen
Thick maccha green tea with traditional sweet: 1,500 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-3301
Across from Nara National Museum
Open: everyday 10:00-18:30
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Zeitaku-mame Hompo 
(Central Nara / Japanese confectioneries & Nara souvenirs)
The perfect place to look for sweets and souvenirs of Nara in a traditional atmosphere
<Overview>
They sell various kinds of traditional Japanese confectionery: rice crackers, cakes, sweets, candies, dumplings, fried-dough cookies, and more! Most of the packs are only a few hundreds yen and you can easily bring them with you on your travels around Nara or take them back home. A wide range of other Nara souvenirs are also available.
<Recommended items>
Japanese bean confectioneries: from 105 yen
Rice crackers: from 105 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-6061
On the north side of Sanjo, across from movie theater
Open: 10:00-20:00 (until 19:00 in winter)
Close: Tues
http://www.z-mame.com/
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sisi 
(Central Nara / original textile bags)
Unique and colorful textile bags from Bali
<Overview>
The name of the shop, “sisi” means “standing close by” in Indonesian. The shop owner hopes that people will use their bags regularly in daily life. A wide range of colorful and original bags using Indonesian, Indian, and Japanese textiles will get your attention. Look for your favorite color, design, size or textile.
<Shopping Recommendations>
Indian block print textile bags: from 3,400 yen
Original textile mother’s bags: from 4,900 yen
Original textile porches: 2,100 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-24-9555
A 5-min. walk to the south of Gango-ji Temple, on the right side
Open: 10:00-18:000
Closed: Wed. and irregularly seasonally
http://www.sisibag.com/
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Ikeda Ganko-do 
(Central Nara / Traditional Nara-style uchiwa fans)
Fans with elaborate designs from the ancient Nara period
<Overview>
This is the only shop today in Nara which continues the tradition of Nara-style round uchiwa fans and Nara-e picture fans. The round uchiwa fans are decorated with the ancient patterns of elaborate fretwork and the seasonal beauty of Nara. Both fans are perfect for those who appreciate art as well as a practical tool for making a breeze.
<Recommended items>
Nara-style round uchiwa fans: from 1,470 yen
Nara-style fans: from 3,150 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-3690
On the north side of Sanjo St., 50 meters to the west from Konishi St.
Open everyday: 9:00-19:00
Closed: Wed. and irregularly seasonally
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Uoman  
(Central Nara/KAMABOKO=steamed fish cake)
Kamaboko specialty shop with more than a 100-year history
<Overview>
Kamaboko is a traditional Japanese food which is made by steaming minced fish meat. At UOMAN you can watch how kamaboko is made. Some of UOMAN’s skewered type kamaboko (Kuishinbo or buttered potato) taste best when eaten hot. Why not take some of UOMAN’s kamaboko with you to nibble on as you explore Nara!
<Recommended Menu>
Kuishinbo 280yen (6 kinds: skewered deep-fried fish kamaboko with filling: cheese, squid, octopus, Kimchi Korean pickle, etc.)
Buttered potato 180yen (skewered deep-fried minced fish meet with buttered potato)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-3709
On the left side of Mochiidono Center Arcade, about 300 meters from the north end
Open: 9:30-19:30
closed irregularly
http://www.uoman.jp
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Kikuoka Kanpo-yaku  
(Central Nara/Kanpo Oriental Medicine)
Extraordinary Kanpo Oriental Medicine with an 824-year history
<Overview>
Kikuoka Kanpo-yaku has extraordinary long history dating back to 824. Kanpo is an ancient Oriental medicine based on Chinese herbs. Today, the 24th generation shop owner provides the most suitable combination of medicinal herbs depending on your symptoms and physical tendencies. Kanpo is regarded as very gentle on the body and has no known side-effects. Daranisuke is a kanpo created in Nara which is very effective for the digestive system. Ginger candy and ginger drinks have been popular with Japanese people over the ages as natural remedy for colds.
<Recommended items>
Daranisuke digestive medicine: from 1,050 yen (30 pills×27packs)
Ginger candy: from 380 yen (70g, about 13 candies)
Ginger flavor drink: 550 yen (5 packs)
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-22-6611
A 3-min. walk south from the west side of Sarusawa Pond, at the end of the street (A-1, pg 7 map)
Open: 9:00-19:00
Closed: Mon.
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fawn×fawn  
(Central Nara/ Nara deer specialty goods)
Cute and cool! Come to fawn × fawn and meet Nara’s original character, Roku
<Overview>
Roku and his friends welcome to fawn × fawn! A wide variety of cute and cool original goods (about 50 kinds) are available in our shop. Inside is colorful and fun like you are invited to Roku’s room!
<Recommended items>
Mobile phone strap with Roku & Hana: 630 yen
Roku T-shirts for kids (80 cm/90 cm; pink or green): 2,940 yen each
Roku tea leaf (Japanese black tea and green tea): 630 yen each
Deer hoodie for kids: 5,800 yen, adults: 6,800 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-8713
About 5 min. walk from JR Nara Sta., on the north side of Sanjo Street
Open: 10:00-19:00
Closed irregularly
http://www.rokuchan.jp/
http://www.nara-t.com/
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Houeido  
(Yoshino area/ Local souvenirs)
Fine quality kuzu sweets, local sake and all kind of Yoshino’s specialties come together here
<Overview>
Houeido has been a popular local souvenir shop in Yoshino for over 100 years. Located in the mountains of Yoshino, one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan and a World Heritage Site, Houeido offers best quality kuzu (arrowroot starch) foods, as well as local sake and handicrafts. The kuzu sweets look like works of art – they are delicately formed with a taste that is simple yet sophisticated. From this year, Houeido has started to serve original cake made with kuzu (cherry blossom, maccha green tea and plain flavors) which are very popular with visitors to the area.
<Recommended items>
Kuzu sweets (15 pieces): 700 yen
Kuzu cake: 230 yen/piece, 700 yen/3 pieces, 1,200 yen/5 pieces
*Kuzu cake is available only limited number.
A bottle of local sake: from 630 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0746-32-3032
Across from Katte Shrine; 950 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun
Open: 8:00-20:00
Closed: irregularly
www.nara.yoshino.jp/houeido.htm
To get to Yoshino, see the access information on pg 12.
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Nara Nagomi-kan  
(Central Nara/ Nara souvenir)
Find best souvenir from Nara in Nara’s largest souvenir shop!
<Overview>
At Nara Nagomi-kan, you can find a vast array of Nara souvenirs: popular Nara sweets, locally brewed sake, specialty foods, pretty traditional Japanese crafts, authentic handicrafts by experienced craftsmen and more! Especially, Tombo-dama glass beads and Akahada-yaki ceramics are very popular. There is a café and restaurant next door to the shop. It is located right between Nara Park and Naramachi. Visit them for a satisfying shopping and dining experience!
<Recommended items>
Tombo-dama glass beads: from 2,310 yen
Akahada-yaki ceramics: from 8,400yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-21-7530
A 3-min. walk to the south of the Ichino Torii (first shrine gate) of the Kasuga Grand Shrine, on the left side
Open: 10:00-19:00
Closed: irregularly
http://www.worldheritage.co.jp/nagomi/index.html
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Asukabito no Yakata  
(Asuka area/Local souvenirs and tourist information)
Entrance to Asuka for everyone.
<Overview>
As a gateway to the Asuka area, the home of Japanese ancient history, Asukabito no Yakata is a good first stop for visitors. The interior design is based on the motifs of the Takamatsuzuka Ancient Tomb and four sacred Gods of the Kitora Ancient Tomb, and there is a variety of information on the area as well as a TV monitor showing Asuka’s attractions. Unique food and sweets using local ingredients, books and photo books of Asuka, as well as exquisite craft works and a wide range of souvenirs are on display. Pick up a memento of your visit to Asuka.
<Recommended items>
Asuka guide book (Japanese/English/Korean): Japanese: 300 yen, English or Korean: 400 yen
Takamatsuzuka Ancient Tomb postcard set: 320 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0774-54-3624
6 Asuka Murakoshi, Takaichi-gun In front of Kintetsu Asuka Sta., on the left side (A-a, pg 8 map)
Open: 8:30-17:00
Closed: end and beginning of the year
www.asukabito.or.jp
To get to Asuka, see the access information on pg 12.
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Hokuto Budougu 
(Horyu-ji Area/ Japanese martial art goods)
Visit the world of Japanese martial arts on the way to Horyu-ji Temple
<Overview>
Located on the way to Horyu-ji Temple, near JR Horyu-ji Station, Hokuto Budogu offers a range of original Japanese martial arts goods. The owner specializes in kendo (Japanese bamboo fencing) and his wife specializes in Japanese calligraphy. Using their skills, together they create original goods such as folding fans, door curtains and other traditional Japanese items. If visiting in summer, get one of Hokuto Budogu’s traditional fans and cool yourself down as you wander around Horyu-ji Temple!
<Recommended Items>
Tenugui cotton towel: from 400yen
Japanese fan: 2,000yen
Shinai bamboo sword: from 2,400yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0745-75-6128
About 10-min. walk north from JR Horyu-ji Sta.
Open: 10:00-19:00
closed: Wed
http://www.hokuto-budougu.jp/
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Kobaien Calligraphy Goods Retail Shop 
(Central Nara/ Japanese calligraphy goods)
Experience the history of Japanese calligraphy
<Overview>
Nara is well regarded as the birthplace of Japanese calligraphy ink and brush for over 1,000 years. The shop stocks the full range of Kobaien and other shop’s calligraphy materials, including brushes, ink bars, ink stones and washi paper, and also a variety of tea ceremony utensils. One of Nara’s best shops of calligraphy goods is Kobaien which specialize in all kinds of Japanese calligraphy materials. The ink bars of Kobaien are known for their high-quality ink bars which they successfully improved in its 400 years history.
<Recommended Items>
Ink bars: from 800 yen
Ink stones: from 2,500 yen
Paper weights: from 1,000 yen
Japanese calligraphy sets: from 5,000 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel:0742-22-2646
In front of the gate of Tamukeyama Shrine at the foot of Mount Wakakusa (map A, A-1, pg 6)
Open everyday: 9:00-17:00
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Shop TABI-JI  
(Central Nara/Jika-tabi Ninja shoes)
Try New Styles for Your Stylish Footwear!
<Overview>
We offer original footwear from traditional Japanese to modern and functional. Some of our Jika-tabi, or so-called Ninja shoes use traditional color and pattern and others have modern design. Another unique footwear is Fivefingers which has separated 5-toe. All of our footwear are suitable for running and exercise, and they give healthy effect on your body as they provide stability and stimulate feet bottom muscle. Our footwear will make you look fashionable, healthy and original. What can you ask for more?
<Recommended Items>
Tabi socks: from 150 yen
Ninja shoes for children: from 2,100 yen
Ninja shoes for adults: from 3,800 yen
Fivefingers: from 9,800 yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-26-3588
On the south side of Sanjo, 50 meters to the west from Sarusawa Pond (2nd floor of the building)
Open: 11:00-19:00 / Closed: Wed
http://www.tabi-ji.jp
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Anzuya  
(Central Nara/Japanese Ceramics)
Appreciate Japanese craftsmanship through ceramics
<Overview>
Anzuya offers a variety of fine quality Japanese ceramics and delightful textile accessories. This cozy shop represents the warmth of the owner who welcomes visitors from all over the world. Nestled in the Takabatake area, you can experience the peaceful setting and take your time finding the perfect souvenir of your visit.
<Recommended Menu>
Tea cups from 800yen
Mug cups from 1,200yen
<Shop Data>
Tel: 0742-23-1706
1237-7 Takabatake-cho, Nara
Open: 11:00-18:00
closed Wed.
http://anzuya.net
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Imura Art Gallery  
(Kyoto City / Art Gallery)
Feel the beauty of contemporary Japanese art in the old capital
<Overview>
Imura Art Gallery is held in high regard by its Japanese and overseas fans. The world famous auction house Christies regularly comes to Imura Art Gallery to discover new and interesting contemporary artists. Imura Art Gallery specializes in contemporary art works born out of the rich and beautiful tradition of the ancient capitals of Japan.
<Shop Data>
Tel: 075-761-7372
On the north side of Marutamachi, about 300 meters to the east from Kawabata; a 3-min. walk from Keihan Marutamachi Sta.;from Nara, take JR train from Nara to Kyoto, then, take Kyoto City Bus #204 and get off at Keihan Jingu Marutamachi.
Open: 10:00-18:30
Closed: Sun. & holiday
www.imuraart.com
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