Nara is the ancient capital of Japan and, like Kyoto, has a long history, so it's only natural that you should try Nara's food. Even if you only have a few days to spend in Nara, you should not miss this opportunity.One Day TourThe event was a great success, and of course, we couldn't forget to buy gifts and snacks for the guests.
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Nara Gourmet | Nakagudo Mochi
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Located in the Nara shopping district, Nakatani Hall is famous for its mugwort mochi. The red bean filling and the mugwort-flavored crust are a perfect match, and the large red beans in the filling make them very refreshing to eat. In addition to mochi, the store also sells senbei and pancakes, which are great for souvenirs.
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Kakinoha sushi is a famous product of Nara. In ancient times, when refrigeration was not developed, it was difficult to eat fresh sushi because Nara was far away from the sea, so they invented the idea of wrapping fish and sushi rice in kakinoha leaves, which is anti-bacterial and anti-acidic, and also has a special flavor different from that of ordinary sushi, and it has become a very special local cuisine for a hundred years now.
Sushi is wrapped in persimmon leaves, and the three classic flavors are mackerel, salmon, and sea bream. There are also seasonal flavors. The fish is sliced into thin slices, and the proportion of vinegared rice is higher than that of regular sushi. The fish is also marinated because it needs to be stored at room temperature, and the overall taste is more acidic. The classic salmon flavor is my favorite of the sushi, and it's delicious with sake.
Nara Gourmet | Daibutsu Pudding
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Big Buddha PuddingIt is also a very famous food in Nara, so I recommend you to eat it. We bought it at Kintetsu Nara Station, and we were lucky that there was no queue because we left late. There were a lot of flavors to choose from, but because it was something that needed to be refrigerated, we could only choose a few of them, and ended up picking chocolate, sake, and Yamato tea flavors in addition to the classic original flavor. The pudding itself was delicious and the glass jar was so cute that we took it home as a souvenir after eating it.
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