Let’s find unique souvenirs at Time’s Place Nara shopping mall.

Time’s Place Nara is a shopping mall located in front of the east gate at Kintetsu Nara station. It reopened after renovation in April 2016. There are 3 existing souvenir shops, as well as 2 new shops; GOTO-CHI and Narashogaku.

2017-04-21   Goods, Travel Destinations, Nara,

Times's place 奈良


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Typical souvenir shopping in a décor that resembles ancient Nara city.
The Tax free shop, GOTO-CHI〜ごとーち〜. You can find local sake and Japanese arts and crafts in Nara.

駅内 Times's place 奈良

Typical souvenir shopping in a décor that resembles ancient Nara city.

You can select from various souvenirs at traditional Japanese style shops decorated with materials like Japanese paper, stone, and wood.

奈良漬け
Narazuke

Famous and long selling souvenirs in Nara are Narazuke (sweet & tangy vegetable pickles marinated in sake lees), Yoshinokuzu (food made from Kudzu starch, or pueraria lobate), and Kakinoha-sushi (Pressed sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves, a local cuisine of Nara).
I recommended Narazuke at TukenaEikichi (漬菜栄吉), Yoshinokuzu at Tengyokudou (天極堂), and Kakinoha-sushi at Izasa (ゐざさ).

Narashogaku sells sweets in a decorative box
Narashogaku sells sweets in a decorative box

Narashogaku (奈良祥樂) is a Japanese/western-style sweets shop that has sweets packaged in a box with a traditional Shosoin design (animals, plants, and nature).
There is also a unique sweet called Rahotsu manju* that resemble Buddha’s curly hair.

*manju: Japanese steamed bun staffed with sweet red bean paste.

「奈良祥樂 Narashogaku」 Rahotsu manju
Narashogaku (奈良祥樂) Rahotsu manju

Rahotsu manju is a Karinto manju, which is a new version of manju .
Karinto are fried-dough cookies and Rahotsu manju are fried buns wrapped in a crispy dough with sweet red bean paste. The secret to the taste is the savory brown sugar in the dough and the sweet red bean paste.
They can’t produce Rahotsu manju on a large scale, because it’s handmade in their factory.

The Tax free shop, GOTO-CHI〜ごとーち〜. You can find local sake and Japanese arts and crafts in Nara.

GOTO-CHI has a wide variety of souvenirs.
Nara is popular for souvenirs made out of hemp. Handbags and socks made from hemp come in a wide range of colors and designs.

Hemp handbags
Hemp handbags

Socks

Pear Sake in Yoshino
Pear Sake in Yoshino

Local Japanese sake in Nara is popular, but if you want to try something different, pear sake in Yoshino and local beer in Soni Plateau are good choices.

local beer in Soni Plateau
local beer in Soni Plateau

GOTO-CHI is duty-free.
They provide comfortable shopping for all people including foreign tourists.
You can use a KIPS card, Electronic Money card, and credit cards to make purchases, and they even offer free WIFI.

It’s a great place to go when your waiting for your train.
You can find basic souvenirs and new products from the local area in Nara.

Map

29 Higashi-mukinakamachi, Nara-city, Nara Prefecture

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AUTHOR

kyoami

kyoami

Writer/ Translator

I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Information

Address 29 Higashi-mukinakamachi, Nara-city, Nara Prefecture
Hours 9:00~20:00
Price -
Close -
Access In front of the east gate in Kintetsu Nara station
Phone -
Website http://www.kintetsu-rs.com/details/groupbrand/tp_nara (Japanese text only)