Bar in Nara

Nara Izumi Yūsai

Drop in on this small standing bar in Naramachi for tastings (¥200 to ¥600) of sakes produced in Nara Prefecture (120 varieties from 29 makers, also available for purchase). There is a useful English explanation she…
Teahouse in Nara


In a small wooded, brookside clearing between Nigatsu-dō and Kasuga Taisha, this quaint thatched-roof teahouse is one of Nara's most atmospheric spots. Stop for a cup of matcha (powdered green tea; ¥700 including a …
Cafe in Nara

Drink Drank

Fruit smoothies are a relatively new thing in Japan; find them at this charming, contemporary cafe near the eastern end of Sanjō-dōri. Besides traditional fruits, look for only-in-Japan and local seasonal flavours l…