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30-1 Imamikadocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-22-0866
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch here after a morning of touring Nara Park. We sat in the tatami section which was very nice. There is regular table seating as well. The set menus we had were beautiful, delicious and quite reasonably priced. I had a teishoku set menu with two pieces of persimmon leaf-wrapped sushi, called kakinoha-zushi, a Nara specialty,... More 

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Thank MistyAsh
kuala lumpur
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232 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Unlike Kyoto's special bamboo leaf-wrapped sushi Sasamaki, Nara's version is wrapped in persimmon leaves (Kitanoha) and lends the rolled sushi (usually of cured mackeral and salmon) a subtle floral flavour. The open ‘edomae’ Tokyo style nigiri sushi, the kind we are most used to seeing, is not available. Because there is no English signage, we went past the shop twice... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Seeing the good reviews from tripadvisor, I wanted to give this restaurant a try. However, I left a bit disappointed. Sushi rolls were composed of very little fish surrounded by a lot rice. Also the it was a bit pricey compared to similar places I've been in Japan.

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Thank uğur g
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Went to this place today for lunch, the staff were lovely and they have menus in English. For lunch they have lots of seven us, which I loved because it means you can try a bit of lots of different things. Mine included Somen, a cold noodle dish which was delicious, and some of the smoked mackrel/persimmon leave sushi which... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We decided to find this place based on the tripadvisor reviews. It was in a back alley, well away from the standard tourist haunts. The visit was well worth it. The young wait staff spoke English (and they have an English menu). We went for the Kakinoha zushi which is apparently a typical Nara approach of wrapping sushi wrapped in... More 

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Germany
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119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

We bought a box of Kakihoha sushi. Among fish one there are some vegetarian one. It is nice to take out and eat in the park watching lovely deers. Be aware that there is no garbage can in town and one must carry the trash up to the hotel.

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Seattle
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

There are three tables that each can seat at least four and a counter plus what looks like a more formal dining area. Quick and friendly service.

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Thank NDtravelerSeattle
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74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Hiraso is a small store located away from the hustle and bustle in Nara. They specialize in Kakinoha (persimmon leaf-wrapped) sushi. The fish was fresh and delicious; a very interesting style of sushi! Recommended for foodies in Nara.

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Thank Hailey T
Beijing, China
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435 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

The Best Kakinoha traditional sushi, well know in Nara. This is not conventional sushi, it is more like a glimpse from the past... a culinary tradition of this city. Fresh ingredients, excellent flavor and texture, easy-to-read menu and great environment. Recommended for first-time travelers and foodies.

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Hiraso specializes in Kakinoha sushi, a dish that Nara is know for. The store is small, elegant and tasteful. Dining here felt very cozy and relaxing. The chef speaks English and came out to help us with ordering (he didn't have to go far- the sushi counter is in clear view and only a meter or two away.) the servers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30-1 Imamikadocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Nara Prefecture  >  Nara
  • Phone Number: +81 742-22-0866

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?