Naramachi in Nara City Center Area

Naramachi Guide

Naramachi is a historic district in the Nara City Center area of Nara, Japan. It is located at approximately 34.6859° N, 135.8049° E.


Naramachi was a merchant district during the Edo period (1603-1868). The area was home to many wealthy merchants who built traditional machiya (townhouses) with earthen walls and tiled roofs. Today, many of these machiya have been preserved and converted into shops, restaurants, and museums.

Things to Do

  • Visit the Naramachi Koshino Ie, a museum that showcases the life of a wealthy merchant family during the Edo period.
  • Explore the narrow streets of Naramachi and admire the traditional architecture.
  • Shop for souvenirs at the many boutiques and galleries in the area.
  • Visit Gango-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Naramachi.

Food and Drink

Naramachi is home to many excellent restaurants and cafes. Some popular options include:

  • Okonomiyaki Kiji, a restaurant that specializes in okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake).
  • Wakakusa-an, a tea house that serves traditional Japanese sweets and tea.
  • Yamato Katsura, a restaurant that serves traditional Japanese cuisine.

Getting There

Naramachi is located within walking distance of Nara Station. From the station, follow the signs to Naramachi or take a taxi.