Trip to Nara 2012 Autumn (1/9) – the 1st day , breakfast and kuzu-kiri

I went to Nara to view scarlet maple leaves last month.
I took a plane by low-cost airline both ways.

Though I thought first train to Narita Airport can be in time for my plane that leaving Narita at 6:40 a.m. , but I found I couldn’t be in time for my plane by the first train.

So, I decided going to Narita by overnight bus. I managed to get a ticket two days previously. Nevertheless I live in Chiba, I had to go to Narita Airport from Tokyo by night bus ! Oh, my!

Tokyo station. Around 12:00 a.m. Almost all lines were already ended.

No one in Tokyo station at midnight

My bus left in front of Tokyo station at 1:30 a.m., and arrived at Narita airport at 4:30.
Then I could take my plane and arriving at Kansai Airport without any accidents.

After arriving Kansai Airport, I went to Nara using some trains:)
There are through airport buses to Nara. But these are expensive.

On arriving at Nara, I entered a cafe for breakfast. I was starved 😛
There is a bakery on the ground floor. Cafe is upstairs.

Château Doll 
Appearance, Shato doll (Nara)

Interior, Shato doll (Nara)
*Sandwiches set (サンドイッチセット) 370 yen
Sandwich set, Shato doll (Nara)

After that, I went toward Naramachi street for eating parfait at Nakagawa Masashichi Teahouse (中川政七茶房). “Nakagawa Masashichi” is a famous as stationery productor. It is a holy place for fans. I like its masking tapes, too. So I wanted to go there, but the teahouse’s waitress said the reservation was full until 2:00 p.m.
It was still 12:00 p.m., so I gave up.

Naramachi street, Nara

Sarusawa Ponds (猿沢池)
Sarusawa pond, Shato doll (Nara)
I searched for something sweet to eat,,,then I found the house. “吉野葛 (Yoshino Kuzu) attracted me.Judging menus in front of the house, this shop serves only sweet things using Kuzu. It seemed a kuzu specialty shop, so I, that loving kuzu-kiri, decided to eat kuzu-kiri here although I didn’t know about the shop at all.

Yoshino-kuzu Sakura 
Appearance, Sakura (Nara)
Because the shop stands far from main street, there were no person except me.
Interior, Sakura (Nara)

Lights, Sakura (Nara)

Carrying out my original intension!
*Kuzu-kiri (葛切り) 840 yen
Kuzu-kiri was cooled with ice.
The shop made my kuzu-kiri after order. So it more took time than I had expected. But I wasn’t boring in such a cute room.
Kuzukiri, Sakura (Nara)
Dipped in kuromitsu (black sugar syrup)
It was awesome ! Fresh and smooth kuzu-kiri sure went down well 🙂

Kuzukiri with black sugar, Sakura (Nara)
It was a right decision to enter the shop 🙂

After that, I went toward Kofuku-ji temple.

Château Doll(シャトードール)
39 Konishicho, Nara-shi, Nara
Open – from 8:00 to 22:00
Closed – no holidays

Yoshino-kuzu Sakura (吉野葛 佐久良)
2-27-20 Takamikadocho, Nara-shi, Nara
Open – from 10:00 to 17:00
Holiday – Tuesdays (except for national holidays)
HP – http://www.nizuka.com/naramachi.htm
(in Japanese only)

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  1. Mitzie Mee says:

    Kuzu looks like a very exotic dish. Is it jelly? And is it sweet or does it get the flavor from the dipping sauce? 🙂

  2. Ryoko says:

    Kuzu-kiri is like noodles.It have a texture similar to konjac.
    It is made from plants called “kudzu” Kuzu-kiri in itself have little taste, but it have springy texture. So, dipping in the sweet black sauce for flavoring 🙂

  3. Mitzie Mee says:

    Oh, I see. Sounds like such a nice dish. I will try that next time I come to Japan:)

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