Higashimuki Shopping Street

Description: 

Out of Kintetsu Nara station, you will immediately see the entrance topped with large banners writing Japanese characters ひがしむき of Higashimuki shopping street. Being present at the top shopping centers of Nara city, Higashimuki leads south from Kintetsu Nara station towards Kofukuji Temple, Saruzawa Pond and the ancient Naramachi town of beautiful traditional Japanese wooden buildings and craft taste. Higashimuki is also one among rare corners of the silent and charming Nara that open quite late at night, proud to be the most convenient and busiest shopping areas in Nara. Higashimuki is surely something impossible to miss for strolling around, through shops and stores selling so called Nara things from artworks and crafts, kimonos, traditional Japanese sweets and ornaments.

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Source: Higashimuki Shopping Street

The name Higashimuki in Japanese means facing east. When Kofukuji temple was built in 8th century, it happened that all the buildings from town houses to stores faced the temple. As the area became more flourishing, locals kept using the name Higashimuki for the shopping street. Stretching about 250 meters from Kintetsu Nara station to meet Sanjodori street, Higashimuki is specialized by a statue fountain of the monk Gyoki Bosatsu at the beginning, the great man attached closely with the Buddhist culture of Nara as he built many temples across Nara and even the giant Buddha statue inside Todaiji Temple. Designed in Nara color, the roof of Higashimuki is decorated with beautiful artwork posters of deer, forest, and other things relating to Nara Prefecture.

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Source: Higashimuki Shopping Street

Goods sold at Higashimuki street are various from modern to local ancient merchandise. You will meet an impressive number of souvenir shops where you can buy Nara specialities. Popular shops are clothing stores, discount stores, and sweet or ornament shops. Beside many second hand kimono shops selling like new used kimonos at low prices, the outstanding Kimono Daishin will kindly give you different designs and accessories to try to find the most suitable one. Some other interesting goods are traditional Japanese socks called tabi along with modernized tabi styled Western socks as well as tabi shoes and boots at Tabiji shop. These little things will be wrapped in brightly colored and beautifully packages and boxes to be pretty gift for your friends.

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Source: Higashimuki Shopping Street

Chinese, Vietnamese, and Western restaurants stay side by side with Japanese restaurants serving sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves at Higashimuki street. Delicious Japanese snacks can be found at Kojika and Manshoudou shops. Beside bean buns, mochi is one thing you should not miss out, the kind of delicious rice cake of latest and greatest seasonal taste, autumn with chestnuts or giant grapes and winter with juicy strawberry and sweet red bean paste. After your stomach becomes warmer, take your time to visit famous sites around the street including Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji temple or Sarusawa Pond.

Open time: 

Vary by shops and restaurants, usually from 10:00 am to 22:00 pm

Admission: 

Vary by shops and restaurants

How to access: 
-Take an 1 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
-Or off Sanjo-dori street  on the way to Nara Park