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Araki Description

Located near Gakuenmae Station in Nara, Araki is a hidden gem specializing in authentic Japanese cuisine, particularly tempura. The restaurant boasts a traditional yet cozy ambiance, with a touch of elegance that sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. Araki stands out from other dining establishments in the area with its meticulous attention to detail in both food preparation and presentation.

At Araki, diners can indulge in a variety of tempura dishes that are expertly crafted to perfection. From crispy and light tempura shrimp to delicate vegetable tempura, each bite offers a burst of flavor and texture. The menu also features a selection of other Japanese dishes that showcase the chef's skill and dedication to traditional culinary techniques. With a budget range that caters to different preferences, Araki provides a culinary journey that is both satisfying and affordable. Whether you are a tempura enthusiast or simply looking to explore authentic Japanese flavors, Araki is a must-visit destination for food lovers seeking a taste of Japan in the heart of Nara.

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Araki Overview


1-chōme-15-26 Gakuenkita, Nara, Nara 631-0036


+81 (0) 742-41-1148


6 minute walk from Gakuenmae Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM
Wed: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:30PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Araki Reviews

Araki Google Average Rating



I visited for the first time for lunch and ordered a colorful kaiseki meal. Overall, each dish was carefully prepared, and the ingredients were carefully selected, making it a high-quality dish.
On the other hand, I felt that the quantity was unsatisfactory, so I felt that it would have been better to have a higher-end menu with an increased number of items like in the evening, even though the price was high.
In addition, each dish was explained to me one by one, and I left the restaurant feeling very attentive throughout.


Gakuenmae is a long-established commuter town, and a few years ago there were no really good restaurants, and if you wanted to eat delicious food, you had to go all the way to Osaka.However, this seems to be changing little by little. I feel it. I think Araki-san also does a delicious job with his careful work on each dish. The menu has quite a lot and you can feel the spirit. However, to be honest, the prices of each dish are still relatively expensive especially in high-class residential areas. A light drink and meal cost around 20,000 yen for two people. The quality is quite competitive compared to famous shops in Osaka, but I honestly wish the prices were a little more competitive.


It was very delicious.
I was impressed by the courteous customer service and the wonderful food.


I used it for the first anniversary of my mother's death.
I'm sorry, but I didn't have a very good experience with the phone service when I made the reservation, so I didn't have a good experience.
When I visited, I was very satisfied with both the customer service and the food.
They make very elaborate dishes and are particular about the ingredients.
The explanations of the dishes were very thorough and I would like to serve them again.
There were so many types of Japanese sake that I enjoyed it.


Araki is a Japanese restaurant located in front of the school in Nara.
The materials are good and the work was done very carefully. There are many regulars, and the owner's personality is one of the reasons he's so popular. There was a wide selection of sake and wine, which I enjoyed with my meal. I would like to visit you again.

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