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Cafe Kudzu

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Cafe Kudzu Description

Located in Nara, Cafe Kudzu is a culinary gem specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine made with the finest quality Yoshino Kudzu, a local specialty of Nara. With a history spanning over 140 years, this establishment is renowned for its exquisite Kudzu dishes and confections. Indulge in freshly made Kudzu mochi, Kudzu jelly, Kudzu udon, and Kudzu porridge, all crafted with expertise and care. For those looking for the perfect souvenir or gift, a variety of Yoshino Kudzu products are also available for purchase.

What sets Cafe Kudzu apart is its dedication to using Yoshino Kudzu as a key ingredient in their dishes. The Kudzu-focused courses, such as the Kudzu Feast Course and the Seasonal Course, offer a delightful culinary experience that showcases the versatility and unique flavors of this local delicacy. The restaurant's commitment to preserving tradition while offering innovative dishes makes it a must-visit for food enthusiasts seeking an authentic taste of Nara. The cozy and inviting ambiance of the restaurant provides the perfect setting to savor these exceptional Kudzu creations, making it a memorable dining experience in the heart of Nara.

Cafe Kudzu Overview


1-6 Oshiagechō, Nara, Nara 630-8273


+81 (0) 742-27-5011


10 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Mon: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Thur: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Fri: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Sat: 10:00AM-7:30PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted


Private Dining Room

Cafe Kudzu Reviews

Cafe Kudzu Google Average Rating



A great experience to try their fresh mochi. It's different than the ones you get in those food stands but definitely better.

Tons of locals come in and as tourists we were treated nicely. Price is definitely on the higher side but it was good for an experience. Even the mochi itside was worth the trip to here.

Mochi is about ¥1000 and set is about ¥3000 range.


The kudzumochi was some of the best mochi I've ever had. The kudzu udon was also really good.


(Trip was made back then on 21 Nov 2019, 2 years before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit)

This was one of the recommended places which specialises in Japanese sweets and tea.

Had the Kuzu Mochi, another specialty of Nara’s, and it was really a treat. Love the soft silky smooth, almost mochi-like texture which almost melts in your mouth. If only they could dial down the sweetness of the brown sugar syrup, then it’d be perfect


Came and tried their kudzu porridge and it was delicious! Especially the mountain yam with yuzu ones, aromatic and has a very clear rich flavor.

The sesame tofu is the best that I have tasted so far, thick sticky and yet rich in sesame flavor. Absolutely delectable.

The kudzu jelly has a refreshing taste with it while has a great spingy texture to it. Recommended to try!


The place is comfy and warm, i waited around 10 minutes until i got my seat for 4 people. I tried the mochi (660 yen), and the ice cream was also good here. Definitely worth to visit after you visit the temples & shrines around.

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