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Yoshino Hon Kudzu Tengyokudo Nara main shop

A specialty shop of Yoshino Hon Kudzu producing dishes and sweets with Yoshino Hon Kudzu is located near the ruins of Nishimon gate of Todaiji.

Yoshino Hon Kudzu specialty shop

Established in 1870, a directly-managed sweets shop of “Inoue-Tengyoku do” in which Yoshino Hon Kudzu is made in Gose city of Nara prefecture. The shop is located near the ruins of Nishimon gate of Todaiji which is a famous temple for the Great Buddha and you can enjoy dishes and sweets made from Kudzu.

Kudzu flour refers to starch purified and taken from a root of Kudzu plant which is a leguminous and perennial climbing plant and is one of the traditional ‘seven flowers of autumn’ in Japan, and used as an ingredient for Japanese sweets or to add a sticky texture for cooking. Only 100g of flour can be extracted from 1 kg of root, so you will see how valuable this flour is. 100% pure Kudzu flour is called Hon Kudzu and those purified in Nara are called “Yoshino Hon Kudzu”. As a side note, “Yoshino Kudzu” differs from “Yoshino Hon Kudzu” in that the former is a mixture of Kudzu flour and sweet potato starch.

Tengyokudo Nara's main shop uses “Yoshino Hon Kudzu” purified with a special method called ”Yoshino-sarashi (purified using cold water)” which has been kept since the establishment. Various dishes are recommended, for example, the jiggly texture of Kudzu-mochi is irresistible, and the chewy Kudzu-kiri is freshly served. Other dishes are Goma-tofu (sesame-tofu) with an elastic texture using “Yoshino Hon Kudzu” and a healthy dish, “Kudzu-gayu (rice porridge with Kudzu)” and more. If you aren’t satisfied with them, ‟Kudzu-dukushi course (a course of all dishes using Kudzu)” is recommended (reservation required).

Inside, there is also a retail shop. Buy “ Yoshino Hon Kudzu” and try making Kudzu dishes at home. Its smooth texture is better than ”Katakuri starch” when you want to make a sticky texture. Check out the recipes on the official website!

Highlights

  • A directly-run store of the 150 years long, “Inoue-Tengyoku do,” a sweets brand specializing in “Yoshino Hon Kudzu.”
  • Various dishes are produced using “Yoshino Hon Kudzu” which is 100% pure Kudzu flour.
  • Fresh foods of Kudzu-kiri, Kudzu-mochi, and more are produced.
  • A food shop beside the store sells “Yoshino Hon Kudzu” products.
  • A convenient location near the ruins of Nishimon gate of Todaiji where you can drop by during sightseeing.

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  • A convenient location where you can drop by during sightseeing.

    A convenient location where you can drop by during sightseeing.

  • The seasonal scenery through the windows is appreciated.

    The seasonal scenery through the windows is appreciated.

  • Kudzu-Mochi is served with roasted soybean flour and brown sugar syrup.

    Kudzu-Mochi is served with roasted soybean flour and brown sugar syrup.

  • ‟Kudzu-dukushi course (a course of all dishes using Kudzu)” (reservation required).

    ‟Kudzu-dukushi course (a course of all dishes using Kudzu)” (reservation required).

  • ‟Kudzu Mizu-yokan(soft red-bean jelly coated with Kudzu)” produces a melt-in-the-mouth feeling (available spring and summer seasons only).

    ‟Kudzu Mizu-yokan(soft red-bean jelly coated with Kudzu)” produces a melt-in-the-mouth feeling (available spring and summer seasons only).

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Details

Name in Japanese
吉野本葛 天極堂 奈良本店
Postal Code
630-8273
Address
1-6 Oshiagecho, Nara City, Nara
Telephone
0742-27-5011
Holiday
Tuesdays (The next day if Tuesday is a national holiday)
Hours
10:00am - 7:30pm(Last order 7:00pm)
Budget
1,500 yen - 2,000 yen
Directions
1) A 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station on Kintetsu Nara Line.
2) From Nara Station on each JR Line or Kintetsu Nara Station on Kintetsu Nara Line, get on Nara Kotsu Bus and get off at Oshiage-Cho bus stop.
Credit Cards
Accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)