Kakinoha Zushi (Persimmon Leaf Sushi): A Must-Try Nara Specialty

Kakinoha Zushi (Persimmon Leaf Sushi): A Must-Try Nara Specialty

Kakinoha Zushi is a popular local traditional cuisine of the Yoshino region of Nara prefecture.

Kakinoha Zushi directly translates to Persimmon Leaf Sushi, and is prepared with a piece of mackerel or salmon sashimi on vinegar rice and wrapped in a persimmon leaf. It is a simple and delicious dish with a somewhat nostalgic feel to it.

This article will recommend three places in Nara for you to go and try this Nara specialty during your visit to Kansai!

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Recommended Kakinoha Zushi
(Persimmon Leaf Sushi)
in Nara

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平宗 奈良店
Heisei Nara Branch 

Heisei is an acclaimed restaurant with a long history where they preserve the popular traditional taste of local Kakinoha Zushi.


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ひょうたろう
Hyotaro

Hyotaro manufactures and sells Kakinoha Zushi in a way that makes for a great souvenir or gift as it is best eaten a day after the purchase when the combined flavors of the mackerel and rice become richer overnight.


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やっこ
Yakko

Yakko is located on the hill where the view of Nakasenbon (famous cherry blossom viewing area on Mt. Yoshino) can be enjoyed from the restaurant’s window.


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