The Higashimuki Shopping Street is located just beside Kintetsu Nara Station. It is full of shops and restaurants. Many of the shops are souvenir shops where you can buy Nara goods. Other shops include clothing stores, discount stores, and knickknack shops. There are also many restaurants here, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and McDonalds among the Japanese restaurants, so most people can be satisfied. Some of the restaurants are pricey but many are quite reasonable.
This shopping street is one of the only parts of the town that is open in the evening, so for that reason combined with its convenient location near the station, it's worth it to come.
it takes plain old credit cards, unlike most bank ATMs - super easy to get to if you know where to look (almost impossible to find otherwise)
What to buy: like-new used kimonos for LOW prices; calligraphy implements; funky, cool tabi-shoes & -boots at a little shop called Tabi-Ji ()
Confectionery gift shops are found near and around the major sights of Kyoto and Nara. Walk around, compare prices. You see that most shops sell almost the same thing.
What to buy: Say what you will about the sickening sweetness of most Japanese confectionery, their variety and packaging is out of this world.
Your attention is often drawn to these brightly colored and beautifully packaged confectionery gift boxes on display at all the shops.
They make great (and extremely attractive) gifts for folks back home
What to pay: Depends on the type of confectionery, expect to pay anywhere between 800yen to 2000yen.
There are lots of shops and restaurants to explore in this open air mall.
What to buy: I liked the 2nd hand kimono shop. There is a 100 yen shop too.