Tonkatsu Ganko Restaurant (とんかつがんこ 奈良店) at the busy Higashimuki Shopping Street is a convenient lunch-stop before/after a visit to the popular, deer-populated Nara Park.
Tonkatsu Ganko is located nearer the entrance of Kintetsu Nara JR station, where there’s a small square with a water-fountain and a statue of Gyōki. It’s known as “Gyōki-hiroba” and is popular with local people as a meeting point.
Tonkatsu Ganko’s freshly-prepared tonkatsu are served in reasonably-priced sets, averaging around JPY1,200 per head, with free refills of iced tea, steamed rice, and crunchy, shredded cabbage. Grind yourself “goma” (sesame seeds) and various sauces/dressing are provided. A mixed set comes with pork-loin katsu, a shrimp and a pair of oysters.
Tonkatsu Ganko Restaurant (とんかつがんこ 奈良店)
(〒630-8215 奈良県奈良市 東向中町19)
Tel: +81 742-25-4129
Operating hours: 11am-10pm, daily