I visited Nara in March, 2014.
In Nara I stayed in a small ryokan run by this very nice, old lady. I stayed there for two nights, and even though I had opted out of paying extra for breakfast included, the morning of my departure she offered me breakfast anyway. I had a train journey to Tokyo ahead of me and a good breakfast before leaving was great.
Breakfast was served at eight o’clock in the morning. I’m not much of an eater just after waking up, it takes me a few hours before my appetite starts working, and before me was a feast.
White miso soup, various fish, tofu, pickeled vegetables, an egg, tomatoes, fish cakes, rice. A huge Japanese breakfast. I ate as much as I could, and some more, but it hardly looked like I had touched the food. I felt really bad, hoping they did not think I had not liked it. It was delicious.
If you are in Japan, try staying in a traditional ryokan and have a real Japanese breakfast. It is quite an experience.