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68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Within the premise of Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-882-9725
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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11:00 - 14:00All hours
Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Within the premise of Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is a base for spreading Zen Buddhism cuisine, "SHOJIN-RYORI" specialties. It is managed by Tenryu-ji Temple and all its employees are its faithful. The philosophy is realized with budget price and highest quality of cooking and service. The faith of Zen forbids its...More

Thank azpxvk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The meal consists of many dishes (Kaiseki) made up of vegetables and tufu, served in a tradition Japanese dinning room (if one makes reservation). Some dishes taste very good due to the right mixing of different flavors. Overall is a good but not an excellent...More

Thank Ed_Mississauga
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Strongly recommend this place. We'd booked in advance and there was no capacity for walk-ins. It's inside the grounds of the temple and surprisingly tricky to track down. Once we arrived we were greeted by a helpful older woman who instructed us to pay in...More

Thank PlanetByTrain
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Although we are not vegetarians, we thoroughly enjoyed the zen set lunch. Each dish has distinct flavours and is tasty in itself. We were lucky as there was no queue.

Thank Alcinito
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is such an interesting experience! Its not often that you have the chance to eat a meal that is so varied in taste and texture. And the fact that it is all vegetarian is a bonus. I recommend that you book in advance as...More

Thank SonyaS102
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Glad we ended having lunch here. Both the food & setting is very nice, within the temple. They serve Buddhist food, which is extremely yummy and as such different from regular Vegetarian meal. Must visit if you plan to visit the Temple.

Thank darpana2017
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

My family and I are vegetarians and this was a god send. The food had an enormous variety of Japanese veggie choice and was filling. The settings were good and the staff most polite and smiling. The service was quick and efficient. What more could...More

Thank Ganesh R
Reviewed 15 July 2017

It isn't particularly easy eating vegetarian in Japan, but you can find excellent vegetarian meals at many Buddhist temple restaurants. This was the best one that I had during my two-week trip to Japan. The cuisine at Shigetsu is artfully prepared and served in a...More

Thank 159lukew
Reviewed 28 June 2017

In terms of contemporary, none can be more contemporary than Shigetsu, the Zen vegetarian restaurant owned by Tenryu-ji - a temple listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. Shigetsu has an English homepage subtitularly notifying the potential visitors that it was a "Bib Gourmand...a restaurant...More

1  Thank TheWorldDigested
Reviewed 25 June 2017

I rarely eat vegetarian food in Japan, but made an exception for this as I was accompanied by my mom who is vegetarian. The ambiance is excellent. Makes you feel calm and peaceful. The food is plain, like what monks eat so dont expect anything...More

Thank nishith_pandya
Western Kyoto
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Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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13 May 2017|
Response from LauraJaiAdventures | Reviewed this property |
Sorry this is probably too late now, but we got there at approx 1:55pm (paid the garden fee) without a reservation. We got to the restaurant at 2pm and were fine to order the set menu.
Stefanie Z
4 April 2017|
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Response from AK2726 | Reviewed this property |
You can email to the restaurant itself and inform them about your dietary preferences and they will try to accommodate if possible.
7 January 2017|
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Response from Walter S | Reviewed this property |
Because we needed several seats I made the reservation on +81 75-882-9725 the day before. Before you can enter the restaurant you have to pay admission for the Tenryu-ji temple.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Within the premise of Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
  • Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-882-9725
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