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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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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite meals in Kyoto, or maybe anywhere. The restaurant is set in the gardens at Tenryuji Temple, but you don't see much from the simple dining halls. The main draw is the food which is a sample of shojin ryori,...More

Thank GenghisRon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience! You must book in advance (we had our hotel help us with reservation the day before) and the place is only open for lunch. the food was so interesting and there is a lot of items (there are 3 menu options:...More

Thank shlomoschwartz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise in the middle of a zen garden. This is not your typical monk food, but there is plenty of food and plenty of variety, all plant based. The food is delicious and a bit pricey but the experience is worth...More

Thank ShahramG
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We has a wonderful lunch here. We did not have a reservation but showed up at 1:30 and were seated immediately. The food was really unique and it was wonderful to have a meal that I knew was all vegetarian. Everything was prepared with such...More

Thank Grete S
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We really wanted to experience Buddhist temple food and Shigetsu exceeded our expectations! The meal was very filling and consisted of lots of different small plates to try. Everything was very tasty and had different textures and flavours. Even our friend who generally doesn't eat...More

Thank LauraJaiAdventures
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

In the beautiful garden of Tenryuji Temple, we were served the best vegetarian food ever! We decided to have lunch at Shigetsu based on its excellent reviews. Our host in Kyoto made our reservations and we were escorted to a private room and sat down...More

Thank Mawarjg
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I never realised that Buddhist / vegan food could be so delicious. Ingredients were super fresh, carefully prepared and to my surprise pretty tasty. There was none of this fake vegetarian meat which is in vogue right now. The whole meal is unashamedly vegan (as...More

1  Thank RM303
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Shigetsu is a restaurant that serves shojin-ryori (Buddhist cuisine) within the grounds of Tenryu-ji. So you'll have to pay admission to the garden in order to eat at Shigetsu but in return for that you get some amazing views. Buddhist cuisine is vegan, so no...More

1  Thank Veerle d
Reviewed 14 March 2017

In the grounds of the Zen Buddhist Temple of the heavenly dragon (Tenryuji) in Arashiyama I had a very special dining experience. Their vegetarian restaurant Shigetsu had the most artistically presented and tasty collection of dishes for their set lunch menu. The one thing that...More

1  Thank James S
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Inside the grounds of Tenryuji temple in Arashimaya, is this zen restaurant which serves a sublime vegetarian zen banquet. I strongly recommend booking in advance and reserving one of the small private rooms which overlook the koi pond. We were the only people in the...More

Thank Drsoandso
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lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
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To anyone who went without a reservation, is it possible to find out about the restaurant availability when we pay the garden admission? We can't make reservation because we are not sure if we can get there in time for lunch, but we don't want to pay admission then realize the lunch set is sold out. Thank you
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
Is the restaurant able to accommodate gluten free diners?
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.
How do I make a reservation here?
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

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Good for
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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