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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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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 yesterday

We didn’t book in advance, we just turned up with our fingers crossed. Shoes off, and we were brought to one of a few large rooms with red carpet lining the sides of the room for us to sit at little tables. There was no...More

Thank blueblackbackpack
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the place,situated inside the temple so you get wonderful views.service perfect.food....not reallt good if your not used to it,and im vegetarian so i've eaten some of this plates.the rest of it was great

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

We booked a long way in advance as I did not want to miss eating here. We had a wonderful meal and toured the temple gardens afterward. They have 3 options for the food and we chose the cheapest (3000y pp) which was plenty for...More

Thank twoadults_2kids
Reviewed 11 January 2018

The setting of this restaurant is truly unique (right in the middle of the temple garden) and sitting on the traditional tatami mats may seem daunting at first, but it only adds to the experience, making it all the more memorable. We had the set...More

Thank WorldTraveler639
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Visiting Tenryu ji temple during the red leaves period is really fantastic (though full of visitors). If you're interested to try the zen vegetarian meal inside this temple (very popular), please reserve the table in advance. It's simple but presented in different containers, very Japanese...More

Thank Aomori
Reviewed 25 December 2017

You can make an online booking. It is located inside Tenryuji temple, the temple is less crowded than the other famous ones in Kyoto and offers nice area to walk including the bamboo garden. The restaurant is once in a lifetime experience. Shojin-ryori at is...More

Thank Mayank-SG
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Very clean and quiet place. 3000 Yen bought me more than enough and kept me full for a long time. Food was simple and mild and fulfilling. Nice zen dining experience.

Thank Preethi S
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

For some reason, we expected the meal to be a bit more ceremonial with servers in kimonos, particular ways of serving the food or pouring the tea, and explanations of the food or the way it was made. It was not like that at all....More

Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 19 December 2017

The restaurant is located inside the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple and is surrounded by Tenryu-ji's World Heritage gardens. Shigetsu is a great place to try traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisines, also known as shojin-ryori. This is a fully vegetarian restaurant. Very simple design. Good service. All...More

Thank Vladimir M
Reviewed 26 November 2017

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
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Sara M
4 March 2018|
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Response from Mayank-SG | Reviewed this property |
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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 Alan K | 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.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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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