Inside the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple, Shigetsu is a great place to try traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisines, also known as shojin-ryori.
While no one would describe the fare here as “stick to your ribs,” it goes well with an afternoon of temple hopping and it won’t slow you down. Shojin-ryori, which is served here, observes the rules of traditional Buddhist vegetarian cooking, which means that no animal products are used in the preparation. Enjoy great garden views of Tenryu-ji Temple from the dining area.
For more meat-free eating suggestions, read our round-up of Kyoto’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants.
For more Kyoto shojin ryori choices, see our Best Shojin Ryori (Japanese Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) page.
68 Susukinobaba-machi, Saga Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku
Non-smoking area:: Yes
5min walk from Arashiyama Station, Keifuku Arashiyama line
Official Website (Japanese)
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More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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