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Shigetsu

#33 of 7,192 Restaurants in Kyoto
#34 of 7,667 Places to Eat in Kyoto
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68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-882-9725
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Japanese temple styled cuisine

This place was recommended by one of my vegetarian friends when visiting Tenryuji in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It's inside a garden in the temple so you first have to pay 500 yen to get into the garden and the 3000 yen for the meal. A tad pricey but definitely worth it as you get to visit the garden which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
Joan L
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This place was recommended by one of my vegetarian friends when visiting Tenryuji in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It's inside a garden in the temple so you first have to pay 500 yen to get into the garden and the 3000 yen for the meal. A tad pricey but definitely worth it as you get to visit the garden which are now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Totally worth the trip out of centre of town to visit the restaurant! Stunning presentation, food prepared with immaculate attention to detail, very good value for money, situated in wonderful temple grounds, on a sunny day could spend the whole afternoon walking around and still more to see. This was a very special meal and can read info there about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Located within the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama, Shogetsu is a wonderful place to have a truly Japanese experience of a shojin ryori meal, or what is known as a traditional Buddhist temple cuisine. Listed as one of Kyoto's best vegetarian restaurants, Shogetsu is only open for lunch from 11am to 2pm. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Read on tripadvisor that the meal was very good. Now that I have tried it. I finally understood why so many people say that the meal was amazing. So much different taste & textures & unexpected wows from this meal. Please do give it a try. We had the 3000 yen set.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This type of restaurants are very hard to ome by. they have set menus. We had many items for the first time in our life. was presented in traditional japanese style and were sitted traditionally as well. You have to pay for the shrine although to get to this restaurant as it is inside the shrine. Parking will be reimbursed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This restaurant lies within the tenryu-Ji temple and serve food monks can have access to. The tatami room was spacious with traditional paper sliding door. The wooden beams within the room are decorated with golden insignia beautifully. We had our lunch with another Japanese lady who had such elegant manner with every one of her movements being so purposeful that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Shigetsu offers lovely vegetarian lunch course. You have the meal in the wonderful Tenryuji temple grounds and the food is delicious. We took the 3000 yen meal and it was a real feast. You pay 500 yen entrance but that is really worth it as the temple itself is beautiful. A great experience and a must do! We made reservations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I will never forget this unique experience, my forever best moment in having lunch in a zen vegetarian restaurant, highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is inside the popular Tenryu-ji Temple, which is a large and lovely site. I would suggest booking ahead as they are only open a few hours and were turning people away when we were there. Two of us had an enormous tatami room to ourselves, which was nice but odd! Food was traditional shojin ryori, "monk's food," so all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My favourite meal in Kyoto so far. Food really is prepared by Buddhist monks (hubby stole a pic fm the kitchens before he was shushed away). We were a party of 5 and pre-booked via our guest house owner so we were lucky to have a room all to ourselves. The ¥3000 meal is definitely enough. Not a place to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-882-9725

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  • Cuisine: Japanese, Vegetarian

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