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#36 of 11,656 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Western Kyoto
As featured in Best Food in Kyoto
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68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Within the premise of Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-882-9725
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

I was expecting excellence and that's what i got and more. I am a vegetarian since 2010 but ate lots of vegetarian meal since 2003 and went to many vegetarian restaurants. i tried many good restaurants in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Taipei, New York but i had to try a real zen Buddhist meal in Japan and i got the real... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

This restaurant is located inside the Tenryuji temple area and you would need to purchase a entrance ticket in order to enter into the restaurant. The restaurant served authentic Buddhist meal and it is 100% vegetarian and you are advised to make an advance reservation as this restaurant is quite packed with guests and the restaurant will need you to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

After a long walk in the temple viewing the gorgeous maple leave, we tried to find a place for lunch . There was a building caught my eyes . Later in we found out it served vegetarian dish . Well! Gave it a trial! After we walked inside the building, we were attracted by the environment . There were several... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Shigetsu needs reservation because the restaurant is sought after. But it is worth the trouble. For reservation you find the phone number in the record. The seating is not what you would expect from a ordinary restaurant rather you sit in a row side by side in the traditional Japanese way. The food is extremely delicious and you get a... More 

Thank Walter S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Shigetsu is well known for its zen vegetarian meals. In its website it says the 2016 Michelin Guide for Osaka and Kyoto has designated Tenryu-ji's Shigetsu Zen Vegetarian Restaurant a "Bib Gourmand" -- a restaurant serving "exceptionally good food at moderate prices." We had a set lunch for about $30 which came with 5 dishes. It was enjoyable but in... More 

Thank DavidSKFong
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We read about Buddhist or temple meals as we were preparing for our trip and this was a great place to give it a try! Right on our trail for the morning visiting temples in Arashiyama, we arrived around noon on a Saturday and were seated right away (though they did ask if we had a reservation). As others mention,... More 

Thank Keelin Blaith P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Tasty was so so. But the experience of traditional temple food was so impressible. And the location was so beautiful, in the garden of Denryuji.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This meal was delicious and lots of fun as we really didnt know what we were eating a good deal of the time. Didnt matter one whit as we exclaimed and conjectured through the whole process. We reserved for the $50 meal and so had a room to ourselves with garden on both sides of our room. As we were... More 

Thank ThrutheSky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Loved the simple yet fulfilling meal. Though only 5 side dishes with rice, soup and fruits, as you enjoy slowly, it's really filling. Would come again if I visit Tenryu-ji.

Thank Francisca S
Bethesda, Maryland
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129 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

I love the tatami mats and the whole experience. The food was great, very tasty! So much of our Japanese meals were skimpy on vegetables so it was great to have a veggie meal. I thought it was a good deal for $30 for lunch, maybe just a tad expensive but considering the location and the view it was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-882-9725

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved 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 impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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