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#41 of 11,473 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Western Kyoto
As featured in Best Food in Kyoto
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68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-882-9725
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a reservation here under the recommendation of a friend who visited several years ago - we were not disappointed. We took a walk through the Bamboo Grove prior to entering Tenryuji - note you will need to pay the 500 Yen entrance fee in order to access the restaurant within the temple's grounds - it's worth it, Tenryuji... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

This was my second visit after 2 years. The food and the quality were still very impressive. The dishes are vegan but they are really delicious. The only downside is that it's located inside the Tenruji and we need to pay the entrance fee to get into the restaurant.Anyway, I will come back again whenever i visit Kyoto.

1 Thank WHzhi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is located inside the temple's area and is 100% vegan, which is in line with the monks' philosophy. Set up is traditional and simple. You are seated in a large room, on the floor, after having removed your shoes (so better be wearing socks when you visit). The food consists of a set menu of several traditional Japanese... More 

Thank Gaby M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Set meals and pricier than orher places but hands down the best food I have tried among all the vego places I have visited in Osaka and Kyoto!

Thank siokay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Fully vegan restaurant in the grounds of Tenryu-Ji temple. Food tasted amazing and was plentiful (extra emphasis is on the taste). For the amount served, the price was very reasonable too - set lunch menu for one is ¥3000, with a pot of hot tea included. The restaurant itself is a floor-seating restaurant and is clean and quiet, away from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is located inside the temple compound so one would need to pay entrance fee in order to reach the restaurant. The restaurant only served one fixed set of zen vegetarian food for lunch that came with a pot of tea. Any other drinks will be additional charges on top of the set price of JPY3000. Food was excellent... More 

Thank Victoria900
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

First, make a reservation. We asked our hotel staff to make the reservation for us the same morning. We called around 9 am. Our concierge gave us a paper with the confirmation of the reservation. We took a bus to the Arashiyama area. We got off a stop too soon, but we could not have picked a more beautiful spot.... More 

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Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Address: 68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji 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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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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