If you are in Kyoto you have to try zen temple cuisine. There are multiple choices. I have tried the Tenryuji version (about 3500Y/person for lunch), which was more like a bento ---most of the courses were brought at the same time.
The Kanga-an version (about 6000Y/person for lunch) is much more deluxe. The restaurant is in a medium size garden and attached to a temple. Our group of 6 (including two kids) was given our own private room facing the garden, with table and chair seating. The lunch consisted of about 15 courses which were spaced out over almost 2 hours. The tempura course was especially memorable (included some flowers fried in tempura batter; see pic).
The staff person taking care of us spoke a fair bit of English and the menu was translated into English as well. I made a reservation the day before (for a Tuesday).
This place is highly recommended. One of our best meals in Kyoto.
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