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#35 of 11,669 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 - 14:00
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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Shigetsu is a restaurant that serves shojin-ryori (Buddhist cuisine) within the grounds of Tenryu-ji. So you'll have to pay admission to the garden in order to eat at Shigetsu but in return for that you get some amazing views. Buddhist cuisine is vegan, so no animal products are used at all. This may deter some people but actually the meal... More 

Thank Veerle d
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the grounds of the Zen Buddhist Temple of the heavenly dragon (Tenryuji) in Arashiyama I had a very special dining experience. Their vegetarian restaurant Shigetsu had the most artistically presented and tasty collection of dishes for their set lunch menu. The one thing that most impressed me though, was the care taken to make the humble soybean the centrepiece... More 

Thank James S
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside the grounds of Tenryuji temple in Arashimaya, is this zen restaurant which serves a sublime vegetarian zen banquet. I strongly recommend booking in advance and reserving one of the small private rooms which overlook the koi pond. We were the only people in the tatami room so felt very special. The food was amazing, and for an unforgettable experience,... More 

Thank Drsoandso
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 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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146 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 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 

Thank AK2726
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 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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83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 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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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 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
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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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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
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Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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