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Review: This place is walking distance from where we live but for some reason we never tried it because we assumed it was a tourist trap. Recently though (having seen the reviews here, funnily enough!) we decided to give in and see what it was like. The first visit we went for lunch, having booked ahead (you need to book at least 1 day in advance) and chose the most expensive set option (about 5000jpy each) just to see what they can do. It was very pleasant. Well prepared and nicely presented temple cuisine in a simple but rustic, wabi-sabi-esque environment looking out onto a small garden. We thought it was expensive for what we got, but nice all the same and came away feeling a bit silly for never having ventured in before. The second time we went there was last week and this time was for dinner. We opted for the medium option rather than the most expensive one, since the only difference seemed to be some matsutake mushrooms and it was a huge price leap. Even the one we ordered cost around 8000jpy each, which is quite a bit already. This time too it was all very good but sadly we did not come away feeling it was value for money. The amount of food served was similar to what we got for a much better price at lunch time - and even then we thought the price was high. The atmosphere felt less enticing at night too - a bit sad and lonely without the garden view and natural light. The service was also a bit rushed - we were in and out very quickly, which is not what you expect at this price point. We will no doubt come again but probably only for lunch. For dinner at that price you are better off going in to Tokyo and eating at one of the temple cuisine restaurants there (try Bon if you haven't already).