Our experience was very different. We saw this listed on your website and inquired at the tourist info office at Shinkobe station. They called the restaurant and established that it was entirely vegetarian except for fish stock in the Miso soup. We made a booking and they offered to collect us from Arima Onsen station and take us back after the meal. We had the 2010 yen set which includes soba noodles, rice, various pickles and vegetables, tempura vegetables with a dipping sauce - delicious and very filing. The people were charming and helpful though with little English. The shuttle bus driver spoke very good English though. Kiegetsu is a small restaurant in the grounds of a large hotel/onsen - Kosenkaku. It wasn't busy when we went but it seats about 14 or 16 and is out of town on a busy road with no footpath so booking and a free rise in a shuttle bus was a good idea. Saw no evidence of beer on offer but didn't ask. Tea seemed right.
This restaurant is marketed as temple cuisine but is not the real deal. They actually use fish (bonito) broth in almost every dish and are unable to remove it even upon request. Stay away unless you eat fish. The flavours aren't actually that good either - lots of white sugar and white vinegar make it taste very unsophiticated for temple cuisine. Oh yes - one thing that is good there is the soba, but don't eat the sauce, it is full of fish.. ask for soy sauce instead.Pros: soba
Cons: fish stock in everything , not great tastes all in all
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