Tenryuji Shigetsu

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 3 Reviews
Vegetarian food (Shojin Ryori) that you get while being surrounded by landscape garden name, the four seasons. Address in Japanese: 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場68 Price: Expensive more-less
68 SuzukinoBaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Open daily 11.00-14.00, closed irregularly.

  • Reservations required


First Review by backpasher


  • vegan

An amazing vegan experience in a beautiful setting

5 Posted on 06 / 15 / 2014

The lunch that I had here was absolutely amazing. All of my dining companions agreed that it was the best food that we had during our stay in Japan and one of our favorite all time meals. It is inside the grounds of a temple and only serves food between 11am and 2pm.
We had read about the restaurant and sought it out while we were in the area. We paid for admission to the Tenryu-ji temple and explored the lovely grounds. The restaurant itself is hard to identify. When we found the building, we didn't see or hear anyone inside. We considered leaving because we didn't see staff and had read that you need a reservation for parties of 3 or more. However, we found a button by the cashier's window with instructions to push for service and someone literally came running. We were seated right away, but it was a quiet weekday during the off-peak season. So, reservations may be advised during busier times.
They have set menus. At the time that we visited, only the cheapest was available at 3000 yen per person, plus a charge for drinks if we wanted anything other than hot tea. We were seated in a communal open floor dining room where another group was already eating. They have low chairs and tables available to bring in, if sitting on the floor is difficult.
The food was amazing and delightful. There were a variety of small dishes and I could not identify most of the food. It was all light, flavorful and healthy. The best surprise was unwrapping a small leaf bundle to find tiny delicious mochi inside. The setting of the meal made it even more special. The building is open air with the temple garden surrounding it on both sides.

Pros: Wonderful food, Amazing setting, Great service
Cons: limited hours - 11am-2pm, Inside temple grounds with admission fee


  • vegan


5 Posted on 07 / 03 / 2012

We dropped in (for two people or less you don't need a reservation) and got the yuki set. We sat in a beautiful temple room which overlooked the gardens on both sides with a hint of thatched roof showing in one direction. The yuki set consisted of 10 small dishes. Particularly delicious were the goma (sesame) tofu, the melt in your mouth eggplant with sweet miso sauce, the sesame dressed salad, the mochi and bean paste dessert etc. Okay it was all delicious. Perfectly cooked with beautiful flavours and a real joy to sit in that beautiful temple and eat it.

Pros: Temple setting, Delicious Food, Views


  • vegetarian

Beautiful food in a beautiful setting

4 Posted on 12 / 30 / 2008

This is actually located within Tenryuji temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto.

Between 2 of us, we shared a 3000yen lunch-set and that was plenty of food. The food was interesting, flavoursome and filling. It was visually arresting food and incredibly tasty.

The tofu was delicious, as were the eggplant and lotus roots.

We enjoyed a peaceful meal within the temple grounds.


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