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Sannai 2339-1, Nikko, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. All the menus are pre-fixed at this tatami-floor Buddhist cuisine restaurant. They have two menus which are vegan and they do have an English language menu. Options are the Shojinryori course (a total of 12 small dishes) which costs 3990yen or the Shojinhonzen course (a total of 16 small dishes) which costs 5775yen. Located in the Meiji-kan very close to the Shrines with a bus stop right in front of it; buses won't go later than 5pm. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon-Wed 11:30am-7:00pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Buddhist, Non-veg

2 Reviews

First Review by Nancy Cadet

A Must! - Edit

Gyoshintei was an exquisite experience. Located near the Rinno-ji temple, hidden amoung a confusing labyrinth of beautiful garden paths, the reataurant is a tranquil oasis in the sometimes crowded Nikko tourist scene. The setting alone is worth the experience: sliding screens, tatami floors, kimono costumed servers, Japanese customs and manners, and a wall of sliding glass doors opening on a serene garden. This is an experience to be slowly savored.
Both vegan set options provide an ample number of plates, all delightful. Take your time and enjoy the subtle variety of flavors. The presentation is itself a feast for the senses. The meals are not inexpensive, but if expense is an issue, it's well worth saving up for this treat. I don't think you will regret it.
By the way, ring the bell at the entrance for the hostess. You'll know you've found the right place when you see the entrance curtain with the three piece crown emblem. It would also help to get the tourist information people to trace out your route on one of their free maps. Don't hesitate to ask. Otherwise you might spend some time searching.

Pros: Refined, exquisite traditional dining, Delightful atmosphere, Japanese elegance

Cons: A little expensive, Somewhat hard to find

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Sublime Kaiseki - vegan options worth looking for - Edit

Location: in the Unesco world heritage shrine area, close to the Rinno-ji temple, and across the street from the Hotel Seikoen. From Nikko train station, walk uphill on the town's Main Street, past the Shinkyo sacred bridge. You can continue walking on the Main Street till you reach steps to the temple area entrance, or take the UNESCO World Heritage pathway on the right of the sidewalk . The restaurant is located in a lovely garden up a steep path from the hotel and parking areas. A curtain (noren) with three peaked crown hangs over the door.

Food and ambiance: The restaurant is in a tranquil, tasteful setting, a dining room overlooking a moss and bansai garden; it has thoughtful service by women dressed in kimonos. There are two lunch set meals , multi course options for vegans: approx 44,000 yen and approx 62,000 yen,(more expensive at dinner); all dishes are listed on the English menu. The Kaiseki style is seasonal , with small plates, a balance of tastes, subtle presentation; the set menu, includes tofu in many forms , sesame tofu, pickled veggies, miso soup, chestnut rice, dessert , tea. The food was incredible, surprising, visually pleasing and better than any of the excellent vegan meals I've had in my trip to Japan.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 15, 2013

Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 15, 2013

Pros: Delicious unusual food, Beautiful setting , Gracious service

Cons: Can be hard to find--just keep asking, Expensive, but worth it!

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