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Yamanouchi 350, Kamakura, Japan, 247-0062

Serves meat, vegan options available. Near Kita Kamakura station, this restaurant has temple style Shojin-ryori, traditional Japanese Buddhist vegetarian food. Address in Japanese: 神奈川県鎌倉市山ノ内350. See website for other locations in Kamakura. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by rockcita

Well worth splurging on - Edit

English follows Japanese👇 先日北鎌倉にある『鉢の木』と言う精進料理のお店に行ってきました。




Shojin ryori, or Buddhist cuisine, is the traditional dining style of Buddhist monks in Japan. It’s made without animal products (except for the occasional fish dish— check to make sure your meal is vegan) and features seasonal vegetables and tofu, meticulously prepared and beautifully presented.

We had our first shojin ryori experience at Hachinoki, a quaint little place located in Kita-Kamakura. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I have pretty simple tastes 🤷🏽‍♀️ But we were blown away. The service was impeccable, everything looked and tasted wonderful, and the portions were surprisingly generous. The dining room overlooks a beautiful little garden, adding to the traditional Japanese atmosphere.

Hachinoki isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely worth experiencing at least once.

Pros: Food that looks as good as it tastes, Excellent service, Calm, relaxing setting

Cons: Not cheap

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Outstanding shojin ryori! - Edit

As I live close to Kamakura, I have visited Hachinoki a number of times solo and with guests, and it is always an outstanding dining experience. From the flawless presentation to the creative incorporation of local, seasonal vegetables, Hachinoki is a fantastic introduction to Japan’s traditional vegan cuisine served at Buddhist temples. The garden view seating is also a huge plus, as it is incredibly peaceful and adds to the very Zen ambiance (be sure to request seating with a garden view it is not always available). Also note that you will need to remove shoes as the flooring is tatami, but you are served at a table and sitting in chairs, not on the floor at a low table as is common with other shojin ryori restaurants. It’s also very convenient to the train station and is about a five-minute walk. Be sure to visit nearby temple Tokeji after your meal; this former nunnery hosts an amazing garden and also offers shakyo and zazen.

Pros: Beautiful presentation, beautiful garden, Close to Tokeji Temple / easy walk from Kita-Kamak

Cons: Pricey

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Excellent shojin ryori - Edit

Located in an atmospheric building. My favorite dish is the fake meat that they put on top of the rice. They sell it in jars for you to take home.

I believe they do use fish stock (katsuo dashi) in some dishes so I always specify no fish stock when I make the reservation.

You have to take your shoes off when you enter, so wear nice socks.

Their hours are limited.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Tasty food

Cons: I believe they use fish stock in some dishes

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Shojin ryori in Kita-Kamakura - Edit

We made reservations for the vegan "Sakura" lunch set and had a generous traditional "temple cuisine" meal, at a table overlooking the garden at Hachi-no-ki. The main part of the set was served on a vermillion tray: pickled vegetables, tofu, mushroom porridge, devil's tongue, sesame tofu . More small plates were served later: rice with mushrooms, a tofu-yam hot pot, miso soup. Different teas were served with each course . I enjoyed the lunch, but had more memorable shojin ryori experiences with tastes & presentation at Bon restaurant in Tokyo , & Meiji no Yakata in Nikko. Here, the staff was gracious and friendly ; the dining room was quiet.

Hachi -no-ki is a ten minute walk from the Kita-Kamakura station on Yamanouchi-dori , the same street as the station . It's easy to find. The price was reasonable for this type of meal, and we knew reservations for the vegan option were necessary, based on their website and other reviewers.

Pros: Well prepared small plates, Tranquil ambiance, Reasonable price

Cons: Reservations necessary

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Amazing Experience - Edit

This was one of the best meals of my life and although expensive, I cannot wait to go back to try it again!

I visited kamakura on a national holiday (Labour Thanksgiving Day), and was so keen and excited about this restaurant that I booked it a couple of months in advance via their website (google translate was very helpful here!) and got an email back to confirm (this went to my spam, so ensure you double check and don't miss out). I confirmed just before leaving for my holiday and was so glad. The day I went, Kamakura was packed with visitors. I found the restaurant easily using the instructions and photos given here and on their website, but when I went in I was told they are full, sorry. I was upset, and took out my printed confirmation and said I had a reservation and from nowhere a Japanese man came out shouting my name to welcome me! It is definitely worth booking

I was seated in a large room with about 10 other diners, all Japanese. Ladies in traditional kimono served us. I went for the sakura oprion, which was the biggest and most expensive (I thought it was once in a lifetime). A reay of food was bought out and each time I finished a bowl, it was taken away and something replaced it. The food kept coming and I was worried about how much more there could be! It was so filling - I had this for lunch and was full for the rest of the day. Everything was beautiful, everything was delicious and the things they did with familiar (and unfamiliar) beans and vegetables was incredible. The bean plate was the best - they had all been cooked in different ways and I didn't want it to end.

The meal consisted of vegetables and grilled shiitake, sesame tofu with wasabi, deep-fried tofu and fried bean curd skin, simmered pumpkin,vegetable filled yuba (amazing!), boiled beans, fried okra dipped mugwort, plum fruit wine aperitif, miso soup, rice and Japanese apple for afters.

You had unlimited green tea, but it was extremely bitter and you could order additional drinks if you wished.

The sakura meal was huge, but worth the Y4389 as it was incredible. Kamakura is one of my favourite places in Japan, and this meal gives more reasons to keep going back!

Pros: So much food!, Peaceful atmosphere, Wonderful food

Cons: Expensive, Booking needed to avoid disappointment

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Shauna333 28 Apr 2013 - Just a small update, as I went back in March 2013. The 3 menu options are still available, and I went for the sakura menu again (how could I resist?!). It had changed to include seasonal options, but was just as delicious as before.

I went on a non-national holiday and it was much quieter. I still emailed ahead to book and had a lovely seat by the window looking over the gardens. I enjoyed the meal very much and also had a glass of yuzu juice, which the staff allowed me to try first as I had never had it before.

I love Kamakura very much and this is always part of a beautiful day there.  

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Best value at lunch time - Edit

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).

Pros: well prepared temple cuisine, all tastes good, nice simple vibe in the daytime

Cons: expensive for what you get, service is variable, dark and lonely at night

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Wonderful Experience - Edit

My boyfriend and I made reservations and visited this restaurant, the directions for which we found on Happy Cow. The staff was really friendly and accommodating and tried to explain things in English the best she could. It is a traditional Japanese restaurant (remove shoes, floor style seating). They offer a few set menus, that are pricey but we enjoyed the way that they served the menu. They have wheat-meat in one of the dishes that we ate and it was delicious we also liked the fried tofu pouch soup. I don't remember what it was called but we were fighting over it towards the end. (not really fighting) The vibe was really cool, we got to try a lot of new foods.

Pros: atmosphere, location, food

Cons: price

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Great traditional shojin-ryori! - Edit

Had an amazing meal here. They have three restaurants near each other, so make sure you're at the veg one. They have an explanation sheet in English. Everything's veg (no fish stock)! It's not cheap (~$45 per person), but it's totally worth it - everything was fresh and delicious.

Pros: great food, attentive service, traditional ambiance

Cons: slightly pricey

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didn't get to eat there, but it looks good - Edit

I got there on a Sunday around 5 and was told that reservations are a must, so I didn't get to eat there. The staff does not speak English, so it might be a challenge to dine there if you don't speak Japanese. Its a nice sized restaurant, and looks very organized and clean. Getting there can be a bit of a challenge. From the platform at Kita Kamakura Station, turn right and go through the small station. At the end of the street, turn left. (Reference points are a police station across the street at the streets end, and about 1/2 block down of the left is a park with stairs leading to Engakuji Temple. About another block down on the right is a stairway leading to Tokeiji Temple.) Go about 1/2 block past Tokeiji Temple and the resaurant is on the left. The Hachi part of the name is in kanji and the noki is in hiragana on the sign. I've rated this with 3 stars only because I don't know what the food is like.

Pros: nice sized restaurant, clean, helpful staff

Cons: need reservations, no English

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Jan Hicks 23 Jul 2012 - We had the same experience - arrived at around 5 p.m. on a Sunday, without a reservation. The restaurant was empty, and a member of staff was taking in the signs from outside the door. When we asked if we could eat, he told us "Reservations Only". If he'd said that they were closing, I would have understood, but he didn't. It made us wonder whether you have to be dressed a certain way (we were wearing casual clothes, having spent the day on Enoshima and caught the train up to Kita Kamakura on our return to Kamakura station) since the restaurant was empty and not having a reservation shouldn't have been a problem.  

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eatinggreen 12 Sep 2014 - The reason why you need reservations in this sort of restaurant is because they begin the preparation process the day before and often only get in just enough food to make what they will need, to avoid waste (in accordance with Buddhist philosophy). They weren't being mean or judging your clothing, it's just the way they roll :)  

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