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Kurama Honmachi, Kyoto, Japan

Located steps below the entrance (gate with the ticket window) of Kurama dera temple, which is a popular day trip from Kyoto. Serves Japanese meals, and has introduced its menu also in English. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Mon 10:00am-6:00pm, Wed-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Japanese

3 Reviews

First Review by Nancy Cadet

foraged Buddhist temple vegan feast! - Edit

So glad we heard about this place in lonely planet. This is temple food, which is traditional Buddhist fare - vegan, no garlic, onion or oil. We had to make the most of this visit so we got both the Hot soba with mountain vegetables (rich broth and a delightful selection of fungi, veg, pickles and tofu) and the deluxe set menu, which included similar vegetable dishes as well as cold soba, soup, rice, eggplant, and fruit. It was heavenly. A very special experience, especially as the place sits on the beautiful mountain side.

Pros: Tranquil setting and view

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Banging Vegan Food in Kurama - Edit

I get the feeling that this place could in fact be vegan however didn't ask about the ice cream on the menu so not entirely sure.

Located just near the entrance to the Mt. Kurama Shrine, this little gem is hard to spot, especially when your wifi has no service in the mountains! All signage is in Japanese except for one handwritten "cooking uses all vegetables" sign which tipped me off.

Meals range from a modest 1200 yen for soba noodles to a more hefty 3200 yen for a large traditional shojin-ryori meal.

IMHO the cost is well worth it for the experience and delicious, fresh and authentic Japanese cuisine. Get stuck in!

Pros: All vegan (maybe?), Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Delicious zen vegan meals - Edit

Location:A five minute walk from Kurama train station (Eizan line); turn left at station exit, walk up street to the steps at the Kurama -dera temple entrance. As you climb the stone steps, the restaurant is on the right, just before the gate where admission tickets to temple grounds are sold. It has the traditional split curtain (noren ) and a price list in English is posted beside the door.

Ambiance & menu: Rustic decor with a fire pit and kettle in the middle of the dining room, Western-style wooden tables & chairs, big windows. There is an English menu with choices of soba topped with mountain vegetables (cheapest) to multi course shojin ryori ($32)with soba, stuffed tofu, pickles , vegetable broth, mushrooms, chestnuts, Sesame tofu, tempura veg, sticky rice with mountain vegetables, etc. This was a feast --and while there are less expensive versions of the same meal with fewer dishes on the menu, I'm glad I ordered it. It was much better than the shojin ryori lunch I had in Arashiyama. I recommend visiting Kurama, a lovely mountain village and easy half day trip from Kyoto, the temple, and the restaurant .

Pros: Vegan & delicious , English menu, Friendly helpful staff

Cons: Smoking is permitted

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