Shojin Ryori: Buddhist Cuisine in Kyoto for an Unforgettable Japanese Experience
While you are visiting Kyoto, you should try having a very traditional and unique experience by having Buddhist monk cuisine in or by a temple. This will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience in Kyoto.
Shojin Ryori 精進料理
Just because this cuisine is vegan that does mean this cuisine is by any means bland. Dish after dish, it is colorful, creative and delicious. Even if you're not vegetarian or even vegan, you will find it delicious!
This can be enjoyed within a temple or at a restaurant around the temple. This will definitely make for an unforgettable Japanese zen experience.
(Please note that some of the restaurants may use fish products, so please ask ahead when making a reservation!)
Courses are between ¥3,000-¥7,000 and you can book a reservation online from their website. I think that eating within a temple makes for an amazing experience.
Courses are between ¥5,000-¥15,000.
This restaurant is a delight for vegans, and even if you're not, it is a delight for the senses. Imagine having a many course meal served to you while having a breath-taking view on their garden.
Vegan or not, this is one of the tastiest meals you will have in Japan, and the courses are really affordable here; between ¥2,160-¥3,240.
Although it isn't in a temple, it's in a rustic shop outside the temple and the service is very friendly.
They cater a lot of the neighboring temples so the cuisine is authentic and also exceptional.
The courses are between ¥4,160 (for a lunch box)-¥14,260.
Please note that this restaurant is by reservation only and you have to pay cash.
With the course, it's dish after dish of delicious, refined cuisine. This restaurant is also vegan, but non-vegans will not be disappointed, it is excellent!
The courses start at ¥3,240.
Ajiro Main Store
You can get a bento for 3,000 yen, or a course for 5,000 or 7,000 yen.
Also, for 1,000 yen you can participate in a meditation session.
There are many places to visit in Kyoto to tick off your travel journey, but to make your experience truly memorable, you should have Shojin Ryori at least once!
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- I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.