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Exquisite Brown Rice Cake Baked over Charcoal! A Shojin-ryori (Vegetarian Cuisine) That Pleases the Body

The Brown Rice Is Cooked on a Large Hearth.
The Savor Seeps Through Your Body.

Their restaurant is a 15 minute walk to the east from Horyuji Temple. The restaurant “Genmai-an”, is designed visually to look like an traditional Japanese house. Here they offer shojin-ryori (Japanese Buddist vegetarian dishes) made from naturally fermented seasonings such as miso, soy sauce, and mirin. They do not use animal meat of any kind and their colorful dishes center solely around vegetables and beans. Their brown rice dishes, which are cooked on a triplicate stove and sweet as you chew, are excellent.

The small dish set (¥1,400) is comprised of 7 small dishes, which changes monthly, include vegetarian meat, charcoal-baked mochi (main dish), and a mini dessert.

A Traditional Japanese Style “Vegetarian Cuisine” That Cleanses the Mind and Body

In Japan, “vegetarian cuisine” are dishes that only utilize vegetables, seaweed, and beans. Japanese vegetarian cuisine, like all vegetarian cuisines, do not use meat, fish, or seafood as ingredients.

Vegetarian cuisine was originally consumed by Buddhist monks, who were required by their faith, to regulate their food intake in order to consume the minimally required amount of nutrients for their bodies.

However, currently, vegetarian cuisine is gaining traction among vegetarians, vegans, and people who want to eat healthy. Our restaurant offers the staples of Japanese vegetarian cuisine. Please come and try our fluffy charcoal-baked brown rice cakes.

Charcoal-baked brown rice cake.

In a Japanese House Surrounded by Nature, Enjoy Your Meal in Peace

Every aspect of the restaurant, such as the house structure, the hearth, and the shikkui (wall plaster), is designed recreate the feeling of a traditional Japanese house. Have an elegant time as you eat your while watching the beautiful garden outside.

Inside the restaurant, you will receive a perfect eye view of the garden. Experience the comfort of a traditional Japanese house.


Lunch 11:00 - 15:00 (14:00LO)、Dinner 17:00 - 21:00(20:00LO) ※reservation recommended for dinner
1-3-24 Horyuji higashi, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara Pref.

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