Kanga-an Temple


長年の経験から、ほかの品種では溶けてしまうため、青森産のふじを採用。 撮影/伊藤信、文/婦人画報編集部

Enjoy Fucha cuisine at the Zen temple of the Obaku sect of Buddhism, looking over a beautiful garden

Fucha cuisine is a type of Shojin ryori (special vegetarian diet for Buddhist monks) brought to Japan together with the Obaku sect of Buddhism during the early Edo period (1603-1868).The dishes are made to entertain guests for occasions such as ceremonies and meetings and are different from the monk’s daily fare, often consisting of one soup and three side dishes with a bowl of rice.The cooked food is served on big plates and then guests serve themselves directly.  This gorgeously prepared food is cooked with the concept of including five tastes and colors.Imitation meat and fish dishes, such as vegetarian grilled eel using tofu and burdock, are also one of the highlights of this cuisine.The dishes, prepared with touches of each season, are served one by one in Kaiseki course style, which is also an appealing point for customers. Guests can enjoy their meal in private rooms with modern decor such as gold leafed sliding doors and black chandeliers. At night, the garden is lit up, creating a fantastic atmosphere.


Name Kanga-an Temple
Address 278 Karasuma-dori Kuramaguchi-higashi-iru, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Tel 075-256-2480
Hours 12:00-13:00 (last entry), 17:00-19:00 (last entry)
Resevation Minimum 2 people; reservation required 3 days in advance
URL http://www.kangaan.jp
Recommended Open: 13:00-22:00, entry: 500 yen
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    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. ,
    Fujin-gaho,August issue,2013