Food&Drink in Mt. Koya
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Shojin Ryori in Koyasan at Hanabishi Restaurant
- Whenever people hear about Buddhism, they think of the big fat bald man meditating in the mountains. What most don’t know is that there is a strict diet Buddhist monks follow. Despite the obese image, they maintain their compassion for life through their vegetarian diet. But beyond blindly adhering to religious doctrine, they do this to improve their mental and spiritual strength. In Wakayama, you can find these Buddhist monk’s meals, or Shojin Ryori, beyond the temple. Hanabishi Restaurant has what you need. Shojin Ryori in Koyasan at Hanabishi Restaurant Located directly next to the tourist office, Hanabishi provides the temple experience many search for but are hard-pressed to find. While there are many family-run restaurants in Koya-san, they don’t provide the satisfactory, clean meals of the Buddhists monks like Hanabishi. You feel the dedication to self-preservation in the design immediately as you enter the restaurant. Shojin Ryori in Koyasan at Hanabishi Restaurant The space and minimalism of the table settings, the cutlery and the lighting bring you into a relaxed state. Think of a temple setting combined with the familiarity of your home. This subtle feeling trickles down in to the food. You won’t feel stiff in the stuffy atmosphere temples are usually known for. But rather as if you are settling down in a slightly more elegant version of your family’s home. A perfect combination of the two. Shojin Ryori in Koyasan at Hanabishi Restaurant ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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- Other Coffee Shop
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We wanted a small lunch and this place was a hit! The toasted sandwiches and the matcha green tea cheesecake were surprising but delicious flavors. They make delicious cheesecakes and the menu...
- Japanese Confectionery
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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.
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