To get to my Buddhist feast, shojin ryori, I have to enter the Buddhist temple, Tenryu-ji (fee of ¥500).
It has a nicely manicured garden.
As I enter, there is no one in sight. I ring a bell for the server to greet me. She advises me to take off my shoes and sits me in a tatami room with other guests. I overhear the 2 travellers beside me ask the server if there is a sequence to eating this meal. She replies, “no rules”.
My meal comes.
The meal looks small and I expected that, but it surprisingly fills me up. Plus there are a few more dishes.
This meal (the basic set) cost ¥3000, which is pricey for a lunch, but hey, I’m here to try something different.