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A smoke at Bhagavan, a teahouse built by a gardener in the precincts of Seiryouji Temple in Arashiyama.

July 27, 2023 open

Seiryouji Temple is located at the beginning of Atago Kaido Road. This summer, a café opened in its precincts. The Atago Kaido used to be lined with nearly 200 teahouses and inns," says owner Matsuura. We opened this store in the hope of reviving the area and providing an opportunity for people to get together," says owner Matsuura. Matsuura, who is also a gardener, has created many famous gardens, including Ruriko-in Temple. Drawing on his experience, he renovated a teahouse on the temple grounds that was closed eight years ago to create a space that blends in with the surrounding greenery. On a fine day, it is recommended to sit outside on the red carpet floor stools reminiscent of a teahouse and relax while feeling the nature. The restaurant, which overlooks the garden from its windows, has a modern Japanese atmosphere with antique British furniture that matches the old building, and is popular among women.


Brown Sugar Main Strawberry Rice Cake Ice with Shakigori (shaved ice): 1,300 yen. Strawberry rice cakes are strewn throughout the shaved ice. Natural, gentle sweetness from two types of brown sugar with different concentrations.

In addition to being a gardener, Mr. Matsuura is also a versatile kyogen performer. He named his menu items such as "Atago Pilgrimage" and "Dainenbutsu" after Kyogen plays. The shop's authentic sweets are as appealing as the names they bear, such as the Shaka Nyorai, a specialty shaved ice containing honwarabi mochi (a type of rice cake), and the Kaniden, a sweetened butter monaka with bean paste that resembles a shellfish in the middle.


The name of the restaurant, Vagavaan, means Buddha in Sanskrit. We would be happy if you visit Seiryo-ji Temple, where Shakyamuni, who has been worshipped by many people since ancient times, is enshrined, and also visit the Atago Highway," he says.



  • Vagabahn.
  • July 27, 2023 open
  • 46 Sagashakado Fujinoki-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 14 min. walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta.
  • Tel: None
  • 11:00-17:30
  • Open daily (varies depending on the season)
  • All seats non-smoking No private room No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/bhagavan_arashiyama/
  • PHOTO/Katsuyuki Hatanaka, TEXT/Eiko Itakura
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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