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added on : December 9, 2019

Japan's Buddhist temples have, for hundreds of years, served as places of peace, prayer, reflection, and mindfulness. In recent years, some temples have found new ways to offer visitors a soothing environment in which to restore their spiritual equilibrium. One example is the establishment of modern cafes in temple grounds.
Recharge body and spirit with a visit to a Tokyo temple cafe, where nutritious pick-me-ups are available in a relaxing and tranquil temple atmosphere. The understated, minimalistic interior and offerings are key factors in the unique charm of these cafes.

Nourish both body and mind at Tsukiji Honganji Temple Tsumugi

The elegant and ornate Tsukiji Honganji Temple is located near the Tsukiji Outer Market. Tsumugi, Tsukiji Honganji Temple's on-site cafe, offers a compelling choice for meals at any time of day. In particular, breakfast is a top draw for visitors. The popular breakfast set is a visually pleasing 18-item assortment of 16 small plates (including vegetables, tofu, and seasonal offerings), rice, porridge, and miso soup.
Not big on breakfast? Not to worry—their beppincha (beauty tea) is another popular choice, made from a blend of Japanese tea and herbs. It’s said to have beautifying effects. The cafe also serves a variety of other teas, desserts, granola, and light bites (if 18 dishes is simply too much). Begin your morning at Tsumugi with a hearty and healthy breakfast while gazing out at Honganji Temple, and start your day with some peaceful reflection.

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Kongoin Temple: Akamon Terrace Nayuta

Kongoin Temple is located just steps from Shiinamachi Station (near Ikebukuro). In addition to its 500-year history and its role as a location for solemn prayer, the temple offers a variety of unique and novel activities such as concerts, dinners for kids in need, monk fashion shows, and even yoga. Nevertheless, the main focus here is mindful prayer and reflection, and the temple's events and activities should be viewed from that perspective. That being said, not just Kobo Daishi Buddhists, but people of all faiths and denominations are welcome to pray here.
Nayuta, the temple's on-site cafe, is modern yet cozy, with large windows that overlook the green gardens. Visitors can also enjoy dining on the open-air terrace. From the "otera gohan" lunch set (including lots of healthy vegetables) to Japanese sweets (like warabi-mochi), and drinks ranging from organic tea to alcohol, almost everyone is sure to find something to enjoy here. The cafe prides itself on safe and healthy ingredients with a focus on macrobiotics and harmony with nature, making use of seasonal ingredients.

Tsukiji Honganji Temple Tsumugi

Address 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo
Hours 8:00-21:00 (last order 20:30)
Breakfast served from 8:00-10:30
Closing days None
Access Tsukiji Station | Exit 1 | 2 min on foot
Hibiya Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Tsukiji Honganji Temple Tsumugi (JPN)

Akamon Terrace Nayuta

Address 1-9-2 Nagasaki, Toshima City, Tokyo
Hours Weekdays: 9:00-18:00
Weekends: 10:00-19:00
Closing days Tuesday
(Open if a national holiday falls on Tuesday)
Access Shiinamachi Station | North Exit | 1 min on foot
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Akamon Terrace Nayuta (JPN)

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