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Zen Vegetarian Cooking Workshop <Home Visit>


Japanese food isn't just all sushi and soba noodles. In this specialised program hosted at a private Japanese home, discover and make shojin ryori, an ancient plant-based cuisine perfect for vegans, vegetarians and those in touch with their spirtual sides.

This activity takes place in a private Japanese home. We also offer programs in our state-of-the-art Grand TJT experiences room. You can find this program here.


◆ Learn the ancient Zen Buddhist cooking methods behind shojin ryori
◆ Make seasonal vegetarian/vegan food 
◆ Practice under the guidance of a specialist instructor
◆ Dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (vegan, kosher, halal, etc.)


What is Shojin Ryori? 
Shojin-ryori is an ancient cuisine that has been eaten by Zen Buddhist monks in Japan since the 13th century. Due to Buddhism's restrictions on meat-eating, it is fully vegetarian and avoids any strong flavors like garlic or onion. Instead, there is an emphasis on drawing out the five food flavors (salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami) naturally. Each meal should also visually represent five colors (red, yellow, green, black, and white) and use five preparation methods (raw, stewed, boiled, roasted, and steamed). This concept is known as the "Rule of Five" and is connected to Buddhist ideas on spiritual balance.   

As a traditional Japanese cuisine, shojin ryori changes to fit the seasons and different ingredients are used to represent the different times of year. For this reason, shojin ryori can differ greatly depending on when eaten, but common ingredients include: tofu and other soy-bean based foodstuff, konnyaku jelly, dashi stock, miso and soy sauce. With its strong emphasis on nature, fresh mountain vegetables make up a large portion of the meal. 

The Program  
In this program, you will learn how to make shojin ryori, the typical cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks, in your instructor's private home. As part of this experience, you will make traditional shojin ryori dishes, such as tempura vegetables, tofu salad and dashi-based soup.* While you cook, our expert instructor will teach you all about this important meal's history and its contributions to Japanese culture. You will then sit down to enjoy your creations as a shojin ryori meal and learn all about Japanese-Buddhist food etiquette. 

*Due to the seasonal nature of shojin ryori, dishes made will depend on the time of year. 
**Traditionally, shojin ryori was a mostly vegan-based cuisine. Nowadays, eggs and milk have been introduced into certain elements of the meal. Please let us know if you would prefer the vegan-only option. 

See the video below for more shojin ryori:  

IKKYUJI SHUON-AN "Zen Cuisine (SHOJIN RYORI)" / Ikkyuji Temple Ongyoan Shojin Dish from Mont Film on Vimeo .

More Info

Price List 

1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People

+1 Person

¥ 24,200 ¥ 35,200 ¥ 46,200 ¥ 57,200 + ¥ 11,000

*Tax included


If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charges will be charged.
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program date: 50 % of the program fee
(3) 1 day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee


Basic Fee (Per Group)
Fee per Person

Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

at any time.
2 hours

Private Home in Tokyo


• Nationally-licensed shojin-ryori instructor 
Shojin-ryori ingredients 
• Use of private Japanese home


• Hotel pick-up and drop-off 
• Any other food and drink


◆ Our services are mainly offered in English. Other languages ​​(including Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian) are also available. If you would like to request this tour in a language other than English, please inquire at as soon as possible. 
◆Program duration is an estimate. It is subject to change depending on the number of participants and/or certain conditions.
◆ Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, or allergies, and if you would like to request any special care for participants (including children).
◆ Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accidents caused by disregard of the instructions.
◆ Our business hours are from 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays. For inquiries received outside business hours, we will look into them and respond on the next business day.

Note: The booking deadline for this program is 1:00pm 2 business days (Japan Standard Time) prior to the program.
When booking after this deadline, please email us at
Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.




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