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Authentic Shojin-ryori, Oriental Vegetarian, Vegetarian, and Vegan in Himeji

Himeji is known for its marvelous white castle, the Himeji Castle, which overwhelmed a lot of visitors every year. 

“Restaurant in a Bookstore KARIN” is an all-vegetarian vegan restaurant in a retro bookstore at a 5 mins walk from the castle, serves not only meat and fish but also all menus do not use five pungent roots (leeks, leeks, garlic, scallions, asatsuki). You can enjoy authentic shojin-ryori casually.

Recently, the number of restaurants in Japan that do not use five pungent roots are increasing in big cities like Tokyo, but it is very rare in Himeji.
* Dairy products and eggs are used in some desserts (dairy products and eggs are not used in the meal menu).

The owner, Ms. Horita Yasumi, that is active in attracting foreign tourists says, “I want tourists who come to Himeji from all over the world to eat vegetarians, oriental vegetarians, Taiwanese vegetarians, and vegan meals with peace of mind.” The ones she wants to enjoy meals the most are the local Himeji citizens. The restaurant runs with the desire to make delicious yet healthy meals.

The lunch is 1,000 yen and the menu changes daily. They are using vegetables that grown locally, and the soup is made carefully with selected kelp and dried shiitake mushrooms to bring out the umami, and soy meat is also cooked so that it is easy to eat. The response to eating is also outstanding. Soy ramen and veggie sushi, which are overwhelmingly popular with foreigners, are also offered on a regular basis. Home-roasted coffee and dessert (also daily) are also included for an additional 300 yen.

Restaurant in a Bookstore KARIN

68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo Prefecture 〒670-0012
Opening Hour
Wednesday 11:30~18:00
Thursday 11:30~18:00