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Koyasan has many unique traditional dishes including Vegetarian Cooking (Shojin-ryori) and Sesame Tofu (Goma-dofu) which are commonly offered at Shukubo temples. Please try to experience such colorful tastes found here in Koyasan, even something as simple wild edible plants found in the region can taste great. Also you can discover various renowned specialties and take them home as souvenirs.

Freeze-Dried Tofu (Koya-dofu)


This is a reserved food which was born from the daily life and wisdom of the priests under the Koyasan’s shivering cold and strict life-style. Also, this dish is what made Koyasan’s name known all over the country.

Sesame Tofu (Goma-dofu)


This vegetarian food is a highly nutritious part of vegetarian cooking. It is made by grinding roasted white sesame seeds, and boiling ground sesame seeds mixed with kudzu starch. Its unique sticky taste is born from the sufficient grinding of roasted sesame seeds. Here it can be seen as the essence of Shojin-ryori, a heartful cuisine.

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