World Heritage Tendai Special Head Temple Motsuji Temple


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Shofuan Restaurant

Guide to Shofuan Restaurant

The following verse appears in the Ennen no Mai longevity rite
"Hana-ori" (Flower Folding) preserved at Motsuji Temple.
"Tune your Shofu (wind in the pines) koto / Achieve the spirit of Lake Kunming / Gaze down in all directions /
It is the season in which this sacred shrine's prosperity is on full display"
We named this restaurant Shofuan in the hopes that all visitors would feel at
home here and tune their ears to the wind blowing through the pines,
and go on to lead prosperous lives.
We hope you will come by.


Relax with some Shofuan sweets after exploring the ruins scattered across the temple grounds.

Dango (rice dumpling) & matcha green tea set
500 yen
Warabimochi (jelly-like confection) & matcha green tea set
500 yen
Soba tea pudding
400 yen
Amazake (sweet fermented rice drink) (hot or cold)
300 yen
Strawberry kakigōri (shaved ice dessert) (summer)
500 yen
Green tea kakigōri (shaved ice dessert) (summer)
500 yen
Sweet red bean soup with mochi balls (winter)
500 yen

Soba (buckwheat) noodles

Shofuan uses kitawase buckwheat cultivated in the cool climate of Hokkaido's Asahikawa region, and mogami-wase buckwheat grown in the rich climate of Yamagata Prefecture's highest territory. These two excellent varieties of buckwheat are milled and blended into a high-quality, flavorful wheat flour that goes down smoothly when swallowed. A time-honored hand-kneading technique is then used to create noodles we are proud to serve.

Soba noodles made with milled flour from husked buckwheat has the true scent of soba and a gorgeous color. Enjoy to your heart's content.

Morisoba (chilled soba noodles)
700 yen
Wakamesoba (Soba soup with seaweed)
800 yen
Hiyashi-nameko-oroshi soba (chilled soba noodles topped with grated daikon radish and nameko mushrooms) (summer)
900 yen
Ankake kinoko soba (warm soba noodles with mushrooms) (winter)
900 yen

Ennen manjū (buns stuffed with sweet bean paste)

"Ennen" means "longevity." Ennen manjū contain sake lees, and there is an expression in Japan that "sake is the best medicine." They were so-named in the hopes that all visitors to the temple will enjoy a long life. Souvenirs are also available.

[Take-away only]
8 for 700 yen (taxes included)
4 yomogi (mugwort) flavor (whole red bean paste)
4 kokuto (muscovado) flavor (skinless red bean paste)