When people talk about vegan food they might not associate Japan with having a lot of options. But today we’re here to show you that Japan does have vegan food and it’s both healthy and delicious. We’ve compiled a list of 7 amazing vegan restaurants in Japan so you won’t have to spend a lot of time finding delicious vegan options and you can spend more time relaxing in tranquil gardens or shopping up a storm in Shibuya.
1. Komaki Syokudo, Tokyo (Vegan Temple Food)
Amongst the vibrant and bustling anime and game shops in Akihabara, you’ll find Komaki Syokudo tucked away. Komaki Syokudo serves shojin ryori, which are simple dishes usually eaten by Buddhist monks. They have a great selection of set meals, including their tofu, curry and fried sets, which all include miso soup and rice. Their sets also contain an assortment of colourful side dishes consisting of various vegetables, soybeans and tofu. They also have a range of drinks to choose from including medicinal herbal teas, organic smoothies and alcoholic beverages like plum wine and beer. Don’t forget to try their desserts as well, which come in Japanese varieties like sesame ice cream and red bean soup. So, if you want to taste authentic temple food that has been prepared the same traditional Buddhist way, then I highly recommend trying Komaki Syokudo.
【Opening hours】Tue – Sun (closed Mon), 11 am – 7:30 pm
【Address】8-2 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0022
2. T’s Tantan, Tokyo (Vegan Ramen)
T’s Tantan serves a delicious array of vegan ramen that comes in all kinds of flavours. Their signature dish however is their Tantan ramen, which is a Chinese spicy ramen topped with different kinds of colourful vegetables. They have branches all around Tokyo and their menu varies a little depending on which branch you go to. They also offer exclusive seasonal flavours with different seasonal vegetables. Some other flavours they serve include their Japanese Yuzu ramen, sesame ramen and they also have vegan gyoza and curry too. They have generous portions, which make for a substantial meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and full. Conveniently located with branches in Tokyo Station, Ueno, Ikebukuro, and Narita Airport.
3. Saido, Tokyo (Vegan Japanese Food)
Saido serves Japanese vegan food that is beautifully and artistically presented. Their food is full of flavour and not to be missed. They offer classic Japanese dishes such as Katsu, ramen, Japanese curry and soba. They also serve vegan eel, bento sets, pancakes, ice cream and cheesecakes. All their dishes taste authentic, which is amazing knowing that they are all 100% vegan. With so much creativity put into their food you’re sure to have a special experience. Furthermore, the restaurant itself is very stylish and a tranquil escape with an abundance of plants.
【Opening hours】Mon – Sun, Wed closed, 12 -3 pm, 6 – 10 pm
【Address】2 Chome-15-10 Jiyugaoka, Meguro City, Tokyo 152-0035
4. Ain Soph. Journey, Tokyo and Kyoto (Vegan Fluffy Pancakes)
Ain Soph. Journey is an all vegan restaurant and best of all it is not only located in Tokyo but has also expanded to Kyoto. Japan is known for their fluffy pancakes, which are thick yet light and airy. Ain Soph. Journey gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious dish, which includes their vegan ice cream topped with seasonal fruits. They also offer mains such as curry, burgers, pasta, and salads.
Ain Soph. also has other subsidiaries, which serve different kinds of vegan food. Ain Soph. Ripple serves burritos, burgers, mac n cheese, and French toast, just to name a few while Ain Soph. Ginza serves Japanese cuisine masterfully prepared and served in bento boxes as well as tiramisu and various other kinds of desserts.
【Opening hours】Mon- Sun, 11:30 am – 3 pm, 6 – 8pm
【Address】 160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−8−9, 1F / 604-8042, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Nakanocho 538-6
5. Gomacro Salon, Kyoto (Vegan Curry and Ramen)
Gomacro Salon serves healthy vegan food. It’s name is the combination of the Japanese word goma and macrobiotic. Goma means sesame in Japanese and a lot of the food at Gomacro Salon contains, you guessed it, sesame. Their dishes include sesame seed ramen, curry, and a vegetable plate. Their desserts are all sesame themed and they include a sesame ice cream, sesame chocolate cake, and sesame crème brulee, just to name a few. The majority of their dishes are vegan except for a few that contain honey so be sure to check before ordering with the staff. If you want to try healthy and delicious food with a sesame taste this restaurant is definitely for you.
6. ORIBIO Cafe Dining, Osaka (Vegan Japanese Food)
Oribio serves vegan versions of Japanese dishes such as ramen, ‘meat’ skewers, katsudon and one of their most interesting dishes, vegetable sushi, which is so exclusive it requires a reservation. Their ingredients are all organic and therefore free of pesticides and herbicides. While most of the dishes are vegan, Oribio does use butter in their omurice (omelette on rice) and in some of their cakes, but they can be substituted for a vegan alternative, so be sure to check before ordering any of those dishes. They have an English menu, which shows which dishes are vegan and which are vegetarian.
7. Onwa, Nara (Vegan Desserts)
Onwa serves seasonal vegetables grown in Nara and burgers made from soy meat. The highlight however are their desserts. High tea is served in the afternoon along with Onwa’s scrumptious range of colourful tarts in different flavours and other various cakes. They also have matcha ice cream, which is made without any dairy but still has that rich and creamy texture. A lot of their food contains organic ingredients and there are many gluten free options. Onwa is only a 10 minute walk from Nara station and the owner speaks English, which makes it convenient when ordering and easy to find out more about the food.
We hope you enjoyed our list of vegan restaurants in Japan and hope we have shown you that Japan has a lot of delicious vegan options. Have you tried vegan food in Japan? Let us know what you think about it in the comments down below and tag us with your vegan food pictures on our Instagram @gdayjapan. We’d love to see them!