Are you vegan in Japan? It’s great when you have a favourite restaurant to enjoy a meal. And there are thousands of wonderful restaurants and cafes in Tokyo and all around Japan where you can find food of any kind. But, sometimes it might be a real challenge to decide which one to visit, especially if it’s your first time going there.
Finding Top Quality Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo
Another challenge for you might be finding a good place to dine out if you are a vegan. While Buddhist culture introduces Shojin Ryori as a vegan food option, vegan food and culture is still not mainstream in Japan and such restaurants are hard to find. If you agree, this article will be a real help. We will give you the list of the most visited vegan restaurants in Tokyo to help you with the choice!
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Luz Jiyugaoka B1, 2-9-6 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Shop hours: 11:30-20:00
Click here for T’s Tantan shop information.
T’s Restaurant and T’s Tantan, like any other vegan restaurant, do not use any animal ingredients such as meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy products in their dishes. However, one thing that makes T’s special is that you can eat curry, karaage (Japanese fried chicken), hamburger steak, ramen, dumplings and etc, that are cooked “plant-based” and people line up the long queues to eat T’s Tantan’s famous ramen (noodle soup). Click here to see their menu both in Japanese and English.
You may wonder why the restaurant is called “T’s”. We’re sure you’ll like the reason for it. T’s represent all the words used to describe the process of food preparation and intentions when eating with friends:
- Vegetables are made from the blessings of sun (太陽- taiyo) and soil (土- tsuchi);
- Both vegetables and humans grow on the earth (地球- chikyu, tikyu);
- All the dishes are cooked carefully (丁寧- teinei), handmade (手作り- tezukuri), time-consuming (手間- tema), sticking to the taste (テイスト- teisuto);
- And you can not just eat (食べる- taberu), but also connect (繋がり- tsunagari) with friends (友達- tomodachi) and have fun (楽しみ- tanoshimi).
T’s Tantan, owned by T’s Restaurant has three shops located within JR lines (JR Tokyo Station, JR Ueno Station, JR Ikebukuro Station). Make sure you check the map first, getting to the restaurant might turn into a real adventure, for many people usually get lost on their first visit :)) They also have two more T’s Tantan restaurants outside Tokyo in Narita Airport, perfect for travelers!
Hemp Cafe Tokyo
Rainbow Raw Foods
3−17−14 Shibuya City, Higashi, Tokyo, Crysty Ebisu, 8F
Shop hours: 11:30-21:00
Located not far from Ebisu station, Hemp Cafe Tokyo offers every dish on their menu cooked using hemp (cannabis) derived ingredients. It also supports a wide range of products such as raw food, gluten- and sugar-free food. If you love to drink some beer together with chips and hemp nachos and happen to be in Ebisu, then you should definitely visit Hemp Cafe Tokyo.
Check out their drink and food menus to save time when visiting.
Vegan & Wine bar Kiboko
2-5-8 Shinjuku, Tokyo, 4th floor
Shop hours: 15:00-21:00
This vegan cafe is one of a few restaurants/cafes run by female owners in Tokyo, and for that very reason has a motto “ニッポンの“働く女性”をもっと美しく” (nippon no hataraku jyosei wo motto utsukushiku) which translates into English as “Make Japan’s ‘working women’ more beautiful”, meaning to support them by offering healthy and balanced food.
Kiboko serves vegan cuisine and organic wine, with the menu offering a variety of choices such as teriyaki skewers, curry, gyoza, Spanish omelet, and etc.
Many positive reviews about the food, atmosphere and service there mean you may want to include Kiboko on your bucket list when visiting Japan, Tokyo!
Check out their menus below:
Ginza Kosaka bldg 7-9F, 6-9-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Shop hours: 11:30-23:00
(check when making a reservation)
If you lived in Japan for some time, you may have visited many Indian restaurants, but have you heard about Nataraj Ginza?
It is a vegetarian Indian food restaurant located right next to the Ginza Station (Exit A2). They use organic and house-grown vegetables to prepare delicious green vegan naan, chickpea curry, spinach curry and many other dishes. Although it is a vegetarian restaurant, you can find many vegan options on the menu. Reservation before a visit is required.
5-1-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Shop hours: 11:00-21:00
1-1-36-1F Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Shop hours: 11:00-21:00
7F 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Shop hours: 11:30-22:00
Falafel Brothers is an Israeli vegan restaurant with the first store opened in 2017 in Roppongi. Famous mainly among the youth, Falafel Brothers offers vegan falafels, sandwiches, hummus plate, pita, pizza, desserts, and many other delicious yet healthy and vegan dishes. It is mostly suitable for quick snacks and light meals.
The menu is different based on the store, so make sure you check it online before deciding which one to visit.
4-12-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Q Building B1, 1F, 2F,
3-8-9 Shinjuku, Tokyo
Union Building 1F, 3-5-7 Higashi Ikebukuro,
Shop hours: 11:30-20:00
Ain Soph., which means “infinity” in Hebrew, is a vegan restaurant that serves 100% vegan meals. You can try their dairy-free, egg-free patisserie, plant-based Japanese fusion food, vegan pancakes, and much other vegan deliciousness. Ain Soph. offers unique menus in each location, and we suggest you check them out online before visiting the shops.
I hope you found a restaurant for your next visit from our Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo!
We look forward to hearing about your experiences and see photos taken in those vegan cafes on the comment box below or our Social Media!
For more vegan options, why not read about Shojin Ryori?
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