If you’re vegan and thinking of traveling to Japan, you might be worried about finding places to eat – especially if you don’t speak the language – as Japan doesn’t have the best reputation for animal-free food. But fear not! There are plenty of restaurants that cater for vegans here, particularly in the larger cities. If you’re visiting Kamakura, why not check out these three fantastic vegan restaurants?
Set above a bar on a quiet side street near Kamakura Station, this cozy establishment oozes charm and sophistication. It offers an entirely vegan six-course set menu (with a choice between two main courses and two pasta/rice dishes), which changes with the seasons. The interior is tastefully decorated and provides an intimate setting, with seven seats at the counter and a table for four set further back – perfect for a date night or a catch-up with close friends.
The food is beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks! The great thing about having six courses is that you get to try lots of different dishes and flavors. You can tell that a lot of care is put into each dish – which is even more impressive when you realize that one woman runs the whole place on her own. She only speaks a little bit of English but she’s really friendly, and there is an English menu so don’t let that put you off.
In summary, the food is exquisite, the service flawless, and the atmosphere refined – it’s an absolute must for anyone visiting Kamakura!
Opening hours: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (LO)
Closed on Thursdays
Address: 2F, 10-13 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa (神奈川県鎌倉市御成町 10-13 2F)
This delightful vegan bakery is a bit further off the beaten track, in a residential area about a 20-minute walk from the Kamakura and Hase Stations. The staff here are really welcoming and will make you feel at home immediately. It’s a little like having lunch in someone’s house (in a good way!), with charming wooden furniture and a big window onto the garden adding to the calm atmosphere.
Being a bakery, they bake all their own bread, and I have to say it is some of the best bread I have ever had! I recommend going for one of the sandwich and soup lunch sets, which are a great value and really tasty. They serve a range of drinks, including hot drinks and organic beer. They also offer a range of baked goods that you can take away, so don’t forget to check out what’s on offer!
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Address: 923-8 Tokiwa, Kamakura, Kanagawa (神奈川県鎌倉市常盤 923-8)
SAIRAM’s location is hard to beat – it’s right on the seafront not far from Hase Station, offering a fabulous view of the sea from both the indoor seating area and the outdoor deck. From the moment you take off your shoes when you enter, you feel enveloped in the relaxed, eco-friendly vibe of this restaurant.
While a little on the pricey side, the food is really good and all organic. The lunch sets come with tastefully arranged appetizers and a soup (exactly what’s on offer seems to depend on the time of day that you visit), but the highlight was definitely their specialty french toast dessert! The English on their menu is limited, but there’s plenty of images to help you choose what you want.
So if you’re looking for high-quality food and a view to match, make sure you pay SAIRAM a visit!
Opening hours: 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Wednesdays from August to March
Address: 20-11 Sakanoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa (神奈川県鎌倉市坂ノ下 20-11)
These three restaurants only scratch the surface of vegan eateries in Japan. I’ve been vegan for about 10 years, and some of the best food I’ve had has been at restaurants here. So for all you vegans wondering how you’re going to manage in a country so renowned for its seafood, don’t worry, the only problem you’ll have is deciding where to try next!