Japan has never been the best country in terms of restaurants providing vegan and vegetarian options. However, things have slowly started to change. Whether due to health or sustainability issues, vegan food has been getting more attention these days.
The rise of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo is surely a welcoming sight to many residents and visitors who have been craving for more dining options, and these restaurants have strong mindsets and original concepts, making them a great option even for those who are not vegan or vegetarian.
This restaurant opened all the way back in 1980s as the very first Indian and vegetarian restaurant in Japan. Nataraj offers more than 20 kinds of vegetarian curry without using meat, fish, other animal proteins, chemical seasoning, and any kind of additive.
Nataraj’s mission is to offer something healthy, and their very smooth curry is not oily at all. Their naan is made from domestic flour and natural yeast, so there’s no need to worry about post-harvest treatment. Besides Shibuya, they also have some branches in Ogikubo, Minami-Aoyama, Ginza, Harajuku, and Nagano Prefecture.
Adress: 3F Iwamoto Building, 1-22-7, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
mique is a vegan restaurant whose owner studied abroad to understand better ways of eating. The restaurant provides beautiful lunches and dinners, which go well with the fresh vegetables of the day. From seasoning to soup stock, their menu doesn’t use any kind of animal ingredients and only uses plant-based ones.
In the restaurant, some artists’ works are displayed every 1 or 2 months, which create a relaxing atmosphere.
Adress: 2-10-16, Higashigaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Just a short walk from Nakameguro or Ikejiri-Ohashi station, this fashionable and relaxing vegan café offers vegetables from local farms. Their No.1 dish, “brown rice plate”, has a variety of vegetables and is enough to satisfy even those with a big appetite. Their brown rice is pesticide-free and no chemical fertilizers were used, making the restaurant gain a good reputation among regular customers.
Homemade bread is also sold at the café, but it’s so popular it tends sell out very quickly. The owner likes to make vegetable dishes that can satisfy anyone provide a healthy life. The restaurant’s mindset also attracts foreign customers.
Adress: 2-5-7, Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Established in 1977, Nezunoya is located at the popular sightseeing spot “yanesen” area, which is only a 1-minute walk from Nezu Station. Their menu is all vegan according to a macrobiotic diet. People can also buy food and ingredietns at the shop next to the restaurant.
Using only vegetables that are in season, their menu goes well with each month and its weather. From croquette, a fried bean curd cake with vegetables “ganmodoki”, spring roll, to chop suey, each dish is hand-made and cooked carefully. If you are interested in Japanese local cuisine, Nezunoya is absolutely recommended.
Natural Food Nezunoya
Adress: 1-1-14, Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
.RAW is a healthy café where you can taste their home-grown organic sprouts and sprouted beans. Their salad bar is popular because it has home-grown vegetables. They also offer cane sugar-free vegan sweets.
Why not enjoy vegan sweets with organic coffee one afternoon, or relax at night while sipping organic wine?
5-10-32, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opened in 1959, Fucha cuisine has been loved among not only Japanese but foreign VIP customers as well. Even John Lennon and Yoko Ono have visited this vegetarian restaurant.
Fucha cuisine has been brought to Japan from China and it’s a Chinese style vegetarian food. Using sesame oil quite often, they cook by frying or thickening by using starch. Here at Fucha Bon, you can enjoy specialty and originality of Fucha cuisine which has been brought through long history.
Adress: 1-2-11, Ryusen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Restaurants under a girder bridge don’t tend to be beautiful and fashionable, but this one is. Loca Kitchen is a vegan restaurant owned by a female sommelier. It is open until midnight, so you can take a detour even after work.
There are some set menus, curry, and even sweets. Of course, they have a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, including organic wine. Their reasonably priced menu and relaxing atmosphere will surely attract you.
3-68-1, Koenji Minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
The owner of this vegan restaurant is originally an Italian chef, offering lots of colorful and tasty vegan dishes. There are 3 kinds of main courses, the “Antipasto Plate set”, the “Vege Lasagna”, and the “Veganic Course”, which includes both Antipasto and Vegetarian Lasagna.
The menu changes every day since they use ingredients available on each day. Do not miss out their photogenic menu. Their vegan sweets free of cane sugar are also recommended.
Adress: 1-19-23, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Located just a few minute froms Jiyugaoka Station, T’s restaurant offers delicious dishes that can be enjoyed by even by those who are skeptical about vegetarian food. Under the slogan of “Smile vege”, T’s restaurant thinks food can and should be delicious, for everybody, and healthy at the same time.
It can be really hard to believe that these dishes are vegan since their menu includes rice casserole, curry, and even Gyoza dumplings and Ramen noodles that are tasty and filling.
Adress: B1F Luz Jiyugaoka, 2-9-6, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Vegan Ramen is here! T’s Tantan is an affiliate store of T’s restaurant. Their healthy ramen attracts not only vegan people but also ramen lovers. Located at the busy street of Tokyo station, a long queue can be seen every day.
They offer single dishes like “red vegetables” that can be enjoyed as salad or topping for your ramen. Their soy meat Karaage and mini bibimbap rice are also recommended. They have some branches in Ueno, Ikebukuro and even at Narita Airport so people transiting can also treat themselves to some fantastic vegan ramen.
Adress: JR Tokyo station 1F Yaesu south exit, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Among the famous vegan restaurant groups, there is one that stands out from the rest: AIN SOPH. AIN SOPH. soar is located in Ikebukuro and uses an innovative Glamping concept, that helps it maintain a luxurious atmosphere.
Their No.1 dish is “Heaven’s vegan pancake”. After you taste their soft and fluffy pancakes, you will not be able to believe it doesn’t use any animal products.
They also have gluten free pancakes as well. All the dishes on their menu reflect mainstream trends.
Adress: Union Building 101, 3-5-7, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Located in the fashionable Ginza neihborhood, AIN SOPH. GINZA was renovated in Nov. 2016. It’s concept is “Wa（和）” = Japanese style. Everything from their menu to its tableware follows a classic Japanese style, and you can easily enjoy its unique and delicate cuisine.
1st floor is a patisserie, where you can purchase things like pudding, tiramisu, and some baked sweets, that sell out very quickly.
Adress: 4-12-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Fun fact: 90% of the customers are from overseas! Located in Shinjuku’s red light district, this establishment serves vegan hamburgers. The atmosphere is like that of an American restaurant, and craft beer is a perfect choice to order with your burger. You can experience both the comfort of fast food’s and the healthy benefits of vegan food here.
Besides hamburgers, their hearty menu includes popular dishes like macaroni and cheese with vegan cheese, and burrito bowls.
Adress: 2-46-8, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
The theme of this restaurant is “Another country”, which makes sense when you think of the name of the restaurant: AIN SOPH.JOURNEY. From green curry to dry curry, their menu uses many kinds of spices and herbs. They imported tableware from Morroco, which contributes to the restaurant’s exotic mood.
As such, you can enjoy a different kind of atmosphere even if you are in the heart of Shinjuku.
Adress: B1, 1, 2F, Shinjuku Q Building, 3-8-9, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Located at an intersection close to Shinjuku Sanchome Station, KiboKo likes to offer food that you can pair with wine. The menu ranges from Spanish omelette to coriander gyoza. All dishes are vegan and go well with alcohol.
Even chefs and food service workers who visit this restaurant end up impressed by KiboKo’s tasty food. You can’t miss out on the opportunity to try this tasty and healthy vegan food with an organic wine the owner carefully selected.
Adress: Shimura Building 4F, 2-5-8, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
LAPAZ is a vegan hamburger restaruant where you can choose the hamburger bun and ingredients yourself. A hamburger is not necessarily considered to be a healthy dish, but you can enjoy it in a very healthy way here. Portions are also substantial, so those hoping to get sizes similar to those from the U.S. won’t be disappointed.
Other than hamburgers, they also have salad bowls with selected vegetables ,and thick and rich rare cheesecake without added milk.. The menu is also written in English, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing what exactly you are ordering.
ORGANIC TABLE BY LAPAZ
Adress: 15, Harajuku New Royal Building 1F, 3-38-11, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Wishing that all their guests can can enjoy meals, Komaki Shokudo’s owner offers a café-style vegetarian diet. There are no animal products and five pungent roots (green onion, Japanese leek, onion, garlic and Chinese chive) here. Besides the many foreign vegan people who visit this place, various kinds of people like monks, those who have food allergies, and healthy-minded people tend to dine at this vegan café.
The owner’s father is a head chef at a famous temple, and their mother a cooking expert running a vegan cooking in Kamakura. Inheriting the authentic vegan food, Komaki Shokudo offers old but new shojin ryori that fits the current times.
Adress: 8-2, Neribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Their most popular dishes are original Indian curry which attracts anyone from locals to foreign customers. The owner is particularly interested in spices and ingredients, offering a vegetable deli plate and sweets as well.
It opens from 8:30 in the morning, which means you can enjoy breakfast there as well. There is a park in front of the café, so you can stop there on your way to this wonderful restaurant.
Adress: 1-1-10, Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Fads come and go, but smoothies came here to stay. Originally opened in Okayama, Marugo Deli is a juice stand in Ebisu that provides vegan smoothies that mainly use soy milk., but if you want milk instead, you can order it. All vegetables and fruits are domestically grown, and either pesticide-free or with minimal usage of pesticides.
Most of their dishes are vegan, but not all of them. Some use milk and eggs, so make sure you know what you are ordering if you are vegan. You can try some of their most appealing dishes like their brown rice onigiri!
Marugo Deli Ebisu
Adress: Premiere Ebisu 1F, 1-17-1, Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Thoroughly particular about the authenticity of their ingredients, Vegebon provides vegan food with no added preservatives and with completely organic ingredients. There are plenty of flowers and leafy plants everywhere, from the entrance to the interior of the café, making this place even more calming.
Other than their No.1 dish, the vegebon plate, their curry plate and vege bowl are also great and popular You can also order food to go and bring it to a park nearby so you can enjoy some fresh air and have picnic on a sunny day. If you want to have a healthy lunch, this place is a must.
Adress: 2-13-8, Higashigaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Ballon TOKYO opened in 2017. This 100% vegan café serves falafel and soft serve made with carefully selected ingredients. Falafel is a middle eastern dish which is like a mini croquette using chickpeas. You can choose from 3 sizes. All ingredient as well as the pita bread are of course vegan.
From their carrot marinade to their creamy mashed potatos, each bite has its own unique taste, guaranteeing that you’ll never tire of this meal. Enjoy the crispy outside, the fluffy inside, and the perfect combination of pita bread with their selected ingredients. And don’t forget to order your vegan soft serve, too!
Lamire Nakameguro 104, 3-2-19, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Getting off Tokyu Toyoko Line at Okurayama station will bring you to this vegan restaurant, Sairam. The menu is vegan with naturally grown vegetables. The most popular deli is a hamburg made with white sorghum. If you miss core lunch time, it usually be sold out so it’s better to visit before noon.
The rice is fermented germinated brown rice which goes well with miso soup. They also have natural yeast bread, soup and mini salad. You can choose yourself and enjoy combination with your deli.
Adress: 3-1-8, Okurayama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Very close to JR Mejiro station, VEGETARIAN BEAST is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that opened in 2017. In Japan, vegetarian food is still considered as something that won’t be very delicious and filling, but this restaurant has come to break all these stereotypes.
Thanks to its macro biotic and vegan food, you will end up completely satisfied. While selecting ingredients and seasoning carefully, they also aim to exploit the flavors of each of their dishes to guarantee that they are as delicious as they can be. This is their policy. Their No.1 dish is a vegan hamburger that costs a mere 500 yen, which has made the restaurant earn great support and loyalty from regular customers and foreign guests.
Adress: 3-14-18, Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
At a cozy corner of the owner’s house, Lito rukka is an organic and vegan restaurant. They only open on Fridays and Saturdays, so reservations are a must. Since they don’t want to waste any ingredients and wish to be an earth-friendly restaurant. After seeing the vegetables that are delivered to the restaurant on the previous day, the chef will think what kind of the dishes to include in the menu.
Most of their vegetables are naturally grown, cultivated at the chef’s sister’s farm in Fukuoka. Lunch offers both a “Lunch course” or a “Full course”. Enjoy the perfect combination with the owner’s selected natural wine.s
Adress: 4-27-10-5, Hayamiya, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
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