Searching for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Japan is not easy. It’s a good thing that more and more business owners have realized that there is a growing demand for restaurants that specialize in vegetarian and vegan dishes. While some restaurants didn’t take out the meat on their menu, they added a few healthy dishes that are exclusively for our vegetarian and vegan friends.
Today, more and more people are becoming health conscious and prefer to shift to a healthier lifestyle. When you say a healthier lifestyle, it also means that it has to start with what we eat. This means fresh vegetables and fruits, along with a few ingenious creations that even the pickiest of eaters will find hard to resist.
Go to these 10 vegetarian and vegan dish focused restaurants and have a taste of what they offer.
1. AIN SOPH.GINZA
AIN SOPH.GINZA is a small yet elegant restaurant that can be found in Ginza. Although you can’t find many items on their menu, the ones they have will definitely be to your liking. You can get the bento box lunch which is filled with many tasty tidbits. It is a bit pricey. But, worth the visit.
Address: 4-12-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://ain-soph.jp/ginza/ (Japanese Only)
2. Marugo deli Ebisu
Marugo deli Ebisu is well known for their vegan burgers and delicious muffins. They have an English menu available, which will make things easier. You can also try their tuna sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, and fruit smoothies. A great place to invite some of your vegan buddies for lunch or afternoon snack.
Address: 1-17-1 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.maru5ebisu.jp (Japanese Only)
3. AIN SOPH.ripple in Shinjuku
AIN SOPH.ripple has joined the ranks of restaurants that cater to vegans in Shinjuku. It’s quite hard to find great vegetarian restaurants in the city that specialize in vegan burgers, salad bowls, burritos, and desserts. They have English and Japanese menus and the service is excellent. The menu does not have a wide variety. But, you will love them just the same.
Address: Nissho Building 1F, 2-46-8 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://ain-soph.jp/ripple/ (Japanese Only)
4. ORGANIC TABLE BY LAPAZ in Aoyama
ORGANIC TABLE by Lapaz was not originally a vegetarian restaurant. But, it didn’t stop them from bringing in fresh vegetable dishes to the table. Surprisingly, it became popular, and they became a full-pledged vegan restaurant to the delight of their customers. Indulge yourself in their seasonal vegetable dishes. It’s quite hard to make a choice when looking at their menu because all of them look delicious. Be a bit adventurous and try a few. You will definitely find one that will easily become your favorite.
Address: Harajuku New Royal Buld. 1F #15, 3-38-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.lapaz-tokyo.com (Japanese Only)
5. RAW in Roppongi
.RAW is an amazing Juice and Salad bar in Roppongi. The restaurant is quite spacious and their specialty? Salad buffet and fruit/vegetable juice! Create your own salad bowl among a wide variety of ingredients. For some people, filling a salad bowl is an art form. Mixing various ingredients and sauces together to create a unique and delicious blend is a great thing. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, eating healthy foods is the way to go.
Address: 1F, 5-10-32, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://dotraw.asia (Japanese Only)
6. Komaki Shokudo in Akihabara
Komaki Shokudo is located in the Chabara complex under the JR train tracks. It is found in the corner of a food hall where you can find other similar food cafes. They have two set meals that you can choose from. The menu is quite limited. However, the serving is perfect for those who are on a diet.
Address: Inside CHABARA, 8-2 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://konnichiha.net/komakishokudo/index.html (Japanese Only)
7. AIN SOPH.SOAR in Ikebukuro
The AIN SOPH.SOAR in Ikebukuro is quite popular because of their delicious vegan dishes. With such a great selection of vegan dishes, it’s no wonder that the majority of their customers are ladies. Their soup and pancake course lunch, sandwich lunch, and gluten-free pancakes are their specialties.
Address: Union Build. 1F, 3-5-7 Higasiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://ain-soph.jp/soar (Japanese Only)
8. Yasaiya Mei in Ueno
Yasaiya Mei in Ueno takes a different approach to vegtetarian and vegan dishes by introducing “vegan shabu-shabu”. You are probably thinking along the lines of “A shabu-shabu without meat is not shabu-shabu”. But, they made it, and it’s surprisingly popular. Fresh vegetables boiling in a savory soup that was outsourced from the local farmers nationwide. You can enjoy this delightful experience at the Uenonomori Sakura Terrace with your family or friends.
Address: Uenonomori Sakura Terrace 3F, 1-54 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9. Reimen Dining Tsurushiko in Shibuya (冷麺ダイニングつるしこ)
Reimin Dining Tsurushiko in Shibuya is well known for their special “vegetable reimen”. Their cold noodle dishes are great, and it can easily become one of your favorites. Truly, a refreshing twist for those who like to eat ramen at any time of the day. The smooth and chewy noodles accompanied by their unique soup base will without a doubt, satisfy your taste buds.
Address: Y.M.buld. 1F, 1-27-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://tsurushiko.jp (Japanese Only)
10. MR. FARMER in Omotesando
Mr. Farmer in Omotesando is the restaurant that every vegan wants to find in Japan. Everything on their menu is delicious and fresh. Even the water they serve has flavors! Of course, they also have non-vegan dishes so bring your meat-loving friends will not be a problem. A trendy and peaceful place to have lunch and dinner.
Address: Sepia Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of September 2018