Rice, miso, tofu, and vegetables… most of the ingredients used in traditional Japanese dishes are vegetarian. However, it might be difficult to distinguish if the food is really vegetarian or not since Japanese cuisine often contain “dashi,” which is fish stock. There are some vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Tokyo but most of them are located at a kind of place you need a map to get to. Advance research is recommended if you’re very strict about your diet.
Here are some of the vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Tokyo that are relatively easy to get to.
Pure café by Café Eight is located in AVEDA shop in Omotesando. Open from 8:30 every day, they serve breakfast as well.
Location: 5-5-21 Minami-Aoyama Minato (Omotesando Sta., B3 Exit )
Website: Pure Cafe(Japanese)
Brown Rice Canteen
A cozy café by Neal’s Yard Remedies in Omotesando. Their lunch is Japanese style with a bowl of soup with three vegetable side dishes and brown rice.
Location: 5-1-8 Jungumae Shibuya (Omotesando Sta., A1 Exit)
Website: Brown Rice Canteen(Japanese)
T’s Tantan / T’s Restaurant
Conveniently located inside Tokyo station, T’s Tantan offers delicious vegan ramen and other dishes. Their first shop, T’s Restaurant is located in Jiyugaoka.
Location: T’s Tantan (Tokyo) – JR Tokyo Station 1F Keiyo Street
T’s Restaurant (JIyugaoka) – Luz Jiyugaoka B1F 2-9-6, Jiyugaoka, Meguro
Website: T’s Tantan / T’s Restaurant(English)
Ain Soph. Journey / Ain Soph. Soar
Ain Soph has branches in Shinjuku 3 chome and Ikebukuro. Course menu is also available for both lunch and dinner.
Location: Journey (Shinjuku 3 Chome) – 3-8-9 Shinjuku Shinjuku (0min from Shinjuku 3 chome Sta., Exit C5)
Soar (Ikebukuro) – Union Bld. 1F, 3-5-7 Higashi-Ikebukuro Toshima (JR Ikebukuro East exit)
Website: Ain. Soph. (Japanese)
A Taiwanese vegetarian restaurant that has been in Roppongi since the 80s. They don’t use onions, garlic, and shallots either.
Location: Sai Bld. 4F 3-1-22 Nishi-Azabu Minato (5-10 min walk from Roppongi Sta.)
Website: Chien-Fu (Japanese)
Eat More Greens
Nice terrace seating is great for lunch and a coffee break. Besides lunch and dinner offer many choices of vegan desserts. They are open for breakfast on weekend.
Location: 2-2-5 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku (Azabu-Juban Sta., Exit 4)
Website: Eat More Greens (Japanese/English)