Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Are you looking for vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Tokyo? If that sounds like you, then you should definitely check out the 15 vegetarian and vegan restaurants we want to recommend to you!
Vegetarianism or veganism isn’t huge in Japan. Most of the food here consists of meat products or sauce that is made with meat. I have heard stories of vegetarians asking for meals without meat but get served with chicken or fish, since most people think of “meat” as beef or pork.
Lucky for you vegetarians out there, the vegetarian scene has grown hugely in recent years and we now have so many tasty veggie eats in Tokyo.
There are currently over 200 restaurants that offer exclusively vegan menus, and these eateries are popping up all over Tokyo. Here, let’s have a look at 15 vegan & vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo that are great and worth a visit. Because most vegetarian restaurants have vegan options, so this guide should help whether you are a vegan or a vegetarian.
Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants
1. Mominoki House
At Mominoki House, vegetarian menus such as vegetable meat karaage and tofu steak are available. For the miso soup, vegetables are used instead of animal broth. Mominoki House only offers natural dishes prepared with organic food and chlorine-free ionized water. 40 years have passed since its establishment. As the chef has experiences of offering French cuisine and training in a foreign country, meals are bound to be tasty!
As for dishes, we recommend their bento box and various steak options (tofu, tempe, and soy meat). And you will be most amazed if you finish your meal with their vegan chocolate ice cream. The restaurant also offers fish and meat options, just in case some of you are in a “meaty” mood 🙂
Noodles and burgers for vegans and vegetarians can be found at Chipoon. Dishes such as Szechuan vegetable tan-tan noodles (be careful, it is very spicy!) and tofu skin burgers are available. Their ramen is particularly well praised, especially the black sesame ramen. The price there is very reasonable with a set menu, as it is around 1,000 yen.
3. AFURI Harajuku
AFURI is a ramen shop that uses plenty of freshly harvested vegetables. Hence, vegan visitors may enjoy dining as well. All of the processes from making soup to adding ingredients are completely done with vegetables, bringing out the full flavour and taste of the vegetables. Their vegan ramen actually gives you a lot of vegetables and has a very rich broth. Besides the Harajuku branch, there are branches at Ebisu and Nakameguro, so try one that is located closest to you. Many say that AFURI offers the best vegan ramen that you can find in Tokyo. However, this means that the restaurant is extremely popular, so don’t be surprised if you have to line up. You can expect to spend approximately 900 – 1,300 yen for a ramen, depending on your choice.
4. Soranoiro Japanese soup noodle free style
Vegetarian ramen can be enjoyed at Soranoiro japanese soup noodle free style, a ramen shop that is popular among Japanese people. Now, five branches in Tokyo, and one branch in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture are open. Vegan Veggie Ramen served at the main branch at Kojimachi, Tokyo does not use any animal ingredients, and puree of glazed carrot and tomato are mixed to the vegetable broth instead. As for the noodles, bell peppers are kneaded in the process of its making. For an additional 150 yen, gluten-free rice flour noodles are available. In fact, their ramen is so delicious that many non-vegan people enjoy it. Some would request an egg as an additional topping and it allows non-vegans to enjoy both vegetables and egg protein.
5. Brown Rice by Neal’s Yard Remedies
Brown Rice is a stylish organic vegetarian restaurant in Harajuku, an upmarket area near Shibuya. They serve traditional Japanese set lunches and you can choose from curry, steamed vegetables, and the seasonal set menu. Cost for a Main Dish: 1700 yen for lunch set plus an extra 500 yen on weekends.
Plus the dishes, Brown Rice has a stunning patio that also attracts many visitors.
6. Sorano (Tofu)
For a special meal without a huge price tag, Sorano in Shibuya is a great option. The restaurant specialises in tofu, but that doesn’t mean everything at the restaurant is just tofu. At Sorano there are plenty of vegetarian options marked on the English menu. Some non-vegetarian dishes such as tuna tartare are also available. My personal favourites are their tempuras, avocado tofu, and tofu cheesecake. The foods there are very plain and clean. Small dishes start from 700 yen. It is recommended to reserve your tables and seats.
7. Curry House CoCo Ichibanya
Curry is a popular comfort food in Japan, and while Japanese curry is different from Indian curry, it’s just as delicious. Many curry places offer a vegetable curry, but it’s likely that the roux contains meat. CoCo Ichibanya, Japan’s largest curry chain, now offers a vegan curry at many of its branches. You need to look out for the special green vegetarian menu where you’ll find many options including vegetable and eggplant , spinach, mushroom, asparagus, and tomato.
8. Zen (Okonomiyaki)
Okonomiyaki is a kind of cabbage pancake that usually contains meat or seafood but can be made vegetarian. Zen is the perfect option for vegetarians in Shinjuku, as they have an English menu with a vegetarian section at the back which explains the ingredients of the many types of okonomiyaki. The okonomiyaki is not vegan but they have a small vegan menu with some noodle and vegetable dishes. This place is also recommendable to meat lovers because their meat okonomiyakis are also incredibly delicious.
9. T’s Tantan
T’s Tantan is an entirely vegan ramen restaurant in Tokyo Station! This is so convenient if you are passing through the massive station where many of the city’s local trains and bullet trains around the country depart from.
There are many different ramen choices including white, black or gold sesame, shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu, and mapo tofu. We had the mapo on our latest visit and found it nicely spicy, full of flavour, and packed with greens.
10. AIN SOPH
Another excellent all-vegan restaurant is AIN SOPH., with locations in Ginza, Ikebukuro, and the Shinjuku area. Each restaurant’s menu varies slightly, but all offer high-quality, organic, nutritionally-balanced options. One casual option, AIN SOPH. Ripple in Shinjuku Kabukicho, specializes in vegan fast food with a selection of hamburgers, sandwiches, and sides. For those with a sweet tooth, AIN SOPH. is known for its decadent pancakes, which are available at the Ginza, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku Sanchome branches, and come in a regular and seasonal variety. We recommend sharing a special dessert with a loved one to end your out-of-the-ordinary meal.
11. Falafel Brothers
If you are craving something different in Tokyo, how about biting into a crispy falafel pita sandwich at Falafel Brothers? With locations in Shibuya, Roppongi, and Ebisu, and delivery on UberEats, falafel is a convenient, satisfying choice when your tastebuds want something besides Japanese food.
The owners of Falafel Brothers are passionate about providing authentic and hearty vegan food and showing how delicious chickpeas can be to diners. From classic pita sandwiches to fried soy meat covered in traditional tahini sauce, to a hummus smoothie, there are so many playful options to enjoy. Stop by a shop for a casual, fun meal, or order-to-go to enjoy your meal from the comfort of your lodging or home (delivery available only for certain parts of Tokyo).
12. THE FARM CAFE
THE FARM CAFE is nestled by the Sumida River in Asakusa on the historic Sukeroku Yumedori Street. Diners can savor a variety of all-vegan menu of lunch and dinner options here, from meal sets with seasonal ingredients to tempura rice bowls and hearty sandwiches. The restaurant is small and friendly, perfect for solo diners. Pictured above is the soy meat rice bowl, which features crispy, fried soy meat.
13. HealthyTOKYO Cafe & Shop
HealthyTOKYO Cafe is an all-vegan eatery offering tasty, nutrition-filled meals, cakes, and CBD oil-infused goods. With locations at Haneda Airport and in Harajuku, it is a great, easy option to go when looking for something healthy and hearty. Pictured above is the lasagna meal set available outside the security check at Terminal 2 of Haneda. The set comes with lasagna made with soy meat and vegan-friendly cheese, and a choice of two side salads.
14. Komaki Shokudo
Komaki Shokudo in Akihabara offers traditional Buddhist cuisine-inspired Japanese fare that is all vegan. The ingredients and dishes change every day according to the season and the ingredients in stock. An excellent option for lunch or dinner, the restaurant is located inside the Chabara shopping building underneath the JR train tracks, a short walk away from Akihabara Station. Savor a balanced, plant-based meal of miso soup, tofu dishes, and other deliciously-prepared Japanese vegetables.
15. PreMarche Gelateria
For something sweet and cool, nothing beats the creamy, vegan-friendly gelato at PreMarche Gelateria. Located in the stylish Nakameguro area, this is the ideal place for indulging in a classic frozen dessert. The high-quality gelato here has won international awards and is friendly for those with allergies or avoiding certain ingredients. Of the forty-total flavours, around 18 are vegan, and several other flavours are non-dairy and sweetened with honey. Shown above is a black-sesame flavored gelato with a sake-based gelato scoop (front-center cup), matcha with coconut (left-back cup), and matcha with rice milk flavors (cone). All are vegan, and gluten-free options are available, too.
What’s your attitude towards veganism and/or vegetarianism? Have you ever been to one of these restaurants? Which ones would you recommend? We know that there are a lot more restaurants that offer delicious vegan & vegetarian dishes out there, so write to us if one of your favourites isn’t covered in our list! 🙂