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Vegan restaurants and plant-based food options in Tokyo are becoming more common. This is a guide to vegan dining in Tokyo, with 18 suggestions for ramen, curry, and sweets, and other food options that will please all palates. Takeout and delivery are available at some restaurants.
Wondering where to eat plant-based or vegan in Tokyo? Japan isn't known for its plant-based cuisine, but menus are slowly changing and becoming accommodating of veganism––especially in the capital.
Below are eighteen vegan dining options in Tokyo, from restaurants and cafes, to dessert places. All have English menus and offer satisfying meals, sweets, and snacks to all diners, whether or not you are vegetarian, vegan, or just looking to try something new.
The following cafes and restaurants have entirely plant-based, vegan menus that will impress and satisfy all diners, regardless of their dietary preferences.
Vegan tonkotsu ramen at T's Tantan. Picture from Healthy, Delicious Vegan Food At T's Tantan In Tokyo Station
T's Tantan is one of the most well-known vegan restaurants in the Tokyo area. Offering classic Japanese ramen, dandan noodles (Taiwanese-style ramen), vegan soy meat bowls, and other options, there is something for everyone. With branches in Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, Ikebukuro, and Narita Airport, stopping into a T's is very convenient no matter where you are.
Those with a larger appetite can choose from a wide variety of sides, including gyoza, fried soy meat, and miniature curry bowls. For diners looking for something besides ramen, there are usually pastas and rice dishes on the menu. Take-out is available for certain options, like the vegan beef bowl.
The dinner course option at AIN SOPH. ginza includes an elegant wooden bento-box that contains nine samplings of dishes.
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 offering 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 an out-of-the-ordinary meal.
Picture from Falafel Brothers, Tokyo - Fresh And Ready-To-Eat Vegan Dishes
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 from the comfort of your lodging or home (delivery available only for certain parts of Tokyo).
Picture from THE FARM CAFE, Asakusa - Delicious And Healthy Vegan Dishes For All
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 for solo diners. Pictured above is the soy meat rice bowl, which features crispy, fried soy meat.
For those who can't decide what to order, try the meal sets, which come with your choice of a combination of three to four sides. Drinks, including coffee and matcha soy lattes, and a small dessert menu is also available.
Takeout is available for all orders.
Saido is a vegan restaurant in Jiyugaoka, a Tokyo suburb in between Shibuya and Yokohama on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Located on a quiet backstreet in a flower and greenery-covered building, a meal here is a playful and delicious feast for the eyes and senses. A meal here is a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that will make you want to come back a second time.
Course meals are available for lunch and dinner. The hearty lunch option comes with a salad, soup, main dish, dessert, and drink. Diners can select between noodle dishes and rice dishes for the main dish. There are fun options, including a vegan version of kabayaki, a grilled eel dish (lower-right in the picture above), ramen of all varieties (upper-right and lower-left), and curry.
PQ's is an intimate cafe in Asakusa, located just behind Sensoji Temple. Offering a colorful variety of curry and meals, the presentation and taste of the food here will please all diners. The menu changes seasonally and depending on the ingredients in stock, but the food here always looks like a work of art.
Desserts and drinks are also available, including oat milk and Japanese craft beer. The cafe is LGBTQ+ friendly and provides a welcoming, fun space for all. Stop by for a relaxed lunch or dinner after exploring the Asakusa area.
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.
The sweets here are also worth a taste. Both Haneda Airport and Harajuku offer decadent desserts, like cheesecake and muffins.
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.
There are also many Tokyo eateries that have both vegan-friendly options and non-vegan choices. These places may be ideal for meals with friends, family, or coworkers with different dietary needs and preferences.
Picture from Fine Dining In Tokyo - Relax At Vegan-Friendly GENTLE Italian & Sushi Bar
GENTLE is a restaurant located on a small street in Omotesando offering an Italian and Japanese sushi menu. While the sushi bar in the basement serves fish, the Italian dining room on the first floor offers a full vegan course menu and a la carte options. A selection of vegan desserts, of course, is available as well. Try the flavorful almond milk cake, a colorful, rich vegan-friendly treat that tastes like ice cream cake.
Vegan ramen from Soranoiro (different vegan options are now available).
Soranoiro is a ramen restaurant with two branches in Tokyo offering a few different vegan options (Tokyo Station and close to Kojimachi Station). Soy sauce ramen and spicy dandan noodles are the two ramens suitable for vegans. Soft-serve soy ice cream is also available for dessert at the Tokyo Station location.
Picture from Take A Break In Harajuku - Casual Vegetarian And Vegan-Friendly Food At Chipoon
Chipoon is a casual eatery located inside LaForet HARAJUKU, a well-known shopping and entertainment complex in Tokyo. The Chipoon menu contains ramen dishes, burgers, and desserts, that are inspired by Chinese cuisine. Each creative dish emphasizes the rich, natural flavors of vegetables and other ingredients used. The restaurant is adorably pink themed, with a flamingo mascot.
The portions are on the smaller side at Chipoon, so order both a noodle dish and a burger if you have a larger appetite. All of the noodle dishes, and a portion of the burger and side options are plant-based.
Vegan coconut miso ramen. Picture courtesy of Noodle Stand Tokyo
For delicious and creative vegan ramen, there's no better option than Noodle Stand Tokyo. Located in Harajuku, just past Takeshita Street, this small ramen shop offers one vegan option regularly and two vegan options every Friday. Pictured above is the vegan coconut miso ramen, topped with soy meat, greens, and refreshing lime. It is a creamy, savory one-of-a-kind noodle dish that will have you coming back for a second visit. On Fridays, vegan diners can enjoy plant-based dandan noodles.
A variety of beverages, organic smoothies, and side dishes are available, too. The menu has non-vegan and non-vegetarian options, making it easy to visit with friends craving classic ramen.
SEKAI CAFE is a restaurant with two locations in Tokyo offering vegan options. Located in the traveler-friendly neighborhoods of Asakusa and Oshiage (near Tokyo Skytree), the vegan-friendly options on the menu of soy meat patties meal sets are a satisfying option. There are several non-vegan choices that are Halal-certified.
Both restaurants have free WiFi. The Oshiage location has a second floor and is ideal for a leisurely meal, studying, or planning your next destination with a coffee and dessert (vegan options available).
Anyone with a sweet tooth will be delighted with the wide selection of treats in Tokyo. In addition to some of the restaurants listed above, a number of dessert spots in Tokyo offer vegan versions of sweets, from elaborate ice cream parfaits to cakes.
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 flavors, around 18 are vegan, and several other flavors 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.
Picture from Decadent Vegan Parfaits In Tokyo - Indulge In Sweets At Wired Bonbon (courtesy of Wired Bonbon)
The decadent matcha-flavored parfaits, Japanese flavor-infused crepes, and other desserts at Wired Bonbon in Shinjuku will please all. With an enticing, all-vegan sweets menu, it can be hard to decide what to order––be sure to bring along a friend if you like to sample different desserts.
Wired Bonbon is located on the sixth floor of Shinjuku LUMINE (building 1). Go out the south exit from JR Shinjuku Station or exit 8 from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station (Toei Subway) to get there smoothly.
Picture from Kippy's COCO CREAM - Healthy And Delicious Ice Cream For Everyone!
For vegan ice cream near the Harajuku area, head to Kippy's Coco Cream. Offering non-dairy, coconut-based ice cream, a portion of these treats are suitable for vegan diners, too. Each flavor is made with five whole ingredients or less, offering a high-quality, nutrition-filled dessert that will satisfy your cravings for something sweet. All the ingredients are certified as organic in the United States.
Some ice cream is sweetened with raw honey, and others with dates. Two vegan date flavors in vanilla and coffee are pictured above. Diners can choose from a variety of toppings as well.
Below are a couple of vegan choices for those about to ride the Shinkansen or those looking for a quick meal from the convenience store.
A certified vegan bento lunch is sold within and near major stations in Tokyo. Coming with soy meat protein, rice, and vegetables, this is a good option to eat on the Shinkansen or express train for those wanting to experience the full train experience in Japan.
The bento box is sold inside of Tokyo Station at the Ekibenya Matsuri, in between the JR train platforms, and outside the Shinkansen gate at Ekibenya at multiple locations on the Shinkansen platforms (please confirm with an employee). It is available as well inside of Shinjuku Station, from Ekibenya Itadaki.
Family Marts convenience stores in Tokyo currently sell one certified vegan option: a hamburger patty rice bowl with vegetables. Covered in a classic Japanese demi-glace sauce, the soy meat patty is very savory and has a great texture. Heatable in the microwave, it is a rich, filling option that will keep diners (vegan or not) satisfied.
Look for it in the refrigerated section of Family Marts with the other pre-made meals––the label is in Japanese, but the vegan option will have a green seal on it from the Vegetarian Society of Japan.
The restaurants, cafes, and options listed above are a fraction of the vegan food found in Tokyo. There are a large number of small vegan and vegetarian restaurants scattered throughout the city, as well as chains with plant-based choices, such as vegan-friendly ramen on the menu at Kyushu Janagara, for a convenient, satisfying meal. Other options available in the capital and throughout Japan is the vegan-friendly curry selection at Coco Ichibanya and Royal Host.
Although vegetarianism and veganism are not as developed as the United States, Britain, and other western countries, with planning, Tokyo is a great place to eat plant-based.
Get excited about eating vegetables and savor the tastiest plant-based food the capital has to offer!