2 weeks in Japan as a veggie 🥕

Japan is a wierd and wonderful place thats brilliant to travel, but lets be real it can be tough for a vegetarian. During my 2 week trip I discovered that with a bit of planning ahead and knowing the right spots you can eat as good as the carnivorous! In my guide you’ll find my top tips for eating out in Japan as a veggie as well as a load of food recommendations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone to kickstart your planning.
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Welcome to Japan

So here I am, freshly landed in Tokyo (please forgive the red eyes) and excited to discover a new country!

As my girlfriend and I are sat on the Narita Express having eaten only plane food for the last 18 hours, our conversation naturally turns to what will be our first meal. Ramen is the obvious answer, and we agree it can’t be too hard to find a veggie ramen in a big city like Tokyo.

A quick google search reveals a few potential spots near our accommodation, however when I read the reviews they all mention that they used to offer a vegetarian option but no longer. It was at this point I realised that this was gonna be harder than i thought.

Fast forward 3 days and despite otherwise having a great time, in my jet lagged state the struggle to eat well was getting me down. But fear not, I learnt that with a bit of planning ahead and knowing the right spots you can eat as good as the carnivorous - thats why I’m writing this guide for you now!

Top tips

Get comfortable eating solo

In Japan most food places are small and normally focus on just a few dishes. Now if that dish is not vegetarian (likely!) you’re all out of luck. While travelling with a big group, I quickly learnt that the group evening meals where everyone is catered for isn’t really possible.

When I stopped trying to fight this my experience got much better. In Japan it is very common for people to eat solo, you really won’t stand out and in fact lots of places are designed with booths for individuals.

Eating solo also means you can eat somewhere thats main focus is creating great vegetarian food, no more being the after thought.

If you see something you can eat, eat it!

Through my trip, I started to spot more and more veggie options. However these options weren’t always near by at one of the traditional 3 meal times of the day.

I adopted an approach where if I saw something I could eat, I would eat it. Now that did mean slightly wierd eating patterns, but it meant I was eating food that I actually was excited to eat and anyway you’re on holiday!

Do your research

When the hunger hits and you can’t think straight, you want to have a few safe options up your sleeve.

Before and during my trip I pinned a lot of veggie options to a Google map. I found these across various online blogs and articles and I tried to have options spread geographically across the cities.

Places to try

During my 2 week trip I visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hakone. I hope my recommendations below can help you start to plan your own trip!

Tokyo

Tempura Shinjuku Tsunahachi Ginza
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Serves both vegetable and seafood tempura, so a good option when dining with non veggies!
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T’s Tantan - Gransta Tokyo (Keiyo Street)
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Not the most flavourful ramen I had, but still a safe option. There are multiple branches across the city.
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Itosho
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High end option serving authentic japanese food with a vegetarian set menu.
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Tofu Cuisine Sorano Shibuya
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If you’re into tofu, this is your place. Tofu is integrated into almost every dish.
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Vegeater
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When you need a break from Japanese cuisine, this place whips up great veggie burgers.
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Izakaya Masaka
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Vegan chicken with local flavours. Get here early, this places sells out!
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NEWPORT
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Falafal and other veggie options with good wine.
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Vegan & Wine bar KiboKo
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Tapas style dining with a full vegan menu.
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Ain Soph. Journey Shinjuku
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Good lunch option with local and international options.
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Fujifuku
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All vegan set menu cooked infront of you by lovely female chef.
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Azuki to Kouri
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Dessert spot with shaved ice & french toast.
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Hakone

かっ平寿し Hakone Kappei
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Really good sushi with a whole page of veggie options.
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HAKONE TENT Bar
@therealdill
Really great pizzas served in the bar (a lovely place to stay too!)
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箱根の森のパンケーキ
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Delicious start to your day with fluffy Japanese pancakes.
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nukafuku (ぬかふく)
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Vegan donuts!!
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BAKERY & SWEETS PICOT
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Pies and pastries with some good veggie options.
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Deli & Cafe Terrace Mitsuki
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Try the Teriyaki veggie burger with wedges!
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Osaka

Okonomiyaki Chitose
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Traditional okonomiyaki pancakes, can be made veggie or vegan.
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LUU's BAO
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Roadside bao bun spot with various veggie fillings
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OKO - Fun Okonomiyaki Bar
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Crazy place, crazy owner. You are likely to queue but will be rewarded with lots of veggie friendly options.
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Cheese Tart Pablo Shinsaibashi
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Try the famous cheese cake!
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Gyozaoh! Dotonbori
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Fairly decent gyozas, with options for your carnivore friends too!
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52chome bakery
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Such a nice bakery with lots of veggie friendly options. Try the ratatouille filled pie!
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Kyoto

KYOTO ENGINE RAMEN
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Good vegan ramen!
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Gyoza ChaoChao (Shijo-Kawaramachi Branch)
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Popular gyoza spot with interesting fillings like mushroom risotto.
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PELGAG(ペルガグ)
@therealdill
Beautifully plated vegan and veggie dishes.
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Omen - Shijo Ponto-cho
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Get the vegan udun noodle set.
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Antibes
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Some of the best Italian food i’ve ever eaten, with a really nice atmosphere to match.
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ケパサ QUÉ PASA downtown
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If you are needing a break from japanese flavours, you can’t go wrong at this decent mexican spot.
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Enjoy your trip ✌️

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2 weeks in Japan as a veggie 🥕

Japan is a wierd and wonderful place thats brilliant to travel, but lets be real it can be tough for a vegetarian. During my 2 week trip I discovered that with a bit of planning ahead and knowing the right spots you can eat as good as the carnivorous! In my guide you’ll find my top tips for eating out in Japan as a veggie as well as a load of food recommendations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone to kickstart your planning.
29 Places • 5 Saves • ago
Free

Welcome to Japan

So here I am, freshly landed in Tokyo (please forgive the red eyes) and excited to discover a new country!

As my girlfriend and I are sat on the Narita Express having eaten only plane food for the last 18 hours, our conversation naturally turns to what will be our first meal. Ramen is the obvious answer, and we agree it can’t be too hard to find a veggie ramen in a big city like Tokyo.

A quick google search reveals a few potential spots near our accommodation, however when I read the reviews they all mention that they used to offer a vegetarian option but no longer. It was at this point I realised that this was gonna be harder than i thought.

Fast forward 3 days and despite otherwise having a great time, in my jet lagged state the struggle to eat well was getting me down. But fear not, I learnt that with a bit of planning ahead and knowing the right spots you can eat as good as the carnivorous - thats why I’m writing this guide for you now!

Top tips

Get comfortable eating solo

In Japan most food places are small and normally focus on just a few dishes. Now if that dish is not vegetarian (likely!) you’re all out of luck. While travelling with a big group, I quickly learnt that the group evening meals where everyone is catered for isn’t really possible.

When I stopped trying to fight this my experience got much better. In Japan it is very common for people to eat solo, you really won’t stand out and in fact lots of places are designed with booths for individuals.

Eating solo also means you can eat somewhere thats main focus is creating great vegetarian food, no more being the after thought.

If you see something you can eat, eat it!

Through my trip, I started to spot more and more veggie options. However these options weren’t always near by at one of the traditional 3 meal times of the day.

I adopted an approach where if I saw something I could eat, I would eat it. Now that did mean slightly wierd eating patterns, but it meant I was eating food that I actually was excited to eat and anyway you’re on holiday!

Do your research

When the hunger hits and you can’t think straight, you want to have a few safe options up your sleeve.

Before and during my trip I pinned a lot of veggie options to a Google map. I found these across various online blogs and articles and I tried to have options spread geographically across the cities.

Places to try

During my 2 week trip I visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hakone. I hope my recommendations below can help you start to plan your own trip!

Tokyo

Tempura Shinjuku Tsunahachi Ginza
@therealdill
Serves both vegetable and seafood tempura, so a good option when dining with non veggies!
Add to
Details
T’s Tantan - Gransta Tokyo (Keiyo Street)
@therealdill
Not the most flavourful ramen I had, but still a safe option. There are multiple branches across the city.
Add to
Details
Itosho
@therealdill
High end option serving authentic japanese food with a vegetarian set menu.
Add to
Details
Tofu Cuisine Sorano Shibuya
@therealdill
If you’re into tofu, this is your place. Tofu is integrated into almost every dish.
Add to
Details
Vegeater
@therealdill
When you need a break from Japanese cuisine, this place whips up great veggie burgers.
Add to
Details
Izakaya Masaka
@therealdill
Vegan chicken with local flavours. Get here early, this places sells out!
Add to
Details
NEWPORT
@therealdill
Falafal and other veggie options with good wine.
Add to
Details
Vegan & Wine bar KiboKo
@therealdill
Tapas style dining with a full vegan menu.
Add to
Details
Ain Soph. Journey Shinjuku
@therealdill
Good lunch option with local and international options.
Add to
Details
Fujifuku
@therealdill
All vegan set menu cooked infront of you by lovely female chef.
Add to
Details
Azuki to Kouri
@therealdill
Dessert spot with shaved ice & french toast.
Add to
Details

Hakone

かっ平寿し Hakone Kappei
@therealdill
Really good sushi with a whole page of veggie options.
Add to
Details
HAKONE TENT Bar
@therealdill
Really great pizzas served in the bar (a lovely place to stay too!)
Add to
Details
箱根の森のパンケーキ
@therealdill
Delicious start to your day with fluffy Japanese pancakes.
Add to
Details
nukafuku (ぬかふく)
@therealdill
Vegan donuts!!
Add to
Details
BAKERY & SWEETS PICOT
@therealdill
Pies and pastries with some good veggie options.
Add to
Details
Deli & Cafe Terrace Mitsuki
@therealdill
Try the Teriyaki veggie burger with wedges!
Add to
Details

Osaka

Okonomiyaki Chitose
@therealdill
Traditional okonomiyaki pancakes, can be made veggie or vegan.
Add to
Details
LUU's BAO
@therealdill
Roadside bao bun spot with various veggie fillings
Add to
Details
OKO - Fun Okonomiyaki Bar
@therealdill
Crazy place, crazy owner. You are likely to queue but will be rewarded with lots of veggie friendly options.
Add to
Details
Cheese Tart Pablo Shinsaibashi
@therealdill
Try the famous cheese cake!
Add to
Details
Gyozaoh! Dotonbori
@therealdill
Fairly decent gyozas, with options for your carnivore friends too!
Add to
Details
52chome bakery
@therealdill
Such a nice bakery with lots of veggie friendly options. Try the ratatouille filled pie!
Add to
Details

Kyoto

KYOTO ENGINE RAMEN
@therealdill
Good vegan ramen!
Add to
Details
Gyoza ChaoChao (Shijo-Kawaramachi Branch)
@therealdill
Popular gyoza spot with interesting fillings like mushroom risotto.
Add to
Details
PELGAG(ペルガグ)
@therealdill
Beautifully plated vegan and veggie dishes.
Add to
Details
Omen - Shijo Ponto-cho
@therealdill
Get the vegan udun noodle set.
Add to
Details
Antibes
@therealdill
Some of the best Italian food i’ve ever eaten, with a really nice atmosphere to match.
Add to
Details
ケパサ QUÉ PASA downtown
@therealdill
If you are needing a break from japanese flavours, you can’t go wrong at this decent mexican spot.
Add to
Details

Enjoy your trip ✌️

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