You may have read that Tokyo doesn't have much vegan food. You may be worried that you have to eat soba noodles with soy sauce 5 days straight.
That couldn’t be further away from the truth. Tokyo is actually an emerging vegan heaven.
This vegan Tokyo guide features 26 places you can find amazing vegan food in the bustling city.
Even both airports in Tokyo, Narita and Haneda airports, each have their own vegan restaurant. They are well-received and will make your vegan trip to Japan easier.
From traditional Japanese ramen, to vegan comfort food like parfait and cheesy burger, you will be surprised of how good the selection is. Tokyo is perfect for a vegan foodie like you. And this vegan Tokyo guide is going to show you around!
Everyone recommends T's Tantan in Tokyo station, but the location can be hard to find if you visit Tokyo for the first time. Why not try T's Restaurant instead? It's the flagship restaurant run by the same company. Not far away from the city. And it also has their signature tan tan noodles plus other really delicious comfort food.
Located in Jiyugaoka (自由が丘), T's Restaurant is a fully vegan restaurant only 6 stops away from Shibuya station. The ‘how to get there’ guide is after the restaurant review.
The food here is delicious. You’ll find lots of vegan comfort food which can be hard to find elsewhere in Japan.
You can’t miss the mayo fried chick'un and the white cheesy baked rice. They are both heavenly. The mayo fried chick’un has an amazing soy meat texture. The pieces are fried then covered in a creamy vegan mayo. One of the best things I've had in Japan. The white cheesy baked rice, although the portion is not big, is very creamy and delicious.
The menu has a good selection of Japanese and western flavours. Tan tan noodles, curry rice or pasta are great as the main course. For appetiser, fried chick'un or gyozas will be great. And you can finish the meal with one of the desserts, including parfait, creme brulee or an assorted dessert plate.
B1, 2 Chome-9-6 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 152-0035, Japan
11am - 10pm (L.O. 8pm for course, 9pm for other items)
Veganic To Go knows how to make a damn good vegan burger.
Located in Roppongi, this vegan cafe tucked away a few streets away from Toyko Midtown shopping center is a great place to get some delicious vegan food. The owner is passionate in promoting healthy vegan eating. His passion definitely translate well to the food in this cafe. The food is all natural and free of MSG, refined sugar and other unwanted artificial additives. And organic ingredients are used when possible.
Natto is a traditional Japanese food that's made of fermented soy bean. And this Japanese inspired burger uses a natto patty, teriyaki sauce, vegan mayo and veggies to create a strong umami flavour. You will also pleasantly surprised to find a slice of sweet daikon inside. If you want a burger that just screams Japanese, this is the one.
The other one of my favourites is the tartar fish burger. The fish is actually crispy fried tofu. Mixed with the vegan tartar sauce and fresh veggies, this burger is perfect for a burger lover.
Other items in the restaurant include rice bowls, curry and drinks. They also have some desserts and cake usually.
The decor is comfortable and homey. It can get a bit crowded as it’s not a big cafe with less than 10 seats. If it’s full, you can get takeaway and go to Hinokicho park which is just opposite the road . It is a beautiful park to sit down and enjoy the meal.
7-4-14 Roppongi, Minato-ku, 1F Nogizaka Studio, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0032
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm (L.O. 9pm)
Other days and Public Holiday: 11:30am - 5pm (L.O. 4:30pm)
You may be wondering why a non-vegan is on the recommendation list. The answer is, best vegan desserts! And they have a lot of them. Better yet, they recently updated their dessert menu and all desserts are vegan.
This vegan matcha parfait is ridiculously good! Layers upon layers of delicious ingredients. From matcha jelly and mochi, to azuki red bean mixed with fresh peach, it’s heavenly if you have a sweet tooth.
The other parfait I tried is the seasonal strawberry parfait. It's definitely made for strawberry lovers. The mix of sweet strawberry, cream, jelly and other ingredients is as delicious as it is pretty.
Other than the parfaits, they also have tiramisu, crepes, chocolate cakes and more. The dessert menu is quite extensive and everything is vegan.
The food menu, however, is not vegan as they serve meat. But they have a vegetable vegan curry available. Hopefully more vegan options will be added in the future. Click here to see the food menu.
Wired Bonbon is in Shinjuku and opens until late (10:30pm). It’s a beautiful cafe with pastel blue color mixed with white color and wooden accent. A great place to have some vegan desserts after a meal.
6/F, 1 Chome-1-5 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
11am - 10:30pm (L.O. 9:45pm)
Vegan pancake anyone?
Ain Soph Journey is a vegan fusion style restaurant operated by the Ain Soph group. They serve everything from Japanese curry, assorted salad plate, and some of the most delectable desserts. And it's conveniently located in Shinjuku.
Their pancake is a must-try dish. It’s soft, fluffy and heavenly. It is served with whipped cream, ice cream and other toppings. The whipped cream is super smooth and light. No one would ever thought that this is not made from dairy. The ice cream scoop is also great. The two pancakes I had are the seasonal strawberry pancake and chestnut pancake, and they are both perfect.
The pesto pasta is also pretty great. Perfectly cooked with good seasonings. It comes with a salad on the side.
It is quite a popular restaurant with both locals and tourists. Often it's full during lunch and dinner hours. So allocate more time if you'd like to eat this vegan cafe in Shinjuku.
Ain Soph Journey, as well as other restaurants under the Ain Soph name, could be a bit pricey. A pasta dish, pancake and a drink cost around US$30-40, but if you don’t mind spending a bit more on a meal, this restaurant is totally worth it.
3-8-9, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0022
Lunch: 11:30am - 5pm (L.O. 3pm for food, 4pm for desserts)
Dinner: Fri, Sat, Before Holiday: 6pm-11pm (L.O. 10pm)
Dinner: Sun-Thu: 6pm-10pm (L.O. 9pm)
Possibly the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Creamy, perfectly sweet and super rich in flavours. This ice cream parlour needs to be on your list if you’re a fan of ice cream.
Located in Naka Meguro, which is only two stops away from Shibuya, Premarche Gelateria is a heaven if you are looking for some vegan ice cream. Almost half of the flavours are completely vegan. Other contains either milk or honey.
If you are a fan of chocolate (who isn’t?), you need to try their “French Highest Grade Chocolate Sorbet”. It’s like the richest chocolate you’ll taste, but in an ice cream form. Also, the Uji Matcha and the Okinawa brown sugar flavours are highly recommended. The staff is happy to give a few samples for you to try as well.
The vegan flavours are clearly marked. At the two times of visiting, all the vegan flavours are located at the front of the shop and are placed together. But please double check the labels before ordering.
There is also a small groceries section in the shop selling plant milks and snacks. There are only a few seats in the shop which can be filled up quickly in the busy summer time.
2 Chome-9-３６ Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0051, Japan
12 - 7pm
Chick'un burger? Check. Mac and cheese? Check. Other vegan fast food? Check.
If you have done any kind of research of what to eat in Tokyo for a vegan, you probably have heard of Ripple. It's by the same company that runs the Ain Soph chain of restaurants.
Out of the 4 burgers they offer, our favourite is the crispy chick'un burger. The texture of the chick'un is amazing. Chewy and nicely seasoned. Together with the vegan tartar sauce and shredded red cabbage, it's a burger that everyone will love. The cheese Ripple burger is also good, but it would be better if the patty is less soft.
The menu is has other comfort food like mac and cheese, burrito, and desserts.
Kabukicho: 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町2-46-8 日章ビル1F
Mon-Sat: 11am - 9:30pm (L.O. 9pm)
Sun, Holiday: 11am - 8:30pm (L.O. 8pm)
I am not a big fan of falafel. But this? This makes me want to go back for more.
Ballon is a small vegan cafe in Naka-Meguro, two stations away from Shibuya. A short 5 minute walk will take you to this Paris-inspired cafe (For more detailed direction, please go to the ‘how to get there’ section at the end of this post).
Inside the falafel sandwich, you’ll find these perfectly seasoned, crunchy falafels. Other ingredients include eggplant, mushroom, carrot, purple cabbage, hummus, vegan cream sauce, salsa and salad. Wholesome, hearty and healthy. It's a party in your mouth.
Their menu is not big: only two versions of the falafel sandwich (one with coriander and one without), a salad bowl, drinks, daily soup, and soft serve ice cream.
The vegan soft serve is ok. Not the best texture cause it is a bit icy. If you are in the area and isn’t full after the falafel sandwich, go to Premarche Gelateria to get a vegan ice cream. Or you can be like me: try the ice cream in both shops because you can never have too much vegan ice cream.
Overall very impressed with their falafel sandwich. Definitely give it a visit if you are in Tokyo.
11am - 6pm (may not open every day, please check their website and socials before going)
T’s Tantan opened their restaurant in Narita Airport in November 2018 and became the first vegan restaurant there. The menu has their famous tantan noodles, beef bowl, curry, pasta and even pizzas.
If you haven’t had T’s Tantan before, you can’t miss their tantan noodles. They are famous for a reason. Rich aromatic soup, chewy noodles and flavourful mince, this is one of the best ramen noodles, vegan or not.
As I’ve tried their tantan noodles in their other branches (Tokyo Station and Ueno Station), I opted for the beef bowl this time. The ‘beef’ has great texture. When mixed with the slightly sweet soy sauce and the rice, it’s a satisfying bite of Japanese flavours. The set also comes with some ginger pickles (can be mixed with the rice), a salad side and a slightly spicy miso sesame soup. The set is only 900 yen which is more than reasonable.
They also have a shop section where you can buy some curry, cup noodles, and dashi stock powder to bring home.
Narita International Airport Terminal 2, 4th floor
(Go to the 3/F Departure Hall and then go up one level by escalators)
7:30am - 9pm
Opened in January 2019, HealthyTOKYO is the first all-vegan cafe in Haneda Airport. It has a nice selection of simple cafe food like sandwiches, curry, pasta salad, and baked goods.
The lasagna set comes with a choice of 2 salads (I chose red quinoa salad and a pasta salad) as well as a charcoal bread scrambled tofu sandwich. The food is good, but the flavours are a bit on the mild side. But it’s a great place to sit down to grab a bite in the airport.
Keep in mind that HealthyTOKYO is located in Terminal 2, which is not the International Terminal. If you are coming from outside Japan, you will need to take the airport’s free shuttle bus. The shuttle bus is on 1st floor while the cafe is on the 3rd.
Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 3rd Floor
6:30am - 8pm
If you ask me for recommendation for vegan ramen in Tokyo, I'd suggest T's Tantan. This vegan ramen chain sells classics like tonkatsu ramen and gyozas. It also has the highly popular sesame Tantan noodles.
The tantan noodles are full of flavours. The taste of peanut butter and sesame make this one of the best noodles I've had. It also comes with other toppings like pickles, sesame seeds and veggies.
Other sides are good as well, although not as delicious as the ramen. The gyozas taste great, but the skin is a little bit too dry. Would recommend the fried chick'un more.
They are both located inside JR train stations. So you'd need to pay 140 yen if you are not traveling on the correct line. It's also not the easiest to find.
Usually T's Tantan in Tokyo station is very busy. There seems to be always a queue outside. So prepare more time if you plan to visit. The one in Ueno Station is not as busy.
But if you would like to try the noodles, why not go to T's flagship restaurant in Jiyugaoka? They also have the signature ramen, alongside many other comfort food choices. Also, it's not too far away from the city (6 stops from Shibuya).
If you have to choose between the Tokyo station shop or the Ueno station shop, I would recommend the one in Ueno as it's not as busy and seem to have a bigger menu.
〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−１ JR東京駅（改札内）KeiyoStreet内 1階
7am - 11pm (L.O. 10:30pm)
〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 7 Chome−1−１ JR 上野駅改札内 ecute上野（3階）内
Mon-Sat: 7am - 11pm (L.O. 10:30pm)
Sunday: 7am - 10:30pm (L.O. 10pm)
Ain Soph Soar in Ikebukuro is a vegan cafe with homey wooden decor. It has a similar menu to Ain Soph Journey in Shinjuku, but with some other items. For example, rainbow veggie tortilla roll and chocolate fondue dessert.
Overall the food is great quality and the service is amazing.
Try their famous vegan pancake if you like desserts. It's soft and fluffy. Comes with vegan whipped cream and ice cream as well!
The price could be a bit high if you order a few items. A main, a dessert and a drink will set you back about 3000-4000 yen. But if you don't mind spending a bit more, this cafe won't disappoint with the quality food.
Japan, 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−5−７ ユニオンビルディング 101
Lunch: 11:30am - 4pm (L.O. 3pm)
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm (L.O. 9pm)
Lunch: 11am - 4pm (L.O. 3pm)
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm (L.O. 9pm)
Sunday & Holiday:
Lunch: 11am - 3pm (L.O. 2pm)
Tea: 3pm - 5pm
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm (L.O. 9pm)
Beautiful food, modern comfy decor, and friendly staff.
This vegan cafe is near Gaiemmae station on the Ginza line. A short 5 minute walk will take you to this beautiful cafe.
This Lapaz burger comes is pretty good. The patty is a mixed grain patty, which can be a bit too soft for some. But the mushroom gravy sauce on top is good. The onion is cooked soft and doesn't have that raw onion taste at all. Be careful the mustard has quite a kick and is quite spicy. Overall it’s a very good burger.
The burger set also comes with some soy nuggets, pickles and salad. They all taste very good.
The matcha latte is freshly made with traditional matcha and steamed bonsoy. Very delicious and it’s a joy to see the match whisking/frothing in action with the bamboo whisk.
3-38-11. Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
Wed, Thu, Sun: 11am - 7pm (L.O. food 6pm, drink 6:30pm)
Fri, Sat: 11am - 10pm (4-6pm only drinks and sweets, L.O. 9:30pm)
Closed Mon and Tue
This small homely shop sells traditional Japanese food like ramen and gyozas, and everything is vegan!
The shop is a good 10-15 minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa station. I would recommend walking from there as there are quite a lot of small shops and often the area is dubbed Tokyo’s Bohemian neighbourhood.
Yakuzenshokudo Chabuzen is a small local restaurant with less than 10 seats. 3 of which are bar seats that face the kitchen, and the rest are traditional tatami seats.
I ordered a regular ramen, fried garlic gyozas and grilled soy meat. All the food is made fresh by the owner.
The highlight of the meal is the grilled soy meat. It is grilled with some Japanese sauce until the sauce is absorbed into the meat. To some, it may be a bit on the salty side, but overall it’s very flavourful and delicious.
The ramen broth is also mixed and cooked at the spot. With a mix of different sauces and seasonings, overall it’s good, though not as complex as say, T’s tantan ramen soup base. The only toppings except some veggies are two pieces of tofu puff pieces. The ramen itself is quite chewy.
The garlic gyozas are very crispy and garlic-y.
Although the food is not too impressive, there’s something special of the owner/chef cooks for you in a small, intimate shop.
155-0033 東京都世田谷区 代田6-16-20
12 - 3pm, 5 - 11pm
Closed on Tuesday
Coco Ichibanya is a big curry chain in Japan. It's not vegan or vegetarian, but they have some vegan options available in selected stores.
The curry is cooked separately for each dish, but it seems to use the same oil to deep fry things with other non vegan food.
The curry is very flavourful, and you can choose whether you want it spicy (I chose the mild one). For this dish, the eggplant is deep fried and the tomato sauce comes in a separate bowl.
For less than 1000 yen in Tokyo, it's a good meal that doesn't break the bank.
Trueberry is a vegan chain that serves smoothies and some simple food items. It's targeted to more health conscious customers. The smoothies use natural and organic ingredients, including superfood like acai and lucuma. And they taste pretty good. Although some of them are quite expensive at above 1000 yen.
They also have some simple dishes like salad and wraps. Usually each branch has a few seats.
8:00am - 7:30pm (shorter hours in Winter)
Walk from Omote-sando exit B2
10:00am - 7:00pm
A vegan falafel shop in Roppongi and Ebisu. It has a simple menu with falafel sandwich, salad and some other dishes. You choose the topping and the sauce after picking the dish. The cheesy tomato sauce is delicious and I would highly recommend it.
Compared to other restaurants, Falafel Brothers price is quite reasonable. A full falafel sandwich is about 900yen (US$8.2). And it tastes very good.
5 Chome-1-10 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-0032日本
11am - 10pm (close on Sunday)
This parfait is made with matcha and a secret unexpected ingredient. Can you guess what it is?
This high-end cafe in Ebisu has quite a lot of vegan options, including burgers, rice bowls, noodles and desserts, although the price is on the higher side.
For this parfait, the unexpected ingredient is the green layer in the middle. It's actually made with edamame, which is a young green soybean widely used in Japanese cuisine. But using it in a dessert is certainly unexpected. It is sweetened and chilled so it isn't too weird in this parfait.
The other layers include vegan soft serve on top, crispy cereal in the middle and matcha ice cream on the bottom.
If you are in the area, be sure to check out this vegan taiyaki, which is a traditional fish-shaped red bean cake.
〒150-0022 東京都渋谷区恵比寿南 1-6-1 アトレ恵比寿 西館 2F
10am - 11pm (L.O. 10:30pm)
Shibuya is one of the places you must visit in Tokyo for the famous Shibuya crossing and countless shops. There aren’t many vegan restaurants in Shibuya, butNagi Shokudo is an exception.
This vegan restaurant is about 10 minutes from Shibuya station (JR line West exit). The shop is not very big and has about 20 seats. A few assorted plates, and other sides and drinks are offered.
The “Nagi A Plate” has a plate of fried soy meat drizzled with a sweetened soy sauce (in winter), 3 small sides, miso soup and rice. The fried soy meat is well made with a chewy texture. The sauce complements it very well.
The sides may be different from time to time. When I visited, they were veggies with curry sauce (has kind of a Thai flavor), radish and tofu, and mushroom and Chinese kale. They all taste pretty good.
The rice is a bit mushy for the time of visit, which is surprising in Japan as every restaurant seems to know how to cook rice perfectly.
Overall Nagi Shokudo is a good choice in the area. 1080 yen for the amount and quality of food is a steal.
15-10 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0032, Japan
12pm - 4pm (L.O. 3pm)
6 - 11pm (L.O. 10:30pm)
Closed on Sunday
This vegan cafe uses various hemp products, like hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein, to make Mexican style dishes.
I had the teriyaki BBQ burrito with a hemp protein smoothie. The burrito has great umami barbecue flavour. It has mince and veggies inside and some vegan mayo on top. Pretty delicious! The smoothie is banana based and has a thick smoothie texture. The meal cost 2440 yen.
The menu also has other choices like nachos and raw seaweed rolls. Beer is also available. Please check whether they are vegan.
This cafe has a hemp and surfer theme with surfer video playing in the big screen. The vibe is pretty chill and will be good for a dinner with a group of friends.
Japan, 〒150-0011 Tokyo, Shibuya, Higashi, 3 Chome−17−１４ 8F
5pm - 11pm
Closed on Sunday
The Farm Cafe is a vegan cafe in Asakusa. It’s located next to the Sumida River and you can even see the Tokyo Skytree from the cafe.
They serve assorted plates, bowls, burgers and desserts. I opted for the plate with 3 dishes - Tempura, fried soy meat and curry. It also comes with either rice or bread. The food tastes good and seasoned well. The tempura would be even better if it's more crispy.
The cafe has a rustic laid-back vibe with beautiful natural shaped wooden tables. The staff is also very helpful and friendly.
1 Chome-3-3 Hanakawado, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0033, Japan
10am - 3pm
Shiro cafe is a vegan cafe inside the Shiro cosmetic store in Jiyugaoka. It’s about 5 minutes from the station.
The menu features burgers, pasta and some desserts. The selection is decent, but the price is a bit higher than average.
The chocolate and cacao crumble parfait uses soy milk and coconut milk for the ice cream. It also has vegan whipped cream, cookie crumble, walnut and chocolate sauce. It tastes pretty amazing. The ice cream is smooth and creamy. It could be a bit heavy by the end as there’s quite a lot of sweet ingredients, but it’s a great vegan dessert nonetheless. A classic chocolate parfait veganised.
Tokyo Meguro-ku Jiyugaoka 2 - chome 9 - 14 Azuruti 1F · B1F
10am - 8pm
Loving Hut in Tokyo only opens on Saturday for lunch buffet and dinner meals. The lunch buffet is 2000 yen per person.
The lunch buffet serves some classic Japanese food like gyozas, karaage and sushi.
The food is good, especially love their fried soy meat and tempura. New food is always coming out so you will see a good selection throughout the lunch. Nothing that will blow your mind, but everything tastes good and it’s a good price for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The place is not particularly big with only about 15-20 seats, which can get filled up quickly at about 12 (buffet starts at 11).
Sat Lunch Buffet: 11am - 3pm
Sat Dinner: 5 - 8:30pm
Ko-So Cafe is a modern vegan cafe in Ebisu. It has a nice selection of pasta, curry, desserts and more.
The soy milk coconut cream pasta is creamy and nicely seasoned with a coconut milk flavour. It would be better if the sauce is thicker and sticks more to the pasta. But overall the quality is good.
Kudos to the use of a stainless steel straw for the drinks. The detox brown smoothie uses banana, roasted brown rice flour and other ingredients.
1F, 3-25-3, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0011, Japan
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 11am - 3pm (L.O. 2:30pm), 5 - 9:30pm (L.O. 9pm)
Sat, Sun, Holiday: 11am - 3pm (L.O. 2:30pm), 5 - 8pm (L.O. 7pm)
Mr Farmer is a chain in Tokyo which specialises in healthy food. It has restaurants in Shinjuku, Omote-sando, Hibiya and more.
It has a vegan menu with some western classics like burgers, wraps and salad bowls. Desserts include some vegan cakes. I tried the avocado teriyaki burger and berry smoothie (Dr beauty) in the Hibiya branch. Both taste good. The burger could use a bit more sauce though. It comes with a daily veggie side. The smoothie tastes fresh but can have a stronger berry flavour.
Overall the food is very nice, although a little bit pricey.
Hours varies from shop to shop. Click here to see the address and hours of different branches.
Karons is a small local vegan cafe near Gakugei Daigaku station (4 stops away from Shibuya). Two very nice ladies take care of the cafe and the kitchen. The menu has a rather large selection and the food is pretty good.
The Szechuan sesame noodle set includes a bowl of noodles, a big spring roll, a small bowl of pickled vegetable, a small bowl of ‘tiramisu’ which is more like a creamy pudding. I also added a plate of gyozas and brown rice tea. The prices are pretty good for Tokyo.
The spring roll was the best dish out of the meal. The soup of the sesame noodles is also nice with tahini and miso flavours, but the soup is thick and the noodles are too soft so I ended up eating the noodles with a spoon. But overall everything tastes good and you can feel the food is made with care.
3 Chome-18-3 Takaban, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0004, Japan
Tue: 9am - 6pm
Wed and Thu: 9am - 9pm
Fri: 10am - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 5pm
Vegan Cafe in Hiro-o is a beautiful cafe with tropical decor. It serves some simple meals including plates, burger, pasta, rice and desserts.
The Terra burger has a patty made with soy meat and beans, and served with veggies, ketchup and mustard. I added a slice of vegan cheese for an extra 350 yen. Overall the taste is okay, if not on the mild side. It could benefit from more sauce and a more melted cheese.
Although the menu does say mini, the minimini rice milk parfait is really tiny. It has 3 small scoops of ice cream, some whipped cream, some fruits (strawberry and blueberry), and some granola on the bottom. The presentation and the taste are good, however, keep in mind of its small size.
Next to the cafe is a pretty vegan friendly supermarket called National Azabu. I found ice cream, cheese, and many other products there.
Mon: 11:30am - 4pm (L.O. 3pm)
Other days: 11:30am - 4pm (L.O. 3pm), 5 - 9pm (L.O. 8pm)