Veganism isn’t a well-understood concept yet in Japan, so if you’re vegan, it can be hard to find foods you can eat, and even harder to describe what vegan food is. A common response to saying you don’t eat animal products is, “Oh ok, so how about this fish dish?” or “Oh ok, how about this vegetarian cheese dish?”
Not being able to read the menus adds even more risk to the ordering process. You’re generally safe with vegetable tempura, but that can get pretty boring after your 5th time.
For those visiting Tokyo who are looking for some good vegan options, here are 5 great vegan restaurants in Tokyo.
Ain Soph has two restaurants in Tokyo. Ain Soph. Ripple specializes in more comfort/fast food like mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers and the like.
Ain Soph. Journey (pictured below) is a bit fancier with vegetable dishes, and prettily-arranged desserts.
All Ain Soph dishes are 100% vegan and absolutely delicious. Most dishes are western-style.
If you’re looking for more immersive Japanese food culture T’s tantan has tasty ramen, gyoza and other dishes available.
T’s Tantan has branches in Chiyoda, Ueno, and even Narita Airport.
Want to get even more traditional? The answer is Bon.
Bon is described as not just food, but an experience. The cuisine is based on the Buddhist philosophy of not harming life, so, of course, everything here is vegan. It’s certainly on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for a high dining experience and authentic Japanese flavours, this is a must-eat.
Sojo Esperanto-Vegan Kefajo
This is a cosy little place located near Waseda University. True to university town, you can borrow books here, and even learn a little Esperanto with your meal.
Olu Olu Cafe
If Hawaiian is more your scene, you should check out Olu Olu Cafe. Here you can persue their large, diverse menu with lots of goodies to try, including burgers, ramen and curry.