What I Ate In Japan | Vegan Guide

I went to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka over 10 days. Japan is definitely not the friendliest to vegans, so I hope this list helps you out a bit! My faves are starred with a *.

Tokyo:

  • 8ablish
    • Omotesando
    • $$$
    • Good for: dates, small groups, feelin fancy
    • Need reservations (we didn’t get one so we shared a table with two other people… who I happened to know from Instagram!! lol)
    • Website: eightablish.com/restaurant/
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Chocolate ganache
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Seasonal tagine (was ok)
  • Ain Soph Journey*
    • Shinjuku
    • $$
    • Good for: lunch, friend dates/romantic dates
    • Part of the Ain Soph group of restuarants. Really cute, cozy, and good food.
    • Website: ain-soph.jp/journey/

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  • Spajiro
    • Various locations. (I went to the Shimokitazawa location)
    • $
    • Good for: lunch, quick meal
    • Not vegan but has vegan options. I got the eggplant spaghetti without the meat or cheese. A bit oily but so good.
    • Website: www.spajiro.com/index.php

Chopsticks with everything, including spaghetti.🥢🍝✌️ #japanthings #vegan #spajiro

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  • Chaya
    • Various locations. (I went to the Shinjuku location)
    • $$$
    • Good for: groups, special occasions, non-vegans (has fish options)
    • Macrobiotic restaurant. Pricey but good.
    • Website: www..chayam.co.jp/restaurant/index.html

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Croquettes. My favorite dish!
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My veggie burger. Was good! But missing bread lol
  • T’s Tan Tan*
    • Tokyo Station
    • $
    • Good for: lunch, quick meal
    • All vegan ramen. Many of the dishes have peanuts, so my options were limited, but the “tonkotsu” one I got was REALLY delicious. I also tried the karaage, which was not so good. Stick to the ramen.
    • Website: ts-restaurant.jp/about/tantan/
  • Soup stock
    • Various locations. (I went to the Meguro location)
    • $
    • Good for: lunch, quick meal
    • Has some vegan options (although a dissapointingly low amount). They list the allergens, which is nice. I got the Italian minestrone.
    • Website: www.soup-stock-tokyo.com/

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Kyoto:

  • Mumokuteki Cafe
    • Shijo-Teramachi
    • $$
    • Good for: lunch or dinner, dates, groups
    • Vegan-ish cafe. They use fish in some of the dishes, but they’re clearly marked. I got the taco salad, which was really good.
    • Website: www.mumokuteki.com/cafe

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Osaka

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Cafes:

  • Streamer Coffee
    • Various locations (I went to the Naka Meguro location)
    • $
    • Good for: studying, catching up with friends, killing time
    • Popular cafe chain in Japan. They have almond milk! Was probably the best latte I had in Japan.
    • Website: streamer.coffee/index.html

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  • Coffea Exlibris
    • Shimokitazawa
    • $$
    • Good for: sitting for a very long time because you just paid 700 yen for a coffee and you will SAVOR it, dammit!
    • This cute little cafe carries coffee from around the world. Expensive but good.
    • Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/exlibris

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Good spot to take pics hehe

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Anywhere/Miscellaneous:

  • Red bean popsicles: You can find these at most combinis or grocery stores. They are sweet red bean popsicles. Every brand I’ve seen is vegan, so you are most probably safe to eat it even if you can’t read the label.

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My fave brand. Photo from whatispopularinjapanrightnow.com/
  • Mochi: glutinous rice balls aka crack. You will find these EVERYWHERE and most are vegan. They come in all shapes, sizes, and types: dango, daifuku, otabe, warabi, yaki, kuzu… If you like sweet, sticky, chewy things, you will love mochi.
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Dango. Photo from asahiimports.com/
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Daifuku. Photo from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daifuku
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Otabe. Photo from www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
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Warabi mochi. Photo from www.kagizen.co.jp/en/
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Yaki mochi. www.thespruce.com/yaki-mochi-grilled-japanese-rice-cake
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Kuzu. Photo from www.flickr.com/photos/
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Legit ate mochi every single day.
  • Onigiri: You can find these at combinis, super markets, department stores… pretty much anywhere. Look for the ume & seaweed kinds. Those are the two most common vegan ones.
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Kombu onigiri. Photo from /the-best-japanese-onigiri-flavors-ranked/
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Ume onigiri. Photo from veganinbrighton.blogspot.tw/
  • Depa chika: The basement floor of department stores. (depa= department store, chika= basement) They typically have tons of food, and you will be able to find some vegan options here. Look for mochi, soba, veggie sides. I got cold soba noodles and mochi from two separate department stores (Takashimaya & Isetan).

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