In Japan, although considered a very traditional culture, there has been a rise in awareness of veganism and ethical eating. If you’re a vegan, you wouldn’t have to face any worry regarding finding good vegan restaurant options in Tokyo. Here are the Best of the Best:
Ain Soph Ripple
Vegan and junk food don’t usually go together very well. However, this place will instantly become your favorite if that’s your craving. You’ll find the best hamburgers, pizza, and burritos, all vegan, in the Ain Soph restaurant chain. Ripple stands out among them to be the best vegan fast food place. Ripple is worth visiting for its delicious food. You can find meat alternatives and mouthwatering fast food. However, it comes at a high price with minimal seating. It is mostly crowded due to the good food it offers.
Getting there: Access the Seibu Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku, you can reach Ripple from the North Exit without any hassle.
You can also connect to the Seibu Shinjuku line from your northern Yamanote line around Takadanobaba. From here, travel towards the south. Within 12 minutes you’ll be at your destination. It’ll cost around ￥280 on this route. Alternatively, you can use the Sobu line. From the Okubo station which is 20 minutes away from Akihabara, it’ll be an 8-minute walk only. This route will cost ￥170.
You can also arrive there on foot from the Shinjuku Station. Just make use of your Google maps and remember, if it’s taking more than 15 minutes, you’re probably going in the wrong direction.
English address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 2-46-8 Nichishou-biru 1F
Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 22:00; Weekends and holidays 11:00 to 21:00
Nearest station: Seibu Shinjuku Station, North Exit
Website: Ain Soph Ripple
Ain Soph Journey
From the same family as Ripple, Journey doesn’t compromise on taste either. It does offer a completely unique menu and is located very near the Tokyo Station.
English address: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku,
Nearest station: Tokyo Station
Inside Tokyo Station, you’ll find this restaurant that serves vegan ramen. Tantan is a term derived from the name of a Chinese Sichuan dish called tantanmen. It is a spicy dish made of noodles and vegetables drowned in broth, seasoned with chili oil and sesame paste. At T’s Tantan, you’ll find a good mix of tantanmen dishes as well as the mild options of ramen dishes. You can also find Asian fried chicken, a vegan version obviously, served in a sweet-n-sour sauce with gyoza.
Getting there: T’s Tantan can be accessed by taking a metro to the Tokyo station. Inside the station, you’ll find the restaurant towards the Keiyo line. To be exact, it is the last shop on the right side on Keiyo Street that comes when you go down the stairs.
Since the restaurant is located inside the gates of the station, you need a subway ticket to enter. This is why we recommend going there on a subway in the first place. The restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxing vibe. Since the menu is mostly semi-fast food, it isn’t very expensive. The service is fast as well.
English address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station, Keiyo Street
Hours: Open every day 7:00-23:00, last order 22:30
Smoking environment: Completely smoke-free
Nearest station: Tokyo Station
Website: T’s Tantan
Another vegan restaurant near Shinjuku Station is Milk Land. It’s a small and lovely place which offers traditional food items at reasonable prices. Instead of an elaborate menu, the place offers six fixed vegetable and tofu dishes with a side of brown or white rice and miso soup. The meal can be easily made vegan if you ask for it.
Getting there: Milk Land is located in the New State Manor Building. You can easily spot the restaurant due to the huge cow displayed outside.
Address: 2–23–1 Yoyogi, New State Manor Building 1F.
hours: 11.30 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.
Brown Rice Café
If you’re looking for a stylish place that serves organic vegan food, you need to head to Harajuku. You’ll find traditional Japanese meals in this café. The options vary from curry to steamed vegetables to whatever seasonal dish is cooked that day.
Their grilled miso tofu is served with two vegetable sides, pickles, brown rice, and miso soup. It is a delicious meal worth every penny.
Craving an almond milk matcha latte or avocado toast? Head over to Bill’s in Omotesando. You’ll find the matcha latte at ¥950 and avocado toast at ¥1200. Other than that, you can also enjoy vegan granola bowls with some extra coconut yogurt and fresh fruits.
Getting there: The restaurant is located on the top floor of the Tokyo Plaza hotel. Enjoy mesmerizing views alongside healthy vegan food.
The streets of Harajuku bring us a California-inspired Japanese fast food restaurant that is vegan and healthy at the same time. From burgers to smoothies to salads to vegan desserts, every item is not just mouthwatering but also great value for money.
The restaurant offers a great variety of vegan options which are clearly mentioned in the menu.
This is a vegan restaurant in Omotesando that you must try for yourself!
Address: 5 Chome-10-17 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0062, Japan
Vegan sushi might come as a surprise. But, you’ll easily find sushi options in this restaurant. You can see the sushi being prepared live in front of your eyes. Fish alternatives include avocado, cucumber, fermented soybeans, radish, avocado sashimi, and inari which are marinated tofu pockets. Other than being reasonably priced, sushi from this place tastes amazing too.
Address: Japan, 〒150-0043 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Dōgenzaka, 2 Chome−15−1, ノア道玄坂
Brown Rice by Neal’s Yard Remedies
This healthy restaurant apparently has a very healthy menu. Their dishes are a good mix of vegetables, tofu, and brown rice. Cold and hot tea and healthy desserts made from brown rice amazake are a part of their menu too. The basic food is very high-quality and is served in a beautiful environment too. Their courtyard is the perfect place to soak up the sun during the summertime.
Address: 5 Chome-1-8 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan
Brown Sugar 1st
This is the ultimate dessert place for vegans in Tokyo. You’ll find this heavenly place in the street at Harajuku. It is a great place to stop by when you need an afternoon pick-up you or an energy boost.
Address: 3 Chome-28-8 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan