Whether you eat meat or not, trying to get enough veggies in your diet can be tricky, especially when traveling in a place that loves its fish, meat and eggs like Japan
does. But like any other major city, Tokyo
is brimming with vegetarian and vegan options if you know where to go. Check out our guide to the top vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo.
Tofuya Ukai specializes in tofu-based cuisine. The gorgeous historic building is actually a 200-year-old brewery that was moved to this downtown Tokyo location years ago. With private rooms for all diners that provide views of their impressive gardens and of the Tokyo Tower, it’s obvious these connoisseurs of taste would serve up only the finest haute kaiseki cuisine. Reservations are recommended.
4-4-13 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
This modern eatery prepares vegetarian and vegan meals using both new and traditional recipes. Tamana Shokudo‘s lunch set contains around forty different ingredients. They focus not only on taste and presentation, but also aim to maximize the nutritional benefit of eating their food.
3-8-27 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Cafe, Deli, Restaurant, Japanese, none
With recent expansions into overseas markets, MUJI the home and living store will be a familiar sight to some people. On the second floor of their Yurakucho store you’ll find the MUJI cafe. This deli-style restaurant prides itself on its fresh, natural selection of foods. Instead of ordering off a menu, grab your seat and then head to the counter to choose from MUJI’s wide variety of vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Ain Soph. Ripple
This cafe is here to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a menu that features fluffy pancakes plus vegan crème fraîche and ice cream as a main course, it’s sure to become one of your favorites. Also, there’s two Ain Soph. locations in Tokyo to choose from. 2-46-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
Cafe, Vegetarian, $$$
This eatery is famous for having a relaxed vibe — something that’s probably because instead of booths, Chano Ma has a row of raised mattresses for patrons to relax on. It takes on more of a lounge atmosphere at night, but during the day it’s a cafe that serves healthy grub. There’s a myriad of fresh vegetarian meals to choose from. Chano Ma has two locations: the original is in Meguro-ku, and the other in Shibuya-ku.
6F 1-22-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0051
Sasa no Yuki
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Sasa no Yuki
This traditional Japanese restaurant has been serving happy customers its signature dishes since the Edo Period. Vegetarians rejoice, because tofu is Sasa no Yuki‘s specialty. They make it fresh each morning, using water from the restaurant’s own well. If you’re lucky enough to get the best seats, you’ll be treated to a view of the koi pond and garden.
2-15-10 Negishi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0003
Cafe, Vegetarian, Italian, none
Canal Cafe serves Italian cuisine, so there are lots of vegetarian options to choose from — especially if you consider yourself a pescatarian (a vegetarian that eats fish) who enjoys a good seafood pasta. As a bonus, the cafe is situated right along the moat surrounding Kitanomaru-koen, providing diners with a gorgeous view while they eat. 1-1-9 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Deva Deva Cafe
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
Deva Deva Cafe
This popular cafe in Kichijoji serves fast food inspired meals. Burgers and nuggets made from soy, tofu or chickpeas are just a few options on the menu. Deva Deva is located close to Inokashira Park, making it an ideal first stop on your way to that picnic. 2F 2-14-7 Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004