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The 7 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to many restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan spins on classic Japanese cuisine
Tokyo is home to many restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan spins on classic Japanese cuisine | © Joshua Resnick / Shutterstock
The rising popularity of organic and plant-based diets among Tokyo’s millennial population has led to a wave of restaurants that embrace simple, wholesome, vegan-friendly fare.

Afuri

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
This world-famous ramen chain is primarily known for its signature yuzu-tinged shio and shoyu ramen, but its vegan ramen is also superb, loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables and specially made lotus root wheat noodles. Afuri has several locations throughout Tokyo; the Harajuku shop, sandwiched between Meiji Jingu and Takeshita Dori, is located conveniently enough to work into a day of sightseeing.
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AIN SOPH. Journey

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
The menu at Shinjuku’s AIN SOPH. Journey is varied, serving up everything from Japanese-inspired dishes to Western fare. Try the taco rice, a beloved regional speciality from Okinawa given a veggie makeover, and be sure to swing by during lunchtime on weekdays to take advantage of the restaurant’s multi-course lunch sets.
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AIN SOPH. Ripple

Restaurant, Asian
Another AIN SOPH. restaurant, this casual vegan joint is a favourite of many Tokyoites – mainly thanks to its killer veggie burgers, gloriously gooey macaroni and cheese, and moreish waffles. Conveniently located in the heart of Shinjuku’s famous Kabukicho district, Ripple is an ideal spot to grab a bite to eat before diving into Tokyo’s nightlife.
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BON

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
BON is one of the few restaurants in the city serving up shojin ryori, Japan’s take on classic Buddhist cuisine. While the multi-course vegan meal might be on the pricier side, diners on a budget can stop by during lunch to pick up a takeaway bento for a fraction of the cost of dinner. However, eat in if you can because BON’s interior, featuring tatami mats and stone corridors, is a draw in itself. Reservations are a must.
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Kuumba du Falafel

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Located a short walk from the famous Shibuya Crossing, this wildly popular falafel joint serves up authentic Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine in a cosy setting. While the menu might be small, with only falafel sandwiches, salads and a few sides on offer, the restaurant’s massive portions and low prices make Kuumba du Falafel a great option. Note that opening hours are irregular, and the kitchen often stops serving food almost an hour before closing.
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Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Located at the foot of Tokyo Tower, Tofuya Ukai offers one of the best vegetarian dining experiences in the city. The restaurant specialises in kaiseki (full-course Japanese cuisine) and tofu, served to diners in private rooms inside a 200-year-old samurai-era residence. Tofuya Ukai even makes its own tofu at a special facility in the mountains of Okutama (on the outskirts of the Tokyo metropolitan area). Reservations are essential.
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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Corlena Bailey.