, Japan’s capital, is widely known for its rich culture, its historic temples and gardens, the non-stop shopping and entertainment and of course, the fantastic dining experiences
. For those of you who prefer meat-free options, here’s a list of ten vegetarian restaurants you must try out when visiting Tokyo.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
This high-end vegetarian restaurant is located in one of the most upscale communities in Tokyo. Tudore Tranquility was opened to the public on September 9th 2015 and has already begun to receive fantastic reviews. The restaurant provides a classy, homey feel with its charming decor, attractive meal presentation, courteous staff and friendly owner. By reservation only, enjoy vegan smoothie mornings every Tuesday, champagne veggie brunch on Sundays, or mouth-watering eight course meals Wednesday to Saturday nights. Be sure to make Tudore Tranquility your next vegetarian treat.
Address & telephone number: Tudore Tranquility, Uehara, 1F Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +80 5086 3469
Restaurant, Vegan, Japanese
Centrally located in the youth-oriented area of Shibuya is Hang Out, a tastefully decorated vegetarian restaurant with delicious food and friendly Japanese staff who speaks English beautifully. Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike accredit this place as the perfect spot to hang out with friends, or as a romantic rendezvous for couples. Try out some of their rainbow salad and purple carrots with a bottle of sake. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, order their new dish of the month. Enjoy meals with tasteful background music inside the cozy establishment, or outdoors on the balcony.
Address & telephone number: Hang Out, 3 – 12 RIKA Bldg., 3rd Fl., Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 64553562
Restaurant, Japanese, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Whether you consider yourself a vegetarian or vegan you will not be disappointed when you dine at Bon. This authentic vegetarian restaurant prepares the traditional cuisine styles inspired by Zen Buddhist monks called shojin ryori, that were introduced to Japan about 300 years ago. By reservation only, come expecting to dine in traditional Japanese style with tables separated by rooms floored with tatami mats. Bon is a bit pricey, but customers pay for a rich cultural experience as well as a meal.
Address & telephone number: Bon, Ryusen Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3872 0375
Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
Chiyoda is known as the political center of Tokyo, where the imperial palace can be found. Located within walking distance of the National Museum of Modern Art, vegetarians will be delighted to know that they can stop by Kushi Garden for an exquisite meal before or after a historic tour. Kushi Garden is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo, using only organic vegetables and grains to make healthy, delicious meals. Their menu is in Japanese but do not worry, pictures are available to help you choose your meal.
Address & telephone number: Kushi Garden, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3294 9455
Located in the densely populated Setagaya area, Olu’olu Café is a small Hawaiian-themed vegetarian restaurant owned by vegans. This charming little place is ideal for someone looking for something different from the typical dining experience in Japan. Their menu boasts many delectable Hawaiian and Japanese fusion dishes. They also have a wide selection of coffees and teas for hot beverage lovers. The menu comes in both English and Japanese. Order a tasty tomato barley soup, along with one of their famed sweets for dessert.
Address & telephone number: Olu’olu Café, Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Sangenjaya, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3795 6060
It is not always easy to find meatless Japanese dishes outside of a Zenkoji temple. However, in Akihabara there is a vegetarian restaurant that prepares shojin-ryori – a traditional Japanese dish made for Buddhist monks who were forbidden to kill animals. Located on the shopping complex of Chabara, Komaki Syokudo features a wide variety of flavorful dishes. There is an English menu available, plus a few staff speak English, so you can inquire freely about the many delights they provide. Try their kofuku-teishoku, their daily special.
Address & telephone number: Komaki Syokudo, Chabara, Kanda-Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 5577 5358
Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, Japanese
Rejuve serves outstanding raw and vegan Japanese cuisine that has impressed veggies and meat-eaters alike. Their ever growing customer reviews rate it as one of the finest raw and vegan restaurants in Tokyo. The interior is decorated in Scandinavian style, and some of the staff speak English, with the menu containing an English translation. Order some delicious mushroom stroganoff and brown rice with home-made kombucha, along with one of their famed desserts. Servings are surprisingly satisfying.
Address & telephone number: Rejuve, Iwatocho, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 6280 8310
Located close to the popular Sky Tree, a lovely city park and river with a beautiful waterfall, Sasaya Café is the ideal rest spot for vegetarians sightseeing in the area. The beautiful surroundings are only bested by the attractive wood-decorated interior of the establishment. The appealing environment is ideal for families with children as well as for couples. Enjoy some of their sought after organic ice creams and cakes, and order some natural cola with your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Address & telephone number: Sasaya Café, Yokokawa, Sumida, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3623 6341
La Table du Primeur
La Table du Primeur is Tokyo’s first raw-food restaurant, which has grown in popularity over the years. They primarily cater to people who have restricted diets and use pure organic products in their dishes. Their salads and desserts draw much attention, but the star attraction is their delicious one-of-a-kind raw ice cream that you won’t feel guilty indulging in. Order the ice cream as a special treat with your three-course meal lunch that includes a main course, a salad and a dessert.
Address & telephone number: La Table de Primeur, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3584 5201
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese
Just a short ride from Haneda Airport and only a 15 minute walk away from Keikyu Kamata Station, Phono Kafe is the perfect resting stop for weary travelers. The quaint little restaurant serves purely vegan Japanese cuisine, tasty enough to appeal to non-vegetarians. Even more appealing than their delicious food are their extremely reasonable prices. The dining area features western-style tables, but there is also a Japanese-style private dining room for those who would like to experience Japanese dining culture authentically. Order some coffee, tea, juice or an alcoholic beverage from the bar to complement your meal.
Address & telephone number: Phono Kafe, Nishikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 6428 6392