SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it’s been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.
Updated November 2019
Here is our Vegan Guide to Tokyo which is the culmination of many years of dreaming and finally, 8 days exploring this exciting and bustling city in Japan. As veganism is growing worldwide we can assure you that this growth is also taking place in Tokyo with vegan restaurants opening on a regular basis and other restaurants offering vegan options and vegan menus. The language and communication was hard in many places but with lots of research and also help from Chiara, who has just published this super extensive Tokyo Vegan Guide 2018 we certainly didn’t go hungry, in fact we ran out of time to visit all of the places on our list meaning a return visit is essential.
Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo
T’s TanTan Tokyo JR Station ‘Keiyo Street’ 1st Floor Tokyo
Opening Times: 7am-11pm every day
Firstly, be prepared to get lost and not be able to find this 100% vegan ramen joint, it doesn’t matter how many blog posts and reviews we read with directions it was still pretty tricky to find, but well worth the effort as T’s Tantan serves some of the best ramen we’ve ever tried. Our first visit was in the morning when they offer a limited menu (before 10am) which includes just 4 dishes, we selected the ‘Tantan Noodles’ and the ‘Shouyu Ramen’ which cost around 700 JPY each or $6 USD. The ‘Tantan Noodles’ were in rich, creamy and flavour packed broth causing one member of our team to declare they were in “Noodle Heaven”. Our ‘Shouyu Ramen’ was in a soy sauce based broth with mushrooms and fried mock meat pieces, it was very good but a little salty. We can see what all the fuss is about with T’s Tantan and needed to squeeze in one more visit before we leave Tokyo when they are serving the full menu. On our return we chose the ‘Golden Sesame Tantan’ with peanut butter, sesame seeds and minced soy meat and the ‘Mapo Tan Tan Men’ with the same broth as above but shredded radish and mapo tofu, they were both absolutely delicious, simply the best noodle soups we’ve ever had!
Ain Soph Ripple
Ain Soph Ripple Shinjuku-ku Kabuki-cho 2-46-8 Nissho Building 1st Floor Tokyo
Opening Times: 11am-9.30pm every day
This is the 4th branch for Ain Soph in Tokyo and from all accounts is the most casual and the favourite of many people we spoke to prior to our trip. We headed to Shinjuku-Sanchome Station via the Marunouchi Line from where it’s a 15 minutes walk. We ordered the Ripple Cheese Burger and the Crispy Chicken Burger which cost just over 2500 for the 2 of them which is more than $22 USD, for what is a simple burger joint that’s pretty pricey so they’d better be good…Without a doubt the Crispy Chicken Burger which is served with shredded cabbage and tartar sauce was our favourite. It could not be faulted and is the best vegan burger we enjoyed whilst in Tokyo with the texture, taste and flavour all being spot on. The Ripple Cheese Burger was also good but lacked flavour, the guacamole, onions and aurora sauce were all under seasoned and made the burger a bit sloppy meaning it fell apart whilst you were eating it. This 100% vegan restaurant is well worth a visit, we would love to sample the Crispy Chicken Burger again and also try the burritos which looked good on the menu.
The closest subway station to the all vegan Hemp Cafe is Ebisu Station on the Hibiya Line, from here it is just a 10 minutes walk. As the name suggests, they use many hemp derived ingredients in many of their dishes, we ordered a couple of dishes to share, the hemp cheese tacos and the BBQ teriyaki burritos. Both were pretty good although not outstanding, many people had raved about Hemp Cafe and we left feeling a little uninspired, it had a cool and relaxed vibe and the staff were friendly, we would probably check it out again if we were in Tokyo.
We loved Falafel Brothers. Every element of what we ordered was perfect. The falafels, the pitta, the hummus, the tahini and the selection of sides to choose from were all of the highest quality and supremely tasty. We also shared a falafel burger and it was pretty damn fine, we just wish we lived in Tokyo as we would eat here on a very regular basis. It’s a tiny spot with a few stools to ‘dine in’ otherwise take out is the best option. The staff member was super helpful and even gave us a free extra toppings for our falafels as we were being so indecisive, we really liked the choice of tahini sauces too, in fact, we really liked everything about Falafel Brothers. Highly recommended.
Opening Times: 11.30am-5pm Sunday to Thursday (9.30pm Friday & Saturday)
This tiny little all vegan spot near Roppongi Station serves vegan burgers and brown rice bowls, all of their ingredients are organic and they do not use any artificial additives, MSG or refined sugars. We ordered the Tartar Fish Burger which was a crispy tofu fillet, tomato, cucumber, sauerkraut, salad leaves, vegan tartar sauce and mustard dressing in a Veganic Bun made from organic wheat flour and natural yeast. We loved the contrast of textures and flavours but it was a little oily to be honest. Also, we shared a Brown Rice Bowl made with organic brown and black rice, amaranth and fried soy meat with a spring onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and beet sugar dressing. The mixed grains were interesting and the flavours were good but it was too small for the price in our opinion, the total price for both dishes was 1960 JPY which is around $17 USD which would be fine if we were full but we were not…
Opening Times: 12-3pm every day for lunch and 6pm-10.30pm Monday to Saturday for dinner
Nagi Shokudo is an all vegan restaurant located around 15 minutes walk from Shibuya Subway Station, we visited during lunch and there were a 3 ‘sets’ to choose from. ‘Nagi Lunch Plate’ allowed you to choose 3 items from the selection on display and was served with rice and soup, ‘Fried Soy Meat Plate’ served with brown rice, deli items and miso soup and ‘Vegi Coconuts Curry Plate’ served with a garbanzo bean croquette, deli items and salad platter. We selected the soy meat and curry options which were 1000 JPY each, they were both generous portion sizes and we enjoyed the variety of flavours and textures.
T’s TanTan at Narita Airport
T’s TanTan Narita Airport Terminal 2 (Landside) 4th Floor Tokyo
Opening Times: 7.30am-9pm every day
You know life is good and your vegan travel adventure is going to be extra special one when there’s a vegan restaurant at the airport. Not just any vegan restaurant but the vegan restaurant that serve one of the finest bowls of vegan ramen we’ve ever tasted. Located at terminal 2 on the 4th floor this provides a great plant based option when you arrive or before you depart from Narita airport. It’s landside, so be sure to get your ramen fix before checking in, and don’t worry if you are passing through a diferent terminal as there’s a free shuttle bus that operates all day between the terminals. They even have ‘noodles to go’ and their own stock meaning you can take a little bit of Japan home with you…
Tucked away down one of the many lanes in the Shibuya area is a place where vegan doughnuts live in their very own ‘Vegan Doughnut Cabinet’…The advertising asks the question, “Doughnuts, is there anything they can’t do?” Having visited Good Town Doughnuts in Tokyo we would have to say no, the vegan doughnuts that call this place home can seriously take over the world one day, they are insanely good. We shared a ‘Smile Mango’ and a ‘Rasberry Pistachio’ creation and they were both soft-light-doughy-fluffy in that perfect doughnut kind of way and the toppings were just so fruity-sweet-tangy-happy. The doughnuts were happy and we were happy, what a perfect start to our Tokyo Vegan Tour. We also ordered an iced almond milk latte which was more than decent and our total bill was 1520 JPY or $13 USD.
Good news and bad news. We headed back to Good Town Doughnuts and they were closed (bad news). The Little Bakery Tokyo was open, just next door and stocked the bad boy doughnuts we craved so much and also a pretty damn fine cinnamon swirl (good news).
Tiny little burger joint in an alley off Harajuku Street that has a selection of vegan burgers available, just make sure to order with no mayo. Sadly, they were sold out of nearly every vegan burger on the menu when we visited so we only had one vegan burger to choose from, that was called Sukkiri Fruits Aojiru Soymeat Burger. It looked weird, really weird but we knew that already as our friends had told us all about it and sent pictures. Did we like it? It was ok and had some good flavours going on, the bao style bun was soft and kind of like a fast food burger bun but the patty wasn’t great as was very oily, perhaps the other burgers are less oily? Cheap and cheerful option that is worth checking out if you’re in the area (our burger cost just 680 JPY which is under $6 USD) but we preferred the burger at Veganic to Go.
Opening Times: 11am-6pm every day (closed on Tuesday)
This cool little coffee shop, also in the Harajuku area has a selection of vegan ice cream, vegan cakes and vegan cookies. We chose a CocoCake Vanilla and Caramel Coconut Ice Cream and they were both delicious. However, they were quite small which is of course perfect if you’re on a diet but not so good if you’re greedy vegans like us! For the 2 items the total cost was 1026 JPY / $9 USD and be sure to note that they don’t accept cash, card payments only.
There are multiple locations of this fast food Japanese curry house around Tokyo, the one we visited is open 24 hours a day but others have varying opening times. Firstly, do not order the vegetable curries from the main menu as they contain beef stock, find the green coloured ‘Vegetarian Curry’ menu in the stand on the table and order from there safe in the knowledge that these dishes “Do not contain animal derived ingredients” as this is clearly labelled on the cover. We shared 2 vegetarian curries, one with vegetables and eggplant, the other with mushrooms, okra and yam. Total cost for both large bowls of curry with rice was 1689 JPY which is approximately $15 USD. This is certainly not fine dining and I would imagine they are using flavour enhancers and artificial colourings, also the vegetables are certainly not organic. But, these steaming bowls of Japanese curries goodness taste pretty damn fine and certainly hit the spot for us after wandering the streets of Tokyo for many hours.
Wired BonBon Lumine 1 Shopping Mall 6th Floor Shinjuku Tokyo
Opening Times: 11am-10.30pm every day
We really struggled trying to find this place. We could try to tell you which exit for Shinjuku Subway or Shinjuku JR to use but we believe we would confuse you in the same way that we were confused. The easiest advice we can give you is to find Lumine 1 Shooping Mall and go to the 6th floor where Wired BonBon is located. But be aware that there is a Lumine EST Shopping Mall and a Lumine 2 Shopping Mall just to confuse you…It’s worth the effort though, we honestly had one of the most delicious vegan desserts ever. Our Cream de Cream Chocolate Mocha Banana Parfait was insane, layer after layer of sweetness and goodness combined to leave us wanting more. We also ordered a Roasted Green Tea Soy Tiramisu which was very good too but paled into insignificance when compared to the parfait. Wired BonBon also offer a selection of vegan Crepe Brulees, Soy French Toast and Gateaux alongside a number of plant based savoury dishes too. The vegan soft serve ice cream is meant to be very good but beware of the waffle cones, they are not vegan despite saying so on the menu. Also beware of the cost, this is certainly not a cheap dessert option with our 2 choices costing 1954 JPY which is $17 USD.
Opening Times: 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch and 6pm-10pm for dinner every day
Billed as “the ultimate location for sophisticated Cantonese dining in Tokyo” Hei Fung Terrace offers diners a fine dining experience in one of the leading hotels in Tokyo. The menu has a selection of healthy and vegetarian dishes, many of which are vegan and others that can easily be adapted. The team at Hei Fung Terrace pride themselves in being creative and flexible and are more than happy to cater for vegan guests who wish to enjoy a plant based meal.
The Tavern – Grill & Lounge at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
When enquiring as to whether The Tavern – Grill & Lounge could cater for vegan guests we were assured that they were happy to prepare something off menu, they suggested a traditional Japanese Buddhist vegetarian meal known as ‘Shojin Ryori’. We had considered heading out of Tokyo to a temple so we could sample this type of cuisine but due to lack of time it was not possible, we were therefore very happy to have the chance to try it at our hotel! The meal was like nothing we’ve experienced before with vegetables, pickles and koya dried tofu featuring in an extraordinary meal. Flavours we’ve never tasted before and vegetables we’ve never seen before were presented and we loved every dish. If you wish to enjoy this type of dining be sure to contact at least 2 days in advance as the meal was specially prepared. The service was very good, the views over Tokyo were stunning and the food was unique and delicious. Here is the review of our stay at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills including our meal at The Tavern.
Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo at ANA InterContinental Tokyo
Opening Times: 11.30am-1.30pm for lunch and 6pm-8.30pm for dinner, closed on Monday
This was plant based fine dining at its most extraordinary and exquisite best. The setting offers mesmerising views over the sparkling city below including an illuminated Tokyo Tower, the service was attentive without being overbearing and the food was truly memorable. Course after course of delicate and delicious plant based creations arrived at our table, sometimes the intense aromas arrived before the food indicating another dish was about to be served and other times we feasted with our eyes on the beautiful food in front of us. You will not be disappointed if you choose to dine at Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo, you will be amazed and enchanted by the culinary experience and creative genius of the Executive Chef and his team. If you wish to enjoy a plant based and vegan menu at Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo, you must call ahead and request this when you make your reservation. Here is the review of our stay at ANA InterContinental Tokyo including our incredible vegan meal at Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo.
Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Tokyo
Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Tokyo that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app and their Vegan Tokyo page currently lists more than 70 all vegan restaurants for you to choose from. HappyCow enlists ‘Ambassadors’ in each location to keep their information up to date and we are thrilled to fulfill that role in our current HQ of Siem Reap, Cambodia; each ambassador is asked to select their favourite vegan restaurants in town and below are the ‘Ambassador City Picks’ for Tokyo:
The Tokyo Vegan Guide 2018 is available from Amazon for your Kindle or a printed version and trust us when we say it is super extensive. Chiara has obviously put lots of hours into exploring the vegan options in her home town and we found it very helpful indeed. Big shout to Helen from Veggie Sushi and The City who was a guest of ours at Vegan Villa and used to live in Tokyo, she gave us lots of vegan travel tips which were very helpful as did Abby AKA Vegan Girl in Tokyo who still lives in Tokyo and was full of good vegan tips. Other online vegan guides to Tokyo that we came across during our research include this selection of blog posts and videos on the Vegan Travel website and these listed below: