Ten Places to Enjoy Vegan Food in Tokyo

Whether you’re a committed vegan, someone striving for healthier eating habits, or even just a curious meat-eater, one thing is certain, plant-based cuisine is far from a fleeting fad in Japan. As society increasingly embraces environmental consciousness and ethical considerations, what used to be a niche market is now a thriving culinary industry. In fact, the market size of plant-based foods in Japan reached about ¥24.6 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow to ¥45.3 billion this year, as reported by market research firm Mintel.

Tokyo has especially blossomed as a vegan-friendly hub abounding in fine dining options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Whether you are leisurely going out for weekend brunch, on lunch break with work colleagues or celebrating a special anniversary, these 10 tasty vegan restaurants are sure to cater to every appetite and occasion and have you coming back for more!

Ain Soph Journey 

Ain Soph

Ain Soph, which means “infinity” in the Kabbalah Jewish mysticism tradition, is a popular chain of vegan restaurants in Tokyo, with locations in Ginza, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku. Each branch has its own unique menu and specialty. While there, indulge in a delectable selection of seasonal plant-based dishes, refreshing drinks, and mouthwatering vegan desserts. The Shinjuku branch stands out as it offers party space for rental, making it an ideal venue for special occasions. A must-try at this branch are their renowned Heavenly Vegan Pancakes, which were first introduced here. The atmosphere at Ain Soph Shinjuku is serene and inviting, creating a tranquil oasis for diners to enjoy their vegan culinary journey. Reservations are recommended.

Price range: ¥2,000–3,500
Nearest station: Next to Shinjuku-Sanchome Station Exit C5; 7-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: Tokyo Shinjuku Q Building B1, 1F, 2F, Shinjuku 3-8-9, Shinjuku-ku 
Phone: 050-3503-8688
Website: ain-soph.jp  

T’s TanTan Gransta Tokyo

T TanTan

If you’re in a rush and craving a delicious vegan ramen lunch, T’s TanTan restaurant chain is the perfect solution. Conveniently located inside various JR train stations around Tokyo, including Ueno, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and even Narita Airport, this chain of restaurants has gained a reputation for its outstanding tantanmen. Alongside their signature dish, they also offer a variety of options such as gyoza, salads, curry, and soy meat meals. Don’t miss out on their exceptional golden sesame and black sesame ramen. T’s TanTan is the go-to spot for a quick and satisfying vegan ramen experience in Tokyo.

Price range: ¥1,000–1,500
Nearest station: Inside first floor of Tokyo JR Station 
Address: Gransta Tokyo, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Chiyoda-ku 
Phone: 03-3218-8040
Website: ts-restaurant.jp

Vespera

Vespera

Tucked away in the traditional neighborhood of Yanaka is this tiny izakaya-style vegan cafe and bar with a cozy and inviting atmosphere. With only six seats, Vespera offers a unique culinary experience. The friendly chef is passionate about crafting creative vegan cuisine that seamlessly blends eastern and western flavors. They specialize in falafel dishes infused with typical Japanese ingredients, such as tangy pickled vegetables. Alongside these delectable creations, guests can savor soy meat dishes and enjoy a selection of craft beers. The “beef” bowl comes highly recommended, offering a satisfying and hearty meal. Additionally, the Thai curry is a crowd favorite, showcasing the chef’s expertise in blending aromatic spices and fresh ingredients. 

Price range: ¥2,000–3,500
Nearest station: Nippori Station 
Address: Sendagi 3-44-1, Bunkyo-ku
Phone: 070-1471-0315
Email: kalahenji2017@gmail.com

Injoy Etsunou 

Injoy Etsunou

Conveniently located near Asakusa Temple, Injoy Etsunou offers a remarkable culinary experience. Combining Chinese tea, fruit enzyme drinks, and vegan modern cuisine, it is a great option, particularly for those who avoid garlic and onions. Among the recommended five-course meals is the vegan sushi/sashimi-style course as well as the shojin stone-baked bibimbap, which features grated yam atop a colorful medley of vegetables, expertly mixed with a fragrant homemade gochujang sauce. The restaurant’s ambiance reflects a sense of zen and tranquility, adding to the overall dining experience. 

Price range: ¥2,000–5,000
Nearest station: Asakusa Station 
Address: Auspice Asakusa Hanakawado 3F, Hanakawado 1-9-1, Taito-ku
Phone: 03-5830-2333
Website: etsuno.jp

Saido

Saido

Just a short trip from Shibuya, Saido is a culinary gem specializing in Japanese vegan cuisine, with a strong emphasis on fresh vegetables and mushrooms. Their menu offers a wide array of choices, ranging from individual dishes like katsu, soba and noodles, curry, and vegan eel to bento sets. To complement the meal, they serve vegan sake, wine, pancakes, ice cream, and even cheesecake. In fact, this restaurant was voted the best in the world on happycow.com in 2020. A few highly recommended dishes include the yakitori with edible “charcoal” potatoes, the vegan eel, and the tonkatsu. The meals are beautifully presented and delicately flavored, allowing each Japanese vegan creation to be savored and appreciated. It is best to make a reservation in advance online to secure a table at this popular restaurant.

Price range: ¥2,500–3,500
Nearest station: Jiyugaoka Station
Address: A&D House, Jiyugaoka 2-15-10, Meguro-ku
Phone: 03-5726-9500
Website: saido.tokyo

Tudore Tranquility

Tudore Tranquility

This award-winning restaurant sets the stage for a calm and romantic experience, making it an ideal choice for special occasions. The ambiance is enhanced by soft lighting, soothing music, fresh flowers, and captivating abstract art, which all create an elegant atmosphere. The luxurious setting offers a creative and plant-based cuisine that has earned accolades. Their eight-course dinner includes refreshing palate cleansers and delectable fruit and vegetable-based desserts sweetened naturally. The wine list boasts a selection of vegan wines to complement your meal. For intimate gatherings, a private party can be arranged for a maximum of 12 guests. Note that a deposit is required to confirm your reservation. 

Price range: ¥13,000 + tax + service charge
Nearest station: Yoyogi-Uehara Station
Address: Uehara 2-6-16, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 050-3187-4339
Email: finedining@tudoretranquility.com
Website: tudoretranquility.com

Bon-Taito

Bon-Taito

Indulge in a culinary journey of multi-course meals and lunch bento boxes at this Buddhist vegetarian restaurant. Housed in a traditional Japanese building, the private tatami rooms offer an authentic and immersive dining experience. Several standout items include the rich and flavorful seasonal mushroom broth soup and the simple yet delightful appetizer of chestnuts and mountain potatoes. Additionally, the tempura selection, which includes taro, vermicelli noodles, and ingeniously shaped sweet potatoes resembling shrimp, adds a delightful crunch to the meal. Due to Bon-Taito’s popularity and limited capacity of only eight private rooms, reservations are required, and it is advisable to book early as they fill up quickly.

Price range: ¥4,000-10,000
Nearest station: Iriya Station
Address: Ryusen 1-2-11, Taito-ku
Phone: 03-3872-0375
Website: fuchabon.co.jp

Great Lakes

Great Lakes

This American-style burger joint is a haven for burger enthusiasts, offering a full bar, an open kitchen, and televised sports for entertainment. The restaurant’s signature dish, the Superior Burger, is a must-try! Great Lakes is a charming and cozy spot, perfect for satisfying your burger cravings. Despite their small menu, they excel at what they do, delivering honest and delicious burgers without unnecessary frills. Their commitment to quality is evident in their homemade vegan cheese sauce, patties, buns, and tomato sauce. To complement your burger, it is highly recommended to order the potato chips as a side, along with indulgent treats like the cookie butter milkshake and matcha shake.

Price range: ¥1,500–2,000
Nearest station: Takadanobaba and Nishi-Waseda stations
Address: Daiichi Carat Kawasu Bldg 1F, Nishiwaseda 3-27-4, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-6278-9286
Website: greatlakestokyo.com

Marbre Vegan

Marbre Vegan

All those with a sweet tooth will love Marbre Vegan! Located next to the entrance of Shinjuku Gyoen Park, this small bakery and cafe ensures that every item on their menu is vegan and delicious. They offer vegan sweets such as strawberry shortcake, lemon roll cake, tiramisu, blueberry tart, chocolate cake, and apple tart. They even offer a gluten-free menu. Despite its small size, Marbre Vegan feels spacious, comfortable, and unlike the crowded and rushed atmosphere of many other Tokyo cafes. With seating available both inside and outside, the delicious treats can be enjoyed while taking in the lush greenery. If you find yourself near Shinjuku Gyoen, this is the perfect place to stop and indulge in delightful vegan treats.

Price range:  ¥800–1,000
Nearest station: Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station
Address:  Parkside Sq 1F, Shinjuku 2-1-5, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-6380-6898
Email: contact-m@marbrevegan.com

Tenzo 

Tenzo

Ideal for a quick lunch break, this small vegan restaurant serves delicious meals and offers convenient bento boxes for takeout. All orders, whether for dining in or takeaway, are placed through a user-friendly self-ordering kiosk that supports Japanese, Chinese, and English. Tenzo provides a variety of options for nutritionally balanced plant-based meals at affordable prices, including à la carte choices. Their menu features enticing options such as wheat-based cutlets that resemble fried pork, as well as quinoa salad and a fried chicken bowl. Made with high-quality ingredients, the meals are both wholesome and satisfying.

Price range: ¥1,500–2,000
Nearest station: Toranomon Station
Address: Nishishinbashi 1-22-4, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-6811-1183
Website: ten-zo.net

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