Imperial Hotel Tokyo, one of Japanese best known hotels, announced that they would begin serving some new vegan dishes at each of their restaurant on the 1st of October. The course menus look very nice and luxurious. Could be a good option if you would like to spend a gorgeous time in the centre of Tokyo.
An online vegan restaurant guide will be opening on 25th of September 2022. The website lists only restaurants that serve vegan dishes.
It seems the website is available only in Japanese. It’s user interface doesn’t look very nice and the messages on the page are a bit strange, so I personally don’t expect much but anyway let’s wait and see.
The second shop of the “haishop” brand cafe is opening in Shibuya on the 17th of September. 80 percent of its dishes are vegan. Their concept is “sustainability” and they buy 75 percent of the ingredients directly from growers, which makes it possible for them to reduce food loss by using nonstandard fruit and vegetables.
Here is the website of the cafe.
ZIPAIR Tokyo, an LCC in Japan, began serving vegan icecream named “Caring Ice” on their flights between Tokyo and Bangkok / Singapore / Los Angeles. 500 yen per cup.
The product was supervised by Koji Fujiharu, the owner of EPICURE, a restaurant in Moto-Azabu, Tokyo.
EPICURE itself serves vegan food. Information about the restaurant is here:
There aren’t many vegan / vegetarian restaurants in Japan but it won’t be very difficult to find one if you are visiting a big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, etc. Here I will show you how I find vegetarian / vegan restaurants in Japan.
As most of you must know, HappyCow is an excellent app for vegans and vegetarians and there are a lot of Japanese restaurants registered. Try look for vegan restaurants in Tokyo; you will find plenty of options. There website is here and the app is here.
When I travel abroad, I usually download map data of the area into my smartphone using the “offline maps” tool of Google Maps. Then I search for vegan restaurants and shops with HappyCow and mark all look nice as “favorite” in Google Maps. In this way I will never miss the restaurants even if I’m offline.
Searching “vegan restaurants” directly on Google Maps, however, doesn’t work well in Japan. I don’t know why but fast food chains like McDonald’s or KFC are in the search results…
Website of Japan Vegetarian Society
Japan Vegetarian Society is a Japanese NPO that provides much information for vegetarians and vegans. I often refer to their vegetarian restaurant list when I travel. The list isn’t complete and there are some vegetarian / vegan restaurants missing, but most of the restaurants in the list are high in quality.
The list is available only in Japanese but some restaurants have their own website and some of them are available also in English. Another solution is automatic translation by google; if you use Google Chrome, just right-click on the page and select “Translate to English”.
Or you can copy and paste the address into the search bar of Google Maps to see where it is.
These two tools, HappyCow and the website of Japan Vegetarian Society, are practical when you travel in Japan. If you are still wondering if you could come to Japan, just try looking for restaurants around your destinations.