5 of the best vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo

When traveling to a new country, it can often be overwhelming if you are a vegetarian or vegan - especially if the national cuisine seems particularly meat heavy. Scoping out places to eat is something that often needs to be done in advance, and thankfully Japan is coming to the table more and more with vegetarian and vegan options that truly are delicious (and your carnivore travel buddies won't even mind it - the food is that tasty!)

Without further ado, here are 5 spots in Tokyo that are vegetarian (most have vegan options too) and some more details about their menu options.

Ainsoph Ginza

Ainsoph isn't the cheapest of vegan eateries - but boy, do they knock it out of the park when it comes to taste and presentation. They specialize in Japanese-French fusion cuisine, with menu options like a vegan take on pâté using curried pumpkin, and a tofu based omelet - but they also offer choices like curries and tortillas with various dips.

You've got options galore for the sweet-tooth too, with tasty treats like pudding, tiramisu, and delicious pancakes. Despite being one of the more pricey options on the vegetarian and vegan scene in Tokyo, it would be perfect for a special occasion meal or if you've got some extra yen to splurge. Bear in mind that the menu here is entirely in Japanese (with pictures) but everything is vegan so you can pick anything and know you're safe.

Also, another plus about Ainsoph is that they have a bakery section that has treats you can take on the go with you, such as donuts and cookies. Perfect if you need some fuel while you're out and about between meals.

Where you can find them...

Ainsoph Ginza is at 4 Chome-12-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061. There are also a couple of other Ainsoph locations that have popped up since the Ginza store, which are Ainsoph Journey and Ainsoph Ripple (in Shinjuku), and Ainsoph Soar (in Ikebukuro).

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Mr. Farmer

With several locations in the Tokyo area, Mr. Farmer do have some meat-based options on their menus, but plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too. This place is perfect if you're traveling with a gung-ho meat eater that won't compromise - you can both get something that suits your food preferences. The veggie-friendly options include things like a green curry with quinoa and brown rice, Gapao rice, and a vegan cheeseburger. Mr. Farmer also have an impressive range of cold pressed juices to go along with your meal that are fresh, healthy and delicious.

Where you can find them...

You have several choices for Mr. Farmer locations around Tokyo - the addresses are in Japanese, but pop them into Google Maps and you'll be golden!

東京都渋谷区神宮前4-5-12 セピア原宿1F

東京都新宿区西新宿1-1-3 小田急新宿ミロード モザイク通り

東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ ヒルサイドB2


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T's Tantan

Thought you'd have to miss out on ramen during your Japan trip because they're usually full of pork, seafood, or eggs? T's Tantan serves up a vegan version of this favorite Japanese dish so that you can still experience it! There are multiple tantanmen versions on offer here at T's Tantan, including white sesame, black sesame and golden sesame - and even a vegan version of tonkotsu ramen (which is traditionally made with pork). As well as their vegan ramen choices, they have side dishes which include vegan gyoza, fried soy meat, Japanese curry, and other assorted veggies. No going hungry here.

Where you can find them...

T's Tantan are located at 〒100-0005 Tokyo, 千代田区Marunouchi, 1−9−1 JR東京駅(改札内)Keiyo Street内 (right at Tokyo Station - perfect if you're transiting through there and need a bite to eat, but it's worth the trip anyway!)

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Terra Burgers

Terra Burgers are a food truck that specializes in burgers and hot dogs that are vegan friendly. Their burger choices include a basic burger (900 yen), a classic burger (1000 yen) and a spicy burger (1100 yen). All of the burger patties are made with beans and potatoes as their base, and you can get the burgers with vegan cheese for an extra 150 yen a pop. As for the hot dogs, you've got the plain dog (500 yen), the German dog (600 yen), the cheese dog (600 yen) and the Mexidog (650 yen). Maybe you're not feeling a full meal, and would rather a sweet pick-me-up when you're out exploring. They've got you covered there too, offering a chocolate whipped cream sandwich (100% vegan friendly, too!) for 400 yen.

Where you can find them...

Since they're a food truck, their location varies - but their Facebook page keeps you updated about locations. One spot that they are regulars at is the Aoyama Farmers Market, right outside the United Nations University (sandwiched between Omotesando and Shibuya). 

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Rainbow Bird Rendezvous 

Rainbow Bird Rendezvous is completely vegan - and completely delicious. Located in Nakameguro, they serve up amazing smoothies, filling meals (including vegan versions of Hamburger Steaks, karaage and Japanese curry - staple comfort foods there!) and more.

What about sweets? One of their specialties here is vegan soft serve ice cream. Right now their seasonal soft serve varieties are a rum and raisin and a berry flavor, but their menu does change (keep an eye on their website for those details!) Another convenient factor for visiting Rainbow Bird Rendezvous is that they have both Japanese and English menus, so no worries there about anything being lost in translation.

Where you can find them...

Rainbow Bird Rendezvous are located at Tokyo, Meguro, Yutenji, 1 Chome−1−1, リベルタ祐天寺1F. Their website can also be found here.

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More and more, Tokyo (and other parts of Japan) are really embracing vegetarian and vegan eats - and I have no doubt that the restaurant options will only increase. If you've tried a great spot in Tokyo that caters to vegetarians and vegans, it would be great if you could share the details in the comments section below. Also, if you're looking for more vegan food resources within Japan, there are a couple of useful sites to check out which you may or may not have already been aware of.  The first one is Vegewel, which is a site dedicated to Japanese vegetarian and vegan eats, and the second is Happy Cow (which is useful worldwide, not just when traveling in Japan!) 

Enjoy Tokyo, and Happy Eating!

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