Before I get started, please stick around even if you aren’t vegan and just looking for good restaurants in Tokyo. These are some amazing restaurants! They are vegan, yes, but you’ll have some of the best flavor in food you’ve ever tasted!
Everybody was saying it, and if you’re vegan going to Japan they probably said it to you, too. How are you going to eat vegan in Japan? My love for Japan and my love for animals did not have to separate me from this quest. In fact, I found out that in the past few years, Tokyo has really upped their vegan game and there were tons of options! We didn’t even get around to all of the places that I wanted to try.
So here we are, my recs for where to eat in Tokyo!
1. T’s Tantan
Oh. My. Lord. This wasn’t just some of the best vegan ramen I’ve ever had, this was hands down some of the best ramen I’ve ever had. And I think I could say the same for a lot of people, as the amounts and types of people that came through this restaurant made me think they might not all be vegan. Please try this place, you will not be disappointed!
They have a few different locations, the most popular, of course, being the Tokyo Station location. However, I cannot give you tips on how to get there. I can only tell you I wandered through the station (post tickets) for 30+ minutes every time, once even strolling right by who my sister swears was Sugizo from Luna Sea. By the time she got my attention away from google maps, he was lost in the insane crowd. I was sad about it, but soon too lost in the Shoyu Ramen. And that is my recommendation to you, the Shoyu. Try some of the sides, too, the gyoza was perfect. They even have dessert. Ramen, sandwiches, curry, gyoza, fried soy meat, ice cream… check it out, yo.
There are a few locations, I recommend visiting the Ueno Station location. It’s the same great taste with less of a crowd. But if there is a crowd, we never waited more than 10 minutes to get a table, even with a line out the door.
Tokyo Station: Japan, 〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1 JR東京駅（改札内）KeiyoStreet内 1階
Ueno Station: Taito, Ueno 7-1, 3F JR Ueno Station, Tokyo, Japan, 110-0005
2. Ain Soph.ripple
AIN SOPH has several locations, Ripple was one of the first we went to and the only one that we returned a second time when we realized we weren’t too far from it. They have a more “American food” menu, so if you’re craving that while abroad in Japan, this place is excellent. They have chicken sandwiches, burgers, cheese burgers, cheese fries, salsa fries, soup, salad and wraps. And amazing house made lemonade. It is 100% vegan here, so you can order anything. For non vegans, the cheese on the burger might not be your thing if you’re not used to that, so maybe get it without cheese, but if you’re adventurous, I like it!
Address: Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 2 Chome−46−8 日章ビル １F
3. Ain Soph.journey
Holy Hannah, this was amazing. Thick matcha covered pancake with ice cream, whipped cream and strawberries. Even complete presentation with real flowers. The wait was about 15 minutes here, but they had a little kiosk out front (with an English option) to take a ticket number, and chairs provided to wait in. I ordered this amazing pancake set, my sister ordered the sanctuary course and some of those dips were divine. Their kara-age is amazing, you should order some if you go here.
Address: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−8−9 新宿Ｑビル1F
4. Ain Soph.soar
You’re probably thinking, jeezus, another Ain Soph? But if you eat at any of these locations, then you’ll understand why I kept seeking them out. As a vegan, you accept a frightening fact that you’ll never have fondue again and you surprisingly become okay with that. But… then you go to Ain Soph Soar and you see fondue on the menu. We had come from Nokogiriyama and were dead tired, but trekked out to Ikebukuro and it was so worth it. We ordered an array of foods and just chowed the hell down. Of course we ordered the cheese fondue. I really wanted to get the chocolate fondue, too, but there would have been no room. We also ordered the (BEST) deep fried veggie meat, the Spanish omelet (which was good, but I wouldn’t reorder) and the waffle for dessert. I swear there was alcohol in that ice cream with the waffle, but I’m not complaining. My only complaint about Soar was that it was a bit of a walk from the train station.
Address: Japan, 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−5−7 ユニオンビルディング 101
*There’s also a Ginza location we didn’t make it out to, as well as a shop in Kyoto. Ginza is a lot of raw food and desserts, Kyoto menu looks like a mix of Ripple and Journey.
Now regrettably, I did not get the chance to eat here. I really wanted to because I’m a sandwich ho and I love soft serve ice cream. If you get the chance to eat here, or have eaten here, tell me what you think!
Address: Nakameguro, 3 Chome-2, Komazawa Dori, Tokyo, Japan
This is just a small handful of vegan restaurants in the ever growing vegan movement in Tokyo. Check out HappyCow, they have hundreds of vegan and vegan option restaurants in Tokyo, alone. And don’t let people’s two cents deter you from a magical trip to Japan because they say you won’t be able to find vegan food there. It’s not true at all, you can even hanami from the konbini. …Which is picnic under the sakura trees from convenience store food, sorry. I just really miss Japan…
Picnics are magical in Japan, so maybe try taking some food to go! But be sure to take a sack with you for garbage, until you reach one.
Do you have any vegan gems you tried in Tokyo? Let me know, I’ll check them out next time!