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Our Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo

 

We had read mixed reviews about finding vegan food in Tokyo, but after consulting HappyCow we felt pretty confident about not ordering salads everywhere we went.

 

We had discovered that the macrobiotic diet was developed and popularized in Japan and this diet consists of predominately plant based foods so we knew that if we couldn’t find strictly vegan restaurants we could always visit a macrobiotics restaurant; but we didn’t seem to have a problem finding vegan restaurants in Tokyo.

 

We actually didn’t have enough time to visit all of the vegan restaurants in Tokyo, and to us that is a good problem to have!

 

Here is our top 5 vegan picks for Tokyo

 

T’S TAN TAN
T's Tan Tan in Tokyo Station

T’s Tan Tan
is located in Tokyo station so it is extremely convenient to stop by every time you might happen to be passing through, and we did-several times.

 

Menu at T's Tan Tan

 

T’s is a completely vegan ramen noodle diner that is a must visit if you’re in Tokyo. Their soup bowls are huge and the ramen is incredibly tasty.

 

We lapped up several bowls of savoury ramen, spicy ramen, ramen with avocado and corn, soy meat ramen, and miso ramen.

 

T's Tan Tan in Tokyo

 

 We also tried their amazing massaman curry with brown rice, and their soy meat bowl with brown rice topped with pickled turnip.

 

 

We traveled a lot during our 15 days in Japan so we decided to become regulars at T’s Tan Tan.

 

 

LOVING HUT
Loving Hut in Tokyo

 

Loving Hut is a vegan chain restaurant that started out in Taiwan. They are located all around the world and specialize in affordable vegan food.

 

Their motto is “Be Vegan, Make Peace” and that was enough for us to give them a try.

 

Loving Hut Menu

 

Set meals are a pretty big thing in Japan so Cody and I both ordered 2 lunch set meals. I went for the dim sum meal, and Cody ordered a kabayaki set.

 

Traditional kabayaki is eel split down the back, which doesn’t sound particularly tasty or kind, but Cody’s meal was quite tasty, and cruelty free.

 

Traditional Kabayaki at Loving Hut

 

The outer layer was brown and crispy, and it was tender on the inside. He also got a miso soup, pickled turnip, and a soy sesame pudding.

 

My meal was also quite large. It came with fresh spring rolls, a bamboo steamer with 2 steamed buns inside-one sweet bean, and one soy meat.

 

Loving Hut Lunch Special in Tokyo

 

I also had an amazingly marinated bbq soy meat skewer, a soy meat croquet, a small salad, and a sort of stuffed dumpling, as well as the soy sesame pudding.

 

But we didn’t stop there. We also shared a slice of their coffee bread pudding.

 

Coffee Bread Pudding at Loving Hut

 

We left full and happy. Definitely worth a stop at Suidobashi Station.

 

IT’S VEGETABLE 
It's Vegetables in Tokyo

 

It’s Vegetable is a Taiwanese style restaurant that has close to 100 items on the menu. Most items are all vegan, and there are milk symbols next to the non vegan meals.

 

It's Vegetables Menu

 

Cody and I sampled quite a few plates here.

 

Braised soy chicken with chili sauce, sweet and sour “pork”, braised eggplant with hot sauce, and tofu in spicy Chinese sauce. Every dish was extremely tasty.

 

Soy Chicken with Chilli Sauce

 

We wanted to eat more but couldn’t find the room. The owner was also very lovely and helpful.

 

 

It’s Vegetable is located at Kinshicho Station.

 

T’S
T's Restaurant in Tokyo

 

T’s Vegetarian Restaurant is mostly plant based except for honey. They are a higher end trendy restaurant near Jiyugaoka station and worth the visit just for the vegan creme brulee.

 

T's Restaurant Menu

 

 We had quite a feast at T’s ordering a beautiful Japanese vegetable salad with lotus root, purple carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, turnips, and a mystery vegetable or two.

 

Japanese Salad at T's Restaurant

 

After the appetizer we tried the soy meat Hamburg with gravy and mushroom cream sauce, vegetable ramen, and another roasted soy meat bowl with brown rice.

 

 

And for dessert we thoroughly enjoyed our first vegan creme brûlée made with soy milk.

 

It was light and creamy like the dairy version, and the hard sugar layer on top was fun to crack, and even better to eat.

 

Vegan Creme Brûlée in Tokyo

 

T’s was definitely a meal to remember in Tokyo.

 

SAISHOKU KENBI
SAISHOKU KENBI in Tokyo

 

Saishoku Kenbi is located in shinokubo, Tokyo’s Korea town. It is down a side street on the grounds of a Buddhist temple and has vegetarian and vegan set lunches.

 

 Saishoku Kenbi menu

 

Both Cody and I had the only option available as the 2nd was sold out.

 

 Saishoku Kenbi Bento Box

 

We enjoyed a bento box with a variety of nibbles. Root vegetables, spaghetti and pesto, a fantastic salad topped with “tuna”, Hamburg with lotus root, pickled veggies, and miso soup. The food was so delicious and light.

 

 

We only wish we had visited a second time.

 

If you had any doubt that you would have trouble finding vegan food in Tokyo, not to worry, there are plenty of amazing options all over the city. So explore and enjoy!

 

For more info on exact directions to these restaurants you can check out HappyCow under Tokyo.

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Angie January 31, 2015 Reply

    Thank you for this post! I am visiting Tokyo in July and glad to see there are so many options.

    • Giselle and Cody January 31, 2015 Reply

      You will find so many options and places to eat throughout Japan.

      We will be posting a Vegan in Japan blog as well fairly soon. Have a great trip!!!

  2. Charlie January 31, 2015 Reply

    All looks so awesome! I loved eating at Loving Hut when I lived in Taiwan but am yet to visit one in another country, definitely would love to try out a Japanese Loving Hut!!

    • Giselle and Cody February 1, 2015 Reply

      Hey Charlie, we have tried a Loving Hut in Jakarta, Indonesia and now Tokyo.

      How was the Loving Hut in Taiwan? The one in Jakarta was incredible with so many choices.

      • Rika@VM February 15, 2015 Reply

        I didn’t like the Loving Hut Jakarta – they had too many soya meat ;(

    • Rika@VM February 15, 2015 Reply

      I LOVE LOVING HUT TAIWAN you rock, Charlie!

  3. Franca February 1, 2015 Reply

    Awesome guys! Japanese is one of my favouirte cuisine but when we were there we weren’t vegan yet. It’s interesting to see how many options there are and in a way dispel some of the myths about how extremely difficult it would be to travel to Japan as vegans. Cheers for that! 🙂

    I’d happily eat all the above and even more 😉

    • Giselle and Cody February 6, 2015 Reply

      Franca, we were worried after hearing how hard it was for Vegans in Japan.
      We did a ton of research and most people said they put Bonito (Fish) in most dishes.
      Luckily, Cody had a friend in Japan who would help us out with groceries and with researching for Vegan restaurants 🙂
      Always great to have a local guide.

  4. Lucia Pereira February 1, 2015 Reply

    All that yummy, non-violent food looks soooooo delicious.
    I’d love to go to Japan one day……you can be my tour guide….hehe…love you, lucia

    • Giselle and Cody February 6, 2015 Reply

      Lucia/Mom, we will have to visit sometime. After hearing from so many different sources how hard it was to be vegan in Japan we were worried but there was nothing to worry about. There was so much food and places to choose from. 🙂

  5. Dale February 2, 2015 Reply

    I’m sitting here having just gotten back from the dentist after three fillings and a tooth pulled out and I’m still licking my lips even through the ache and the pain.

    I’d LOVE to return to Tokyo and tick these all off, with T’s Tan Tan top of the list as I’m dying to have a decent vegan ramen. It’s been YEARS since my last ramen.

    • Giselle and Cody February 6, 2015 Reply

      Awww Dale, hopefully you get better soon.

      Yeah T’s Tan Tan was such an amazing place (even after visiting 5 times) and if you guys get back there make sure to go!!
      VEGAN RAMEN FOR THE WIN!!

  6. Jojo February 5, 2015 Reply

    Ah T’s Tan Tan, I freaking loved that place. Also still so amused that we ordered the exact same things at Loving Hut! That soy meat steamed bun was definitely my favourite part of the meal.

    • Giselle and Cody February 6, 2015 Reply

      JoJo, that is pretty funny to have ordered the exact same thing.
      I wish we would have had more time to go visit Loving Hut a second time.
      Next time we hit up Japan we will make sure to go a few more times 🙂
      See you in Chiang Mai!!!

  7. Cody Markin February 7, 2015 Reply

    Wow that sweet and sour “pork”looked amazing! I wanna go to Japan one day. Japan or Thailand, which had the best Veg food?

    • Giselle and Cody February 10, 2015 Reply

      It looks awesome hey Cody? Well…..Japan has really amazing veg food and the prices were higher but the standards were also a lot higher. We love the Veg food in Thailand and since we have been so many times, we know where all the best places are 🙂

  8. Rika@VM February 15, 2015 Reply

    Awesome eats! There’s a guest blogger on my blog who listed her top five eats last year – and TanTan is one of her favorites! http://veganmiam.com/asia/japan/5-vegan-eats-tokyo

    • Giselle and Cody February 16, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing Rika.
      Everyone we talked to told us that we had to make it to T’s Tan Tan for sure.
      We now know why everyone loves it 🙂

  9. Alex February 16, 2015 Reply

    Wow, so glad to have come across your site. I am in Thailand right now and flying to Japan in 2 weeks and I was worried about finding a good selection of vegan food. Don’t have to worry now.

    I will for sure hit up that vegan ramen place.

    • Giselle and Cody February 22, 2015 Reply

      Alex, you will have no problems with finding great food in Japan. There are number of delicious places in Kyoto as well. We will be posting a blog right away about eating Vegan in Japan. Hope you have a great time in Japan and eat a lot of delicious food!!

  10. Lauren February 22, 2015 Reply

    These look amazing! I’ve always wanted to go to Japan (even took a year’s worth of Japanese language lessons a few years back in preparation of a future trip!) but I always wondered if I’d be able to find vegan food there. These look like awesome choices and it’s nice to know that we definitely won’t go hungry there!

    • Giselle and Cody February 25, 2015 Reply

      Lauren, you will have no problem at all with travelling Japan.
      There are so many Vegan/Veggie places popping up and even 7-11 has a decent selection of food to keep you full.
      When you guys head there let us know and we can send you a ton of awesome places to eat 🙂

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  13. Tommy Lee March 26, 2015 Reply

    This is an awesome list you got here and will each of it when I go to Japan in August this year 😀 Thanks!

    • Giselle and Cody March 29, 2015 Reply

      Tommy, Hope you have an incredible time in such a beautiful country.

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  16. June July 13, 2016 Reply

    Is T’s Tan Tan and T’s Vegetarian is the same chain of some sort ?

    • Giselle and Cody August 11, 2016 Reply

      Hi there June,
      Yes, they are both part of the same company. Both are delicious!

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