Map of Vegetarian Restaurants in Japan
This is a searchable & clickable map of vegetarian restaurants in Japan based on this data from Japan Vegetarian Society. The map is divided into Eastern Japan (including Tokyo and Nagoya) and Western Japan (including Osaka and Kyoto).
There are three types of restaurants on the map: 地図には次の3種類のレストランがあります。
- vegetarian (includes most vegan ones, only few labeled separately) ベジタリアンのお店
- mixed = has vegetarian options ベジタリアン料理もあるお店
- fish = uses no meat except fish (pescetarian) 肉を使わず魚の料理があるお店
- Click a point to show name, address other details.
- Click a name to go to the restaurant web site (if available)
- Click an address to show location in Google Maps.
- View maps in fullscreen: Eastern Japan fullscreen (including Tokyo and Nagoya), Western Japan fullscreen (including Osaka and Kyoto).
Links to similar sites
- HappyCow Japan: English, many reviews, paid mobile map, on desktop you can get a limited area map through search.
- Vege-Navi.jp: Japanese and English, maps for Kyoto, Okinawa, Hiroshima, Shibuya, Kyoto, Yokohama/Kanagawa, lists for other areas.
In theory one should be able to search for vegetarian restaurants on Tabelog (Japanese), but I’ve had limited success. If you want to try anyway, the keyword to search for is ベジタリアンメニューあり (“has vegetarian menu”). Unfortunately, other vegetarian-related tags are almost never used on Tabelog. Another useful, but even more ambiguous, Tabelog keyword is 自然食 (“natural food”), which sometimes means macrobiotic and/or vegetarian.
You can also find extensive general tips for vegan eating and shopping in Japan at the Is It Vegan? Japan site.
Let your Airbnb host cook for you!
Airbnb has taken off in Japan and you can find plenty of hosts offering to cook you a dinner for 500 JPY to 1000 JPY per person, which is great value compared to a restaurant. Some are even explicitly offering vegetarian meals. Here are hosts we’ve had a great experience with. (Just make sure to check with the host to see if they still offer that option and if it fits their schedule.)
If you do not have an Airbnb account yet, you can get about 2,400 JPY worth of Airbnb credit by creating one through this invitation link.
- Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken: Yamuna at Kamakura Vegetarian House cooked us a sumptous dinner consisting of various Japanese-style and Indian-style dishes. We shared the table with her family. (Vegetarian breakfast is already included in the price.)
- Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka-ken: Daisuke at Tokiwa guest house under Mt. Fuji cooked us a vegetarian nabe. We had a fun common dinner with other guests and Daisuke’s friends.
- Chita-gun, Aichi-ken: Akiko offers several different rooms in her beautiful traditional house. We cooked a Japanese-style vegetarian meal and shared the table with her and one other guests.
- Asuka-mura, Nara-ken: Eileen manages two traditional guest houses with beautiful rooms in Asuka. She cooks Japanese-style organic meals (dinner and/or breakfast). Vegetarian meal wasn’t any problem. We ate in our private room.
Most of Airbnb guests in Japan are still foreigners, so in general Airbnb hosts can speak English well enough. Again, if you do not have an Airbnb account, do not miss the chance to get about 2,400 JPY worth of Airbnb credit by creating an account through this invitation link.
- Vegetarian ベジタリアン bejitarian, often shortened to べじ beji (“vege” in Latin alphabet).
- Macrobiotic マクロビオティック makurobiotikku, often shortened to マクロビ makurobi. As macrobiotics is popular in Japan, this is a surprisingly useful term. Although some people following macrobiotic diet eat fish or other meat to some extent, food or restaurants labeled as “macrobiotic” implies vegan. AFAIK there’s no rule, but I have yet to find an exception. Staff in a macrobiotic restaurant will also understand what vegetarian means, so you can always verify.
- Vegan ビーガン bīgan. I am listing this just for the sake of completeness. As Japanese seldom use dairy products and eggs are usually served separately, Japanese vegetarian food is more often vegan than not, but most people do not know the word or do not understand how it differs from vegetarian.
My recommendation is to stick to vegetarian & macrobiotic when searching and asking for vegetarian (or vegan) food. Talking explicitly about meat, vegetables etc. (in Japanese, not to mention English) usually gets you nowhere: you’re almost bound to get at least a little bit of meat if you just ask for something made “only from vegetables”, or “without meat and fish”. The same goes for food labeled as “vegetable something”, pictures of vegetables, green leaves etc. – all this is meant just to conjure up an image of a healthy diet with a lot of vegetables.
You can have a perfect vegetarian (or vegan) dinnner for two or a group of friends at Shabu-shabu Onyasai (しゃぶしゃぶ温野菜), a chain of shabu-shabu restaurants. Their vegetable all-you-can-yet course costs a little more than 2000 JPY per person and contains a really wide array of vegetables, mushrooms, tofu etc. (71 items). The course is called Kokusan Yasai Tabehoudai (国産野菜食べ放題, “Domestically Produced Vegetable All-You-Can-Yeat”). It’s just hard to find in the menu (on the bottom of a page), and you also need to order a “soup” without animal products if you want a completely vegetarian dish (when we visited, “konbu” and “lemon” did not contain any fish/meat stock). One table shares a pot, so if you want to come with meat-eating friends, make sure to reserve appropriately. They have an English menu. The web site is Japanse-only, but searching for a city name in Latin alphabet seems to work and you may also try Tabelog or Google maps to find a restaurant.
(Almost) vegetarian bentō (lunch box), called “Vege Deluxe Bento”, are sold at some of the largest JR train stations (including Tokyo, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka): more information in Japanese. Search for them in the relatively inconspicuous JR shops usually near the platform, not in the big bento shops. But beware: they state that meat or fish is not used as an ingredient except seasoning.
At the Hakata train station (Fukuoka-shi), there is a shop called Evah Dining selling delicious macrobiotic bentōs half of which are clearly labelled as vegetarian. (It is located at the ground floor few steps from the main concourse into the Amu/Hankyū passage. Ask at the station information if uncertain.)
If you happen to go to Kamakura, ask for vegetarian restaurant map at the tourist information centre at the main train station. (Kamakura is rather exceptional in this regard, though.)
- 2016/08/01 Updated from JVS list (about a dozen new places), manually added 2 more place in Nagoya, 1 in Takayama. Shifted Mie prefecture to the Western Japan so that we fit into BatchGeo’s limitations, added info about Shabu-shabu Onyasai.
- 2016/04/01 Added 3 (2 visited), removed 1 closed restaurant in Fukuoka. Info about bentō at the Hakata station.
- 2016/03/18 Translated most cuisine labels to English. Added 7 restaurants in Nagoya, 1 in Kobe (all visited). Removed 1 closed restaurant in Nagoya.