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Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Kyoto

Although vegan and vegetarian meals in Japan have long been associated only with Buddhists and temple kitchens, recently, things are beginning to change! Below is a selection of Kyoto's restaurants that are dedicated to vegetarian or vegan cooking, plus a number where at least a few such options are normally on the menu. We have linked to English websites whenever possible. Bon appetit!

Shojin Ryori - Buddhist Cuisine

Shojin Temple Cuisine in Kyoto.

A vegan speciality of Kyoto that you should definitely try is shojin ryori, a cuisine traditionally eaten by people who live by a strict Buddhist doctrine, like monks. This style of cooking allows no meat and fish, and also does not contain root vegetables like onions or leek garlic where eating the plant will kill it. In contrast, beans and fruits are allowed. Another version of Buddhist cuisine called fucha ryori is prepared by the Obaku school of zen.

You can sample shojin ryori at restaurants and even temples in Kyoto, but in most temples a prior reservation is necessary. Note also that temple restaurants offer only lunch and may close very early.


- Yoshuji website
shojin ryori; lunch, dinner

- Hanagokoro website
shojin ryori, kaiseki; lunch, dinner

- Yachiyo website
shojin ryori, kaiseki; lunch, dinner

- Izusen Sagano website
shojin ryori; lunch

- Ajiro website
shojin ryori; lunch, dinner; reservation required!


- Ippukutei website
shojin ryori, kaiseki; lunch, dinner

- Tobajin Fushimi website
shojin ryori, kaiseki; lunch, dinner

- Daitokuji Ikkyu website
shojin ryori; lunch, dinner; reservation required!

- TowZen website
soymilk ramen; lunch, dinner;


- Seigen-in website
shojin ryori and yudofu; restaurant located inside Ryoan-ji temple; lunch

- Izusen Daiji-in website
shojin ryori; lunch

- Tenryu-ji Shigetsu website
shojin ryori; lunch; online reservation required!

- Kanga-an Temple website
fucha ryori; lunch; reservation required!

- Manpuku-ji Temple (in Uji) website
fucha ryori; lunch

Vegan Restaurants

Vegan Black LT Sandwich by Creatv Eight on unsplash.

Recently, more and more Kyoto restaurants embrace plant-only menus. Here are a few of the vegan restaurants and cafes in Kyoto that do not use any animal products in their meals and drinks.


- Mumokuteki website
lunch, dinner

- AIN SOPH. Journey Kyoto website
lunch, dinner

- Little Heaven website
lunch; reservations required

- Pettirosso website
dinner, lunch; vegan set menues

- Lapis (formerly da Maeda) website
lunch, dinner; vegan sushi


- CHOICE website
lunch, dinner, cafe

- Veg-Out website
lunch, dinner, cafe

- Arashiyama Kan website
lunch, cafe

- gomacro Salon website
lunch, cafe


- Mushiyashinai website
cafe with lunch; gluten free, anti-allergenic choices; shop

- Apelila website
vegan bakery

- Kitten Company website
tea house with light meals

- Organic House Salute website
cafe with dinner; shop

- Yoshifumi Cafe website
cafe and event space

Vegetarian Restaurants

Vegetarian food with lots of veggies.

Kyoto's vegetarian restaurants and cafes have many fans, and while cooking mostly plant-based meals, they also allow milk, eggs, honey, etc. in their dishes. The selection of food ranges from traditional to modern Japanese as well as international cuisine.

- Smoothie Etc. website
cafe with lunch

- Padma website
lunch, dinner; gluten free snacks

- Miso Pota Kyoto website
tiny place with miso soup takeout; two locations

Restaurants With Vegan or Vegetarian Options

A pasta dish by amirali mirhashemian on unsplash.

Going out with a larger group often means to compromise on both sides of the meat vs. no meat divide. Tofu and yuba (tofu skin) restaurants are always a good option if you want to go for authentic Japanese cuisine, and they often have vegetarian options (make sure to ask beforehand).

Here are some restaurants in Kyoto where you can find vegetarian or even vegan options on the menu. There are also many excellent Indian restaurants in Kyoto, where you can eat meat as well as vegetarian dishes.

Yudofu/Yuba Restaurants

- Seike website
lunch, dinner; yuba, vegetarians welcome; two locations in Kyoto

- Rengetsujaya website
lunch, dinner; yudofu

- Junsei website
lunch, dinner; yudofu, kaiseki, shabu-shabu

- Kitayama website
dinner; yudofu, kaiseki; reservations required

- Karyu website
lunch, dinner; yudofu, kaiseki

- Mamehachi website
lunch, dinner; yudofu, vegetarians welcome

- Yubanzai Komameya website
lunch, dinner; yuba

- Umenohana website
lunch, dinner; yuba, vegetarian options on request


- Falafel Garden website
lunch, dinner; vegetarian/vegan options, Israeli cuisine

- Monpan Shokudo website
lunch; vegetarian/vegan options, Asian fusion cuisine

- Orto website
vegetarian options at lunch only, reservation required 1 day in advance

- Mimikou website
lunch, dinner; vegan options, curry udon

- Omen website
lunch, dinner; vegetarian options; three locations in Kyoto

- Arash's Kitchen website
lunch, dinner; vegetarian and halal options, Persian and Indian cuisine

- Asian Chample Foods Goya website
lunch, dinner; vegetarian options, meat dishes

- Musubi Cafe website
lunch, dinner; vegetarian and vegan options, meat dishes; three locations

- Gojo Paradiso website
breakfast, lunch, dinner; vegetarian options; reservation required


- Gohanpankobo Tsubutsubu website
rice-flour bakery; vegetarian options

- Premarche Gelateria website
icecream; vegan options; only from April - October

- Alpenrose website
bakery; organic bread, vegan/vegetarian options

- Honkuzu Pops website
ice cream; no coloring or preservatives, vegan options; three locations

- Hanbei Fu Sabo website
specialises in fu - rice gluten foods - and sweets; vegan options

- Arrow Sweets website
sweets and cakes; organic, vegetarian options

This is only a small selection of the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto. Did we miss one that absolutely needs to be on the list? Please let us know and we'll add it above. Thank you!