Plant Based Eating in Tokyo, Japan: a Culinary Adventure in the Far East
By Molly Patrick
Aug 31, 2019,
Tokyo is wonderfully odd.
What other place on earth do the toilets sing to you, shower your ass with warm water, make waterfall sounds so no one can hear your bathroom business AND have the option of birds singing in the background? Yes, there were toilets that did all of this and then some.
We were recently in Japan for 10 days and we visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I started with our Ryokan experience last week. This week I’m covering how to eat plant based in Tokyo and next week I will cover Kyoto and Osaka.
If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and want to keep it plant based, this post has your name written all over it (in beautiful Japanese calligraphy). I’m sharing pics and tips from my trip and then I’m bringing in an expert on the vegan food scene in Tokyo, Jackie Janssen of Foodie Adventure Japan. She gives us the inside scoop about plant based eating in Tokyo, along with her 10 favorite vegan restaurants
Let’s start with some pictures of our trip to set the scene!
This is not a sponsored post. We did not get paid to write it or comped with free hotel stays, plane tickets, meals, tours, travel gear, etc… mentioned or photographed in this post.
Goodbye Malaysia, hello Japan. Off to the airport for another adventure.
We stayed at Citadines (the purple and yellow building) in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. We chose this hotel because it was relatively close to a major train station, it had a small kitchen in the room, and we were able to book it with credit card points.
We arrived to our room at 1 AM after a 7-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in Tokyo. Download the Google Translate app and play around with it before you leave home for your trip.
When you arrive, make sure you get cash and a local SIM card with data for your phone BEFORE you leave the airport. Once you are out of the airport the language barrier gets really tough. A pocket-sized Japanese vocabulary book is also helpful.
We took a cab to our hotel because it was so late. It’s not cheap to take taxis but it’s worth it when you first arrive. Make sure you know exactly where you are going so you can easily show the address to the driver (in Japanese if possible). I showed him the map of where our hotel was and he was able to figure it out. Seriously though, get a SIM card with data before you leave the airport, it will save you a ton of frustration.
The hotel had breakfast each morning from 7 AM-10 AM. It was a hodgepodge of mostly Western-style food. There were even a couple of options for me!
I nommed on bell peppers and beans. Each dish had a tag near it with the allergens listed. Super helpful.
I was surprised to see an oil-free dressing! I didn’t have any though because I’m pretty sure that blue bottle symbol is milk.
I had bell pepper strips, beans, orange slices and whole wheat toast for breakfast. It wasn’t amazing, but it was food and so I was happy.
The hotel had a subway map which was really helpful. The Tokyo subway system is insane. You really don’t need a car because you can get anywhere by train. I thought it was super complicated but Luanne navigated the fuck out of it. She’s good with details like this and she finds this stuff easy.
There were info desks in almost all the train stations we went in and most of them spoke English, so if you get confused, just find the info desk and ask for help.
Back in our room after breakfast, finishing up some work. This is one reason why we started an online business, so we could work from anywhere in the world.
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