12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters

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12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters

Japan has a million vegetarian, vegan and only tofu options in Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Kanazawa and osaka, Japan’s national kitchen. In the land of the rising sun there is a plenty for the vegatarians all around the world. You just have to say: Watashi wa niku toh sakana wo taberarimasen, which means “I don’t eat meat or fish”. At first let’s know about the 12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters. This is an exhaustive list of 12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters.

Non meat and fish eaters have a plentiful to choose from temple treats, monk food, raw recipes and tofu-only options. Alongside, Ramen and burritos, macrobiotic cuisine is quite a fad these days in Japan.

12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters travel dejavu   Shojin Ryori (from Tenryuji Shigetsu, 3000 Yen + 500 Yen temple admission)
Photo credits : Japanvegan blogspot

Kyoto wins hands-down as the vegetarian’s paradise for developing Shojin Ryori. It means, “zeal in progressing along the path of salvation. A vegan meal as it is only made using beans, grains, seaweed and vegetables.

Obanzai is a family style cuisine with dishes made from local vegetables perfectly dressed with Yuba which is soybean curd, nama-fu which is gluten and tofu. Along with octopus balls and squid pancakes, the vegetarian side of Osaka serves mock meat.

12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters travel dejavu                                                                               Photo credits : Japanvegan blogspot

A must-do in Japan is eating in a tea cup in a monastery and finding your hidden inner Zen which is one of the topmost priorities in this list of 12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters.

Some other dishes on the vegetarian platter to must try are

  • Japanese pancakes called Okonomiyaki.
  • Tempura Donburi which are basically deep fried vegetables.
  • Oyaki which are veggie stuffed wheat buns.
  • Tsukemono which are pickled vegetables.
  • Inarizushi which is vinegared rice stuffed in tofu pouches.
  • Zaru soba which is the famous buckwheat noodles.
  • Nasu Dengaku which is a dish made of grilled eggplants.
  • Gohei mochi which is basically suculent grilled rice dumplings.
  • kabocha Korroke which are pumpkin croquettes.

Thus we summarise these 12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters. Let us know your take about 12 must try Japanese vegetarian vegan platters.

Are you a vegetarian? What are some vegetarian food you have had in Japan?


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  1. I love most of these and actually haven’t heard of some! I’ll have to try all of them!

  2. This is such a useful post! I’m vegetarian and have recently really gotten into sushi but haven’t ventured any further into Japanese cuisine (mostly because I didn’t know what else was on offer!). Now I may have to scout out a local Japanese restaurant to try something new! Or be a bit more adventurous and buy a flight to Japan!

    • Hi Rhiannon! Sushi is becoming an out and out comfort food but you can definitely have your mouth filling share of Japanese food that are usually healthy by all standards.

  3. It’s hard to imagine Japanese food without fish and meat but after reading this I see there are still plenty of other foods available supplying the protein. Tofu is a great source of protein, Eggplants and vegetables of fibre. You can get a good meal here supplying necessary nutrients.

  4. I am not a vegetarian but dreaming of becoming one. These dishes are really worth trying – definitely for the health-conscious people. Pinned this post just in case I have the good fortune of travelling to Japan.

  5. During my time living in Central America, a part of the world that has an abundance of fruits and vegetables, I lived as a vegetarian and I must say, felt much better because of it. Moving to Central Asia, out of necessity changed that but whether a meat-eater or not, Japan has an unrivalled culinary history and, as I understand it, the most Michelin-Starred restaurants anywhere in the world. Can’t agree with your suggestion of Okonomiyaki enough… delicious!

  6. I am vegan I haven’t had much Japanese food. Just noodles. I will have to try some of these.

  7. interesting, i’ve had very few japanese platters in general but might have to try a couple of the vegan ones…thanks for sharing (:

  8. I didn’t realise there was so much vegan food available in Japan! These all look so good. Now only if they were gluten-free too…

  9. My son is a gluten free vegan. He seriously dreams of moving to Portland Oregon based on the number of vegan restaurants. (among other things) He would be totally stoked going to a country were meat free rice dishes are an intrinsic part of the culture.

  10. I am not a vegetarian but I like to have vegan meals sometimes. There is one vegetarian food stall nearby where I stay that I like to go and their dishes are really good. They serve mostly vegetables and ‘tempeh’ (fermented soybean) and I love tempeh! 😀

  11. Thanks, as a vegan it’s good to know that there is an abundance of vegan food in Japan.

  12. Stephanie Huff : March 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This is such a helpful post!! especially the “Watashi wa niku toh sakana wo taberarimasen” 🙂 I am so happy to know that I would have vegan options if I travelled here. Plus the food looks amazingly delicious! thanks

  13. I’ve always worried that I wouldn’t be able to find vegan food in Japan so it’s great to learn I’m wrong! The Nasu Dengaku sounds delicious!

  14. I’m vegetarian but I haven’t ventured into any Japanese cuisine yet, so I was super excited to find this article and I cant wait to give some of these foods a try!Thanks for sharing!

  15. Very useful post for all the vegan out there 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  16. I am vegan and never been to Japan, but glad to know that there are so many options! I love sushi and inari, but still have so many Japanese dishes to try…

  17. I love how colorful the pictures are, the food looks tasty and well explained. To be honest I never tried vegetarian options at the Japanes restaurant, yet, but I might try after reading this!

  18. Becky Angell : March 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Wow great suggestions, I tried the Okonomiyaki and loved it but so many more things to try!

  19. Japanese food is one of my favorite types of food because its so healthy and pretty to look at. Great post!

  20. Yay! Finally a guide to vegan/veggie food recommendations. I have never been to Japan, but it would be easy to eat there with all there veggie options. I love soba buckwheat noodles, which I have tried here in Canada, but I would be interested in trying them in Japan as well as the Nasu Dengaku dish. Thank you for the post.

  21. Looks amazing! Would love recipes to try!

  22. These are all brand new and very interesting to me as I do not know much about Japanese food. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Helpful information. We’re probably the only people in the world who aren’t fans of sushi, so it’s nice to know there are lots of other options for us when we visit Japan.

  24. So many things to try in Japan! Great that there are some options for vegans out there too.

  25. I LOVE Japanese food and was actually a vegetarian myself when we visited Japan! They have some fantastic alternatives – great post!

  26. I’ve had a few of these dishes and they’re absolutely delicious!

  27. Wonderful list if dishes. During my trip I tried most in Japan. Will bookmark the post for my next trip.

  28. Wow that sounds delicious. I would love to travel to japan for food only. Thanks for sharing

  29. I’m not a vegetarian, but I definitely want to try some of these foods now! They sound so good!

  30. I love Japan and most especially the food. I never feel deprived when I eat vegetarian-style food in Japan. It is just as delicious and interesting as anything else. I could be a vegetarian in Japan (India too).

  31. I live in Hawaii where Japanese cuisine is abundant, so I will have to try and track some of these down. Do you know what the “mock meat” is made of, tofu? Great list!

  32. So cool to learn that there are so many different options! These all sound pretty tasty

  33. <3 Japan is a true haven for clean eaters.

  34. Awesome suggestion! I went to Japan last year, and although I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, I was trying to find things that is not meaty/fishy and your post would be a helpful source for my next visit. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Japanese food is my absolute favourite! Usually, I’m more inclined to order the seafood dishes, but this gives me some ideas! Thanks very much for putting it together!

  36. digital travel guru : March 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, it’s got me craving Japanese food now lol. Definitely will try some of these.

  37. It was interesting to know about these vegan foods available in Japan because there’s a general assumption that it’s hard to find vegetarian food in Japan and most places in South East Asia. I would like to try the pancakes and dumplings sometime. 🙂

  38. I can’t wait to visit Japan – mostly for the food! Although I eat fish, many of my vegetarian friends do not and found that in many places in Asia fish sauce was added to dishes for flavour. Is this the same in Japan or is it easy to avoid? Great article – the pumpkin korroke is making my stomach rumble!

  39. This article is a boon for people like me! Super duper like and will be sharing it with fellow vegans 🙂

  40. Great post! 🙂

  41. Ana Vukosavljevic : March 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Im not really into Japan food, but my brother is going to be so happy when I show him this post 😀

    He is crazy about Japanese culture, especially about the food. Thanks for sharing!

  42. I am a vegetarian and I am putting this post in my bookmarks. I want to go to Japan and I kept wondering what would I eat there! Though I don’t like the idea of mock meat!


  43. Oh hot damn! Looks heavenly. I am so in love with Japanese food and would be so into veggie style

  44. I’m actually going to be visiting Japan this May so I’m definitely going to try some of these!! They all sound super good! Do you have any restaurant recommendations for Tokyo where I should try some of these dishes? 🙂

  45. This was such a delightful ( and delicious) post to read :). Being a vegetarian myself, I always wondered if I would be able to find local veg Japanese food. I’m so glad you shared this post, makes travelling to Japan even more interesting!

  46. I’m not a vegetarian, but I try to eat less meat from now to then. I never knew there was so much variety in a vegetarian diet! This post gave me some extra inspiration, since there is a shop around the corner that sells Asian specialties and ingredients! Curious about the Nasu Dengaku!

  47. Japanese foods are soooo urrrgghhhh yummy! 🙂 I would definitely eat all of these. It is so beautifully presented that the minimalist culture of Japan has also been incorporated.

  48. Yes, I am a vegetarian but I have never been to Japan. What is tofu? And I guess, the rice dumplings are called momos in Tibet and India. Balls of octopuses? Have you ever tried them? By the way, if you are planning to come to Delhi, please let me know, I will be happy to host you. Thanks

  49. Nice article, Delicious list of food.
    bookmarked your site, thanks for sharing

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