Vegan-friendly Tokyo Grocery Stores

Okay, the name is a bit misleading. Obviously most Japanese grocery stores are vegan friendly simply because they’re loaded with fruits, veggies, and tofu products. However, today I want to introduce Tokyo grocery stores that might have typically hard-to-find vegan products, especially processed foods that you wouldn’t be able to find at a typical supermarket.  This is by no means and exhaustive list – they’re just places I’ve personally visited or heard of.

1. Natural House (Aoyama,Tokyo + other locations)

Quick Check:

  • Location(s): Aoyama, Shimokitazawa, Meguro, Ogikubo, Nihonbashi, Ikebukuro, Yurakucho (all in Tokyo)
  • Hours: Varies by location.  Aoyama Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Website: Supermarket Website, HappyCow Page

Address, Train Access & Phone Number (Aoyama Location):

  • English Address: 3-6-18 Kita Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Japanese Address: 東京都港区北青山3-6-18
  • Nearest Train Station: Omote-sando Station (Tokyo Metro)
  • Phone Number: 03-3498-2277

Google Map:

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Natural House is an organic-foods grocery chain, and has locations in various parts of  Tokyo, including Shimokitazawa, Aoyama, Meguro, Ogikubo, Nihonbashi, and many other areas (a full list can be found in Japanese on their website here).  However, the store that I visit most frequently is the Aoyama location, which is located near the intersection Aoyama Dori and Omotesando Dori.  It’s just a 5-10 minute walk from both Pure Cafe and Brown Rice Cafe.

Natural House specializes in organic goods, and has  a moderate selection of organically-produced produce.  What will likely be of more interest to visitors, however, is their selection of to-go lunch bowls and sandwiches, many of which are vegan.  All of the prepared foods that are vegetarian are labelled with green “for vegetarian” stickers, and allergen labels will warn for contents such as milk or eggs (I would recommend asking about honey).

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They also have a juice bar in the front, for those who are looking for a filling on-the-go snack.  This juice bar also sells vegan ice cream!

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For those who are hear longer-term, there is also a large selection of vegan and vegetarian products that often would not otherwise be vegan, such as Japanese curry roux, instant ramen, vegan bread, soy margarine, soy mayonnaise, tempei, vegan gyoza, vegan mock-meats, and much more.  Many of these products are Japanese, but they also have some imported goods as well.  All vegetarian products are marked as such (on the tags below them with the price), and milk and eggs are marked as allergens.  Check the ingredients labels for honey (はちみつ or ハチミツ).

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Vegan Curry Roux

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Breads (many are vegan)

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Tempei and Soy Meat

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Soy Margarine

As you would expect, things here are generally pricier than at your typical grocery.  However, most of these items are difficult (if impossible) to find at any normal grocery store, so it’s definitely worth a visit and, in my opinion, worth the cost!

2. National Azabu (Hiroo, Tokyo + Den-en-Chofu, Tokyo)

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Quick Check:

  • Location(s): Hiro-o, Tokyo & Den-en-chofu, Tokyo
  • Hiro-o Hours: 8:30 – 21:00
  • Den-en-Chofu Hours: 9:00 – 21:30
  • Website: Supermarket Website

Address, Train Access & Phone Number (Hiro-o Location):

  • English Address: 4-5-2 Minami Azabu,Minato-Ku,TOKYO 106-0047
  • Japanese Address: 〒106-0047 東京都港区南麻布4-5-2
  • Nearest Train Station: Hiro-o Station (Tokyo Metro) (for the Hiro-o location)
  • Phone Number: 03-3442-3181

Google Map:

While hardly a vegan store, National Azabu is an import store that has a large number of products that would make any vegan giddy:  Amy’s Vegan Pizzas, soy mayonnaise, Shreese, lentils, imported dark chocolate, rice milk, even vegan tortillas.  It’s just a short walk away from Island Veggie, and well worth a look around if you’re missing something from home.  It’s expensive, but worth checking out if you really feel you’re missing something.

They also have another store near Den-en-Chofu Station, called National Den-En.

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Soy Ice Cream (maybe vegan?)

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Amy’s Products (including vegan pizza and veggie burgers)

Soy Mayonnaise

Soy Mayonnaise

Soy & Rice MIlk

Soy & Rice MIlk

Breaded Veggie Patties

Breaded Veggie Patties

Alvarado St. Bakery Breads

Alvarado St. Bakery Breads (These are from my home town! It was so nice to see them!)

Shreese Vegan Cheese Products

Shreese Vegan Cheese Products

3. Natural Mart (Hiro-o, Tokyo)

Quick Check:

Address, Train Access & Phone Number:

  • English Address: Hiroo Flower Home 102, 5-19-5 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-0012
  • Japanese Address: 東京都渋谷区広尾5-19-5 広尾フラワーホーム102
  • Nearest Train Station: Hiro-o Station (Tokyo Metro) (for the Hiro-o location)
  • Phone Number: 03-6408-2528

Google Map:

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Natural Mart is a tiny organic food store located in Hiro-o, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.  They sell various imported and domestic cereals & grains, soy milk, rice milk, snacks, pet food, produce, skincare products, home products (like detergent), pet food, and way more.  This store leans much more to the natural end: there aren’t a lot of processed foods, but there’s a lot of great staples for anyone who loves to cook from home.

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4. Lima Health Shop 

Quick Check:

Address, Train Access & Phone Number:

  • English Address: Tokyo Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-23-1, Tokyo, Japan 151-0053
  • Japanese Address: 〒151-0053 東京都渋谷区代々木2-23-1
  • Nearest Train Station:  Shinjuku Station, Miniami-Shinjuku Station, JR Yoyogi Station
  • Phone Number: 03-6304-2005 

Google Map:

Lima Health Shop is a small healthy food store operated in the same building as Lima Cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  Unlike Lima cafe, Lima Health Shop doesn’t exclusively sell vegan products.  However, they do have an impressive selection of of vegan-friendly foods, including small pots of flavored vegan cream cheese (perfect for bagels!), lots of imported and domestic vegan snacks, and a huge freezer filled with vegan ice cream!  They also have a small selection of vegan bento (lunch) boxes at the front, and several of these are vegan as well.

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Aisles of yum at Lima Health Shop

Happy Dates vegan energy bars

Happy Dates vegan energy bars

More Vegan Ice Cream than any mere mortal can handle

More Vegan Ice Cream than any mere mortal can handle

Vegan Ice Cream flavor chart

Vegan Ice Cream flavor chart

Bento (Lunch) Boxes at the front, many of which are vegan

Bento (Lunch) Boxes at the front, many of which are vegan – look for the Itadakizen lunch boxes!

I’m sure there are many other health shops and import stores in Tokyo with impressive vegan-friendly selections – these are just the one’s I’ve personally visited! If there’s any places I haven’t mentioned that you like, please tell me about them in the comments section!

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12 thoughts on “Vegan-friendly Tokyo Grocery Stores

  1. Whoa, this post is super handy as I make plans to move to Japan in year or so. I guess being vegan in Japan doesn’t have to be hard, it’s just different. 🙂

    • Yep! I really didn’t find it to be hard at all. The language barrier is honestly the hardest thing – once you learn how to ask questions and read food labels, it’s really not so bad. You might have to eat a lot of rice when you’re out with friends, but when you’re alone or with flexible eaters there are lots of options!

    • Thank you! Sorry for not replying, I didn’t see your comment. 🙂 Yes, I found it to not be so hard! Really you just need to be prepared. Know that you’ll need to read labels, know what questions to ask, and pack a little snack in case you go out with friends somewhere and the only vegan thing on the menu is rice 😉 As long as you know what to look for, it’s not difficult! It just requires a bit of diligence.

  2. Thank you for this article. Could you please tell us the kanji for vegan or vegetarian and for eggs ? Do you have any tipps on how to be sure something is vegan/vegetrian if one cannot read japanese food labels ? Thank you so much in advance 🙂

    • Ah many I’m so sorry I didn’t see this comment before! The kanji for eggs is 卵. Unfortunately things are rarely labeled as vegan or vegetarian unless you’re at a store that’s specifically marketing towards those groups (like some swankier health food stores), but they are ビーガン (vegan) and ベジタリアン (vegetarian). If you can’t read labels, it is unfortunately unlikely you’d be able to tell what is or isn’t vegetarian. However, I recommend just printing out a little list of different ingredients with their translations. There are a few available online, so I recommend just googling “vegan Japanese ingredients” or something along those lines! Carry it with you, check whatever labels you see for any of the things you can’t eat, and if you don’t see anything you’re probably ok. 🙂 That said, mistakes likely WILL happen, so do be prepared for that. If it tastes “off”, take a closer look at the ingredients!

  3. This post is old, but I hope you reply back. I live about an hour from these places and I’m wondering do they sell dry ice. I know some places like Baskin & Robbins sell it. Just wondering because I want to try some of the frozen foods.

  4. Just a comment with regards to dry ice, I know that National Azabu offer it if you are buying chilled products (and I assume for frozen products too). I go there to stock up on halloumi cheese and they ask if you want some while they are packing. Couldn’t say about any of the other places though.

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