Seasonal cafe on the slopes of the Happo-One ski resort, near the start of the Kokusai 1 lift. Provides quick meals that are mostly vegan, including Mexican and falafel and hummus wraps, pasta, basic Chinese stir fry and rice meals, Indian-style curry, nachos, and other snack food. Uses organic and locally-grown ingredients. Note that the burger buns (bought from outside) contain dairy, and some sauces contain honey. Address is 長野県北安曇郡白馬村北城 4377. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Western, International, Juice bar, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out
4377 Happo, Kokusai Lodge
Hakuba, Japan 399-9301

Mon-Sun 12:30am-5:00pm



First Review by JesseD
  • vegetarian

Heaven in a ski resort

Posted on 11 / 27 / 2013

I lived and worked in Hakuba for 3 and a half months, and without roots I don't know what I would have done. Sounds a bit dramatic, but being a vegetarien in Japan is difficult enough, never mind in a ski resort where the vegi options are limited. Roots is open everyday and is right on the ski slope on the Happo-one resort. The lunch meals (which are the best) stop at 2:30ish so make sure you get there before. I went to this cafe many times with other vegetarians and meat-eaters and both loved this place. A favourite was the 'rasta-wrap' which was braised tofu with spicy rice in a wrap. Other favourites were the vegi burger and the hummus. A great vegan restaurant and a reasonable price! Just under 1000yen for any meal, and it is filling. Also a great idea to try the vegan chocolate brownie and hot chocolate. I highly recommend this place if in the area.

Pros: Fantastic good, Organic and vegan, Inexpensive
  • vegan

Vegan Oasis in the Ski World

Posted on 04 / 27 / 2013

Roots makes skiing in Japan so much better: no longer is it necessary to carry snack bars in your ski suit or force down white rice and hot chips when hunger calls. Roots cafe is attached to the Evergreen Outdoor Centre (both have the same vegan owner) and is easy to get to - just head to the Kokusai area (Happo One) and it's near the base of the Kokusai 1 lift. The baked items are good for snacks elsewhere on the mountain. It's great how it serves vegan food to so many non-vegans. The main meals are available until 2:30, so I usually go as early as possible (say around 10-11), ski during the busy lunch hour, and then go back for another meal just before 2:30. Note that as the listing says, it's a seasonal cafe, so between the ski and summer seasons be sure to check the website to see when it's open. This cafe makes Hakuba and Happo One the place to ski in Japan.

Pros: right on the ski slopes, all veg and mostly vegan, fast, delicious, healthy food


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Last updated: 2013/04/25


Added: 2013/04/25


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