5 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
730 Koyasan, Ito-gun, Koya-cho 648-0211, Wakayama, Koyasan, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, International, Japanese, Organic, Western, Take-out
Cafe and art gallery specializing in organic vegetarian lunches. Prices vary depending on contents of set. Menu changes daily, and a number of house-made cakes are available, as well as coffees and teas. Couple who runs the cafe speak French, English, Japanese, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. Located on the the left side of the main road as one walks from the center of town to Okunoin cemetery, 150m from the main traffic lights.
Koyasan, Koyasan, Japan
A stay in any one of 50 or so host "shukubo" temples in Koyasan includes a vegetarian dinner and breakfast. Many restaurants in town offer a shukubo meal as well. However, do note that some temple kitchens might use fish broth to enhance flavor, so be sure to double-check!
722 Kayasan Kaya-cha, Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken (at Odawari-dori), Koyasan, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Japanese
Japanese vegetarian food restaurant. Table and tatami mat seating. Sets include sesame tofu, steamed vegetables, tea, barley rice bowl, tempura vegetables, miso soup, grilled tofu, udon noodles. Sesame tofu and freeze dried tofu are its specialties. Lunch only. Located across from the Fugenin Temple, 1/2 block from the town's main street, Odawari-dori. Has a sidewalk sign and menu with six vegetarian sets, with captions in English.
off of national highway 371, Koyasan, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Japanese, Organic, Beer/Wine
Address in Japanese 和歌山県伊都郡高野山529. This is an extremely small restaurant that sits 6. It looks like there might be outdoor seating when the weather is allowing. Note that parmesan cheese is sprinkled on the spaghetti. Vegans to specify. Location is right off of national highway 371, near the southeast entrance to the large graveyard.
769 Koyasan (at near post office), Koyasan, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. The menu is separated into a vegetarian and non-vegetarian section, and the vegetarian items are all vegan suitable. Everything comes in sets, with the cheapest set at approx. 2100 yen and the most expensive approx. 7350 yen. Expect a wait if you do not have a reservation. There is a crowded dining room downstairs and a quiet tatami room upstairs.
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497 Koyasan, Koya-cho Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken, Koyasan, Japan
1000+ year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation. Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Groups of more than 4 people dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.
49-43 Itagun Koyacho, Koyasan, Japan
Quiet guesthouse with a lounge & bar for guests. Food service offered include option of 2 vegan dinner curries and vegetarian breakfast. The English speaking hosts, Ryochi and Yuri, are accomplished cooks and understand veg diets.
Still hungry? Try searching for areas surrounding Koyasan.