17 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
3742 Muroo Sanbonmatsu, Uda, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Organic
Serves vegan lunch, enzyme brown rice, hemp seeds food, kids plates and dessert. Dinner is upon reservation only. No bleached sugar, salt or msg is used. Pets are welcome, except in tatami rooms. A portion of sales is donated to animal rights and Earth conservation groups. 10-minute walk from Sanbonmatsu station.
Torimi Town, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Western, Take-out, Bakery
Vegan macrobiotic cafe at 〒631-0065奈良市鳥見町1-9-8. Offers vegan sweets all day long, three different lunch courses, plus kids lunch option, and cheap bento lunch box. Hosts cooking courses in spring and autumn. After 2pm is drinks and sweets only.
2299 Miyasaka Agaru, Yoshinoyama (at Yoshinocho), Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan, Macrobiotic, Organic
Located in the world heritage Yoshino Mount Range, famous for thousands of cherry blossoms, this restaurant offers macrobiotic/vegan cuisine and some organic products and natural-yeast breads. Needs reservation (if possible, 3 days in advance) EXCEPT tourist season of cherry blossoms (April and May).
13 Nakashinyacho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Japanese
A vegetarian cafe offers teas (herbal teas, classic teas), cake sets, as well as a lunch set (only lunch, lunch+drink, lunch+drink+cake). The lunch+drink+cake set is around 1800 yen. Cake sets are around 500 yen. The cakes are vegan, and the lunch set contains some eggs but can be made vegan. The lunch set is Japanese style. Has garden seating available. Portions are generous, especially the cakes. Has an English menu with pictures.
18-3 Kitagata-cho, Kawanokami Tsukinuke, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Japanese
Cozy Indian and Asian food restaurant with mostly Japanese-style seating (low tables, only four chairs), plus one Western height table. Menus are available in Japanese and English. The English menu has two sides: "with egg and milk", or "without egg and milk". Has curried rice. Address in Japanese: 〒630-8314 奈良市川之上突抜北方町18-3.
21-5, Sugigamachi (at front of Nara Life-long Study Cente), Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Japanese
Vegetarian restaurant near JR Nara Station. The owner and chef is a long-time vegetarian who speaks English. Offers a lunch set which includes several different dishes (salad, steamed vegetables, fried items, etc.) served with brown rice and a soup. Dinner by reservation only. All vegetables are organic. Choice between dairy or non-dairy in some dishes. Name in Japanese: 喜菜亭. Address 奈良市杉ケ町25－1 生涯学習センター前.
Nara, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Japanese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small Japanese curry house on the way from Nara station to the park, at 上三条町7 Nara, 奈良県 〒630-8228. Sign for vegetarian menu states "does not contain animal-derived ingredients" and lists 7 kinds of vegetarian curries. English spoken.
Horencho, 1232, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. In Kitamachi area near Nara Women's University, the restaurant's owner studied Chinese medicinal cuisines. Many of the appetizers are veg and has a meatless North Indian chickpea curry. No alcohol.
Higashimuki Minamimachi 5-1, 2F Inque Bldg, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Opened December 2016. A Japanese izakaya, gastropub-style restaurant - a 3-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station and a 10-minute walk from JR Nara station. An izakaya is a style of restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes and snacks. Has an all-vegan menu (request it from the staff) of at least 20 items and can increase from month to month and season to season. Vegan dishes include smoked takuan, fried burdock root sticks, eringi (mushroom) karage, miso glazed eggplant, banyanya cauda, fuki-miso, vegetable bibimbap and more.
155-4 Komyocho, Ikoma, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Middle Eastern, Nepalese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Nepali and Indian restaurant also offering vegan suitable menu items such as soy chicken and curries without additives, white sugar, MSG, or animal ingredients. Address in Japanese: 〒 630-0201 奈良県生駒市小明町 １５５－４
407-4 Zoshicho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Japanese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A Japanese noodle restaurant in Todaiji compound, among the shops/restaurants on the path from Todaiji to Nigatsudo. Offers one vegan soba dish (indicated as vegetarian) which comes with a cup of green tea. There are also a few mushroom soba/udon dishes which do not have meat, but it is unclear if the soup contains fish stock.
31-2 Fukuchiincho, Nara, Japan
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Japanese, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Spanish, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Spanish tapas with Japanese influence gluten-free and organic food. Has a vegan set comprising rice, salad, vegetables, soup, and drink. English spoken.