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6-7-2 Tenman-chou (at Kokubunji street), Takayama, Japan,

Serves meat, vegan options available. A simple "mom & pop"-style family restaurant, providing traditional Japanese food. Has a separate vegetarian menu with vegan options. You can either sit on tatami mats at a low Japanese-style table, or at the counter where you can watch Hiroshi prepare your meal. English spoken. Max. capacity 12 persons. Open Mon 11:30am-2:00pm, Mon 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wed 11:30am-2:00pm, Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm, Thu 11:30am-2:00pm, Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri 11:30am-2:00pm, Fri 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat 11:30am-2:00pm, Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 11:30am-2:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Tue.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Japanese, Non-veg

Reviews (22)

First Review by Dean

An authentic Japanese restaurant - Edit

It is very small and authentic Japanese restaurant. Very friendly and cheerful lady boss. The Miso Ramen is good (850 Yen). The price is very reasonable.

Pros: Able to accomdate different types of vegetarians a

Cons: Small place but cozy.

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Just what I was looking for :) - Edit

Perfect little restaurant with very friendly owners who talk about interesting things in good English.
There was a great menu for everybody and I had many choices. They even thought about me as a vegan with extra soup as an appetizer and told me about the banana bread with an egg in it! Just very thoughtful, friendly and open people !!!
Also met other travelers!

I'd give 5 Cows haha
(if it would be possible)

Updated from previous review on 2016-05-13

Pros: Food, Environment, People

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Wonderful cozy restaurant - Edit

As tiny as it is charming, Heianraku embodies Japanese hospitality. The cozy restaurant sits about a dozen people at low tables on tatami mats or at the counter, where you can watch the chef work his culinary magic. The cuisine served at Heianraku is mostly Chinese. Heianraku offers great, homemade food in a traditional setting, but most of all, the owners welcome their guests as part of the family. Service is warm and personal, as you strike up a casual conversation with your hosts or fellow travelers, exchanging travel anecdotes and enriching your meal with stories. English is spoken, and an English menu is also available.

The hosts are known to go the extra mile, accommodating individual requests to meet each guest’s demand, be these vegetarian, vegan or allergy-related. Pictures and postcards show the love and appreciation left behind by previous guests. Heianraku’s setting might be traditional, but its owners are curious, open-minded and kindhearted people who really care about their guests - from the first appetizers to accompanying you onto the street to see you off after a wonderful meal.

As Heianraku does not have room for a lot of guests at once, it is highly advised to reserve in advance.

Pros: Extremely lovely owners, Meals can be customized, Cozy setting

Cons: I want to give 5 stars

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You have to try this place! - Edit

This is a small friendly little restaurant. There are plenty of delicious vegan options. The husband and wife team were delightful and very good at what they do. Can't recommend this place enough.

Pros: Lots of yummy vegan options. The menu has an easy

Cons: This place has very limited seating and seemed pre

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incredible experience, must try! - Edit

We stopped here after a long day of travel and we were welcomed like family. This small restaurant is definitely a husband and wife team that makes you feel so special and the food is amazing. I wish I could give it 5 stars. Tea, appetizers and soup were included in the price of the meal, or she just brought them out, it wasn't quite clear. She also cut us a bit of fruit for dessert.

They truly understand what vegan is. I ordered fried rice without the egg and she picked up immediately that I was vegan and was super happy to make adjustments. If you're in the area, stop by, the food and company is definitely worth it.

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Should be 5 stars!! - Edit

The fact you can't give 5 stars in this case is very frustrating because even though they do serve meat, at least half of their menu is vegan/vegetarian.

Make sure you book at least one day ahead to experience this lovely place. They are very allergy/vegan/vegetarian friendly. My coeliac boyfriend had no problem eating here at all (he loved it!). The owners speak English, and the lady explained everything well and introduced each dish and drink with a little story and/or explaining what was on the plate. We also got soup and a little appetiser before hand which were both as amazing as the main dishes. I wish I could go back there all the time!

Pros: large vegan/vegetarian menu, gluten-free friendly, lovely owners

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Great spot for vegetarians and those who love them. - Edit

This delightful little spot was exactly what my wife and I needed on a lovely day in Takayama. The owners are simply wonderful, and their restaurant is so warm and friendly. Try the Hida miso ramen. You won't be disappointed. If I could give this place five stars, I would.

Pros: Wonderful food, Warm atmosphere , Friendly staff

Cons: Can't rate it five stars

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Great place to eat! - Edit

Really good food. I especially liked the vege fried dumplings. The couple that run the place are very freely and accommodating. There was a nice range of vegetarian options and non-vege options if you are travelling with non-vege friends. Very cheap too. Closed on Tuesday's, but we went 2 nights in a row and there was plenty of variety. I highly recommend it!

Pros: Cheap, Good variety, Good taste!

Cons: Closed Tuesdays, I walked past it a couple of times

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loved it! - Edit

We went here for dinner one night and the staff is amazing! So friendly, English menu, they go out of their way for allergies. Things can be made gluten free as well. Would recommend!!!!!

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Absolutely recommended - Edit

If you go to one place in Takayama, make it this one. The food is excellent and plentiful, there's an English menu, the setting is very nice (at the bar or on tatami mats), but most of all the owner Hiroshi is such as friendly and approachable person. She speaks English well and is very interested in other countries, so it was great to chat with her about our own culture as well as Japanese culture.
I think there's place for about 15 people, and initially when we wanted to go in there was a sign outside saying it was fully booked. Fortunately for us some people just left and were able to enter. If possible I'd advise making a reservation in advance.

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Sweetest owners ever!! - Edit

It took us a little while to find this place, but once we did, it was amazing!!

The people who own it are super sweet, they had really nice conversations with us, and one of them speaks english pretty well, which was awesome. She also gave us little chocolate biscuit things that she really liked.

They gave us a bunch of little free dishes with all of their specialties.
I highly recommend the potatoes- they come with really yummy sauce and a wonderful spinach dish (I got it as one of their little dishes)

Vegan/Vegetarian friendly with lots of choices! They also have non-vegetarian options for those who eat meat!

Their dishes are fairly large and you get a lot of little appetizers, so come hungry!! Also, I recommend sharing dishes if you don't have a large stomach.

I would give this place 5 stars, but since it serves meat, I can only give it 4. Very very good though!!
I recommend this place a visit if you are in Takayama!!

*Also, Takeout isn't very common in sit-down restaurants in Japan, so be prepared!!*

Pros: Vegan options!, Super friendly owners!, Great potatoes!

Cons: Could be busy, make reservation?, Large servings, no takeout! , Sort of odd hours!

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Best restaurant in Takayama - Edit

This place is so charming and it has a menu to match! It's hosts are as accommodating as they are talented, serving the freshest dishes made from local produce! They cater for vegetarian/vegan and also serve meat so convenient if travelling in a group to suit varied dietary choices/needs. Definitely a must while visiting Takayama. Make sure you book to avoid disappointment!

Pros: Fresh local produce, Vegetarian/vegan options, Fantastic hosts

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Wonderful Food, Lovely Owners, Book in Advance - Edit

We had a wonderful vegan meal here, with wonderful service. It's a family restaurant, very small and very friendly, and the owners are very happy to accommodate dietary needs.

This restaurant is tiny (seats around 15) and fills up fast--they have a strong local clientele, which tells you something--so best to call ahead and make a dinner reservation. (We had our hotel do it for us.)

The location is very convenient, a few blocks from the rail station.

The owners are genuinely hospitable and enjoy talking with foreigners.

I would give 5 stars but HC only allows a max of 4 for nonveg restaurants.

Pros: wonderful food, wonderful owners, convenient location

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Nice, traditional place with veggie menu - Edit

Agree with everything the others said. Make a point to go to this of you can.

I'd give this 5 stars if I could.

Pros: Traditional low tables, Great service, Tasty food

Cons: Could be full

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Good Japanese Vegetarian Food - Edit

This is a small and cozy traditional Japanese restaurant, which also provides a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Since this is hard to find in Japan, this is a must-go place for vegetarians and vegans visiting Takayama.

The setting is traditional, with a few tables only and a counter phasing the cook. The couple, who runs the restaurant is very friendly and speaks decent English.

We started with vegetable tempura and had grilled Tofu with rice and a vegetarian fired rice for mains. The food was definitely not bad, but there is no way that would make this the number one restaurant in town (which it currently is on Trip Advisor).

Pros: Vegetarian and Vegan Options, English skills, Traditional

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Very good food by wonderful hosts! - Edit

This is a must visit spot for all vegetarians visiting takayama. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and nice, the ambience is also cozy. The flavours of the food are amazing too! Overall a small but lovely place with good food just eat of the station!

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great place - Edit

I am vegetarian but rest of family are not
Good food made to order. Menu in english and seperate veggie menu owner really friendly and accomodating home made ginger ale great. Would highly recommend

Pros: great food, good atmosphere, good value

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Heianraku - Edit

A small family run restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. While it is not a vegetarian restaurant, they are vege friendly and have a separate vegetarian menu. The food is simple, but fresh and tasty. The vegetarian menu has 5 choices. We had the stir fry veges, tofu 'steaks' and the stir fried noodles. The proprietor was very friendly,spoke good English and helped us with our somewhat poor Japanese. If we were staying longer, we'd go back.

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Heianraku - Edit

My wife and I stumbled on Heianraku while visiting Hida-Takayama recently. Heinraku is on the main street (Kokubunji dori), and is run by Hiroshi & Naoko Furuta. Naoko has excellent English, and we were made most welcome. Heianraku probably seats around 20 people max. It has menus in English (and German?), and a separate vegetarian menu. We chose two set meals from their menu for something aroun 1000 yen each, then settled at the counter to watch Hiroshi prepare our dinner. We were the only westerners there, but there were several Japanese people enjoying their food, including one of the local shopkeppers that was collecting takeout in clever wooden boxes to take home.

Pros: cheap, fresh simple Japanese food, very friendly hosts

Cons: it's not the Hilton

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