Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe atmosphere with a green grocery section in front. Owner speaks very little English. Serves set vegan or vegetarian lunch set from 1.30pm to 5pm only. Everything is made in-house. One can see Himeji Castle from here, a 15-minute walk from Himeji station. Reported operating as of Apr 2018. Open Wed-Sat 11:00am-6:00pm.

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38 Reviews

First Review by Kennya


Points +25

29 Sep 2023

5 Stars

A lovely restaurant with a wonderful, absolutely delicious vegetarian lunch. The owner speaks some English, enough to communicate. It's still a very quiet place, we didn't have to wait and the price for the menu was absolutely ok. A perfect place to enjoy a vegetarian menu in a traditional setting.

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Owner, Traditional Restaurant



Points +585

21 Sep 2023

Would give 5 stars if I could

Really good food and generally a lovely experience all round. I was alone when I went so the owner came up to me and we chatted a little, she even shared one of her recipes.


Points +40

20 Sep 2023

5 stars

Great for tourists who want to try a traditional restaurant! The only downside I can think of is the lack of variety (only 1 obento is available). However, it was really tasty, and the owners who spoke little English were kind and willing to help! Definitely would visit again.


Points +47

16 Sep 2023

This definitely deserves 5 stars

Such a lovely atmosphere with an amazing vegan set menu. Owners completely understand what vegan is despite speaking little English.

Pros: Delicious set menu , Lovely owners, Understand vegan

Cons: None, None, None


Points +48

16 Sep 2023

5 stars

Wanted to give 5stars but happy cow only allowed 4stars
The food was amazing the owners spoke very little English but new exactly what vegan food was
And explained what the ingredients were.
Totally amazing
Must do

Pros: Food, Drink, Atmosphere

Cons: None, None, None


Points +39

08 Aug 2023

Yummy lunch set.

We had a delicious lunch set for a good price. The staff were super friendly and asked us questions about what we could and could not eat. Would definitely recommend if you want a more traditional lunch set. Also, it’s right across the street from Himeji castle.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-08

Pros: Good location, Good portions


Points +91

17 May 2023

A must-try spot for Himeji

Nice Japanese restaurant run by a couple who are happy to cater to vegan diet.

Food is fresh, delicious, and varied. Comes with coffee and fruit for desert.


Points +317

27 Mar 2023

Delicious traditional vegan menu

Wanderer, do not get discouraged by the apparently new menu outside that states that you can choose either meat or fish as a main for the set menu. I walked in and asked for a vegan option, which was no issue at all. The vegan main seems to vary with the season and the ingredients available.

For me the vegan main was sort of a patty made of mashed veggies crowned with a lotus slice. The taste was very subtle, but as far as I understood the owner that is how she prefers to cook it. She by default then serves the menu with a tiny cup of soy sauce and high-quality salt so that customers can add these to their liking.

I did not need to add any soy sauce or salt to the vegetables, which were clearly the star of the menu. Their quality was outstanding. Each piece had a very full and round taste while the textures varied, giving it an additional diversity. The tofu, too, was much more to my liking than most of the tofu you get in Japan. It had a hint of umami flavour and was more chewy than silken. Yum!

Since the chiffon cake that regularly forms part of the set menu is not vegan, the owner offered to cut some fresh fruit for me instead. Those were really tasty, too.

Fully recommended.

Pros: Location, Traditional atmosphere

Cons: Menu outside discourages vegans


Points +22

21 Feb 2023

Highly recommend

This is a lovely place to get lunch right next to Himeji Castle. Both the veg and non veg crew had a great time experiencing a traditional Japanese lunch and the woman was very kind. Wish I could give it 5/5.


Points +58

17 Jan 2023

Beautiful, affordable vegan lunch set

Really lovely local restaurant 5 minutes from Himeji Castle with delicious vegan or vegetarian options available. Would have given 5 stars but apparently that's only for fully vegan places.

Pros: Lovely presentation , Delicious seasonal vegetables, Filling but not heavy

Cons: Would love a vegan cake option


Points +712

29 Nov 2022

Vegan menu

Owner speaks English. Tasty vegan set menu


Points +153

23 Nov 2022

Cosy atmosphere

English friendly host with vegan home cooked style meal. Good for before/after himeji castle trip.

Pros: Home cooked style meal, English friendly


Points +28

18 Nov 2022

Excelente opción al lado del Himeji jo

Pequeño restaurante tradicional al lado del castillo de Himeji, la mujer que nos atendió nos preguntó si éramos veganos o vegetarianos, con un servicio muy agradable. Como veganos solo había la opción de la fotografía (más infusión/café con fruta de postre), pero estaba muy buena y llenaba bastante. Vale mucho la pena por solo 1100 yenes.

Además, llegamos bastante tarde, alrededor de las 15:30h.

Updated from previous review on 2022-11-18

Pros: Barato, Rico, Buen servicio

Cons: Solo una opción vegana


Points +149

21 Jul 2021

Great food, great atmosphere

Stopped by for a late lunch after exploring the castle. The owner was super nice and checked with me to see what my dietary restrictions were. She served me so much food! I was so surprised. The food was so good and the store was super cute.

Pros: Great food, Owner checks your diet needs , Cute place


Points +400

25 Jul 2020

Friendly, tasty, home cooking

Great option while in Himeji area. A few mins walk from the castle. We went around 11:30am and they were open. Spoke English and were helpful in getting us a vegan set menu. Tasty and filling!

Pros: Vegan set, English, Friendly and healthy

Cons: A bit pricy for ingredients


Points +24

14 Feb 2020

Tasty vegan lunch set

We had a lovely vegan lunch in this traditional cafe. The owner was very friendly and asked if we were vegan or vego on arrival. Perfectly located for Himeji sight seeing!


Points +22

29 Dec 2019

5 stars!

So delicious and so well priced! We had the set menu. The owner was so lovely and a real highlight of our experience.
Would recommend and go again.


Points +414

16 Dec 2019

Our favourite so far

Yes, our favourite meal so far in Japan. The lady recognised us for vegans immediately and she was so friendly. The vegan set was absolutely delicious and the complimentary barley tea was refreshing. The location is easily accessible from the castle and station. A lovely traditional setting.

Pros: Delicious food, Super friendly people, Great interior and location

Cons: We didn't want to leave


Points +25

24 Nov 2019

Why can’t all greengrocers be like this?

I am so grateful that the Happy Cow App led us to this jewel just off the beaten track close to the castle. The friendly couple who run this unique place provide a very reasonable lunchtime menu and the lady understood our veggie requirements, a must.


Points +15

20 Nov 2019

Best place in Himeji!

Unfortunately I could not give 5 stars to this place but it was worthy of the maximum!
The place is small but lovely. The hosts are very kind. The lady is the one that speaks English the most, she will give you a warm welcome asking you what you eat and what you don't. They are so used to veggie guests that it could be easily considered a veggie place.
Last but not least: the food is delicious, the cake is amazing and the price for the menu is only 1100¥

Pros: Quality of food, price, location, Super veggie friendly


Points +381

14 Nov 2019

Adorable little place, great food

This is a beautiful traditional Japanese place, half grocery store, half cafe. The male owner seemed to speak little English, but the woman spoke English very well and asked us right away if we were vegetarian or vegan. We were served a delicious vegan lunch set (with potentially the best tofu I've ever eaten) including a small dessert and hot drinks. Would highly recommend this.

Pros: Friendly, knowledgeable staff, Fresh, seasonal ingredients, Traditional atmosphere


Points +30

31 Oct 2019




Points +74

04 Oct 2019

Such a friendly host

A very friendly welcome from the lady who owned the place. There was no menu but she asked if I was vegan and then told me she would bring a vegan selection. Grilled tofu was the best I've had so far, grilled aubergine, yam and sweet potato and a salad and corn rice. Free cold tea too which was really refreshing. Definitely recommend, not far from Himeji Castle.

Pros: Lovely food, Friendly lady, Relaxed atmosphere

Cons: No menu, but it didn't matter


Points +123

21 Jul 2019

Nice rest

Good place to rest during visit. Only Japanese menu but the owner knows a little English and she will prepare something for you. Reasonable price.


Points +355

25 May 2019

Simple and tasty

Very fresh and tasty vegan food. Had the lunch set which was a vegetable mixture with potatoes, pumpkin/yam (unsure on that one), corn, asparagus; served with salad, rice, and tea. The woman working here was so kind and knows exactly what vegan means. Lovely stop on the way up to the castle!
(**Cost ¥1,050)


Points +16

17 May 2019

A must go. Period.

Simply delicious. Just had the vegan set meal and now chilling ate the traditional table (where you can sit normally or on your knees seiza style). The food is marvelous and varied: mine included lightly grilled tofu, aspargus, star shaped carrots, japanese pumpkin and 3 tasty onigiris. For dessert, some delicious apple slices. The ocha is served right after you sit, and although with no caffeine, its the best tea I had here until now. The owner lady is super cute, friendly and knowleageable about veganism/vegetarianism. Best food I ate so far (4 days in Japan), wish I could take this place to Brazil haha. ごちそうさまでした!

Pros: All

Cons: None


Points +59

02 May 2019

Very nice lunch set

Nice Japanese style lunch for good price. Very nice owners. It is located inside a little vegetable shop.

Pros: Nice Japanese atmosphere, Friendly owner, Food tasted great

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