SOJO Esperanto-Vegana Kafejo

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111 Wasedatsurumakicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 162-0041

Name means "soy." Small vegan café near Waseda University with focus on two green concepts, esperanto and veganism. Offers a menu of the day (in esperanto) with brown rice & soup, chickpea curry, and small a la carte. Note: kitchen may stop serving 30-60 minutes prior to closing, check ahead. Open Wed-Fri 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 3:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine

10 Reviews

First Review by Eriketo

Great vegan atmosphere right next to Waseda University - Edit

100% recomended, we will come back!

Pros: Really cheap, Delicious food, Very nice staff

Cons: Not many options on the menu

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Great vibe - Edit

Cheap, filling and a very interesting atmosphere! It's also not crowded, which is a plus. Also, the owner seems very kind and loves to chat. I'll definitely be coming back!

Pros: Cheap, Big portions, Friendly vibe

Cons: Not a lot of options in the menu

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Esperanto and vegan food - Edit

Whether you are into Esperanto, you’d like to enjoy some home-like vegan food or you are just around Waseda and looking for a particular place, SOJO is what you are looking for. The owner is really into Esperanto and he is truly vegan. On top of that, he is lovely and very accommodating. What more? Cheap prices and abundant portions.

Pros: Cosy, Generous portions, Cheap, very cheap

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Great little place - Edit

Good food. Close to Hotel Chinzanso. Wife and I had the curry, large portions. Came with nice soup. Nice, friendly staff, spoke enough english to help us with the order.

Will probably be back tomorrow.

Pros: great food, nice staff, inexpensive

Cons: limited fixed menu

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Little utopia - Edit

I live close by, thus I usually go here to get the day's dish. I can just say good words from this place.

Good food, really good price, unique place and super kind owner.

The place is like a small utopia, veganism & esperanto - Great combo.

Pros: all vegan, good price, relaxed ambient

Cons: Closed while lunch time

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Excellent - Edit

I loved this place. The food is very reasonably priced and the owner is extremely friendly. I would definitely go back and highly recommend it to locals and travellers alike.

Pros: Tasty food, Owner, Price

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Low prices for large servings - Edit

I'm a student at Waseda University and this place is less than a couple minutes from where I live, so it is nice to have a vegan place close to home. The prices are low, only 600 yen for a filling dinner. This place is not open during lunch though, so make sure you are aware of that.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-06

Pros: Cheap, Simple vegan food

Cons: No lunch hours

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islandisto 15 Jun 2017 - I was also wondering about this, until I saw a Facebook post saying that the closings were due to family issues (namely, a family member of the owner in hospital).  


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A chance to learn about another culture in Japan - Edit

I enjoyed the food and the admired the effort the owner went to create a cafe with a different culture and foods from around the world.

Although my options were a bit limited due to my gluten free diet, the food was great.

I tried the organic wine and it was definitely the best wine I had had in Japan and must have been free of preservatives because I would have reacted to preservatives.

Friendly owner with a passion.

Pros: Healthy, Friendly

Cons: Limited gluten free options

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cheap and delicious - Edit

This restaurant is located near Waseda University and if you are a traveler you may not have an opportunity to visit a remote place such as this but it sure is an amazing place to check out.
Situated in he main road it's quite easy to find.
The dumplings are amazing and the food is really cheap.
And you maybe able to learn a new language there.
Highly recommended

Pros: affordable , delicious

Cons: out of central area

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A vegan gem in the heart of Waseda - Edit

Finding good vegetarian food options in Tokyo has become easier during the 7 years that I have been visiting the city, however, the ‘hidden’ meat and fish in stocks, soup and sauces are still ubiquitous. Not so with Sojo (pronounced So-yo), a new vegan café/restaurant in the heart of Waseda.

Only 400m from Waseda subway station on a wide, pleasant boulevard, Nori-san has created a unique eatery combining his two interests: good vegan food and the language Esperanto.

In the interests of full disclosure, let me say at the outset that I visited as an Esperanto-speaker, however two of my companions were neither Esperanto speakers nor vegans and received a very warm welcome.

We enjoyed good food and friendly hospitality. Menus are trilingual: Japanese, Esperanto and English. Information abounds about veganism and Esperanto and Nori-san is happy to chat about his passions with those who are interested.

Alternatively, simply go for the well-priced and plentiful food and free wi-fi! Hopefully this vegan haven will be here for years to come.

Pros: Excellent value, Warm welcome, Free wi-fi

Cons: Ideally need to reserve ahead at present

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