• Yamaneko Cafe

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Yamaneko, meaning "mountain cat," is an artsy cafe by the water. Offers a vegan plate as one of the dinner sets - it includes miso soup, locally grown rice, and a variety of Japanese vegetables. Has vegan cake. Menu is in Japanese and English, staff speak limited English. Directions: On the road by the river, south of the Shopping Arcade, beside the Royal Hotel. From JR Onomichi Station south exit and walk east along Route 2 (the street in front of the station) for 15 minutes, turn right at second traffic light and walk past the covered shopping arcade street to the street on the river. Also known as Wildcat Cafe. NOTE: Reported July 2023 to have limited vegan options – please send updates to HappyCow. Open Tue-Thu 11:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12:00am, Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

18 Reviews

First Review by Ika


Points +64

23 Mar 2023

Went here and all they had was 1 vegan cake. ☹️

Make vegan food. Very disappointed.

Cons: Not vegan



Points +1216

03 Oct 2021

Perfect after the Shimanami Kaido!

Definitely recommend making sure you have some time in Onomichi to try this cafe! Great decor and the staff were so kind to make me the vegan set even after lunch time had passed. It was wonderful!


Points +607

09 May 2021

I was too late to go in

May 2021 - it appears to have one vegan bento box, to take away only at the moment. See photos for details.


Points +150

13 Aug 2020


Tasty vegan lunch set. The croquette, pickles, and salad were really nice but the tofu dish and burdock were pretty average.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere with lots of cute and artsy decor.

Cons: Only one vegan option


Points +26

17 Mar 2020

Best cafe for vegan in onomichi

This place is the best in onomichi for a hungry vegan, great food good music and lovely staff menu in English going to return and have cake too!

Pros: Great little cafe , Vegan meal set awesome

Cons: Only 1 vegan meal set


Points +48

26 Feb 2020

Tasted great but too expensive

Tasted great but too expensive


Points +37

06 Nov 2019

The best dish I had in weeks

Sweet baby Jesus, the vegan Japanese plate was absolutely delicious, and I had the dessert too. Super fresh, you can tell they put their heart into their food.


Points +33

22 Oct 2019

Fun restaurant

We all loved this place. Wholesome and satisfying food - enough for the vegans and the vegetarians...they also serve some meat. Great vibe, trendy but still felt cosy. Fab pickles.

Pros: Easy to find, No problem for a large party

Cons: It’s not cheap. But worth it.


Points +354

15 Sep 2019

Would give 5 stars if I could!

Such a cute and cozy cafe!!

One of the only options in Onomichi, so were a bit apprehensive, but the food was Incredible!

Only 2 vegan options but the food is so good it doesn't matter. We had the dinner set which was ¥1600 including a drink (alcohol/soft/tea/coffee). Good value for the amount you get!!

Honestly some of the best Japanese food I've had as well!!!

Pros: Delicious food, High quality, Good value

Cons: Only 2 vegan options (but AMAZING)


Points +282

05 Jun 2019

Oiishi! So delicious

Everything was fresh, delicious, and big portions. A tad expensive, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Easy to recommend


Points +188

29 May 2019

The best food in all of Japan

A bold call I know. I've travelled Japan three times now and have never had a meal as satisfying as the vegan dinner set I had at Yameneko cafe. Every element was perfect, the pickled vegetables the best I've ever had (and I love pickles!), and the potato croquettes were to die for. Spiced similar to an Indian samosa and crispy and perfect. The tofu steak is unique and in a flavourful broth, unlike anything I've eaten before.

Travel to Onomichi. Even just to eat here. If you don't think it's worth it I'll eat my hat.

I'll definitely be back.


Points +67

27 Mar 2019

Great adress in Onomichi

We had the vegetable lunch (vegan) and the vegan cake set. It was really tasty and worth the price. The 1000 yens menu includes rice, soup, a salad, two sides, a main and a drink. Great atmosphere and convenient location.

Updated from previous review on 2019-03-27

Pros: Price, Food, Atmosphere

Cons: None


Points +44

09 Feb 2019


This place was absolutely incredible! We went back twice it was so good! They had a really delicious set meal that came with a tofu steak type thing and a little crumbled potato ball. They also had a really delicious coconut and banana cake that I would recommend! It’s also an amazing spot with some super groovy music if that’s what you are into!


Points +22

05 Oct 2018

Lovely spot

The staff were lovely were happy to make the vegan option from lunch for me at night time. The meal was one of the tastiest I've had in Japan, definitely planning to go back again tomorrow.
I had the banana + coconut cake for dessert which came with mango sorbet – also very delicious.
Loved the atmosphere and the mix of Japanese funk + jazz they were playing too. Very stoked to find such a cute spot :)

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Lovely staff, Great music

Cons: Not too many vegan options, Not too cheap - paid 1,728 yen for the set lunch


Points +61

Mostly Veg
02 Jul 2018

Unexpected delight

A real find in one of my favourite towns in Japan.

Pros: Very tasty offering , Good combinations, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Slightly off the beaten track


Points +266

16 May 2018

Very good!

We came between the lunch and dinner times, so we only got to eat some appetizers, but the spicy French fries were delicious! We also each had a slice of vegan strawberry cake that was really yummy. This cafe is super cute and cozy! The staff is friendly and helpful. Although their English was a bit limited, we had no trouble getting vegan food here. They also had the new Jimonolive CD, which is really good.


Points +143

Non Veg
03 Apr 2018

Good meal but a little too sweet

The one vegan choice on the lunch menu is good and reasonably priced, but everything in it was either sweet or slightly sweet.

Pros: Delicious, OK price

Cons: Everything a bit sweet


Points +251

20 Nov 2017

Yummy vegan cake

I visited the cosy cafe located on the basement floor and ate a vegan cake (I did not find it in the menu, but asked for it). It was super delicious and nicely arranged on the plate. The staff knew basic English and was very friendly. I liked the artsy atmosphere. Next to the cash desk they sold some bits and pieces like towels with lovely kitten imprints.

Pros: Vegan cake

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