Sapporo Vegetarian Restaurant Guide

● Aoi Sora Organic Cafe  This spacious restaurant is an organic cafe with relaxed atmosphere, and it is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants with reasonable price in Sapporo. They offers both dishes of Japanese and Western cuisine, the sought-after one is "Veggie Baagu" set that contain a bowl of brown rice, miso soup, a salad, the veggie patty, and seaweed, a drink. There is a homemade ginger ale with fresh ginger in it, you may want to try it. It's an organic cafe.Address: 22 Chome-1-7 Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, SapporoTel: 0116233887Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00(Closed on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)● Petit CACO  This raw sweets cafe is small with only 5 counter seats and a table that can seat up to 8 people. They use plenty of seasonal ingredients to make sweets, but without any white sugar, wheat, eggs and dairy products, and quite beautiful. Their dishes are cooked under 48℃ due to maintain natural enzymes.Address: 8 Chome-8-11 Kita 6 Jonishi, Kita Ward, SapporoTel: 0117378150Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00(Closed on Sunday)Website:● Itadakizen  The small restaurant can soothe people, though it looks unassuming from the outside. You are complete safe here to try authentic Japanese cuisine in vegan way, make sure you will try the tasty amuse-bouche, the beautifully crafted norimaki roll, and other dishes on the menu. Address: 2-1 Nishi23-chome, Minami2-jo, Chuo-ku Sapporo-shiTel: 0116768436Opening Hours: 11:30-17:00(Closed on Monday)Website:● Farm to Table Terra  This restaurant requires reservation in advance, it offers trendy fusion cuisine which combine the local ingredients with Western-style dishes, especially European. They cater meat eaters and vegetarians, the food for vegetarians are marked up. Language barrier is not an issue since their staff speak English and menu is in both English and Japanese. This is a perfect place for vegetarian visitors to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine in a safe way. Address: Hotel My Stays Premier Sapporo Park 1F, 2-2-10 Minami-9-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, SapporoTel: 0115128256Opening Hours: 7:00-23:30Website:● Holistic Bio Cafe Veggy Way  This Cafe offers a large menu of meals, snacks, desserts by macrobiotic and organic way, gluten free is available. Diners includes vegan, American, Japanese, there is English menu. Tell the staff what you need, they will identify the ingredients for you.Address: 27 Chome-2−3 Odorinishi, Sapporo, JapanTel: 0116247632Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00(Closed on Sunday)● Rojiura Curry SAMURAI Sakura  This is one vegetarian-friendly restaurant, tell the staff your requirement when you order. AS one of Sapporo Hokkaido's most famous restaurant, they cater to not only the general diners with home cooking, but also visitors with a lot of must-east dishes. They uses rice and vegetables produced by Hokkaido farmers. Adding a lot of vegetables to make a stew-like soup and having a daily supply of vegetables in each serving of soup curry are the features that they are proud of. There are many branches in Hokkaido, Kanto and even Shimokitazawa, the mecca of Tokyo's curry industry, as well as a flagship store in Shimokitazawa. More branches could be checked on their website.Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 3 Jonishi, 6 Chome−1-3Tel: 0112723671Opening Hours: 11:30-15:30/17:30-23:00Website:● Taj Mahal Sapporo Factory  Tai Mahal is located in Sapporo Factory, and it is an Indian restaurant with offering of Indian food, Halal, Vegan food, Vegetarian food. The tasty food by accompanying the authentic Indian atmosphere draw numerous visitors every year, plus their staffs are very kind and friendly. Make sure you will not forget to try a mango ice cream with dried fruit for dessert. You could find their other branches on website as below.Address: Level B1, 3-jyou-kan building, North 2, East 4, Chuo-ku, SapporoTel: 0112070765Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30Website:


Vegan Restaurants or Vegetarian Friendly Dining Places in Osaka

Speaking of Japanese cuisine, those fresh fishes, succulent seafood, Eel Sushi, Kobe beef, and meaty broth may unfold in your vision, seemingly it is not easy to find vegetarian restaurants through the modern streets. Nevertheless, the meatless meal becomes a trend for health and environmental protection, Dishes made of fresh vegetable are getting more and more popular in restaurants, especially in some modern cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo and Osaka. Here are some recommended vegetarian friendly dining places in Osaka for your reference1. Green Earth  Green Earth is the oldest vegetarian restaurant which opened in 1991 in Osaka. The food is tasty and worthy while despite of its simple decor and old-school atmosphere. There are English menus and their staff speak English which is a big relief for visitors who comes from English speaking countries. Address: 4-chōme−2−2 Kitakyuhojimachi, ShinshaibashiOpening Hours: 11:30-16:00(11:30-15:00and18:00-22:00 on Friday), Closed on SundayTel: 0662511245Website: Vegetarian Meals ROCCA  This minimalistic and stylish restaurant, offers vegetarian meal with the most traditional Japanese set meal in Osaka. There are no English menus and the staffs don’t speak much English, but do not worry, Just take a seat at the counter without ordering procedure, a lovely vegan meal will bring to you. Its locality maybe a little difficult to find, but it is worthy for a great meal with a great price.Address: 550-0001 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Tosabori, 1−6-6 LINKHOUSE TosaboriOpening Hours: 11:30-14:45/18:00-22:00(Closed on Sunday)Tel: 06644457653. Amadeus  This upscale restaurant is located in the Westin hotel Osaka. With its gorgeous environment, and the view of lush garden through the wide floor-to-ceiling glass windows, Could you imagine this elegant meals experience you may have? It is not specifically a vegetarian restaurant, but it offers a “Nature Cuisine” section, which features organic food and vegetarian dining options.  Address: 1F The Westin Osaka, 1-1-20 Oyodonaka Kita-ku, Osaka 531-0076Opening Hours: 6:30am–1:30am, 11:30am–3pm, 5:30pm–9:30pmTel: 0664401062Website: Megumi  This small and cosy vegan restaurant is located on a quiet street near the famous Tenmangu Shrine. It has just a few seats at the counter but all dishes are made by a high quality. There are English menus, includes lots of Japanese dishes such as brown rice ramen, gyoza, set meals, curry, tempura, and okonomiyaki made by buckwheat. Their desserts are quite unique, the ice cream and cake are made by Tofu, make sure you will not forget to try them. Make a reservation by calling could be better due to its small space.Address: To Teramachi Building, 2-10 Yoriki-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka Opening Hours: 18:00–22:00 (Closed on Sunday,Monday,Tuesday)Tel: 0663570038Website: Paprika Shokudo  This cosy and stylish vegan restaurant is conveniently near the main shopping area of Shinsaibashi. It offers a varied menu full of choices, including salads, pasta, and fried soy meat karaage. This restaurant is ideal for different group, small or larger parties, even solo diners. The staff do not speak English, but they offer English menus.  Address: 1–9–9 Shinmachi, Shinshaibashi Osaka Opening Hours: 11:30–14:00/17:30-21:00 Tel: 0665999788Website: Vegetable Curry Camp  Vegetable Curry Camp is located at a shopping complex called Eki Marche, it is a busy and little shop, there are no more than 15 seaters. It proves that not all of vegan restaurant has to be decorated like a countryside with its modern urban atmosphere. Their curry is tasty in spite of without using meat, especially the amount of vegetables in it is very generous.Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku | Ekimae Marche OsakaOpening hours: 10:00 – 22:00Tel:  0669407155Website: Yukicharyo by Solviva  Put a vegetarian cuisine inside a comfortable cafe, that is why makes this cafe so special! They offers meals with organic ingredients, both meat and vegetarian options are available, and unique drinks like soy milk, black sesame smoothie and matcha cappuccino. Its decoration in western style with relaxing setting provides a natural vibe, even though it is located in the busiest areas of Osaka, and there is an outdoor seating area that you can enjoy your meal if the weather is beautiful.Address: Namba City 2F, 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Tel: 06-6644-2782Opening hours: 10:00-22:00Website: Hakkakuan (Osaka Station City Store)  This vegetarian restaurant is a Kaiseik restaurant that features Kyoto specialty – Tofu in its meals. But still there are some meat dishes on menu, so watch out for those. You can indulge in the fine Japanese meal by accompanying with the view of Osaka’s bustling downtown through the 16th floor at the Osaka Station City Store.Address: Osaka station city South Gate building 16F, 3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00Tel: 0663471020Website: restaurant has another store in Osaka Maru Building:Address: B2F Osaka Maru Building, 1-9-20 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001 9. Veggie Ramen Yuniwa [Hirakata]  There is no any chemical seasonings and animal ingredients in their food which purely made of kelps, shiitake mushrooms and vegetables, but vegan and vegetarian diners can thoroughly enjoy the umami from these ingredients. Though it is a little far from the central Osaka, it's absolutely worth a visit. The delicious and Japanese traditional soup, crispy gyoza are recommended. There are also Halal Soy Sauce Veggie Ramen and Halal Tomato Ramen.Address: Misaki Heights 1F, 3-12-6 Kuzuhamisaki, Hirakata-shi, OsakaOpening Hours: 11:30-15:00/17:30-21:00Tel: 0728561223Website: Indian Restaurant Bar Banjara Umeda Chayamachi  You can expect various choices than usual Indian restaurant in Banjara which is a popular Indian restaurant in Osaka. The staff can speak English here.Address: Watanabe BLD NO.5 6th flr, 1-12-14, Shibata, Kitaku, OsakaOpen Hours: 11:00-15:00/17:00-23:00Tel: 0648020326Website:


Where to Have Vegetarian Food in Kyoto

1. Fortune Garden Kyoto  This elegant restaurant provides you the experience by starting with the friendly staff who show diners to their seats. Fortune Garden serves great French food, many of which are suitable for vegetarians, there are made with seasonal vegetables and fresh ingredients, you can sample dishes here. Enjoy your meal with tasty food by surrounding of Japanese traditional garden.Address: 386-2 Ichinofunairicho Kawaramachidori 2-jo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0924 Tel:0752548843Opening Hours: 11:30-15:00/17:0-21:00 (Closed Monday and Tuesday)Website: 2. Shigetsu  This is a large temple-style restaurant surrounded by the natural beauty of Tenryuji’s gardens as a UNESCO site. Enjoy vegetarian dishes on traditional tatami mats, dishes including eggplant, pickles, steamed vegetables, cucumber salad, clear soup and tofu. Indulge the tasty food and rustic interior here, you are not only eating food, but soul soothing.Address: 68 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku | Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto 616-8385 Tel: 0758829725Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00Website: Falafel Garden  Located in northern Kyoto, and a short walk from Demachiyagagi Station, This restaurant is a great relaxing place for vegetarians. They offer arguably the best falafels in Kyoto, with moist and aromatic on the inside, deliciously crispy on the outside, with a range of fresh salad items and sauces. Pictures menus are available, plus the owner speaks fluent English. Enjoy your meal on the charming backyard terrace filled with plants.Address: 15-2 Tanaka Kamiyanagicho, Sakyo Ward, KyotoTel: 0757121856Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (closed Wednesday)Website: Yudofu Sagano  Take a short walk from Arashiyama Station, You will run into a traditional Japanese building which tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in the Arashiyama District. They offer simplest and greatest sagadofu dishes in Kyoto. Yudofu is not only tasty, but also make for your health with its high protein and low-calorie. Enjoy the traditional Yudofu meal to feel Kyoto with the beautiful garden.Address: 45 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Tel: 0758716946Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00Website: Tosuiro Kiyamachi Main Branch  This restaurant specializes tofu kaiseki with classical Kyoto atmosphere. Their dishes are artfully presented and tasty, soy ice cream, tempura with green tea salt, corn daifuku, the caramelized grilled tofu and the vegetarian sushi are the top picks. There are seats on the outside deck which can overlook the Kamo-gawa River that will be an amazing experience especially in summer. Address: 517-3 Kamiosakamachi, Sanjo Agaru Kiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0961 Kyoto Tel: 0752511600Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00/17:00-21:00(Sunday 17:00-20:30)Website: Yoshuji  This sophisticated restaurant set in a small village, right of the entrance to Kiyomizu-dera temple. They offer great vegan Shojin Ryori, also soba with mountain vegetables or simpler bowls of noodles which are the cheaper options. The Japanese vegetables freshly picks from village and you will indulge it later on, what a thrilling experience!Address: Honmachi 1074 | Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Tel: 0757412848Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00(closed Tuesday)Website: Arash's Kitchen    This restaurant has a warm atmosphere that is very different from most other restaurants in Kyoto, they offer Persian which we do not often see it around, Halal food which is not very easy to find in Kyoto, as well as the Indian food. It is located just behind Heian Shrine and close to Kumano Shrine. Surely, there is English menus.Address: 123-1 Pontocho, Wisteria Court, 2F Ishiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, KyotoTel: 08053665573Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00/17:00-0:00Website: Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar  This restaurant in the over 100 year old Kyoto house is a sanctuary for all samurai lovers, located close to the Nijo area of Kyoto. Set as a quintessentially Japanese style, It has a Japanese garden and tatami seating, also they take their samurai theme very seriously, firstly the Date Masamune greets you at the entrance. They offer samurai food which means many of the dishes are famous samurai loved to eat. Note this restaurant requires advance payment.Address: 230-1 Kamimyokakujicho Koromonotanadori Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto Tel: 0752315155Opening Hours: 17:30-23:00(Closed Monday)Website: Chao Chao Sanjo Kiyamachi  Chao Chao Sanjo Kiyamachi is an Osaka franchised Gyoza restaurant which has numbers of branches across Japan. They offer the variety of Gyoza dishes at affordable price, dishes include pan-fried Gyoza which is very sought-after, cheese, shrimps and boiled Gyoza, 18cm long stick Gyoza which is must-try. Address: 117 Ishiyacho Kiya-Machi Sanjo Kudaru Nakagyo-Ku, KyotoTel: 0752510056Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00 weekdays, 14:00-02:00 Saturday, And 14:00-0:00 Sunday10. Hobodo Cafe  This cozy and warm vegan cafe provides diners a relaxed, vintage vibe with mismatched furniture and shelves of books. It is located in an off-the-beaten-track residential neighborhood, but only take 15 minutes’ walk from Gion. The friendly owner speaks some English, and there is an English menu. Address: Niomon Apartments 1F, 452 Shojiji-cho, Nishi-iru Higashioji, Sakyo-ku, KyotoTel: 08073253697Opening Hours: 11:30-17:00 (closed Monday and Tuesday)Website: 


Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo

TAITO-KU● Bon [Japanese Rice Dish]  The type of cuisine called “fucha”, a vegetarian cuisine brought to Japan 300 years ago from China in the beginnig of the Edo period, and traditionally eaten by Zen Buddhist monks , it normally Cooks by arrowroot with vegetable oil to make the meals richer flavor. You will enjoy the fucha ryori in a room paved with tatami mats.The dishes are beautifully presented, with seasonal ingredients, it could cost a little high but it is worthy the experience.Address: 1 Chome-2-11 Ryusen, Taito-ku, TokyoTel: 0338720375Opening Hours: 12:00-13:30/17:30-19:00(Sunday 12:00-18:00), Closed on Wednesday Website:● VEGE HERB SAGA [Indian]  This is an Indian vegetarian restaurant, they use absolutely no animal products in the meal, except dairy. The goal of setting this restaurant is mainly support the Indians living in Japan, now the tourists who come from Indian or poeple who would like to try authentic Indian cuisin also own the chance for tasting of Indian flavor. Address: Sanei Building B1F 5 Chome-16-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, TokyoTel: 0358184154Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00; 17:15-23:00Website: ● Suke6 Diner  This restaurant opened in March 2015, is located along the Sumida River and right by Asakusa Station. It is a laidback diner that offers simple but tasty breakfast-style grub such as sandwiches, pastries and eggs. There is a section of special menu for vegetarian only.Address: 1-11-1-3F, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo Tel: 0358303367Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat, Sun & hols 8am-9pm / closed MonWebsite:● T's Tantan [Ramen]  This restaurant specializes in vegan tantanmen which derived from China. It is an entirely vegan ramen restaurant in Tokyo Station. They offer delicious meal without using animal material even dairy, or eggs, and there are various choices such as black, gold or white sesame, tonkotsu, mapo tofu and soy sauce with full of flavor. You'll be surprised by how skillfully they make this delicious vegan ramen.Address: Tokyo Station, Keiyo Street, 1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Tel: 0332188040Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30                                             Website:● Loving Hut [Taiwanese Dish]  This is also an entirely vegan Japanese-style Taiwanese restaurant. Actually, they are more than vegan, the chemical seasonings, alcohol and white sugar are also avoided using. The diners even include Buddhist vegetarians who do not eat the five pungent roots.Address: Okada Building 2F 1 Chome-54 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, TokyoTel: 0355776880Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30(Wednesday/Thursday); 11:00-18:00(Friday/Saturday), Closed Sunday to TuesdayWebsite:● Komaki Syokudo  It is a vegetarian restaurant in the shopping complex of Chabara of Akihabara, it provides shojin ryori made for Buddhist monks. There are English menu with a variety of dishes, some staff speak English. Their daily special is the kofuku-teishoku, make sure you will not miss it.Address: Komaki Syokudo, Chabara, Kanda-Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, TokyoTel: 0355775358Opening Hours: 11:00-19:30(Closed on Monday)Website:● Eat More Greens  Green food is the way to go according to this restaurant! Eat More Green offers menu staples such as pizza, pasta and even burritos with a twist – they are all plant based! Devour your favorite fast food without the guilt. What’s more, with a range of gluten-free and halal options, this could just be your savior. Address: 106-0045 Tokyo, Minato City, Azabujuban, 2 Chome−2−5, Frencia Azabu Juban South, 1FTel: 05038188760Opening hours: 11:00-20:00Website: ● 8ablish (Eightablish)  This vegan restaurant is perfect for a special occasion, with its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The feta cheese tofu could be a starter, the main dish could be a veggie kebab, and wrap up with their delicious vegan ice cream, Do not forget to order the organic drinks for accompanying. Everyone will be satisfied after a meal at 8ablish, just accord with their motto “Vegan for everyone”.Address: 〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato City, Minamiaoyama, 5 Chome−10−17 2FOpening Hours: 11:00-22:00(Closed on Monday)Tel: 0368050597Website: ● Ise Sueyoshi  This restaurant offers Kaiseki which is a succession of small, beautifully executed dishes, with quality wine and Sake, the other options like Halal food, vegetarian, vegan are also served. It is located in Nishi-Azabu which is between Hiroo and Roppongi. It boasts that all of material are brought in directly from Ise, their chef directly contacts with farmers and fishermen to guarantee absolute freshness. A English leaflet with information about kaiseki cuisine and basic knowledge and etiquette is offered for foreignersAddress: 4-2-15 Nishiazabu | 3F Mizuno Bldg., Minato 106-0031Tel: 0364272314Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00(Closed on Sunday)Website:● Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai  Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai is located at the foot of Tokyo tower, it serves authentic Japanese cuisine with home-made Tofu which is one of the most popular vegan ingredients high in protein. Their tofu dishes are the best quality with Kaiseki style, and vegetarian option is available. The interior of this restaurant is old-fashioned and elegant, there is a beautiful Japanese garden with a pond outside. Address: 4-4-13 Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture Tel: 0334361028Opening Hours: 11:45-15:00/17:00-19:30(Weekdays); 11:00-19:30 (Weekends)Website: ● Downtown B's Indian Kitchen  This Indian restaurant provides the flavors of India with a healthier form which is less oil and less spicy. They can do customize according to the taste buds of diners who come from different area or countries. Fresh vegetables and quality products are their sources of cooking.Address: 3-4-2 Roppongi | 1F Copu Nomura, Minato 106-0032, Tokyo PrefectureTel: 0335840447Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00Website:● Yakuzen Shokudo Chabuzen  This small, slightly shabby eatery offers a vegan menu that means no animal product, including eggs and dairy, and the soup stock. It is located in the backstreets of Shimokitazawa, it is called a haven for yakuzen cuisine. Yakuzen means some vegetarian food are purported to have medicinal benefits. There are also plenty of dishes without the five pungent roots which are banned for Buddhists monks. They also use no chemical seasonings or products.Address: 6 Chome-16-20 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033Tel: 08066038587Opening Hours: 5:00-23:00 (Closed on Mondays)Website:● Nataraj Indian Restaurant in Ginza  This Indian restaurant serves vegetarian & vegan food that made with ingredients from their own plantation that is why their food is inexpensive, but tasty and healthy. The interior of restaurant is decorated in a classy modern style, especially those carvings, statues and prints are authentic Indian style which displayed around the room. Mind that there are also meals with dairy, be sure to inquiry staff before order.Address: Ginza Kosaka Building 7/8/9FTel: 0355371515Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00 Website:* This restaurant has other stores in addresses as below:→ Milan Nataraj Shibuya:Address:150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jinnan, 1 Chome−22−7 Iwamoto Building 3FTel: 0364169022→ Nataraj Harajuku Omotesando:Address: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 6 Chome−28−6 Q Plaza 8FTel: 0364277515● Annam Indian Restaurant  This restaurant is one of the most popular Indian restaurant in Tokyo, even Japan. They offer a lot of options for different diners, not only the authentic North Indian cuisine, also Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian dishes, just require the staff when you order. The genuine and sincere elegant Indian interior give diners a feel that actually enjoy the meal in Indian. Indulge yourself in their food by meticulous cooking and the authentic Indian atmosphere. Address: Ginza 8-10-8 | 8-10 Bldg, B1F, Chuo 104-0061, TokyoTel: 0362806708Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00/17:00-22:00Website:● Rainbow Raw Food  Rainbow Raw food is a unique restaurant that specializes in raw and organically produced food, which refers to uncooked foods or foods heated less than 48 degree in affordable price. They use the fresh produce which is handpicked by the owner and delivered daily. Vegetarians and vegans both can find requested dishes here.Address: 3-17-14, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, TokyoTel: 0364271984Opening hours: 11:00 – 14:30(Closed on Thursday to Monday, Open on Tuesday and Wednesday only)Website: ● Tudore Tranquility  Located in a residential area near Shibuya, Tudor Tranquility restaurant is a restaurant that offers creative plant-based cuisine in exquisitely arranged, and it has won five times award. The dishes use herbs and spices to complement each other, so that the ingredients infused with a complex mixture of flavors. Its decor is so elegant with soothing music, fresh flowers and soft lighting, combine with the abstracter, to create an graceful atmosphere. Naturally sweetened fruit, vegetable-based desserts, and vegan wines will offer you a remarkable experience of vegetarian meal.Address: 2-6-16, Uehara, Shibuya-ku, TokyoTel: 05031874339Opening Hours: 19:00-23:00 (closed on Monday to Wednesday)Website: ● Milan Nataraj  Authentic-looking Indian pictures and carvings decorate the wall, slightly gaudy chandeliers hang from the ceiling, all decoration make this Indian restaurant so pleasant. They use only the organic vegetables which grown on dedicated plantation that belongs to the company. There are English menus with notes on each dish of vegan options and allergens. Many of dishes can be prepared vegan on request.Address: 1-22-7, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, TokyoTel: 0364169022Opening hours: 11:30-23:00Website:● Hanada Rosso  Hanada Rosso serves comfort food especially the best vegan burgers in Tokyo that makes this eatery paradoxical of offering healthy junk food. If you do not like the burger, there is a set menu and Japanese dishes. The ingredients are plant-based and healthy. Address: Miyazaki Building, 6-28-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoTel: 0364275525Opening hours: 11:30-20:00Website: ● Glutenfree Cafe Littlebird  This Glutenfree restaurant is located in Shibuya, a 5 to 6 minute walk from Yoyogi Hachiman station. There are many dishes to choose for gluten intolerant, and they use only domestic rice and no wheat. Address: 1-1-20 Uehara, JP Bldg. 3F, Shibuya 151-0064Tel: 0334608282Opening Hours: 12:00-20:00Website: SHINJUKU-KU● Ain Soph Journey  This is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that located in Shinjuku. They use only plant-based ingredient, the no animal-based pancakes with vegan cheese, fruit, vanilla and maple syrup, is one of the most popular items on the menu. It is possible to carter for big group since there are 3 floors. And do not forget to try their Moroccan tea! Go to take a seat ahead of time is recommended, or it will take your time to queue up. Online reservation is available. Heads-up, their price are deemed pricy.Address: Shinjuku Q Building 1F, 3-8-9 Shinjuku 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoTel: 05058694158Opening hours: 11:30-15:00/18:00-20:00Website: ● AIN SOPH. Ripple  Located in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, Ain Soph Ripple is a vegetarian restaurant. They offer genuine vegan French toast and burgers, burritos that made with coconut oil. The menu has not only vegan and vegetarian dishes, there are also many options of beverages burger. Although people not vegan, still could try these burgers because so tasty. This shop is small but with its trendy feel, you can indulge both your meal and the cozy atmosphere. Address: 2-46-8 Kabukicho | 1F Nissho Bldg, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Tel: 0363803205Opening hours: 11:30-15:00/18:00-20:00Website: MEGURO-KU● T’s Restaurant  This restaurant offers Halal, Vegetarian based on their strict “No meat, No fish, No egg, No dairy” policy. The hamburger steaks are made from vegetarian ingredients. Their food is tasty and enjoyable for everyone, and make for health.  Address:  2-9-6, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, TokyoTel: 0337170831Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00Website: SUMIDA-KU● Sasaya Cafe  This ideal rest spot for vegetarians sightseeing is located close to the Sky Tree, a lovely city park and river with a beautiful waterfall. The cosy environment with wood-decorated interior is ideal for families with children, as well as for couples. Their organic ice creams and cakes are very sought-after. It could be perfect that order some of these or natural cola accompanying with your breakfast, lunch or dinner.Address: Yokokawa, Sumida, TokyoTel: 0336236341Opening Hours: 8:30-18:00Website: 


Where to Enjoy Skiing from Tokyo

Indisputably, one of the most popular countries to travel in winter must be Japan. There are numerous tourist attractions such as hot springs, snow festivals, dazzling illuminations and so forth. Especially the skiing and snowboarding could not be forgotten, on account of the quality powder snow and the optimum slopes of resorts. The tourists to visit Japan for skiing and snowboarding has rapidly increased, but not everybody knows that there are so many options to ski near the big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Therefore, we would like to introduce some ski resorts near Tokyo including popular skiing resorts, and hidden gems.1. GALA Yuzawa Snow ResortGALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is renowned as the only skiing resort in Japan with its own Shinkansen train station. The train station is in the same building as ski gondola station which take tourists to the main courses. Many foreign tourists like to make day-trips here from Tokyo, thanks to such convenience.Access from Tokyo: About 75 minutes by ShinkansenOpen-period: It varies with weather condition, changing in every year. From December 14th 2019 to May 6th 2020 for referenceOpening Hours: Depending on condition. Winter Time 08:00 – 17:00; Spring Time 08:00 – 16:00 Weekdays / 08:00 – 16:30 Weekends and HolidaysFind out the ski set rental prices from Naeba Ski Resort (Niigata)Naeba Ski Resort is famous for its long histroy and reputation in Japan. Many international events including the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup has chosen it as the venue, the annual Fuji Rock Festival will also hold here in late July. Actually, this resort is the biggest one of “MT. Naeba” resorts which comprised of 4 ski areas. There is a joint ticket for entire 'Mt Naeba'. There into, Naeba and Kagura which is next to the former, are life-connected via the 8-person Dragondola that the longest cable car named as “Dragondola”.There is fireworks event be held during the peak season from December to March, and it last totally 34 days! Access from Tokyo: 75 minutes to Echigo-yuzawa Station from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen and 50 minutes by bus, or 4 hours from Ikebukuro Station by expressway busOpen-period (vary in weather condition): For reference, December 7th, 2019 to April 5th, 2020 / April 11th to 12th April, 2020Opening Hours (changing depending on condition): 8:00–17:00/16:00–20:30 (Night skiing)Lift Ticket Rate (1Day): JPY4,600–6,000 PPSeasons Pass: JPY 60,000-90,000 PPFind more price details on official website: Hakuba Ski Resorts (Nagano)Hakuba Valley is the largest ski resort area in Japan, is one of the most popular ski resort areas that draw innumerable skiing lovers from worldwide every year. This area consists of 9 ski resorts, its reputation is from the finest snow powder which falls in the mountain area of Japan’s Northern Alps and makes fluffy snow field on the slopes. It is easily accessible from Tokyo, by shinkansen and express buses take around 3 hours, so it is possible to make a daytrip for the finest snow. And if you would like to choose a economical transportation, the long distance bus could be your option, although the one way trip takes around 5 hours.Here recommended 4 resorts which are highly popular for 2019-2020 in Hakuba Valley:● Hakuba Happo-one Ski ResortTicket: JPY5,500 for adult (1day)(2019-2020)Season: late November to the early May, Depending on weather condition Hours: 8:30-17:00/18:00-21:00 (Night skiing), Depending on weather condition ● Hakuba GoryuTicket: JPY5,500 for adult (1day) (2019-2020)Season: late November to the early May, Depending on weather condition Hours: 8:30-17:00/18:00-21:30 (Night skiing), Depending on weather condition ● Hakuba 47 Winter Sports ParkTicket: Around JPY5,500 (1day)Season: late November to the early May. Depending on weather condition Hours: 8:30-17:00/18:00-21:30 (Night skiing), Depending on weather condition ● Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski ResortTicket: Around JPY400 (1day)Season: mid-December to the early April, Depending on weather condition Hours: 8:00-16:30, Depending on weather condition 4. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort (Nagano)This resort is quite easy to access, by the shinkansen train takes only one hour from Tokyo, and 1 minute distance by taxi from Karuizawa Station, free shuttle buses operate between resort and station during the peak season. The lift ticket service is free for kids, and there is a snow stadium for visitors to try sledding and snow tubing.No wonder Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area is a very child-friendly ski resort. Access: 60 to 90 minutes from Tokyo Station by ShinkansenSeason: November 2 to April 5(2019-2020), Depending on condition Hours: 8:00-17:00/16:00–20:00 (Night skiing), Depending on condition Ticket: JPY4,900-5,7005. Snow Town Yeti (Shizuoka)Snow Town Yeti is the only one skiing place with Mt. Fuji in the background. It is the earliest opening at the season in Japan,by making artificial snow with their snowmakers. This town is also renowned for its location at the second station of Mt.Fuji. Some days during the season, This resort even opens all night until 8:00AM of the following day. The trip by bus from Shinjuku takes 2hour 40mintes, it is possible to ski here during the fall foliage season. Beside the Shinjuku, there are numerous buses to Snow Town Yeti directly from 18 stations such as Yokohama Station, Hachioji, Machida, Shinagawa, and so on. Access: Around 3 hours by direct busSeason for reference: October 25 to April 5 (2019-2020)Hours: Weekdays 9:00-22:00, Weekends(April 1~4 will be closed at 17:00); Public holidays 8:00-22:00(Sundays during March 1~ April 5 will be closed at 17:00); All-night skiing 15:30-08:00 (next morning)Ticket: Admission 850-1,000 JPY; One Day ticket 2,500-4,000 JPY6. Norn Minakami Ski Resort (Gunma)By the shinkansen from Tokyo to Norn Minakami Ski Resort is located in the mountain town, which takes only 1.5 hours from tokyo, that it is perfect for a day-trip. There is an unique area called “snow land”where childre and adults can enjoy and play in the snow safely that separate from the main main Norn Minakami resort. There are different types of discounted passes that vary in the date like night pass, early morning pass, and twilight pass.  Access: 1.5hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Jomokogen Station or Minakami Station/ less than 3 hours by busSeason: December 20 to April 5(2019-2020)Hours: 8:00-22:00 weekdays, 8:00-0:00am next morning Friday & Saturday


Popular Skiing Resorts around Osaka

1. Rokkosan Ski ResortRokkosan Ski Resort is a huge theme park-like resort that located in Kobe, it takes only about an hour from the center of Osaka by car or bus. It provides wintertime leisure for adults and children, such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding, or just having fun in the snow. The park is open for business from November 18th which is much earlier than other ski resorts in Kansai Region. Access: 1 hour from Osaka by car or busSeason: Normally Mid November to End of MarchHours: Normally open from 9:00am until 22:00 in weekends&holidays(Night skiing)/ Normally open from 9:00am until 17:00 in weekdays(no night skiing)Ticket: JPY 3100 (1 Day in holidays)/JPY1550 (1 Day in weekdays) 2. Hachi Kita Kogen Ski ResortThis ski resort is the largest one in Kansai Region, located in the north of Hyogo Prefecture. People love to glide on the long distance which the longest course is about 4,000meters, with beautiful mountainous scenery from the height of over 1,000 meters. Families with children will also find fun there since some events hold regularly. Access from Osaka: 2.5 hours by car or busSeason: Normally early December to early AprilHours: 8:30–16:50Ticket: Around 3000 JPY to 4,500 JPY 1 Day lift ticket3. Biwako Valley Ski ResortThis resort is located at the beautiful Lake Biwa (Biwako) which is a popular tourist site throughout the year, and is the largest lake in Japan. It is accessible from Kyoto and other prefectures in Kansai Region. Visitors can enjoy both the skiing and panorama scenery of Lake Biwa on the ski slopes, or get on a cable car to immerse yourself in natural beauty. Indeed it is a good place for families to enjoy winter leisure, since there are different slopes for different levels, and snowmaker for quality snow. Access from Osaka: 1.5 hours by car or busSeason: Normally late December to late MayHours: 8:30–16:30Ticket: 4200-5800 JPY weekends & holidays4. Gransnow Okuibuki Ski ResortGransnow Okuibuki Ski Resort is renowned for the most quantities of snow in the world and the fluffy snow powder. All equipments and facilities, slopes have been updated celebrating the 50th year anniversary. It is located in the northern area of Maibara city. Either you are an skilled skier or a beginner, could find the suitable slope or area to let yourself go in the snow world. Access from Osaka: 2.5 hours by car Season: Normally mid-December to late MarchHours: 8:30–17:00Ticket: 3000-4800 JPY weekends & holidays5. Sky Valley Ski Resort (Hyogo)This small ski resort with squirrel of mascot character, especially with a napping room open in 24/7. It is possible to take a share lift to share two ski courses and double the fun, since it connected to the Hyperbowl Tohachi resort. Sky Valley is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Hachibuse, in Yabu city. It is accessible from Osaka and Kyoto by direct buses. Access from Osaka: 2.5 hours by car Season: Normally late December to late MarchHours: 8:30–16:40 Ticket: 2000-4200 JPY weekends & holidays; 2000-3600 JPY weekdays


How to Ride the Shinkansen

It goes without  saying, the fastest and most convenient option to travel Japan, must be Shinkansen(新幹線), AKA the Bullet Train which operated by Japan Railways, abbreviation JR. It covers the main islands of Japan, Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido with most of major cities. Here let’s check on something useful for you to ride the Shinkansen. 1. How to read the Shinkansen Tickets:2. How to use the trains:● Note that conventional lines and Bullet Train Shinkansen lines are located in different parts of a station. You can only get to the bullet train platform from entering the bullet train gate. Check the signage Shinkansen at the gate carefully.● Shinkansen(Japanese bullet train) fares consist of two components: there's the base fare (乗車券 joshaken, "board train ticket") plus the special fare (特定特急券 tokutei tokkyuken, lit. "specific special express ticket"), which is for Shinkansen bullet trains as opposed to ordinary express trains.You need both basic fare ticket and limited express ticket to ride the bullet train (Shinkansen). Sometimes, they come as two separated tickets, while sometimes, they’re issued as one.           Base fare ticket | Shinkansen supplement ticket | Combination ticket● If you have received 2 separate tickets. Please insert the 2 tickets in the automatic ticket gate together.● Pass through the regular ticket gate with your ticket.● Make your way to the Shinkansen platforms by following the signs.● Pass the Shinkansen ticket gate with your ticket.● Access to the platform relevant to your train.● Find the car that number on your ticket● Find your seat the matching your ticket.3. Notice:● The tickets cannot be used for other trains. If you miss the reserved train, you can board a later train (non-reserved seat) on the same day. (LIMITED KODAMA: You have to buy new ticket.)● Neither stopover nor refunds are allowed with the tickets.● Please show your tickets to the train conductor when requested.● Only delays of more than 2 hours are eligible for refund. Please receive the delay certificate at the arrival station.● In case you lost your tickets, please note that the tickets cannot be re-issued and are not refundable.


Full User Guide of JR Pass

The Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan.The pass can be used only by foreign tourists and offers unlimited rides on JR trains for one, two or three weeks at a cost that residents of Japan can only dream of.Below are some of the frequently asked questions for you to learn more about how to use the JR Pass. HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR JR PASS1. Where do you activate your JR Pass?A: At a JR exchange office. In order to activate your Japan Rail Pass, you will have to exchange your voucher at a JR office. These offices are to be found at the airport or in the main train stations.Please note that exchange office may have different opening times:2. What documents do you need?A: At the exchange office you will have to find out the form provided and present your passport plus the exchange voucher that you received in the post. 3. When should you activate your JR Pass?A: When exchanging your voucher, you will have to decide on the date you want to start using your pass. Once it is validated you will be able to use your pass starting on the date you have chosen for the consecutive number of days for which your pass is valid. Please note that:* The exchange date does not have to be the starting date.* The starting date has to be within 30 days of the exchange.* If you hold a 7 days Japan Rail Pass, you should be careful about your starting date. On a tight schedule, it is better to use a day rather than to waste one.HOW TO BOOK A SEAT & BOARD THE TRAIN1. Do all trains have reserved seats?A: All Shinkansen trains have cars dedicated to reserved seats (指定席, shitei-seki), and others dedicated to unreserved seats (自由席, jiyu-seki). Most local trains don’t have reserved seats, whereas other trains like the Narita Express only have reservedseats.2. Why should you book a seat?A: If you are not catching your Shinkansen during peak hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) or during bank holidays, you do not need to book your seat and you can use any non-reserved seat by showing your Japan Rail Pass. The Shinkansen trains run very frequently (every 30 minutes), particularly on the Tokaido line between Tokyo and Kyoto, so you don’t have to worry about booking.3. How can you book a seat?A: You can do so without additional charges. Before catching your train, go into a booking office at the train station (midori no madoguchi) and show your Japan Rail Pass.From June 2020, you can reserve your seats free of charge at automatic ticket machines, in addition to JR ticket offices, for guaranteed access to the train you want. 4. How do you board your train?A: As the Japan Rail Pass is not a traditional ticket, you cannot go through the automatic gates. Instead, just show your pass to the staff in the glass booth next to the gates.JR PASS VALIDITYWith a national Japan Rail Pass, you can use all the trains on the JR railway network including JR Kyushu, JR Shikoku, JR West, JR Center, JR East and JR Hokkaido. Of course, you will have access to local and express trains but also to the fast bullet trains, ‘Shinkansen’, that connect most of the main cities in Japan.1. The JR Pass is also valid for:In addition to the train, you will have access to other means of transportation with your Japan Rail Pass:-- JR Ferry: JR Miyajima Ferry (please note that the JR Hakata-Pusan ferry to Korea is not included)-- Monorails: Tokyo Monorail connecting Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station-- JR Bus: Local JR Buses on a limited number of lines2. The JR Pass is not valid for :-- Private Rail Lines: For non-JR rail lines, for instance Odakyu trains or Kintetsu trains, you will have to buy regular train tickets.-- Super Express only Shinkansen: You will not have access to the ‘Nozomi’,  ‘Mizuho’ and ‘Hayabusa’ Shinkansen.Instead you will be able to take other Shinkansen trains that serve the same routes even if they take a little longer.-- In cities: The Japan Rail Pass does not allow you to ride on subways or trams within cities. However, most big cities have a few JR lines that you can use to go around (Osaka Loop or Kanjo line, Tokyo Yamanote line, etc…)-- Others: It is possible to take a night train with the Japan Rail Pass but the ticket is not valid for the sleeper cars, private cars in night trains, and special compartments for which you will have to pay an extra fee.* If, during your journey, your JR train uses another company’s tracks, and even if you hold a pass, you will have to pay a part of the trip. Payment can be made before boarding the train or on board.HOW TO CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR JR PASS** Cancellation:After purchase, it is possible to cancel your Japan Rail Pass and to be refunded under certain conditions.1. Until when can you cancel your JR Pass?A: If your voucher has not been exchanged, your Japan Rail Pass can be refunded within a year from the dateof purchase.2. How much does it cost?A: The cancellation fee costs 10% of your order (excluding shipping charges). Please note that if your voucher has already been exchanged for the Japan Rail Pass and / or you have already used it to take the train, a refund will no longer be possible.3. How do you get a refund?A: In order to get your Japan Rail Pass refunded, you need to send your unused voucher back to where you purchased it. ** Changing:You have already ordered your Japan Rail Pass, and you would like to change the duration, or switch from an ordinary pass to a Green pass.To do this, simply place a new order on the JR official website. You must then return the voucher you would like to change by registered mail, with an explanation note and the new order number to receive a full refund (excluding the delivery costs).Please note that there is still a delivery charge for the new delivery. Check it in advance that you will be able to receive your delivery before your departure to Japan.** Others:What you can do in case of loss:• You have lost your voucher (before exchanging it): You have to buy a new Japan Rail Pass. We will refund you the lost voucher 4 months after the issue date, after we have checked with the Japan Railway Company that the voucher has never been used. Cancellation fee may apply.• You have lost your JR Pass (after exchanging it): you will have to buy a new pass as the Japan Rail Pass cannot be reissued nor refunded once exchanged.


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