This guest post is by Marie from the Candy Penny blog. In 2009, Marie traveled extensively through Japan and found many vegan options. This post is a summary of some of her favourite meals. To read more about Marie’s travels, visit Candy Penny.

1.The Unique Find: Gozan Noodle Shop, Kamakura, Japan

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Kenchin Udon & Vegetable Soup

Visiting the temples south of Tokyo I stumbled upon the Gozan Noodle Shop. This homey noodle shop that appeared to specialize in ken-chin (vegetarian) style soup. This steaming bowl came with plentiful vegetables and chewy delicious udon noodles.

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Gozan Noodle Shop
1531 Yamanochi
Kamakura, Japan

2.The Go-To Restaurant: Loving Hut, Tokyo, Japan

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Spring Rolls, Soup, Agar Jello & French Bread

There are many Loving Hut restaurants to choose from around the world. This International vegetarian restaurant’s Tokyo location has a special place in my heart due to the exquisite and freshness care put into each dish. On this given day, I had a set Vietnamese style meal.

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Loving Hut
6-15 2F Yotsuya Sanchome
Shinjuku-ku-Tokyo, Japan

3. The Old Standby: Mos Burger, Multiple Locations

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Burger w/ Tea & Fries

Haven’t you ever wanted a burger that used grilled white rice patties instead of buns? Mos Burger does just that. The Gomoka Kinpara burger is composed of kinpara style sauteed burdock & carrot. Throw in some western style fries and you’ve got yourself a meal!

Mos Burger

4. The Cultural Gem: Tenryu-Ji Temple, Kyoto

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Shojin Ryori: Pickled Vegetables, Goma Tofu & White Rice

Shojin Ryori is not to be missed. It is the multi course vegan meal prepared by monks and served in a temple. It typically incorporates the six basic flavors (astringent, bitter, pungent, salty, sour, and sweet) and the three qualities (light/flexible, clean/neat, and conscientious/thorough) into some of the most precious food you will ever eat. Set meals start at $30.00 USD and are worth every penny. The meal in the photo was taken at the Tenryu-Ji Temple in the Arashimaya district of Kyoto.

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Tenryu-Ji Temple
68 Susukinobaba-cho
Tenryuji, Saga, Ukyo-ku
Kyoto City, Japan