I was in Japan for 15days along with a colleague who is a pure vegetarian and loves hogging Roti, Parantha, Paneer etc . How a pure vegetarian survived in Tokyo, this is what you are gonna see 🙂
Tokyo is expensive and it is not a cheap city, we were staying in Ginza area which is one of the most happening place. We had some good options when it comes to food, but for Vegetarians I can count maximum of 3 options. It was not possible for us to go there and eat daily because a) They were not close to the place we were working. b) They were expensive. c) They all close by 11:00pm. d) They were Indian for name sake and not pure Indian. I never had problem since I am a person who eats anything and everything 😛 . I used to try different sea food every day 🙂
How did my friend survive?
This means “NO Meat, No Fish, No Egg”. Irrespective of whether you know any word in Japanese, every vegetarian should learn these 3 words to make eating out easy in Tokyo. This is no joke, but experience based on 15 days stay and survival of a pure-vegetarian in Tokyo. He had also carried some ready to cook food which became his life saviour many times 🙂 We found some restaurants for our eating daily and with the three words it wasn’t difficult. Moreover, we became regular in those restaurants and they also understood what we needed. This was not all, It was difficult eating breakfast also, because Japanese breads have egg in it and this is a problem for vegetarians, the pure ones.
- When you ask for Vegetarian food, please specify the exclusions “No Niku, No Sakana, No tamago”. Otherwise sea food is considered vegetarian here.
- Even Mcdonald’s you will not get vegetarian unless you say the three golden words.
- Please take some ready to eat food with you. You can consume them by cooking using the electric Kettel in room or a microwave.
- Carry a container which can be used in microwave too. Incase if the place you stay/work have microwave you can heat the ready to cook and eat.
- While booking hotel, see if you there is a microwave or other option for cooking some ready to eat food.