Vegetarian Ramen Shinjuku: Our Favorite Veggie Ramen Bowls

Vegetarian. Ramen. Shinjuku. It may be harder for you to find a veggie bowl of ramen in this part of Tokyo than you think…but we’re here to help.

Ramen & Shinjuku. These are two words that are synonymous with each other – after all, there are TONS of places to eat the delicious Japanese soup noodles in this part of Tokyo.

However, without knowing before traveling, you may struggle to find vegetarian ramen in Shinjuku.

And we don’t want you to waste time searching for hours on end. When you could be feasting on bowls upon bowls of ramen…

For this reason, we’ve put together this quick guide showing you where to find Vegetarian Ramen in Shinjuku.

Other vegetarian food guides in Tokyo: 

Top Restaurants for Vegetarian Ramen (Shinjuku)

As promised, here are Let’s Visit Asia‘s top choices for those searching for vegetarian (and vegan) ramen in this part of Tokyo.

If you’re traveling with non-vegetarian/non-vegan friends, they’ll be glad to hear that these same ramen restaurants offer meat options too.

Afuri (阿夫利)

This is one of the most recommended ramen restaurants in the whole of Tokyo (for both meat and non-meat dishes). Just to give you a flavor or how highly rated Afuri is.

In fact, Afuri is so popular that there are 9 different locations of this chain of ramen restaurants. Of course, one being in Shinjuku Lumine – a perfect location and hub for traveling around Tokyo.

It was named Afuri due to being inspired by Mt. Afuri in Japan, the ramen masters use the natural water of Oyama (commonly known as Afuriyama) as the source of the broth.

Without the use of any artificial umami seasonings, Afuri create possibly one of the most natural bowls of ramen in the whole of Tokyo, never mind just in Shinjuku.

It offers dishes such as seasonal vegan ramen which is around 1,350 Yen. So it’s an option at an extremely reasonable price too.

We’re particularly big fans of the vegetarian Yuzu Shio Ramen – it’s incredible and we totally recommend that you try this.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka (新宿御苑らーめん桜花)

*Disclaimer: sadly, Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka has now closed but we keep this as on option on our list due to our fond memories of eating there.

The vegan (and therefore vegetarian) bowl of ramen at Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka has been called a “vegetarian ramen dream” on review sites.

So you can see why it caught our attention enough to visit. And we’re glad that we did.

Although you’ll most likely be greeted with queues to enter, it’s worth the wait. With the added bonus being that it’s a specialized “vegan & halal” ramen restaurant for those that don’t like being around meat.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka offers a wide variety of vegetarian/vegan ramen dishes. So whether you prefer spicy or non-spicy soup noodles, you’ll be sure to find something that you like.

Yep, Only 2 Places to Eat Vegan & Vegetarian Ramen Shinjuku

We weren’t joking when we said it was difficult to find vegetarian ramen in Shinjuku.

The good news is that we spent the time finding the 2 best places for vegan & vegetarian types of ramen (shinjuku) for you – so you don’t have to waste valuable time while visiting Tokyo.

Afuri is an incredible place to eat, emphasizing on using all natural ingredients without any artificial seasonings. As a result, it’s our top option on this list.

Hopefully you visit both places on our list and enjoy them as much as we did!

Update: Some bad news…One option on this list (Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka) has closed since we visited some years ago. So currently, your only option for a nice bowl of vegan/vegetarian ramen in Shinjuku is Afuri.

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