Updated: November 07, 2018
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Itosho: A One-Star Michelin Restaurant in Tokyo

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If you're vegan or vegetarian and would like to know what refined Japanese cuisine is all about, you should definitely come to try this one-star Michelin restaurant in Azabujuban in Tokyo! Each dish is prepared carefully and is a delight to the senses. In fact, you don't need to be vegetarian to appreciate this delicate cuisine.

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Itosho (いと正) ☆

Itosho serves what is called in Japanese Shojin Ryori (精進料理) which is a type of cuisine that was developed mainly by monks practicing Zen Buddhism in Kyoto.

What is Shojin Ryori? (精進料理)

Shojin Ryori is traditional cuisine for Buddhist monks. Respecting the Buddhist philosophy, animal products are not used; simply fresh and seasonal fruits and herbs.
Dish after dish, it is colourful, creative and delicious. Even if you're not vegetarian or even vegan, you will find it delicious!
This can be enjoyed within a temple or at a restaurant around the temple. This will definitely make for an unforgettable Japanese zen experience.

Menu

Itosho has entirely vegetarian courses which is strikingly original. The courses use soy, matcha green tea and a plethora of seasonal Japanese fruits vegetables as primary ingredients. Shojin is served in multiple small and aesthetically beautiful dishes. The arrangement of the colours and the coordination with the plates is just as important as the taste of the food itself. A pleasure for all the senses, this is a must-try for those who want to dive deeper into Japanese food culture. Courses are around ¥5,000 for lunch and ¥10,000 for dinner.
The service at this restaurant is also impeccable and so attentive. Even the chef himself will come to greet you!
This is Chef Ito's famous dish- the shojin age, which is deep-fried vegetables and tofu that is then coated with rice flour.
If you've always wanted to try vegan sushi, this is la creme de la creme. Each piece is delicious and flavourful.

Lastly...

Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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