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Gluten-Free Restaurants in Japan • Just One Cookbook

Do you or your travel companion have gluten intolerance and are wondering where to eat in Japan? Here’s our growing list of gluten-free restaurants in Japan.

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With the rise of international travelers, there has been increased awareness of food restrictions and allergies in Japan in recent years. To assist gluten-free (GF) travelers in enjoying the amazing food the country has to offer, we’ve compiled this gluten-free restaurant guide for anyone in need.

Here, we’re kicking off with a list of restaurants in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, which have been reviewed and frequented by GF travelers. We hope that you, as part of the JOC community, can also contribute to making this a comprehensive list and resource.

If you’re a GF traveler and have discovered an excellent restaurant or food establishment while traveling in Japan, please share the city and restaurant name with us in the comments below, and we’ll gladly add them to the list.

Please note that the information is subject to change according to the establishments, and this is not an exhaustive list of all the GF places in these cities.

Tokyo Gluten-Free Eats

Gluten Free T’s Kitchen (Roppongi)

A restaurant/cafe featuring gluten-free (GF) and allergen-free foods. The menu includes ramen, gyoza, rice bowls, curries, and non-Japanese cuisine, such as pasta. The restaurant has only three tables; therefore, reservations are necessary (walk-ins are not advised).

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Cafe Komaya (Roppongi)

A restaurant/cafe with a GF menu featuring curry, pizza, baked goods, and bread.

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Pizzakaya (Roppongi)

A pizza restaurant that also offers GF crusts. If you are worried about cross-contamination, note that all pizzas are baked in the same oven.

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Gluten-Free Kushiage Su (Ginza)

A high-end course meal featuring kushiage (fried skewers) made with a rice flour-based batter. The skewers are delightfully light and crispy, like rice crackers. The restaurant is tiny and seats six people. Reservations are a must, either from the website or Instagram. You can choose from a 10 or 13-course dinner (Tue-Sun) or a short lunch course (Fri-Sun).

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Soranoiro Nippon (Tokyo)

The only ramen shop in Tokyo Station Ramen Street offers GF and vegan ramen (along with non-GF ramen). Cash only.

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Riz Labo (Omotesando)

A cafe serving GF pancakes and crepes (Thurdays only). It is extremely popular, so expect to wait in line.

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RICEHACK Glutenfree Bakery (Harajuku)

A GF bakery featuring bread rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza, and crackers. The shop is takeout only, but you can eat at the cafe next door if you order a drink from their menu.

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My Banh Mi by Gluten Free Tokyo (Harajuku)

A small restaurant owned and operated by a celiac chef. The limited menu offers GF banh mi, sandwiches, and desserts.

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Bio cafe (Shibuya)

A restaurant/cafe featuring GF meals, such as pasta, rice dishes, and risotto.

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Avan Gluten Free Cafe (Shibuya)

The menu includes churros, taco rice, fried chicken, and fries. Dinner is by reservation only.

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Shimbu Sakiya Ramen (Shibuya)

A ramen shop specializing in miso-based Sapporo-style ramen. The vending machine offers menus with GF and vegan options. It also offers GF fried chicken and gyoza. Cash only.

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Teppan Baby (Shibuya, Shinjuku)

A Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki restaurant with GF options.

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Jiyugaoka Bakery (Jiyugaoka)

A GF bakery featuring pastries, breads, sandwiches, and cakes. Takeout only.

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Gluten-Free Cafe Tamakuchen (Futagotamagawa)

A cafe with various baked goods, sandwiches, and breads. Offers lunch and can eat in.

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Gonpachi Asakusa (Asakusa)

A Japanese restaurant that’s not GF, but previous diners have mentioned that some dishes are GF/customizable.

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Moyan Curry

Their Japanese curry is GF (avoid the fried food toppings as the coating is wheat-based). They also have an izakaya menu for dinner. Has locations in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shimbashi, and Otemachi.

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Yakiniku Jojoen

Jojoen is a chain of high-end yakiniku restaurants with locations across the major cities (Tokyo, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Kyoto, etc.) Previous diners have commented that the restaurant is well-equipped to handle those with food allergies.

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Kyoto Gluten-Free Eats

Sugarhill Kyoto (Gojo)

A Japanese fusion restaurant that has a GF menu. Reservation is highly recommended.

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Waco Crepes Kyoto (Gojo)

This cute little cafe offers savory and sweet rice flour-based crepes that are GF, dairy-free, and vegan. Check their Instagram for their operational hours and dates. Some English is spoken.

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Choice Kyoto (Sanjo)

A GF and vegan restaurant offering highly-rated pizzas.

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Cafe & Bar Maru (Kawaramachi)

A GF cafe and bar. Check their website for operational hours.

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Yak & Yeti (Kawaramachi)

A Nepali restaurant that can accommodate GF, vegetarians, and vegans.

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Kyoto Loco Chicken (Kawaramachi)

A Hawaiian-Japanese restaurant with GF fried chicken coasted with rice flour and sauces. No booking and only five seats, so make sure to go early.

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Kyoto Engine Ramen (Shijo Kawaramachi)

The restaurant specializes in white miso ramen and uses local Kyoto produce. It offers regular and GF noodles, which are cooked separately to avoid cross-contamination.

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Gion Soymilk Ramen Unoko (Gion)

Ramen is GF and vegan-friendly. The soup base consists of GF soy sauce and soymilk with rice flour noodles. The restaurant also offers GF beer and izakaya fares.

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Cafe Planet (Demachiyanagi)

A GF and plant-based cafe along the Kamogawa River that’s also dog-friendly. Cash only.

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Breizh Cafe (Nakagyo)

A French cafe specializing in galettes (100% buckwheat crepes) with sweet and savory options, it also has several locations in Tokyo.

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Boulangerie L’oiseau bleu (Kamigamo)

A bakery offering breads and baked goods using rice flour and ancient grains. Takeout only. Some products are available at Dean & Deluca Kyoto and GOOD NATURE STATION.

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Tadka (2 locations)

A restaurant specializing in South Indian cuisine. Tadka 1 is open for breakfast (weekends only) and lunch, Tadka 2 is open for dinner. It can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian diners.

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Osaka Gluten-Free Eats

Vegan Cafe Asuka (Sakai)

A cafe and bakery. Some of their lunches are not GF, but their breads and baked goods are GF.

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Genji Soba (Namba)

Has a 100% buckwheat soba option. Those sensitive to cross-contamination order the celiac package, where they cook the noodles separately from the other non-GF noodles.

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Spys Oasis (Namba)

It offers spiced curry and a GF izakaya menu, including GF beer. It also has a non-spicy GF curry for kids.

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ChocoLatta (Kawarayamachi)

A cafe specializing in GF chocolate gateau and desserts, it also offers limited lunch (takeout and dine-in).

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OKOTAKO Vegan Vegetarian Glutenfree Takoyaki (Shinsaibashi)

A small vegan and GF “takoyaki” izakaya using okara (soy pulp) with a self-serve drink system. Dine-in and takeout are available.

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OKO – Fun Okonomiyaki Bar (Shinsaibashi)

A GF okonomiyaki izakaya using okara (soy pulp) with a self-serve drink system.

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Cafe Mahana (Matsuyamachi)

A GF cafe serving lunch and desserts.

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RE-public by BASE ISLAND KITCHEN (Yotsubashi)

A Jamaican-Japanese restaurant with GF treats. Some dishes can be modified vegan-friendly. Seats are limited, so go early.

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Gluten-Free Cafe & Shisha Bar Anosaki Konosaki (Nakazakinishi)

A GF cafe offering curry, pasta, teishoku (lunch sets), and baked goods.

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Optimus Cafe (Kitahama)

A GF and vegan restaurant open from breakfast until dinner with GF baked goods. Has a lovely view of the river.

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Comeconoco Laboratory & Cafe (Temmabashi)

A cafe offering GF lunches, desserts, and private GF baking classes. Open on Wed-Sat.

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Do you have recommendations for gluten-free (GF) restaurants in Japan? Please share the city and restaurant name with us in the comment box below, and we’ll add it to the list!

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