18 Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free/Lactose Free Restaurants

in Kumagaya, Saitama


Here's an English translation of the map that helps you to find good restaurants/shops of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free choices in Kumagaya, Saitama. Kumagaya is located in the northern part of Saitama, which is in a good access (1.0-1.5h) to Tokyo. We would like you to know about our hometown Kumagaya and how its neighboring areas are great to visit for vegetarians because there are so many fine vegetables grown here and interesting people to create excellent meals ! 


Kumagaya Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants Map (in Japanese)

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** V: Vegetarian, Vg: Vegan, GF: Gluten Free, LF: Lactose Free, BIO: Organic


** Please make a reservation in advance.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation ! 


1.  Soba AI  *LF

 

AI’s soba (noodles made from buckwheat flour) is made from highly selected buckwheat grown in good farming areas in Japan. Buckwheat flour is milled at the restaurant considering the freshness. You can compare the differences in tastes of soba by ordering “Tabekurabe set”, which is well liked by soba fans, because the owner changes how to make soba to maximize its flavor. We recommend you to eat soba in 3 different ways so that you can fully enjoy it. First, soba only, second, put some salt on soba, and third put some soba into soba soup.

 

Address: 1896-4 Nakanara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken, JAPAN

Tel: 048-522-6654

Hours: Monday 11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:30); Wednesday-Sunday 11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:30) 17:30-20:00 (L.O.19:30)

Holiday/Closed: Tuesday and every 15th of the month 

Contact: https://twitter.com/soba_ai



2. Nou café  *LF

 

Not only is it the renovated old folk house whose age is more than 120 years old, but also the garden that seasonally changes its view is Nou café’s characteristics. You can taste both homemade meals and a home like relaxing atmosphere as if you were in a Japanese ordinary home. Their pudding and “Zenzai” (a type of Japanese traditional sweets which has some materials like Mochi (rice cake) in azuki beans soup) are also their specialties.

 

Address: 391 Shimonara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-577-4342

Hours: 11:00-15:00

Closed: Monday, Sunday and national holiday 

Contact: https://noucafe.net/



3. HIKI Café  *V, LF

 

A cozy café with good taste which is located in a quiet residential area. The café owner’s curry and the wife’s sandwich are highly recommended. Fresh and safer vegetables are grown in their family home for customers. You can sense a rich aroma of roasted coffee in there.

 

Address: 780-89 Kakinuma, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-507-7224

Hours: 9:00-19:00

Closed: Tuesday 

Contact: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn97FTEHVGc/



4. Public Diner  *V

 

One of their policies is locally grown food for local consumption. A sophisticated spacious café with a nicely picked up interior so that you can enjoy a different atmosphere. Various deli would make you feel difficult in making a quick decision so that it’s recommended to make an advance reservation. This café is also a dog-friendly café since there are seats on the terrace.

 

Address: 4-29 Koiduka, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-580-7316

Hours: 11:00-22:00, 7 days a week

Memo: Smoking allowed 

Contact: http://www.publicdiner.com/



5. Akimoto Coffee Roasters  *Vg, GF, BIO

 

A café with a micro roaster. Their coffee is strictly selected by the café owner. Healthy lunch,  sweets made from rice flour and comfortably furnished room are their specialties. You can buy natural or organic food that they select.

 

Address: 2-341-4 Hongoku, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-594-7553

Hours: 8:00-19:00

Closed: Monday

Contact: https://www.akimotocoffeeroasters.com/



6. Tandoor Kitchen  *V

 

An authentic Indian restaurant with genuine Indian curry. Their popularity is proved by having a branch in another prefecture. Curry base is slowly cooked with originally blended spices by the owner. There are lots of menus so that you can enjoy choosing what you want to eat. Hot flavor in tastes can be adjustable upon request. 

 

Address: 1-76 Miyacho, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-527-1601

Hours: 11:00-14:30 (L.O.14:30), 17:00-22:00

Closed: Jan-1st and 2nd

Memo: Smoking allowed

Contact: http://www.aryans-inc.com/



7. Tsuki Usagi  *LF

 

Tsuki Usagi provides hearty Japanese meals such as homemade udon (noodles made from wheat flour) and tempura. The udon is known as Kumagaya udon, which is made of the wheat grown here in Kumagaya. The owner’s hand-made syrup, bread and so on are made seasonal ingredients. Interesting events including on-site coffee service and music are held on the second floor.

 

Address: 11 Kamakura-cho, Kumagya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 070-4083-6876

Hours: 11:30-14:00 (L.O.13:30)

Closed: Saturday, Sunday and national holiday



8. Tabei  *LF

 

Tabei is a traditional Japanese course meal restaurant using strictly selected materials such as chemical-free or organic vegetables and fresh fish. They always have 2 choices for lunch. You would be satisfied by their well-made cuisine. The owner’s recommendation is Kakigohri (shaved ice) with homemade syrup on top of it.

 

Address: 1-87 Hoshikawa, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-526-9011

Hours: 11:30-14:00

Closed: Thursday and Sunday
Memo: Smoking allowed



9. Backpackers Lunch  *GF, LF

 

Backpackers Lunch is a Thai cuisine restaurant that originated as a mobile catering by food truck. You can fully enjoy famous Thai food like green curry and gapao rice etc., here in Kumagaya. Their shaved ice is certified as “Yukikuma” (Kumagaya original shaved ice brand. Yuki means snow, Kuma comes from Kumagaya.), so that the ice has a soft feeling like power snow with original coconut syrup.

 

Address: 2-86 Hoshikawa, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 080-3406-2109

Hours: 11:30-14:30 (L.O.14:00), 18:30-22:00 (L.O.21:30)

Closed: Sunday and national holiday

Contact: http://backpackerslunch.jp/



10. Manma  *BIO

 

Manma is a small shop with organic vegetables, natural food and groceries including soap, toothpaste, shampoo and so on. The owner couple has a character, since the husband shows you plenty of knowledge about their items, and the wife is kind and easy to get along with.

 

Address: 2-77 Hoshikawa, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-522-7578

Hours: 10:00-17:00

Closed: Sunday, new year and Bon

Contact: https://yuukiyasai.on.omisenomikata.jp/



11. YORIMICHIYA  *LF

 

A Kumagaya udon place where you can make and eat udon night and day. Kumagaya udon made by your own hand would be something special. You can also cook “Furai” which is locally known as cheap but delicious food. Some typical Kumagaya souvenirs can be found in there.

 

Address: 1-108 Tsukuba, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-577-7545

Hours: 11:00-13:00, 18:00-21:00 (L.O.20:30), Udon making (reservation required) 11:00-21:00

Closed: Monday and Thursday 

Contact: https://yorimichiya.com/



12. USKING BAGEL  *V, LF

 

A bagel shop whose flagship is Misopan bagel. (Miso is a Japanese traditional flavoring material. Pan means bread) The shop always has whole-wheat bread. The owner is known as a cheerful person who has a motto of making people happy with quality.

 

Address: 1-175-3 Tsukuba, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-522-7717

Hours: 10:00-19:00

Closed: Sunday 

Contact: http://www/facebook.com/usukingbagel



13. Spicy Veggy Curry  *GF, LF

 

A fine spice curry restaurant. Colorful vegetables on top of their plates are eye-catching. There are some spices on each table so that you can add curry spices as you like, and that gives you flavor changes to finish your meal. Several authentic Belgium beers with living yeast inside are provided.

 

Address: 3-112-1 Tsukuba, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-526-4739

Hours: 11:30-14:30, 18:00-22:00 (L.O.21:30)

Closed: Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, Tuesday will be closed) 

Contact: https://www.instagram.com/spicy.veggy.currey/



14. Q-CHANG CURRY  *LF

 

The owner who loves Japanese cucumber pickles named “Kyu-chang” makes unique green curry using originally blended spice paste starting by grinding them. Of course, the Kyu-chan is the side of plates. You can also enjoy green curry soba (buckwheat noodles in curry).

 

Address: Kondo Building Mezzanine Floor, 3-54 Tsukuba, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 050-5590-3787

Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:00 (24:00 on weekends)

Closed: Monday

Memo: Smoking allowed 

Contact: http://q-changcurry.com/



15. Café On  *V, LF

 

Café On is always searching for healthy materials. As a result they developed socks and skin lotion. They only use plant materials for meals including fermented brown rice, flavor materials made by traditional way and Umeboshi (saltily pickled Japanese apricot). Advance reservation is required for meals. Events related to mind purification are sometimes held as well.

 

Address: 409-5 Hirose, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-526-4739 (Reservation required)

Hours: 10:00-18:00

Closed: Sunday 

Contact: https://www.cafeonsan.com/



16. Onikko House  *LF

 

A shop/café restaurant with organic vegetables and flavor materials like Miso, non-chemical fruits. This place is operated by people with/without disabilities. Wakeme udon (a type of mineral-rich seaweed named Undaria pinnatifida (academic name for Wakame)) and Aburafu-don (a bowl of rice with cooked Aburafu and eggs on top) are popular menu items. Aburafu is a Japanese traditional bread-like fried food made of wheat flour.

 

Address: 1630-7 Itai, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-536-1344

Hours: 10:00-17:30

Closed: Irregular holidays 

Contact: http://onikko.org/



17. Raw Souk  *Vg, GF, BIO

 

Raw Souk produces edible beauty products such as a drinkable cleanse, under their concept of being beautiful inside of the body. Their main items are raw meals and desserts made by low-temperature heating to protect activity of the enzymes. The ingredients are of course, organic, non-animal source and gluten-free.

 

Address: NEWLAND, 2-3-5 Konan Chuo, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken

Tel: 048-580-6204

Hours: 11:00-18:00

Closed: Thursday 

Contact: https://www.new-land.jp/home.html



18. Bakery CoCo Farm  *Vg, GF

 

All the products including bread and sweets are made from rice flours, which means gluten-free since no wheat flour is used. The owner is getting more repeaters of the product like vege-cheese pizza topped seasonal vegetables, fig and walnut bread and cookies etc. No store, but available upon request.

 

Address: No store

Tel: 080-2227-1003 

Hours: Irregular holidays



The contact information is in order of the restaurant/shop web site, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Some of them have other SNS, so please check and see if you have any preference.


Megumi HIGANO

Calls herself a fake vegetarian, but is actually a pescetarian. Loves sushi too much to be a strict vegetarian. Not a big fan of meat since she was a child, so she quickly stopped eating meat after she got introduced to yoga in 2005. Resets herself when she doesn't like her eating habit. Trying to support organic farmers by eating vegetables that they grow.


Comomi OKUGAWA (aka Moco)

Started Bakery CoCo Farm in Kumagaya and making vegan/gluten free bread and sweets etc using rice flour only. She met her Macrobiotics teacher in aound 2007. Since then she has been learning more about human well-being and food. Tries to be happily excited all the time. 


Mikiko YAMADA (aka Madam YAMADA)

Opened an organic vegetable source cafe restaurant in Yorii-machi (near Kuamgaya). Was introduced to the thought of Macrobiotics in around 2008, and now has  her own motto "fine balance" through trial an error with twists and turns. Love fasting.


Mizuki YAMADA

Has a body that responds sensitively to substances which are not good for his body. He eats meal once a day since around 2016. As a result of seeking non-harmful foods for his body, with his wife Mikiko, he found out vegan style is the best way. He has been growing about 50 kinds of citrus fruits, without agricultural chemicals, fertilizer of herbicide, as a hobby.


Special thanks to Kazumi who is an actress/narrator/photographer from Kumagaya for cute illustrations of the vegan map ! 

(C) 2019 Kumagaya Vegan Map Creation Committee