In fall of 2014, D and I went on the biggest trip of our lives (thus far) and visited Tokyo, Japan. It was my second time visiting the country, but the first time for D. This was also the trip where we got engaged – a story I will be writing up in the next few weeks (stay tuned!). While we were there, we knew we wanted to make a stop at Tokyo Disney.
If you’re unfamiliar, Tokyo Disney is made up of two parks: Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea. We decided to do one day at each park in the middle of our two week stay in the country. Since D and I have been together, we’ve gone to Disney World in Orlando many times, and it is a very important part of our relationship’s history, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to see what things were like in the Tokyo version of the parks!
Before we left on our trip, I did extensive research on everything we would be doing while we were away, and Tokyo Disney was no exception. As a vegetarian, I knew it would be challenging to find meals anywhere in Tokyo and thought it would be a good idea to have some restaurants inside the parks picked out ahead of time.
Thankfully, I had found several blogs during that time to help me with that process, most notably: The Honorable Rat. I think I read almost every post on his blog before we left!
I could (and probably will) do a whole post on what the parks themselves were like, but for now – let’s talk about food!
Thanks to the Honorable Rat’s post on the topic, I knew the situation going in ahead of time: There was one restaurant in each park that served one vegetarian dish. So, it is an extremely limited selection, and if you didn’t know this information going in, you’d definitely be frustrated running from place to place only to find out everything contained meat or fish!
The one restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland that contains a vegetarian option is Eastside Cafe. We foolishly wandered around a little bit beforehand instead of going straight there because we were on the other side of the park. We happened to spot a pizza place called “Planet M”.
I was sure I would at least find a slice of cheese pizza there, but much to my dismay (and confused agitation), I found that they only had meat pizzas, and yes, fish pizzas. Welcome to Japan, where fish pizza is more common than cheese.
It was at this point that I realized how serious the “one restaurant with one dish” recommendation would be, and we high-tailed it over to Eastside Cafe before we got too hungry.
Here they actually had a 3 course vegetarian option displayed in a separate menu, as pictured above. This was quite a pleasant surprise, and I thoroughly enjoyed my Italian-style lunch. I was very full afterward, and would definitely go back again. We didn’t stay long enough at the park to warrant a second meal, though if we had, I’m not sure what we would have done.
DisneySea was our second stop, and after learning our lesson at DisneyLand, we did not bother looking at other restaurants and went straight to Ristorante di Canaletto.
There was a short wait here for lunch, but knowing it was our only option, we happily waited. The views outside of the restaurant were spectacular. DisneySea is breathtaking and is nothing like any of the other Disney parks when it comes to atmosphere and theming. If you’re going to go to one park over the other in Tokyo, pick this one.
Ristorante di Canaletto did not have a separate vegetarian menu like Eastside Cafe, but true to word, there was exactly one dish that was meat and fish free.
This pasta dish was flavorful and contained a ton of fresh veggies. Side note: in Japan, there is not really a concept of “vegetarianism”, which is why it can be so challenging to find food there if you don’t eat meat or fish. At the same time, in places like Disney where there are actual vegetarian dishes, they are almost always vegan as well.
It can be challenging to find vegetarian cuisine while at the Tokyo Disney parks, but if you know exactly what you’re looking for ahead of time, you will be fine. There are also snacks around the park such as popcorn and sweets that will also be okay to eat.
In the next few weeks, I’m planning to do a similar post about what it was like as a vegetarian on our trip to Tokyo as a whole. Stay tuned for that!
What is your favorite travel destination?
Have you ever traveled to an international Disney park?
Ever tried fish pizza??