Among recent arrivals, vegetarians and vegans have it comparably rough in Japan. If there was ever a country set up to be difficult for those with “out of the ordinary” needs, this is it, and top that off with a double whammy of unfamiliar language and foods, then paired with a narrowing of options and you can see why it might be difficult to feed yourself in your accustomed manner. That being said, a determined effort can reward, and a good way to get into the community and see what is available is the Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival at Tsuruma Park.
Like any other matsuri you will find a variety of vendors serving up a decidedly different array of foods like veggie burgers, pizza, smoothies, and even desserts, all in the peaceful surroundings of the oldest park in Nagoya. Entry to the festival is free, food costs somewhere between 300-1000 yen.
Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival