Below is information about the availability of possibly vegan food/drinks at some the more common chain cafes in Japan. This information is based on a review of the allergen information provided on the cafe’s website. In Japan, restaurants and cafes are required to give information about the presence of the following allergens in their food products:

• eggs, milk, wheat, buckwheat, peanut, shrimp and crab.

It is recommended that they also give information about the following allergens:

• soy, beef, chicken, pork, abalone, squid, salmon roe, salmon, mackerel, orange, kiwifruit, peach, apple, pineapple, yam/sweet potato, walnuts, gelatine and banana.

This information can be useful for vegans. Of course it is not definitive, as other animal products may still be in the food – e.g. fish dashi. Fish dashi, skipjack tuna dashi in particular, is very commonly used in Japan in sauces, soups, and savory dishes. Other types of fish such as tuna or anchovies, seafood such as scallops, and also duck or honey can also be present in the food and not mentioned on allergen charts. Honey is commonly used at some cafes in Japan. So, allergen charts are merely a good starting point, allowing you to narrow your search and ask a few good questions.

Some foods contain flavouring and emulsifiers which may be animal-derived or sugar that may be bone-char processed. We have marked below wherever we have information on how these ingredients were made.

Note cafes often change their menus, so it is a good idea to check their websites before you visit. Of course it is always a good idea to check with staff that the item you want to order is vegan (if possible).

Wherever possible, we have noted below where foods were cooked together with animal products or may have cross-contamination from being processed together with food containing animal products, but food may also have cross-contamination from wheat, soy, or other ingredients. Please check allergen charts before eating if you have food allergies or intolerances.


The hot drink menu and iced drink menu are available on the Doutor website (English/Japanese).

The drinks that appear possibly vegan from a review of the allergen chart (published 3/14/2019 for drinks and 4/11/2019 for food) are:

• Soy Latte (Hot or Iced, Decaf or Regular)/豆乳ラテ
• Tea (Hot or Iced)/ティー
• Iced Coffee/アイスコーヒー
• Blend Coffee/ブレンドコーヒー
• American Coffee/アメリカンコーヒー
• Espresso Coffee/エスプレッソコーヒー
• Decaf Coffee (Hot or Iced)/カフェインレス コーヒー
• Soymilk (Hot or Iced)/豆乳
• Soymilk Tea (Hot or Iced)/豆乳ティー
• Orange Juice/オレンジジュース~100%ストレート果汁~
• Aomori-Grown Apple Juice/青森県産りんごストレートジュース

Some of the fruit juices may be seasonally available. None of the food at Doutor is vegan per the allergen chart. The “coffee fresh” creamer contains milk.

A Soy Latte is pictured below.



The Starbucks menu in Japan includes a soy latte, but you can also order other drinks with soymilk for an extra ¥50. However, even when ordered with soymilk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below. The soymilk at Starbucks has been reported to use emulsifier made of plants, but the sugar they use was previously confirmed to be bone char processed. Note you can get a ¥20 discount when you use your own mug, tumbler or cup!

The Starbucks websites states (from autotranslate): Please be aware in advance that the products offered at the store are not allergy compatible products and do not guarantee the removal of allergens.

The drinks that appear possibly vegan from a review of the standard drink allergen chart (published 5/4/2019) are:

• Cold-Pressed Lime (Iced)/コールドブリュー ライム
• Yuzu Citrus & Tea (Hot or Iced)/ゆず シトラス & ティー
• Drip Coffee/ドリップ コーヒー
• Drip Coffee (Decaf)/ドリップ コーヒー(ディカフェ)
• Cold Drip Coffee/コールドブリュー コーヒー
• Nitro Cold Drip Coffee/ナイトロ コールドブリュー コーヒー
• Cold Drip Flight/コールドブリュー フライト アイス
• Coffee Press (Hot or Iced)/コーヒープレス
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Soy Latte (Hot or Iced)/ソイ ラテ
• Cafe Americano (Hot or Iced)/カフェ アメリカーノ
• Mango Passion Tea Frappucino/マンゴー パッション ティー フラペチーノ®
• Steamed Soymilk
• Iced Soymilk
• Yuzu Berry Tea/ティー(ユースベリー)
• Mint Citrus Tea/ティー(ミント シトラス)
• English Breakfast Tea/ティー(イングリッシュ ブレックファースト)
• Earl Grey Tea/ティー(アール グレイ)
• Chamomile Tea/ティー(カモミール)
• Hibiscus Tea/ティー(ハイビスカス)
• Houjicha Tea/ティー(ほうじ茶)
• Black Tea/ ティー(ブラック)
• Passionfruit Tea/ティー(パッション)
Peach Strawberry Squeeze/ピーチ ストロベリー スクイーズ
• be juicy! Kids Orange/be juicy! Kids オレンジ
• be juicy! Kids Apple/be juicy! Kids アップル

The following drinks do not have dairy in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Iced Cafe Mocha/アイス カフェ モカ (although the allergen chart states that the Hot Cafe Mocha has dairy even when ordered with soymilk)
• Cappucino/カプチーノ
• Cafe Misto/カフェ ミスト
• Decaf Starbucks Latte (Hot or Iced)/ディカフェ スターバックス ラテ
Coffee Frappucino/コーヒー フラペチーノ®
• Iced Cocoa/アイス ココア (although the allergen chart states that Hot Cocoa has dairy even when ordered with soymilk)
• Matcha Tea Latte/抹茶 ティー ラテ
• Chai Tea Latte (Hot/Iced)/チャイ ティー ラテ
• English Breakfast Tea Latte/イングリッシュ ブレックファスト ティー ラテ
• Earl Grey Tea Latte/アール グレイ ティー ラテ
• Houjicha Tea Latte/ほうじ茶 ティー ラテ
• Chamomile Tea Latte/カモミール ティー ラテ
• Mint Citrus Tea Latte/ミント シトラス ティー ラテ

The following drinks still have dairy in them even if ordered with soymilk, so are not vegan:

• Hot Cafe Mocha/ホット カフェ モカ
• Strawberry Berry Match Frappucino White/#ストロベリーベリーマッチフラペチーノ ® ホワイト (also contains egg)
• Royal Milk Tea Frappucino/ロイヤル ミルクティー フラペチーノ
• Mousse Foam Latte (Hot or Iced)/ムース フォーム ラテ
• Mousse Foam Caramel Macchiato (Iced)/ムース フォーム キャラメル マキアート
• Caramel Macchiato (Hot or Iced)/キャラメル マキアート
• White Mocha/ホワイト モカ
• Caramel Frappucino/キャラメル フラペチーノ®
• Dark Mocha Chip Frappucino/ダーク モカ チップ フラペチーノ®
• Matcha Cream Frappucino/抹茶 クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Vanilla Cream Frappucino/バニラ クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Dark Mocha Chip Cream Frappucino/ダーク モカ チップ クリーム フラペチーノ®
• Hot Cocoa/ホット ココア
• White Hot Chocolate (Hot/Iced)/ホワイト ホット チョコレート
• Caramel Steamer/キャラメル スチーマー

It’s been reported that some of these drinks, like the Matcha Cream Frappucino/抹茶 クリーム フラペチーノ® are potentially vegan when ordered with soymilk and without whipped cream, and that the staff can look up the ingredients on request to see if ordering without whipped cream would make the drink dairy-free.

For customizations, the White Mocha Syrup/ホワイトモカシロップ, Whipped Cream/ホイップクリーム, Chocolate Chips/チョコレートチップ and Caramel Sauce/キャラメルソース are not vegan because they all contain dairy.

The other customizations all appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Espresso Shot/エスプレッソ ショット
• Vanilla Syrup (contains flavourings)/バニラシロップ(香料使用)
• Caramel Syrup (contains flavourings)/キャラメルシロップ(香料使用)
• Classic Syrup/クラシックシロップ
• Almond Toffee Syrup (contains flavourings)/アーモンドトフィーシロップ(香料使用)
• Chocolate Syrup/チョコレートシロップ
• Chai Syrup/チャイシロップ
• Chocolate Sauce/チョコレートソース
• Citrus Juice/シトラス果肉

Current food/dessert items that appear to possibly be vegan from looking at the food allergen chart published 4/11/2019 are:

• Sea Salt Potato Chips/ポテトチップス シーソルト. Ingredients: Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, cornstarch, kombu extract powder/seasoning (amino acid etc.), antioxidant (vitamin C). (Processed on the same equipment as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.)
• Maple Nuts/メイプルナッツ
• After-Coffee Mint (Mixed Berry Flavour)/アフターコーヒーミント(ミックスベリー)

The black pepper potato chips contain pork.

The Sea Salt potato chips appear to be a repackaged version of the  Calbee Strongly Fried and Lightly Salted Potato Chips/カルビー 堅あげポテトうすしお味 that can be found in supermarkets. The maker, ingredient list and list of what allergens they were processed on the same equipment as are all identical.

Starbucks potato chips sea salt    starbucks potato chips sea salt back of package

Tully’s Coffee

The information about Tully’s is based off a review of their drink allergen chart published 4/12/2019 and food allergen chart published 4/19/2019.

Tully’s rotates some of the seasonal drinks so not everything listed below will be available at the same time.

You can get a ¥30 discount for bringing your own container when paying with a prepaid Tully’s card.

You can order drinks from the menu with soymilk for an extra ¥50. However, even when ordered with soymilk, some drinks still have dairy in them, so please check the list below.

Some desserts at Tully’s appear potentially vegan, but are not.

The Mixed Acai & Berry Sorbet/ミックスベリー&アサイーソルベ contains gelatine.

The Honey & Walnut Doughnut/ハニーウォルナッツドーナツ contains dairy, as well as presumably real honey.

The following drinks have no dairy milk or soymilk. They appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• &TEA Peach and Muscat Grape Tea/&TEA ピーチ&マスカットティー
• Mizudashi (Cold-Brewed) Iced Coffee/水出しアイスコーヒー
• Coffee Press Decafe/コーヒープレス デカフェ
• Coffee of the Day/本日のコーヒー
• Cafe Americano/カフェアメリカーノ
• Espresso/エスプレッソ
• Iced Coffee アイスコーヒー
Mango Tango Swirkle/マンゴータンゴスワークル
• &TEA Original Malawi & Darjeeling Tea/&TEA オリジナル マラウイ&ダージリン
• Mizudashi (Cold-Brewed) Iced Tea/水出しアイスティー
• Blood Orange Juice/ブラッドオレンジジュース
• 100% Fruit Juice/フルーツスクイーズ100%

The following drinks do not have dairy in them when ordered with soymilk. When ordered with soymilk, they appear potentially vegan from the allergen chart:

• Tapioca Ichigo (Strawberry) Cafe Au Lait/タピオカいちごカフェオーレ (It is possible that the pink coloring in this drink could come from carmine)
• Tapioca Houjicha (Japanese Roasted Green Tea) Latte/タピオカほうじ茶ラテ (May have cross-contamination from other products containing dairy)
• Uji Matcha Latte/宇治抹茶ラテ
• Tapioca Uji Matcha Latte/タピオカ宇治抹茶ラテ
• Flat White/フラットホワイト
• Soy Latte/ソイラテ
• Cappucino/カプチーノ
• Espresso Macchiato/エスプレッソマキアート
• Soymilk/豆乳 (ordered as-is)

The following drinks still have dairy in them even if ordered with soymilk, so are not vegan:

•Banana Caramel Crunch Latte/バナナキャラメルクランチラテ
•&TEA Peach Confiture Royal Milk Tea/&TEA ピーチコンフィチュール
• Tapioca Royal Milk Tea/タピオカロイヤルミルクティー
• Cocoa Latte/ココアラテ
• Milky Flat White/ミルキーフラットホワイト
• Cafe Mocha/カフェモカ
• Honey Milk Latte/ハニーミルクラテ
• Caramel Latte with Salted Caramel Sauce/キャラメルラテ with ソルティーキャラメルソース
• Royal Milk Tea/ロイヤルミルクティー
• Chai Milk Tea/チャイミルクティー

The following customizations appear potentially to be vegan from the allergen chart:

• Steamed Soymilk
• Flavoured Syrup (Hazelnut, Vanilla, or Caramel)/フレーバーシロップの追加(ヘーゼルナッツ/バニラ/キャラメル共通)
• Flavoured Syrup (Maple)/フレーバーシロップの追加(メープル)
• Espresso Shot/エスプレッソショット
• Chocolate Sauce/チョコソース
• Tapioca/タピオカ (contains soy)
• Cinnamon Powder/シナモンパウダー
• Sugar/シュガー
• Gum Syrup (Simple Syrup)/ガムシロップ
• Non-Calorie Syrup/ノンカロリーシロップ

These customizations are not vegan:

• Whipped Cream /ホイップクリーム (contains dairy)
• Salted Caramel Sauce/ソルティキャラメルソース (contains dairy)
• Chocolate Powder/チョコレートパウダー (contains dairy)
• Creamer (Coffee Fresh)/ポーション(コーヒーフレッシュ)(contains dairy)
• Tully’s Honey/タリーズハニー

Kids’ menu:

The following drinks appear potentially to be vegan from the allergen chart:

•Chocolate Latte/チョコラテ (when ordered with soymilk)
•100% Fruit Juice/フルーツスクイーズ100%
•Vegetable Juice/充実やさい
•Apple Juice/元気なりんご
•Barley Tea for Children/こどもむぎ茶

The Asa No Yoo/朝のYoo yogurt drink contains dairy, so is not vegan.

The iced Tapioca Houjicha Latte ordered with soymilk and the Date & Cacao Raw Brownie Bar are pictured below on the left, and an Tapioca Uji Matcha Latte ordered with soymilk is pictured on the right.

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There are a few snacks at Tully’s that don’t have listed animal ingredients. They can be found at some branches, but not all shops all the time.

• Dates & Cacao Raw Brownie Bar/デーツ&カカオ 生ブラウニーバー. Ingredients: Dates, cacao mass, red sugar, roasted almonds, cacao powder, concentrated date juice, salt.

It is marked as free of all 27 allergenic substances.

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The following sweetened rice cracker is made with red miso. They are called Kaminari Okoshi, or thunder crackers, and are a traditional Japanese sweet. Find out more about Kaminari Okoshi at Deep Japan.

• Kaminari Okoshi/雷おこし ~赤味噌仕立て~. Ingredients: Starch syrup, wheat flour, sugar, rice flour, starch, powdered miso, reduced malt sugar syrup, vegetable oil, salt/leavening agent, caramel color. (Product contains wheat and soybeans.)

Per the allergen chart, it is processed along with items containing dairy, etc.

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