Vegan Festivals and Groups

2019 VEGAN FESTIVALS

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Okinawa 7th Vegan Food Fest
When: March 16th, Saturday, 2019,  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: @Koza, Park Avenue, Okinawa City/沖縄市・中央パークアベニュー商店街
What: The first vegan food festival in Okinawa, running since 2016. Website (Japanese) and Facebook event page (Japanese). This time the festival will be in collaboration with the Irish festival St. Patrick’s Day. From autotranslate from their website: “Eat delicious vegan food, meet animals, let ‘s have a fun day everyone. Irish band will also appear! Please come and wear green clothes ♪”

APRIL

Green Veggie Kofu
When: April 13th (Sat) & 14th (Sun) 2019 10:00-16:00
Where: Kofu Station North Exit Yochabare Plaza
What: Third edition of a market that started from a vegetable market. From autotranslate: “It is a festival market that mainly uses “vegetable dishes.” Besides veg and natural food, attractive shops such as craft goods and workshops will open.
I would like to produce a space that is a little more exciting with vegetables.” Note that we couldn’t confirm that this festival is 100% vegan, so please check before purchasing items.
More info: Website (Japanese), Facebook (Japanese)

Ethical VEGAN Fest 8th Impact
When: April 14, 2019, Sun, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: At Odaminami Park/小田南公園 in Amagasaki, Hyogo, pin to event
What: An ethically-themed vegan & vegetarian event, free entrance/入場無料
More info: Facebook event page (Japanese)

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: April 21, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kiba Park in Tokyo
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations. Organizers are expecting 70 booths and 6000 visitors.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

Okinawa Vegan Matsuri
When: April 27, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: At Ginowan Marina Park/宜野湾マリーナ付属公園, pin to event
What: 100% plant-based food/100%植物性のフード, free entrance/入場無料
More info: Facebook event page (bilingual)

Kyusu Vegan Fest/九州ヴィーガンフェス
When: April 28, 2019, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City, Maizuru Park, Kourokan/福岡県福岡市中央区舞鶴公園鴻臚館広場
What: The second edition of this festival. The first edition saw about 2,000 visitors and the organizers are expecting more this time as the festival will fall during Golden Week. They expect everyone from restaurant professionals to families with small children will attend. Last time, the festival had about 30 restaurant booths, product sales, 20 vegetable booths, and performances by musicians and animal activists.
More info: Instagram page (bilingual), website (Japanese)

Green Food Festa/グリーンフードフェスタ
When: April 30, 2019 (also held on May 1, 2019). 10:00-18:00.
Where: Ueno Onshi Park Takenodai open space, Tokyo
What: The third edition of this event will feature 100% plant based dishes and sweets from various shops, macrobiotic and otherwise.
More info: Visit the Facebook page (Japanese)

MAY

Green Food Festa/グリーンフードフェスタ
When: May 1, 2019 (also held on April 30, 2019), 10:00-18:00.
Where: Ueno Onshi Park Takenodai open space, Tokyo
What: The third edition of this event will feature 100% plant based dishes and sweets from various shops, macrobiotic and otherwise.
More info: Visit the Facebook page (Japanese)

Vegan Fest Toyama/ヴィーガンフェス富山
When: May 3, 2019, Friday (public holiday), 10:00-14:00
Where: Toyama Station South Gate Hiroba, Toyama-ken Toyama-shi Meirin-chō 1-227, https://goo.gl/maps/5dYujUqnwpq
What: The third edition of this event will feature vendors from Toyama Prefecture. Not cancelled in case of rain.
More info: Visit the Facebook page (Japanese)

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, May 5th 2019/2019年5月5日(日), 10:00-16:00
Where: Tsuruma Park in Nagoya
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations. Organizers are expecting 60 booths and 5000 visitors.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

Vege and Fork Market
When: May 18 Saturday-19 Sunday, 2019, 10:00-16:00
Where: 6 Chome-15-1 Kamiasao, Asao Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0021 Kawasaki. Asao Environmental Center/麻生環境センター. Nearest station: Kakio Station. Walk along a tree-lined river from the station to reach the venue.
What: The 18th edition of this twice-yearly event. The concept is an all-vegan event with a concept of no animal foods, dairy products, white sugar or food additives, however some booths do use honey. Has a grassy area for picnicking. Bring your own picnic sheet or blanket. Begun in 2010.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

JUNE

JULY

Plant-Based Expo
When: July 20th, 2019, Saturday, 10:00-16:00/2019年7月20日(土)10:00〜16:00、
Where: Tokyo, Shinjuku Island Tower B1 Aqua Plaza Venue/新宿アイランドタワーB1 アクアプラザ会場
What: Japan’s first exhibition dedicated to plant products. From autotranslate: “The world is shifting to a “plant-based” lifestyle that is kind to humans, animals, and the earth (environment). In plant-based Expo, we have developed display booths that are completely plant-based substitutes, such as plant-based alternative food technology, products, cosmetics and clothes. You can experience the plant base (vegan) world.”
More info: http://vegeexpo.jp (Japanese)

Vegan Forest 
When: July 28th, Sunday, 2019, 10:00-16:00
Where: Spatio Kobuchizawa Hotel, 2968-1 Kobuchisawacho, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-0044/小淵沢スパティオ敷地内特設会場, 5 minutes by taxi from JR Chuo Line Kobuchizawa Station
What: Third annual edition of a small outdoor forest festival held in a region known for forests and hiking. Along with food, past editions featured stalls selling products and services like scented candles, reflexology, essential oils, handcrafted wood products, hemp cotton clothing and garden fertilizer, as well as educational booths and workshops on the topics of animal rights, raising vegan children, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Workshops are most likely all held in the Japanese language.
More info: Event Facebook page (Japanese)

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, September 29th, 2019/2019年9月29日(日), 10:00-16:00
Where: Kiba Park in Tokyo
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations. Organizers are expecting 70 booths and 6000 visitors.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

OCTOBER

Yokohama Vegan Matsuri/横浜ヴィーガン祭り
When: Sunday, October 20th, 11:00-16:00
Where: Nippon Maru Memorial Park, Yokohama. Pin to event here.
What: The first edition of this event, organized by vegan activist Dante Aurele, organizer of the Okinawa Vegan Food Fest.
More info: Against the background of the symbol of Yokohama, the ship the Nippon Maru, 100% plant-based ingredients will be used to create food that’s too good to be true. Visit their Facebook page (Japanese).

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, October 20th, 10:00-16:00
Where: Tsuruma Park in Nagoya
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations. Organizers are expecting 60 booths and 5000 visitors.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

Tokyo Vegefood Festa
When: Mid-Late October
Where: Yoyogi Park in Tokyo
What: An all-vegan event.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

NOVEMBER

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Date TBD
Where: Okazaki Park in Kyoto
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

Vege and Fork Market
When: Date TBD
Where: 6 Chome-15-1 Kamiasao, Asao Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0021 Kawasaki. Asao Environmental Center/麻生環境センター. Nearest station: Kakio Station. Walk along a tree-lined river from the station to reach the venue.
What: The 19th edition of this twice-yearly event. The concept is an all-vegan event with a concept of no animal foods, dairy products, white sugar or food additives, however some booths do use honey. Has a grassy area for picnicking. Bring your own picnic sheet or blanket. Begun in 2010.
More info: Visit the website (Japanese)

DECEMBER

Note that booths at festivals in Japan tend to pack up early, so visit early in the day for the best selection.

There are also vegan meetup groups around Japan, like the Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group and the Kansai Vegan Meetup Group. Try to find or make one in your local area!

ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS

Below are some of the animal protection groups in Japan (note not all are vegan).

All Life in A Viable Environment (Japanese)
Animal Advocacy Japan– AAJ is a bilingual info/portal page dedicated to the distribution of information about animal rights & welfare organizations in Japan & related issues. It is not an animal rescue/activist group.
Animal Friends Niigata (Japanese)
Animal Rights for Japan
HEART Tokushima
Japan Animal Welfare Society (Japanese)
Japan Anti-Vivisection Association (JAVA)
Japan Cat Network
Japan Vegetarian Society (vegan and vegetarian)
Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (Japanese)
Nippon SPCA
NPO CATNIP Companion Animal Trust Nippon – A small animal rehoming, rescue and TNR NPO based in Fukuoka, northern Kyushu, Japan.
Wild Welfare (not Japan-based but active in Japan)

VEGAN GROUPS

Vege Project Japan (English) produces the extremely useful paper Tokyo Vege Map and has a vegan mark which they work to get on various food and drink products in Japan. They also hold various events in Tokyo.

From their website: “VegeProject’s concept was born in 2013 through Haruko Kawano’s desire to introduce vegan menus to the cafeterias of her university (Kyoto University). Since then, vegan options have been introduced not only at Kyoto University but also at other universities such as Tokyo University.

Now as a nonprofit organization, we are creating vegan choices in all avenues of society in Japan. We have succeeded in introducing vegan menus at a number of different places such as universities, restaurants and government cafeterias, and have also developed vegan products in cooperation with various companies.

In addition, VegeProject provides vegan certifications, produces VegeMap and vegetime.net, and organizes vegan events.”

They also have a bilingual Facebook page.

WEBSITES

The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group runs the bilingual portal website https://vegantokyo.org/ with information about veganism in Japan and Tokyo.

5 thoughts on “Vegan Festivals and Groups

  1. Robert

    Since nobody has commented here so far, thank you so mich for all this work! I just arrived in Japan today and was so relieved to find your blog! This will make this trip a breeze 😀

    Reply
  2. Ken Young

    This list is not updated. There’s an Ethical Vegan Fest in Kyoto this year on 31st October 2016 and it’s already the 3rd edition of it being held.

    Reply

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