Vegan Festivals, Groups, and Websites

There are a variety of vegan festivals in Japan. They tend to be very popular and can often sell out early, especially of items that aren’t sweets. If you visit during the last hours, you may not be able to purchase any food, so plan to arrive early!

Due to cold winter weather and hot summer weather, outdoor festivals tend to not be held in certain months. They’re more popular in spring and fall. All of the festivals listed below are outdoor, with the exception of the Plant-Based Expo.

In addition, you may be able to find smaller, local festivals or events with just a few vendors throughout the year. A good way to find them is to follow your favorite vegan shops and restaurants on social media.

If you have information about any festivals not listed here, please feel free to mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com.

2020 VEGAN FESTIVALS

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Okinawa 9th Vegan Food Fest
When: Saturday, March 15th, 2020,  11:00-18:00
Where: @Koza, Park Avenue, Okinawa City/沖縄市・中央パークアベニュー商店街
What: The original vegan food festival in Okinawa, running since 2016 and held twice a year. Website (Japanese) and Facebook event page (Japanese).

APRIL

Green Veggie Kofu
Veggie & Vegan Food Market
When: Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th, 2020 10:00-16:00
Where: Kofu Station North Exit Yochabare Plaza
What: Fifth edition of a market that started from a vegetable market. From their website, it appears that vegetarian food is also sold at this market, so check ingredient lists before buying.
More info: Website (Japanese), Facebook (Japanese)

Ethical Vegan Fest 10th Impact
When: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:00-16:00
Where: At Odaminami Park/小田南公園, Amagasaki, Hyogo, pin to event
What: An ethically-themed vegan & vegetarian event, free entrance/入場無料
More info: Facebook event page (Japanese)

Okinawa Vegan Matsuri 
When: Saturday, April 19, 2020, 11:00-16:00
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. The founder also runs the Yokohama Vegan Matsuri. 
More info: Facebook event page (bilingual)

Green Food Festa
This event was held on April 30th & May 1st, 2019 at Ueno Park in Tokyo. If you have confirmation it will be held in 2020, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com.

MAY

Green Food Festa
This event was held on April 30th & May 1st, 2019 at Ueno Park in Tokyo. If you have confirmation it will be held in 2020, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com.

Vegan Fest Toyama, 5th edition/第5回 ヴィーガンフェス富山
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00-14:00
Where: Toyama Station
What: Although information about this festival other than the date, time, and place has not been released as of February, 2020, the fifth edition of this event featured vendors from Toyama Prefecture, and was not cancelled in case of rain. Please let us know if you have more information about this event at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com
More info: Visit the Facebook page (Japanese)

Kyushu Vegan Fest Vol 4
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00-16:00 and Sunday, May 3, 2020, 10:00-16:00
Where: 舞鶴公園鴻臚館跡地広場
kourokan hiroba maizurupark fukuoka-city
What: A vegan festival aiming for zero-waste. Bring your own plates, chopsticks, water bottles and shopping bags.
More info: Facebook event page (bilingual)

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, May 10th, 10:00-16:00, 2020
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 (bilingual)

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, April 19, 2020, 10:00-16:00 (Moved to Sunday, May 31, 2020 due to COVID-19)
Where: Kiba Park in Tokyo
What: The largest vegan festival in Japan, featuring many food booths as well as other stores and presentations. The goal is to have 70 booths and 7,000 visitors, per their website.
More info: Visit the website (bilingual)

Vege and Fork Market
This event has been suspended due to organizer burnout. It is unclear if it will be held from 2020 and beyond. Details here (Japanese).

JUNE

JULY

Vegan Forest 
This event was held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Kobuchisawacho, Hokuto, Yamanashi. If you have confirmation it will be held in 2020, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com.
More info: Website (Japanese)

AUGUST

Plant-Based Expo
When: August 30th, 2020, 10:00-16:00
Where: 東京都立産業貿易センター 台東館 4階・5階(〒111-0033 東京都台東区花川戸2-6-5)
What: The second annual edition of this indoor event. The organizers aim to have 70 booths and 3000 visitors. From autotranslate: “”Latest domestic vegetable products, information and commerce”
“Plant-based Expo” is Japan’s first “exhibition specializing in plant-based products”, and provides the latest plant-substitute technology, products, information and commerce for that purpose. It is an exhibition sale for
At the venue, exhibition booths that are completely vegetable-based, such as products, cosmetics, and clothing, from vegetable-based alternative food technology will be developed.
The special booth also offers gourmet food that can be eaten on the spot and develops a “plant (vegan) world” where you can experience a plant-based lifestyle.”
More info: Website (Japanese). This event charges an admission fee of 500 yen.  

SEPTEMBER

Vegan Gourmet Festival
When: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 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. The goal is to have 70 booths and 7,000 visitors, per their website.
More info: Visit the website (bilingual)

OCTOBER

Ethical Vegan Fest 11th Impact

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

Vegan Fest Toyama, 6th edition/第6回 ヴィーガンフェス富山

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

Yokohama Vegan Matsuri /横浜ヴィーガン祭り

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

Vegan Gourmet Festival, Nagoya

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

NOVEMBER

Kyushu Vegan Fest vol. 5/九州ヴィーガンフェス vol.5

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

Vegan Gourmet Festival, Kyoto

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

Tokyo VegeFood Festa, Tokyo

This event was cancelled at the last minute in 2019. It is not clear if it will be held in 2020.

Vege and Fork Market
This event has been suspended due to organizer burnout. It is unclear if it will be held from 2020 and beyond. Details here (Japanese).

Okinawa VEGAN FOOD FEST.10

If you have confirmation of the date of this event, please mail us at isitveganjapan@hotmail.com

DECEMBER


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 Center – Facebook (some English translations provided) Instagram (some English translations provided) From their instagram: Aiming for peaceful coexistence with other animals, we change the system of factory farming, etc.
アニマルライツ中部 (Animal Rights Chubu) Facebook (Japanese)
Animal Rights for Japan
ある犬のお話 (Aruinunoohanasi/Story of a Dog) Facebook (Japanese)
HEART Tokushima
彼らを救おう、日本でも殺処分ゼロを!by Save Their Life (Let’s Save Them and Reach No Euthanasia in Japan! by Save Their Life) Facebook (Japanese)
KDP – Kanagawa Dog Protection  Facebook (Japanese)
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)

ANIMAL SANCTUARIES (note they may not be vegan)

Honey’s Farm Sanctuary – Instagram (Japanese)

Moo Mow Garden (Japanese) – A farm sanctuary for the cow survivors of the Fukushima disaster.

Open Sesame (Japanese) – This farm animal sanctuary in Kumamoto, formerly a horse rescue, was formed in 2018 and houses horses, a pig and chickens.

VEGAN GROUPS

For Animals Japan/4AJFacebook (bilingual) Instagram (bilingual) A street activism group. From autotranslate: This is an activity that allows passers-by to watch videos about the cruelty of livestock raising on the streets and to learn about the benefits of vegans and the disadvantages of animal food through communication.
Vegan Actions Japan/ヴィーガン アクションズ ジャパン – Kansai-based, bilingual street activism group with chapters in Kyoto and Osaka. Facebook (bilingual) Instagram (bilingual)

Their “about” statement is: Vegan Actions Japan aims to organize and promote influential vegan actions to stop animal exploitation at all levels of society. We want to lead actions promoting veganism: such as taking to the street (Cube of truth, distribution of flyers, surveys, etc.), screening documentaries (in schools and universities, cinemas, street, public spaces etc.), creating educational contents intended for non-vegans. Finally we want to engage in other political and advocacy actions for animals that can make a great change.
Vegan Consumer Japan – (English) pushes for more and better vegan options and labeling in Japan. Additional social media accounts at: Instagram (bilingual), Facebook page (bilingual), Facebook group (English). Formerly the Japan Vegan Labeling and Options Project.
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, as well as a vegan mark for restaurant use. 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.

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

WEBSITES

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

Vegenews.com covers various vegan news from both within and without Japan, all in Japanese. The website says (from autotranslate): “A web magazine that sends the latest vegan, eco and animal welfare news.”

If you don’t read Japanese, the sentences appear to be written quite simply and clearly, so autotranslate does a pretty good job of translating it. They also have accounts at Instagram at @vegenewsjapan, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vegenews and Twitter at https://twitter.com/vegenewscom.

6 thoughts on “Vegan Festivals, Groups, and Websites

  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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