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Vegan Italian Food at RITORNO, Vegan Wasabi Mayo and Sightseeing in Mishima | Shizuoka

Last month I spent a day in Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture which was a lot of fun! There was just one restaurant open with vegan options, but it was amazing and absolutely worth the visit! I also by chance found vegan wasabi mayonnaise - would you try it?


Mishima Taisha

Vegan Food

RITORNO

Italian food

RITORNO is a small but beautiful Italian restaurant about 12 minutes by foot from Mishima Station.

dessert at Ritorno

When you enter, you are greeted with a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The furniture is wooden and every piece is different, yet going together very nicely. The lightning is warm and dimmed, part of the ceiling and counter decorated with beautiful flowers. It really seemed like I stepped into a restaurant in Italy!


Ritorno


Everything on the menu marked with PB (plant-based) is completely vegan, and they even have gluten-free options marked with GF, nut-free options marked with NF and dairy-free (but not necessarily vegan) options marked with DF, which is super convenient for people with allergies!



The menu even states which farms they got their ingredients from, which I think is amazing! They obtain the ingredients locally and I am not sure if all are organic, but at least some definitely are.


Ritorno menu

Vegan options are: pickles, caponata, minestrone, a panino, green salad, potatoes, ciabatta, rice, roasted nuts, radish nuggets, chocolate cake, banana cake, and soy milk ice cream.


As except for the panino none of them is a main dish, I recommend ordering several dishes. They are not that pricy anyways, so I think that’s good.


I personally tried the caponata, the vegan panino, fried potatoes and two desserts. Everything tasted amazing and I really recommend going there when you are in Mishima! Apparently they don’t get a lot of vegan customers, so they seemed happy I ordered vegan items specifically.


Caponata

For starters, I decided to get the caponata which was very rich in taste and delicious! It was basically vegetables marinated in a flavorful tomato sauce.


caponata

Vegan panino

The panino was larger than I expected and absolutely delicious as well! It came with veggies and a kind of hummus I suppose on it, a little bit of carrot salad and soup on the side.


vegan panino

Patatas frittas

These potatoes still had the skin on which I love and they were oven baked. They had herbs sprinkled on and were pretty good!


patatas frittas

Torta al cioccolato

For dessert, I tried their rich chocolate cake made with tofu, coconut milk, cacao mass, rum and maple syrup. Yummy!


chocolate cake

Gelato

The soy milk ice cream was creamy and had a mild sweetness. It went perfectly with the cake!


ice cream

Chai tea latte with soy milk

For the chai tea latte, you have to explicitly state that you want it with soy milk. It was smaller than I expected for 700¥, but it came in a cute glass cup and was very delicious! It had a creamy texture and was full of flavor! Honestly one of the best chai latte I ever had!


soy chai tea latte

 
Price span

350¥ - 1500¥


Opening hours

Monday - Thursday: 11:00 - 22:00

Friday, Saturday: 11:00 - 00:00

Closed on Sundays


Address

14-16 Izumicho, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0037, Japan


Website


 

Other vegan options in Mishima


Albero

cake

albero

By chance, when I passed a really cute looking restaurant, I realized that they had vegan cake on their menu! As it was closed on that particular day, I wasn’t able to try them, but might be worth checking out!


menu

 

Hours

11:00 - 14:30

17:30 - 22:00

Closed on Tuesdays


Address

〒411-0856 Shizuoka, Mishima, Hirokojicho, 1−37 臼井ビル 1階

Map 


Homepage

albero


 

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Wasabi

wasabi cafe

We also passed by this interesting looking shop and decided to have a look. To my surprise, they had egg-free wasabi mayonnaise! When I checked the ingredients, it seemed completely vegan, so I bought some out of curiosity. I’ve been using it on salad it it’s actually pretty good! It’s quite spicy though.


egg-free wasabi mayo

wasabi mayo ingredients

 
Hours

10:00 - 16:00


Address

1-28 Taishacho, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0853

 

Starbucks

pizza toast, sandwich, sweets

If you’re unlucky and accidentally come on a day where the restaurants I introduced are closed, there is always the option of eating the plant-based options at Starbucks. There is one at Mishima Station.



 

Sightseeing

Mishima Taisha

Mishima Taisha

10 min from Mishima Station by foot. 7-minute walk from Izuhakone Railway Mishima-Tamachi Station


Mishima Taisha is Mishima’s largest shrine and absolutely worth a visit! When we went there in April, we had no idea it was famous for sakura and were surprised by how many stunning cherry trees there were! It was a breathtaking view, especially at the pond area.


Mishima Taisha


It is unknown when it was established, but he shrine was said to be the greatest divinity of the Tokaido road and is famous for having the founder of the first samurai government in Japan, Minomoto no Yoritomo, pray there when he rose an army and won early victory in many battles.


Mishima Taisha

As the shrine is on the Tokaido Road and the starting pint of the ancient Shimoda Road, its name spread around the country through travelers.


Mishima Taisha

There is also a 1200-yea-old osmanthus tree you should check out!


Mishima Taisha

The main hall has been designated as an important cultural asset and a fully replicated plum-loom-decorated lacquer box called Umemakietebako) inside the treasure hall has been designated as a national treasure.


Mishima Taisha

Mishima Taisha

 
Hours

Shrine: 24h

Treasure Hall: 9:00~16:30 (Entry up to 16:00)


Charge

Shrine: free

Treasure Hall: Adult: 500¥, High school & university students: 400¥, Elementary & junior high students: 300¥


Address

2-1-5 Omiyacho, Mishima


Tel.

055-975-0172


Homepage
Mishima Taisha

 

Shirataki Park

Shirataki Park

Shirataki Park is a small park with a river running through it, making it the perfect spot to rest in summer! There are also these cute dolls pumping water. If you listen closely, you can hear them say „yoisho, yoisho“, meaning „Huff! Huff!“


 
Address

1 Ichibancho, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0036

 

Nakazatoonsuichi Pond

Nakazatoonsuichi Pond

This this pond is surrounded by a park. If you’re lucky, you can have a stunning view of Mt. Fuji from there, but unfortunately it was cloudy when I went.


 
Address

4, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0836, Japan

 

If you go to Mishima, please let me know in the comments if you come across further vegan options and other cool sightseeing spots!


Mishima Taisha

 

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