Gluten-Free Tokyo and Hong Kong Options

お久しぶりですね。 元気ですか。  It’s been a while since I last posted.  I hope all of you are doing well.  If you’re traveling through Japan or moving on to Hong Kong during your tour of Asia, I have some link love to share with you all.   First off, I still want to place a disclaimer on dining in restaurants (unless the restaurants have a certified isolated kitchen or area where they prep and cook all gluten-free foods separately from those with gluten).   I cannot make any recommendations, nor can I be held liable if any of these restaurants is unable to provide you with gluten-free food.  When choosing to eat in restaurants, you’re taking a risk.   That being said, I know how hard it is when you’re traveling and you cannot find any food to snack on or eat, and you’re desperate to find a restaurant that offers something…anything that is safe for consumption.

I’ve found a few links online that may be able to help you!  Please let me know if you do visit any of these places and if you’d like to post a review of them here.

Tokyo and Japan:

Yasuko Imabeppu’s website offers links to restaurants that apparently do offer gluten-free options.  One of the links is the cafe in Aoyama that I mentioned in a prior post.

In addition to these, Jodi Ettenberg, of the travel blog Legal Nomads, is currently on a tour of Japan where she’s documenting her gluten free travels through the country.  You can follow her via her blog above or her Facebook page.

Hong Kong:

If you’re traveling through Hong Kong, you should check out Urban Health.   They also have a Facebook page you can follow.  While I never had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong while living in Asia, I have heard that it has more options for gluten-free foods and Urban Health proves this right.   Their co-founder recently reached out to me with the intention of connecting those of us traveling or living in Asia who need to follow a gluten-free diet.   If you happen to live in Hong Kong, or you plan on visiting, definitely get in touch with them.

That’s it for now.  I will be back with more updates and more tips on how to stay healthy while living or traveling through Japan.  And, just so you know, I may soon be starting a new life in Korea in the near future, which will require learning how to live gluten-free in Korea.

Lots of love to you all.  Stay healthy and happy while you’re in beautiful Japan!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 23:08:14

    Thank you for running this blog, I will keep up with it. I will be traveling to Japan soon for college and my family is also going (they are in the Navy), so I am looking up as much information as possible as we are all on a gluten free diet.
    Technically, we are grain free, but we plan on slowly moving back to gluten free, non offending grains.


    • autumnaki
      Oct 20, 2014 @ 03:14:54

      Thanks for writing. Following a paleo/primal diet in Japan may be the best option. Trying to find gluten-free grains can be difficult unless you import them via the web. I ended up following a primal diet and that helped me quite a bit, but it still left me dealing with not being able to eat at many restaurants, not being able to pop into convenience stores for emergency carbs, etc. Gluten hides in so many foods in Japan. It’s not so much the grains, but the sauces, food starches, and hidden flavorings in the processes/prepared foods that are what limits us.


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  3. thehealthytrader
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 02:23:40

    Love your blog. I lived in South Korea a few years ago and have to say that it was much easier eating gluten free than in Japan. All the best with your travels and goals this year!


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