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  Hinano (ひな野)

Hinano (ひな野)

Hinano (ひな野) is an organic buffet specialising in healthy food, and as a result there are quite a lot of vegetables and vegetable based dishes being served. It is not a strictly vegetarian restaurant though, so checking if a dish is ok is something you will have to do. I would say about 80% or 90% of what’s offered is safe for vegetarians, but thankfully there are signs with the name of each dish right beside them. If you can read Hiragana/Katakana you should be able to tell if something is ok for you or not. Some of them even have little stickers saying things such as “fish” which is very nice. They also put signs with the common allergens each dish might contain, which is obviously also very helpful.
Failing that, I tried asking some of the staff and they were quite helpful in understanding my questions and describing what’s inside each dish. The person I spoke to even asked me if fish is OK after I told him I’m vegetarian, and after hearing my negative response he warned me that the dish we were talking about had fish-based Dashi! 
As for vegans, the options decrease a little but not by much, I didn’t notice a lot of dairy but there are plenty of eggs, though it’s easy to tell so as long as you check you should be OK.

[Hinano Restaurant in Tohoku Area]
Aomori: Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture 〒031-0071

Iwate: 〒020-0151 Iwate Prefecture, Iwate District, Takizawa, Ōgama, Kamitakehana−75−5

Yamagata: 〒994-0067 Yamagata Prefecture, Tendo City, 34 Haga-tochiseirijigyochinai AEON MALL Tendo

Miyagi: 〒982-0014 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Taihaku Ward, Onoda, 1−1−13

Miyagi: 〒980-0021 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Chuo, 2 Chome−4−8

Miyagi: 〒982-0014 Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, Taihaku Ward, Onoda, 1−1−13

Miyagi: AEON Mall, 4 Chome-104 Akanedaira
Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 〒986-0866

(Japanese only)
http://www.hinano-net.jp/index.html
http://www.hinano-net.jp/index-4.html#cat029 (Map)