Narita Airport is a popular well-managed airport in Japan which serves the Muslim travellers all Halal friendly facilities to make the trip in a peaceful mind. Narita is capable of proving all facilities to a large number of passengers to stay comfortably before boarding. Separate wide prayer areas included for Muslim travellers. Two main terminals implemented there with all the facilities. Passengers can obtain the best shopping experience while Muslim travellers can also enjoy a superb alcohol-free, Halal dishes at rental lounges. ...more
Narita Airport is a popular well-managed airport in Japan which serves the Muslim travellers all Halal friendly facilities to make the trip in a peaceful mind. Narita is capable of proving all facilities to a large number of passengers to stay comfortably before boarding. Separate wide prayer areas included for Muslim travellers. Two main terminals implemented there with all the facilities. Passengers can obtain the best shopping experience while Muslim travellers can also enjoy a superb alcohol-free, Halal dishes at rental lounges.
1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba 282-0004, Japan.
There are two main terminals within the airport. Airport terminal 1 and 2 have had the capacity of proving all necessary needs of a passenger, ranging from basic support to unique services. The amenities include travel support baggage service, money services, currency exchange, credit card service Counters, etc. Also, both terminals have covered all personal services such as postal service, dry cleaning, changing rooms, baggage wrapping service, etc. All passengers can have a peace of mind while waiting for the next departure at either of the terminals. A body care massage or nail art is available for the ladies. For Muslim passengers, prayer room facility is located in all terminals to fulfil their meditation needs. Internet facilities and kids play areas are also available.
Because of the high influx of Muslim travellers, the airport recently introduced “silence rooms” where Muslim passengers can enter for their prayers.
In addition, Prayer rooms are located in the area before passport control in Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Those are recently opened for Muslim travelers to fulfill their prayer and meditation needs. Chiba mosque and Hira mosque locate near to Narita Airport.
There are 2 Halal restaurants at Narita Airport in Terminal 1 - La Toque Japanese Curry and Creamed Rice, Tentei Soba Sashimi and Tempura are located on the 4th floor. Another Halal restaurant is available on the 5th floor of Terminal 2 serving Udon and Soba, certified by Malaysian Islamic Halal Certification Board.
Reservations for Halal catering can also be made at least 5 days in advance at the Rental Lounge Reservation Desk, Terminal 1, Central Bldg., 5F (Inside Traveler's Lounge Restaurants). It is also possible to contact +81(0)476-32-2364/2375 between 9:00 -18:00 for more information.
Transport does not represent a problem at all at in the area. There is a variety of transport options that are available at an affordable price. Travellers can easily get into trains or buses. If you are interested in getting around in a private-hire car or taxi, it is easily located in the vicinity. You can even get on board a helicopter if you are interested in experiencing a different mode of transport around the area. More information can be obtained via the official website.
Duty-free shops and brand boutiques are available for travellers to purchase desired goods. Before boarding, shop till you drop at duty-free shops and exclusive fashion boutiques. Here exists a comprehensive line up of products ranging from food to electrical goods that include made-in-Japan souvenirs. For a great shopping experience, be sure to walk-in to the available shops before you leave for your destination.
Narita Airport has satisfactory banking facilities that provide money exchanging options and Cash Advances/ATMs. On top of that, there are other facilities including Credit Card Service Counters, European VAT Refund Service, Wheelchair & Baby Carriage, Clinics, Dry Cleaning, Changing Rooms, Baggage wrapping service, Massage Chair, Wireless and Cable LAN, etc. Play-area for kids is available in a plethora of location; on the 3rd Floor located near the Passport Control area, the 2nd Floor of the Main building, 2nd and 3rd Floor near the departure procedure area. However, there is no airport staff assigned to guard children, so small kids need to be supervised at all times by their parents.
The thrill and fun of a ride in a theme park brings joy to kids and adult alike. If you are traveling with friends or family, set aside a day where you can spend time with them in an amusement park. Japan is home to world-class theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studio. You might be surprised to know some medium-sized or vintage theme parks that exist in Japan and are still in operation now. Check out the list and add them in your itinerary for your next trip to Japan! (Disclaimer: Do note that currency conversion is accurate at the time of writing this article and prices mentioned are generally for adults) 1) Tokyo Disneyland Credit: Tokyo Disneyland Disneyland is no longer foreign in an avid travelers' book. I am sure it is one of the places to visit in your bucketlist. Take your time to stroll in the 7 different theme lands there and enjoy the colorful, vibrant park. Most of the rides in Tokyo Disneyland are kid-friendly! You can even bring your belongings up the roller coaster.If you stay up till night, you may enjoy the night parade and also the lighting up of Cinderella's castle.FASTPASS attraction ticket is available for those who dread the long queue. All you need to do is head to the rides with the FASTPASS machine and scan your admission ticket. You will be given an allocated time to enter the rides as reflected on the time window.I recommend going during the weekdays as it is less crowded to compare to the weekend or even a public holiday.Halal food: There isn't any halal restaurant in Disneyland. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Prayer room: Head to Main Street House situated near the entrance. You may approach any one of the staff members there and they will show you the allocated Muslim praying corner. Do remember to bring your own prayer mats, prayerwear and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line, 6 minutes walking distance to from the station. 2) Tokyo DisneySea Credit: Tokyo DisneySea Believe it or not, DisneySea is one of a kind which you cannot find in any other part of the world. What makes it so unique is that it is an "Ocean" themed park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea. DisneySea is suitable for all ages, but personally, I feel that it caters more to adult audiences as some of the rides are much intense to compare to the ones in Disneyland. Similar to Disneyland, DisneySea consists of 7 different theme lands.If you want to experience an adrenaline rush, ride on Tower of Terror. This ride features a vertical drop in a haunted mansion. My favorite ride in this park will be Journey to The Center of The Earth. This ride will keep you wanting more and don't say that I did not warn you about the dramatic climax.If you plan to visit both Disneyland and DisneySea, consider getting the 2-day passport and make full use of it. It is available for ¥13,200 (SGD167), which is $20 cheaper than getting a single separate ticket.Halal food: Similar to Disneyland, there isn't any halal restaurant in DisneySea. So, do bring your own food.Prayer room: Head to Guest Relation situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Hop on Disney Resort Line and ride for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk approximately 20 minutes from the station to reach the park. 3) Universal Studios Japan Credit: Universal Studios Japan One would flock to Universal Studios Japan because of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even if you're not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, there is more to see and ride in this theme park which currently consists of 9 different themed zones. Universal Studios Japan caters to all age groups as it features plenty of kid-friendly and thrilling rides alike.Bid the crowd to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by getting the timed-entrance ticket. Similar to the concept of FASTPASS in Disneyland, you will be allocated a timing to enter the zone. For someone who went to Universal Studios Japan on New Year's Day, I was allocated the 3:30PM time slot when I was already at the park at 7AM! (Yes! Universal Studios Japan operates for very long hours due to the countdown party)Do take note that the price of the ticket varies depending on the dates. Please check the price calendar before purchasing the ticket if you're planning to buy it online (and I suggest that you do!)Halal food: There aren't any halal eateries in Universal Studio Japan but you can find 'Red Lobster', a seafood restaurant with a Muslim-friendly menu in Universal City Walk.Prayer room: Head to Guest Service situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: Starting from ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Universal Studios Station via JR Sakurajima Line 4) Fuji Q Highland Credit: Fuji Q Highland The rides in Fuji Q Highland are not for the faint-hearted. The highlights of this theme park are the 4 major roller coasters, each with record-breaking holders of being the fastest and steepest! There are also haunted houses if you're in the mood for that.Not to worry if you are not fond of roller coasters, this theme park has many more things to offer. For instance, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji as this park is located in the Fuji Five Lake. There is also Thomas Land, an area in the park where kids can enjoy. If you visit Fuji Q during winter, you can enjoy the ice skating rink with family and friends.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. There will be no admission ticket to the park as you will only pay for those rides that you want to take.If you are coming from Tokyo city area, consider getting the round pass from Shinjuku starting from ¥6,900 (SGD87). This package includes round trip transportation by train and a pass to the rides in Fuji Q Highland.Halal food: Doner KebabPrayer room: Newly renovated in February 2019. This room is equipped with a place to perform ablution and Qibla indicator.Admission Ticket: Rides starting from ¥400 (SGD5), All access pass costs ¥5,700 (SGD72)Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shin-Nishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0017, JapanAccess: Highway buses available from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal 5) Tokyo Joypolis Credit: Tokyo Joypolis If you are into virtual reality and love feeling thrilled, visit Tokyo Joypolis by Sega. This indoor amusement park looks like a portal to another dimension at the entrance and makes you curious standing outside. Did I mention that there is an indoor roller coaster here?This amusement park is located in DECKS Tokyo Beach in Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba. Witness the Odaiba's Statue of Liberty and then enter this amusement park to kill time before continuing your itinerary of witnessing the infamous Rainbow Bridge.Entry is allowed for children aged 7 years old and above. You may purchase just the admission ticket and then purchase the ticket for each ride inside or get the all-access pass.Halal food: No food and drink allowed on the premises. Nearby Halal restaurant: The Oven (Aquacity, Odaiba), Sojibo (DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)Prayer room: Available in DECKS Tokyo Beach. The prayer room is equipped with a place to perform ablution.Admission Ticket: Admission only costs ¥800 (SGD10), All-access pass costs ¥4,500 (SGD57)Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach, 1 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, JapanAccess: Alight at Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line or Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station via Yurikamome Line. 6) Nagashima Spa Land Credit: Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima Spa Land is worth the mention despite it being in Mie prefecture. If you are a roller coaster lover, this should be in your bucketlist. Nagashima Spaland is widely-known as the best theme park for roller coasters in Japan! With almost 12 roller coasters, it will definitely satisfy your desires for roller coasters!Not to worry for those who are not up for thrilling rides. There are over 50 rides to choose from, ranging from moderate ones suitable for children to Ferris wheels.In summer, you will be in luck as you can visit the Nagashima Jumbo Ocean Water Pool. This water theme park is packed with water slides and wave pools. It is a must for avid water theme park lovers to include this place in your itinerary for a summer vacation!Nagashima Spa Land is another part of what Nagashima Resort has to offer. Rest assurred that it will not be a wasted trip as you can visit Mitsui Outlet Park, an outlet mall. You can also enjoy nature in Nabana no Sato, a flower theme park with blooming flowers all year round. And if you are just looking for a place to wind, chill and relax like the local, you can visit Yuami no Shima, a natural bathhouse which includes day-spa and body-care services.Halal food: Mega Kebab in Nabana no Sato food courtAdmission Ticket: All access pass at ¥5,200 (SGD66)Address: 333 Nagashimacho Urayasu, Kuwana, Mie, JapanAccess: Direct bus from Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center is available. Daily coach buses available from Osaka and Kobe (To make an advance reservation). 7) Hirakata Park Credit: Hirakata Park If you are giving Universal Studio Japan a pass but still want to get some thrill and fun, visit Hirakata Park. I am sure you will love this park as much as I do!This amusement park is nestled among residential areas. Enjoyable for people of all ages, it is one of the oldest theme parks in Japan. There's not much information on the web on this theme park but rest assured that it's worth a visit. Take note that the usage of English is limited here.The highlight of the ride here is the wooden roller coaster Elf. Don't be deceived by its material, thinking that it's nothing. I can promise you that this is one of the most exciting roller coasters I have ever ridden. You should also try Crazy Mouse - a ride so popular that it almost always has a long queue!Hirakata Park isn't only fun because of its nostalgic rides. Due to its vintage-feel, this makes the park picturesque. Furthermore, it is one of the best Cherry Blossom spots in spring. In the summer, you can indulge in the water theme park and during the winter, you can watch the prettiest illumination.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Kebab food truck near Red Falcon.Admission Ticket: ¥4,400 (SGD55) for all access passAddress: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, HirakataAccess: Alight at Hirakata-Koen Station by Keihan Line, 5 minutes walking distance from the station. 8) Yokohama Cosmoworld Credit: Yokohama Cosmoworld The Cosmo Clock 21, formerly known as the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world, is the most iconic trademark of Yokohama Cosmoworld. Overlooking Tokyo Bay, it is an amusement park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.The park is divided into 3 main zones; one which consists of rides for kids and toddlers and the other two which consists of more thrilling rides. I recommend you to try 'Vanish', which is a roller coaster that goes straight into the water at high speed, or Ice World where you can feel extremely cold. And if you are daring enough, try out the haunted house!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Port Terrace Cafe in JICA YokohamaPrayer room: Available in Yokohama World Porter. Request from the staff at the information counter to use the prayer room. Prayer mats and Qibla indicator are provided.Admission Ticket: Rides ranges from ¥300 (SGD4) to ¥800 (SGD10)Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, JapanAccess: Alight at Minatomirai Station by Minatomirai Line or Sakuragicho Station by JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line. 9) Tokyo Dome City Credit: Tokyo Dome City This place is definitely not foreign to people who go to Japan for concerts or baseball matches. Whether you are waiting for a concert to start or just killing time in between shopping, check out this amusement park!Of course, the highlight of this amusement park is Thunder Dolphin. Its unique course brings you in and out LaQua and goes through the Ferris wheel, Big O. The speedy roller coaster will shake the whole mall, tempting you to get on it but if that doesn't, I don't know what else will!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: There are no halal eateries around Tokyo Dome City. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Admission Ticket: Ride prices range from ¥420 (SGD5) to ¥1,030 (SGD13)Address: 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8575, JapanAccess: Alight at Korakuen Station by Marunouchi Line or Suidobashi Station by Sobu Line. So there you have it! The list of theme parks that you can visit when you're in Japan. I am positive that all these theme parks will spark joy and bring about great experiences to your trip, just like how it did to mine!...
Japan has many things to offer, from its beautiful culture, modernised cities and a huge variety of theme parks. Often when we plan for holidays, we would include at least one theme park based on what we’ve read or heard about them. However, all these theme parks have different aspects to offer and stand out from each other with their very own unique features. We will be exploring the top 5 theme parks in Japan and mention what makes them so special. Perhaps by the end of this article, more than one theme park will be on the list for your next trip to this amazing destination. 6 Shopping Places in Japan You Shouldn't Miss! 1. Universal Studios Japan Being the first Universal Studios theme park in Asia, it does not disappoint when it comes to providing an unforgettable experience for the rest of the world. The park offers family fun with the young ones and thrill-seekers. As the name would suggest, the rides and areas in the park are based on popular movies created by Universal studios. The complex unique selling point of this park is that it makes fantasies come to life for movie lovers. You can witness colourful parades and mascots, all in the theme of great blockbusters like Jurassic park, Back To The Future, Terminator, Jaws, Spiderman and Harry Potter! The huge park includes 9 areas and an endless variety of rides including roller-coasters and thrill rides that are suitable for visitors of different ages and interests. Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031Website: USJOperating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Might vary on special occasions)Ticket Price: Lowest for children - 5,200 Yen Adults - 7,400 Yen to 21,500 Yen 2. Ninja Samurai Kingdom Picture: Kankomie Although this theme park does not have the best ratings as compared to other famous theme parks available in Japan, its unique theme is an experience by itself. The park follows a cultural theme of Japanese tradition with huge gold statues, splendid architecture, castles and forts. It is a place to be transported back into the past. For both locals and foreigners, it is an amazing attraction if you are interested in history, military and escapism. It signifies the unification of Japan, making it very important and true to the Japanese. The ground-keepers can even be found in periodical clothing to truly complete the transportation experience. One of their attractions that visitors love is the Ninja scare house, that provides a different kind of nerve-wrecking thrill. Address: 1201-1 futamicho Mitsu, Ise 519-0603, Mie Prefecture (Formerly known as the Ise Azuchi Momoyama Cultural Village)Website: Ise-JokamachiOperating Hours: 9AM to 10PM (some rides close at 5PM) The hot spring bath opens at 11AMTicket Price: 3600 Yen (Entrance only) 4900 Yen (Rides) 900 Yen (Hot spring baths) 300-400 Yen (Separate rides) 3. Tokyo Disney Sea This theme park is made of 7 ports: Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. The Tokyo Disney Sea is a fantasy inspired by myths and legends of the sea. Its mythical theme is meant to strongly appeal to adults as well as children. Each port has its own uniqueness, incorporating water into grandiose architecture, decor and rides. For example, the Mediterranean Harbour is styled in Venician canals and gandolas whilst the Mysterious Island goes along with a more fictitious approach alluding to the writings of Jules Verne with science fiction vehicles and submarines. The Lost River Delta, uses Indiana Jones Adventures to create thrilling rides and make you the hero of your own adventure. Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, JapanWebsite: TokyoDisneyResortOperating Hours: 8AM to 10PM (May vary on special occasions) 4. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Picture: Yokohama Due to its aquatic features, you may believe that it falls under the same category as the Tokyo Disney Sea. However, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an incorporation of a theme park and an aquarium. It focuses more on nature and reality, which is totally different from Disney's far-fetched fantasy. It includes all sorts of marine mammals such as sea lions, polar bears, whales and sharks. It doesn’t stop there! With guided tours, interaction with the animals is promised. If touching, feeding and playing with animals is not thrilling enough, you have the option to go on amusement rides at the Pleasure Land. It features the Blue Fall, which is a 107-meter drop and the Surf Coaster, a rollercoaster that includes a loop over the sea. Address: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0006, JapanWebsite: SeaParadiseOperating Hours: 10AM to 6PM (Longer hours on weekends and during school holidays)Ticket Price: Free entry to the park 3000 Yen (Aqua Resorts) 3000 Yen (Pleasure Land) 5050 Yen (Aqua Resort and Pleasure Land) 5. Fuji-Q Highland Picture: Time-out One of Japan’s most popular theme parks is located alongside Mount Fuji, making it the perfect spot to admire the magnificient mountain. This theme park's unique selling point is their record breaking roller coaster. Fujiyama was the tallest roller-coaster when it was opened in 1996. Today, it still stands in the list of top 10 tallest rides on earth! Each of the 7 rollercoasters in the park have their importance in the world of thrill-seeking. This attraction has a lot to offer as a Japanese theme park. It features a popular anime series and traditionally designed rides. The variety is endless, with mazes and haunted houses also available for visitors to try. In case there are guests that got dragged along against their will, there is also a museum that displays beautiful paintings of Mount Fuji. If none of those appeal to you, head down to the park's hot spring facility with relaxing bath houses that uses traditional japanese architecture. Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0017, JapanWebsite: FujiQOperating Hours: 9AM to 5PM (Extended during peak seasons)Ticket Price: 400 to 1500 Yen (Individual rides) 5700 Yen (1-day pass with unlimited rides) Each theme park offers a different kind of thrill, whether they want to be scared to their core, transported back into history or go on a rollercoaster above the sea, each experience is completely unique due to the theme of the park. So head down to Japan and all your senses will be satisfied! Read more about Japan!...
Hiroshima holds a heart-wrenching past and the bombing is often synonymous with the city's name, but the city strives to prove that the event did not stop them from moving forward. If you want to be inspired by the strength of the city and the hopefulness of its people, then you should definitely visit Hiroshima at least once in your lifetime. This brave city has an immense amount of historical places and stories to offer. Apart from that, it's also blooming into a modern city that is presently striving to re-establish itself. The historical places, museums and attractions around Hiroshima represent its past, present and future. If you're still not curious to experience how the city is today, here are 7 reasons why it should be the next destination for you and your loved ones. Read more about Japan 1. Wonderful Spring We will start off by letting you know when is the best time to visit Hiroshima. This special season allows you to appreciate Hiroshima at an important and unique moment. Spring is known to be the time of rebirth, as the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan start to bloom. It is a significant season for Hiroshima as it represents how they have rebuilt themselves after the devastating hit. Spring symbolises the timeless notion of renewal where the nature boasts its natural beauty in adversity. Here's how you can witness and capture those stunning views. 2. Blossoming Flowers Hiroshima Flower Festival Picture: Hiroshima Every year without fail, a flower festival will be held from May 3rd to 5th. This festival welcomes participants to brighten up Hiroshima with colourful flowers and music. It aims to share the dignity of life with everyone and appeals for a warm-hearted cultural interchange between Hiroshima and the world. As seasons return each year to provide hope and regrowth, this festival serves as a beautiful collection that highlights the circle of life. Flower Tourism in Sera Picture: Hiroshima A small town of no more than 20,000 people, located at the northeast of Hiroshima offers many flower parks for visitors. The parks are unlike any other as they are covered with a sea of specific flowers. Some of them include the Kozan Lavender Hill, which is a blanket of lavender and the Sera Fuji En (Wisteria Park) which is home to around 1,200 vibrant wisteria trees. There are also tulip parks, lily gardens and of course the gorgeous cherry blossoms everywhere. They simply cannot be missed especially when in full bloom. 3. Itsukushima Shrine This shrine was built in 593BC and is completely surrounded by waters as a dedication to the Island which was considered to be a god. This world heritage site from 1996 is the perfect example of Japan’s rich past. Its traditional architecture represents the beautiful and prosperous Japanese history as well as its detailed way of life and religious culture. The complex is huge and holds many shrines that were added along the years in dedication to other deities. This shrine is considered one of the biggest in all of Japan. It has been extremely well-preserved and taken care of. Head down here to admire the handiwork from centuries ago and the impressive architecture that still stands today in immaculate condition. Address: １−１ Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, JapanWebsite: ItsukushimaJinja 4. Japanese Culture Whether it’s wearing a beautiful hand-picked kimono while walking down Miyajima or watching Kagura in Hiroshima Prefecture, the Japanese culture is something very much presented proudly in their every-day life. People of Hiroshima are very welcoming towards tourists who want to experience their culture. There are a few places, including the Okeiko Japan Miyajima, where you can sit through a traditional tea ceremony and learn Japanese calligraphy. If you wish to bring home some souvenirs, there is the Miyajima Traditional Product Hall which boasts exhibits and traditional crafts from centuries ago. Hiroshima's fusion of the past, present and future showcases how it’s possible to preserve traditional craftsmanship and skills for the what lies ahead. 5. Halal Cuisines Halal food in Hiroshima is not impossible to find. If you don't mind going on a vacation without eating meat, Japan is known for its abundance of seafood, ranging from oysters to a wide variety of sushi. Apart from vegetarian and seafood eateries, there are also Halal restaurants and restaurants with Halal menus available in Hiroshima. Here are a few options you can choose from. Zicon - C.D. (Japanese cuisines with a Halal menu)Address: Honju Hall 2F, 6-10 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shiContact: 082-258-2229 Karsiyaka (Halal Turkish and middle-eastern food)Address: 2-6-20 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima PrefectureContact: +81 82-247-2202 Kanak Otemachi (Halal and vegetarian-friendly Indian cuisines)Address: 2-2-10 Otemachi, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima PrefectureContact: +81 82-236-7308 Coco Ichibanya (Halal Vegetarian and Seafood)Address: 2 Chome-7-2 OtemachiContact: +81 82-543-5535 6. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Picture: ExploreHiroshima The park was opened as a reminder of the devastating event and a memorial for all those who were lost. It represents a pledge for permanent peace. This memorial may be one of the more emotional visits on your trip but do remember that its very design and foundation showcase the forgiving and hopeful nature of the people of Hiroshima. There are also other memorials worth visiting including the Children’s peace monument which is dedicated to the lives of innocent children that were lost. Address: Japan, 〒730-0811 Hiroshima Prefecture, 広島市中区中島町1丁目1Contact: +81 82-504-2390Operating Hours: Open 24 hours 7. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art Representing the future and abstract nature of life, this museum showcases exhibitions of all kinds. It is a great way to be transported away and allows you to understand Japanese contemporary life through visual representation rather than words. The museum is structured in a way to let you feel and interpret as you desire. It incorporates political, cultural, environmental ideas and applies it aesthetically to give you an idea of Hiroshima’s present and future. Address: 1-1 Hijiyama koen, Minami-ku, Japan 732-0815Contact: +81-82-264-1121Operating Hours: 10AM - 4.30PM (Tues to Sun) In a nutshell, a lot can be learned from Hiroshima depending on your perspective and openness. Despite their dark past and injustices, Hiroshima proves that there will always light and countless positive possibilities. Read more of our travel blogs...
Main Image Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Planning a Halal-friendly trip to Disneyland Tokyo? Who doesn’t love Disney? Kids and adults alike world over love Disney and the magic it brings to their lives. So how can one plan a trip to Tokyo, and leave out magical Tokyo Disneyland? You can’t! So here are the ultimate tips to planning the perfect Tokyo Disneyland trip! How to Get There? If you’re wondering how to travel from Chiba to Tokyo Disneyland, you’ve got three options: by car/taxi, bus, or train. The faster option would be to take a taxi, or you could rent a car and drive yourself, which would be way cheaper. You can ask your hotel to help you out with this. The bus is also an economical option, and you will be able to get off right at the entrance. Alternatively, you could also take the train. The main gate of the park is situated directly opposite both the Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort The Tokyo Disneyland website has a detailed section dedicated to help you finding the easiest way to get there. You can find all the train and bus schedules from different places, as well as a road map for directions, if you choose to drive. Here's Your Muslim Visitor Guide To Tokyo, Japan Where to Pray and Eat? An essential part of the ultimate Tokyo Disney trip planning guide for Muslims would be to plan where you can pray and what you can eat. Prayer Facilities at Tokyo Disneyland We got our travel-sized prayer mats from Takva! Not to worry, as there are prayer rooms available inside Tokyo Disneyland, so you can take a break from all the fun rides to pray and have a bit of a rest. But as there is no designated room, you will have to ask the staff at the information desks, and they will be glad to arrange the room for you. Don't forget to bring along your own travel-sized prayer garments and prayer mats! To get your Qibla, simply look into the HalalTrip App! Halal Food at Tokyo Disneyland East Side Cafe Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort There are no Halal-certified restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland, but you should be able to find seafood and vegetarian options at some of the restaurants like the Eastside Cafe, Pan Galactic Pizza Port, and Captain Hook's Gallery. However, always make sure to check with the staff about individual menu items. A good tip for visiting Tokyo Disneyland is to bring your own Halal food, which you can eat at the picnic areas of the park. The park also offer services for guests with 'Special Dietary Limitations' where guests can request to use the microwaves within the park itself. Refer here for more information. More Tips for Visiting Tokyo Disneyland 1. Book Your Ticket in Advance The queues here are endless, with the thousands of visitors that the park hosts every day; so number one on your trip planning guide to Tokyo Disneyland would be to get your ticket in advance. You can get your ticket at a number of places like the Shinagawa Station, or you could book your e-ticket online through the website. If you're a little more anxious, get your tickets at the airport that you are departing from. Airports like Changi Airport Singapore has booths where you can purchase your theme park tickets even before your departure. 2. Get a FASTPASS Ticket Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Your second tip to planning the perfect Tokyo Disneyland trip also involves queues. You’ll find that many of the attractions have long lines, you can save a bit of time by getting the FASTPASS tickets. What are FASTPASS tickets? These tickets are similar to reservation tickets that are issued at machines that are available right next to the rides. FASTPASS tickets give you a specific time when you can go on the ride, so you can explore the park and return at the designated times. (Make sure to get to the park really early, like an hour before it opens, because even FASTPASS tickets tend to run out really soon.) 3. Bring Along Snacks Are you getting the theme here? Queues! It’s better to bring your own food and snacks, as you’ll be spending most of your time queuing up at the restaurants and snack shops, precious time that you could be using to have fun! 4. Consider Getting a Multi-Day Passport Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Disney tourist blogs will tell you that one day is not enough to cover the entire two parks, and they would be right. If you are interested, you could get the multi-day passport (which would be cheaper than buying 1-day passports twice or thrice). Or for the ultimate Tokyo Disneyland trip planning guide, consider a one or two-night stay at one of the Disneyland resort hotels. 5. Rent a Stroller for the Little One Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort A good tip for visiting Tokyo Disneyland for those with infants is to rent a stroller inside the park. Feeding and changing rooms are also available. 6. Catch the Fireworks & Laser Shows Picture Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort Facebook Make sure to stay for the fireworks and laser shows at the end of the night. Your trip planning guide to Tokyo Disneyland 2019 would be incomplete without it! Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, JapanTelephone: +81 45-330-5211Website: www.tokyodisneyresort.jpOpening Hours: 8AM to 10PM...
Japan’s second-largest metropolis, Osaka has fast become a destination in its own right. A city known for its rich history - once the imperial capital of Japan - today Osaka is a melting pot of old and new and has in fact become known as one of Japan’s most modern cities. Featuring a maze of both natural and man-made attractions, and known for offering a mouth-watering culinary experience unlike any other, and for being a shopaholic's paradise, among numerous other things, we’re not surprised that tourists from across the globe are now heading to Osaka, whether it be for a solo adventure or romantic honeymoon, or even an exciting family getaway. Find things to do in Osaka Go on a Halal Trip to Osaka with us If you’re visiting Osaka for a week, or even just a couple of days, we can’t think of better must-sees than the ones listed below. These 5 must-visit attractions in Osaka will not only offer you a peek into its fascinating culture and history, but also into why the city is fast becoming one of the top must-visit destinations on Earth. If you’re looking to get the best out of your holiday, our list of things to do in Osaka is all you need! 1. Osaka Castle Amongst Osaka’s countless must-see gems, a visit to Osaka is definitely incomplete without a tour of the stunning, historically significant Osaka Castle, Osaka's top, iconic attraction. It is a good example of how varied the landscape of Osaka is. Built in the 1500s, the castle was destroyed and then rebuilt, and again destroyed and rebuilt to its present day form. Today, Osaka Castle boasts a variety of features, amongst which, the tower and its pristine park are the most popular. The modern tower - which even houses an elevator - is home to a museum dedicated to the history of the area and castle, and offers visitors a fabulous view of busy Osaka and what surrounds the stunning castle, while the beautiful Osaka Castle Park is known to house cultural assets such as the Otemon Gate, as well as a shrine, plum orchards, cherry trees and greenery for as far as the eye can see, and has become a relaxing spot for locals and tourists alike. It is also one of the most visited spots to view the famed cherry blossoms during spring. A great way to see Osaka Castle in a whole different light is to take a Gozabune boat ride. This will not only allow you to see the castle at a different angle, but to see its stone walls up close, too. Address: 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, JapanOpening Hours: 9am to 5pm (Last admission is at 4:30pm)Ticket Price: Adults: ¥60015 years old and younger: FreeContact: +81 6 6941 3044Website: www.osakacastle.net/english/ 2. Kuromon Ichiba Market Picture Credit - OsianLlwyd1, commons.wikimedia.org Visiting the Kuromon Ichiba Market is one of the best ways to experience both, Osaka’s culture and food, at the same time. Known as one of Japan’s best wet markets, the Kuromon Ichiba Market is the place to go for the freshest seafood in the area, and is therefore visited by locals and chefs, in addition to tourists. Our favourite part of the market is that not only do you get to stroll through the market, taking in its sights and smells, but you’ll also be able to sample a variety of fresh items and even get the items you buy (like scallops) prepared and cooked for you right there! You will also come across a variety of stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, varieties of fragrant teas, flowers, pickled vegetables, clothing and shoes, electronic gadgets and more, so no matter what you’re on the lookout for, you’ll find it at the Kuromon Ichiba Market! Address: 2 Chome-3-2 Nipponbashi, Chuo, Osaka, JapanOpening Hours: 9am to 6pmTicket Price: N/AWebsite: www.kuromon.com/en.php 3. Universal Studios Japan Heard of the Universal Studios theme parks in the United States? Japan has one too! Promising endless entertainment for the entire family, Universal Studios Japan is at the top of most tourists' ‘what to do in Osaka’ list. Located in the Osaka Bay Area, Universal Studios Japan features attractions based on a variety of themes: New York, Minion Park, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Hollywood, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, Waterworld, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From fun rides for visitors of all ages; toddlers to adults, to thrilling simulators based on popular movies, to entertaining street and stage shows, as well as a night parade, and characters from your favourite shows and movies wandering around, Universal Studios Japan’s magical atmosphere will put a cheesy grin on your face that you won’t be able to wipe off no matter how much you try, and no matter how old you are! Here’s an insider tip. The lines at the entrance and at each ride are known to get incredibly long, which means you could end up waiting hours to get into the park, or to experience a ride (trust us, we’re not kidding!), so get there way before the opening time of 9am and camp out for a couple of hours, or buy your tickets in advance online. Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, JapanOpening Hours: 9am to 7pm*Timings change depending on the seasonTicket Price: 1 Day Studio Pass: Adults: 7,900 yenChildren (4 to 11): 4,500 yen2 Day Studio Pass: Adults: 13,400 yenChildren (4 to 11): 9,000 yenContact: +81 6 6465 4005Website: www.usj.co.jp/e/ 4. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Picture credit - chee.hong, commons.wikimedia.org Yup, you read that right! If you know anything at all about Japan, you know all about its obsession with ramen. Visiting the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum may not be on every visitor’s must-do list, but we highly recommend it for its fun and quirky nature. Exploring the history of the famous instant noodle, ‘Chicken Ramen’ which was invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the museum is dedicated to the remarkable invention, and its creator. While visitors get to learn all about where and how it was created, they also get to make Chicken Ramen by hand, from start to finish, kneading, seasoning and all! The museum also has a ‘CUP NOODLES Factory’ where you get to design your own unique packaging, and then fill up the cup with your favourite soup and toppings. How fun does that sound?! This is a unique experience that cannot be passed up when holidaying in Osaka. Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041 JapanOpening Hours: 9:30amd to 4pm (Last admission is at 3:30pm)Ticket Price: FreeContact: + 81 72-752-3484Website: www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/osaka_ikeda/ To find Halal food near you in Osaka, all you need is the HalalTrip App! The app is also a must-have if you’re looking to find mosques and prayer places near you in Osaka, as well as other must-visit attractions, and much more! Find a Mosque near me in Osaka Find a Halal Restaurant near me in Osaka...