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Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa and was once the capital of Japan. The city features some great attractions and sightseeing opportunities that visitors can enjoy. The city is a great place for the entire family to have fun. The Universal Studios is a well-known theme park located at the Osaka waterfront. The Osaka Aquarium is another great place to have fun; it is one of the most striking aquariums in the country. The Umeda district is the city center of Osaka and is an exciting place.\r\nThe Osaka Castle is one of the most important landmarks in the city and is a reconstruction of the older castle. To know more about the history of the area, visit the Museum of History. The National Art Museum and the Osaka Science Museum are also worth a visit. Just outside Osaka is the Minoo Park which is a forested area with beautiful waterfalls. For those who wish to get a nice view of the city surroundings, the observation deck at the Umeda Sky Building is a good place to visit.\r\nThe Shinsaibashi District in Osaka is a popular shopping destination. There are several departmental stores and high-end shopping options in this district. Umeda too has some wonderful places where visitors can shop for souvenirs and other items. The Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street in the city is the longest covered shopping street in the country, where shoppers can find a wide variety of items.\r\n...more

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Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa and was once the capital of Japan. The city features some great attractions and sightseeing opportunities that visitors can enjoy. The city is a great place for the entire family to have fun. The Universal Studios is a well-known theme park located at the Osaka waterfront. The Osaka Aquarium is another great place to have fun; it is one of the most striking aquariums in the country. The Umeda district is the city center of Osaka and is an exciting place.
The Osaka Castle is one of the most important landmarks in the city and is a reconstruction of the older castle. To know more about the history of the area, visit the Museum of History. The National Art Museum and the Osaka Science Museum are also worth a visit. Just outside Osaka is the Minoo Park which is a forested area with beautiful waterfalls. For those who wish to get a nice view of the city surroundings, the observation deck at the Umeda Sky Building is a good place to visit.
The Shinsaibashi District in Osaka is a popular shopping destination. There are several departmental stores and high-end shopping options in this district. Umeda too has some wonderful places where visitors can shop for souvenirs and other items. The Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street in the city is the longest covered shopping street in the country, where shoppers can find a wide variety of items.

Nearby Airports

The main entry to Osaka is through the Kansai International Airport. The airport is connected to the city via two rail connections namely the Kansai Airport Line (JR West's) and the Nankai Electric Railway, which is a private line. The domestic flights land at the Osaka International Airport also known as the Itami Airport. This airport is connected to the city by the Osaka Monorail but is quite expensive. The airport is also connected by the Airport Limousine Buses which cost around ¥500-600 for a one-way trip. A taxi from the airport to the city costs around ¥4000apart from the ¥700 roadtoll.

Halal Restaurants

Osaka offers a few good halal restaurants offering Japanese, Turkish, Middle Eastern, South Asian and several other types of cuisines. Some of the best halal restaurants in Osaka include Nazar, Hafez, Karakus, Maharaja, Ali Kitchen, etc.

Mosques

Osaka has a few mosques. The main mosque in Osaka is the Osaka Masjid; another mosque is the Osaka Ibaraki Masjid.

Things to Do and See in Osaka

  • Osaka Castle
  • Osaka Science Museum
  • Osaka Museum of History
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Open Air Museum of Old Farmhouses
  • KamigataUkiyoe Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Tenpozan Ferris Wheel
  • Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Here's 10 Reasons Why Hong Kong Must Be Added to Your Bucket List

    Did you know that Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated place in the world? With a population of over 7 million, this bustling territory almost never sleeps as there is always something to do that will feed your curiosity. You could witness historical religious monuments, splurge on exclusive local brands from over 10 shopping malls and pleasure your tastebuds with a range of cuisines served at Hong Kong’s wide number of Halal eateries. So if you’re in the midst of planning your next dream vacation, here are 10 reasons why you should consider Hong Kong. via GIPHY 1. Visit Hong Kong’s Neighbouring Cities Image Credit: Kychan on Unsplash; Traveling to Hong Kong’s neighbouring cities is such a breeze with more than one way to get to these cities. Travelers can easily get on a train, a ferry, a bus or even a flight to these cities. Once you’ve landed in Asia, Hong Kong is definitely an ideal stop to make! As Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs, this makes it pretty easy to find a direct flight in or out of the destination. Furthermore, as Hong Kong is situated in the Southern district of China, it serves as a perfect layover holiday before you head over to Southeast Asia.  If you’re looking at a longer stay in Hong Kong, take a trip down to its neighbouring cities – ShenZhen and Macau. These cosmopolitan cities are constantly on the lists of those traveling to Hong Kong since it is so simple to get yourself across the border. Today, one can board a 20 minutes train ride on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) or a 45 minutes metro ride on the East Rail Line. While the train is the most popular mode of transport, some may prefer private operated shuttle buses, a ferry ride from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Shekou Cruise Port or a flight up to Shenzhen Airport.  Also Read: All Set For The Best Deals In Seoul? Check Out These Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul, South KoreaTravel With Us!: The Best of Tokyo and Osaka In 7 Nights 2. Ease of Public Transport  Image Credit: Photo by Chapman Chow on Unsplash According to an article written by Daniel Szuc, it is estimated that over 90% of the 7.4 million people living in Hong Kong use public transport. This record only proves the efficiency of public transport in Hong Kong.  When you’re in Hong Kong, the first thing you want to get yourself is the Octopus card. Opting for the weekly or travelers’ passes would save you a ton when you’re traveling on public transport in Hong Kong. If you’re traveling via public transport for only a part of your trip, perhaps you might want to pay as you go. However, getting the passes would mean skipping the queue at the ticketing counter when it gets busy in the train stations. Top up some cash in your Octopus cards and you’ll find yourself using it almost everywhere. This includes the binoculars at Victoria’s Peak, convenience stores and vending machines.  Whip out your Octopus cards and tap away for their trains, trams, and on the Star Ferry across the Victoria Harbour. At the end of your trip, bring it home as a souvenir or return the Octopus card at the Customer Service Centre at the airport or any MTR station to get a refund of HK$50 and the remaining value. 3. Variety of Halal food options Feast on the best of Hong Kong's local cuisine when you're in Hong Kong – Dim Sum! Head down to Islamic Centre Canteen when you're in town. Tip! Make sure to have Dim Sum in the morning. The Hongkongers eat Dim Sum as breakfast so don’t come in the afternoon after all the good food is almost gone! Put your worry about the availability of Halal food at rest when you’re in Hong Kong! #Alhamdulillah What we love most about Hong Kong is that there are Muslim-owned and Halal-Certified restaurants serving local cantonese cuisines in every district. Travelers might have to do quite a bit of walking looking for it, but once you got the location right, trust us, it’s so worth it!  You’ll find a plethora of Halal restaurants serving the Cantonese cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Indian cuisine and Indonesian cuisine. We’ve got three Halal food spots that are essential to visit when you’re in Hong Kong.  Islamic Center Canteen As cliche as it sounds, no matter what your itinerary is when you are visiting Hong Kong, it is a must to dine in at Islamic Center Canteen. Located at the 5th floor of the Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Center, the food here is definitely affordable with Dim Sum dishes starting at HKD13. Halal Status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 5/F, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong IslandOpening Hours: 10am - 9pm Wai Kee Wai Kee is another recommended eatery that you should visit when you are in Hong Kong. This is the place for you to get your roasted duck rice fix for HKD38. 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Keeping Our Prayers On Track Image Credit: Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash According to a survey done in 2016, there are approximately 300,000 Muslims living in Hong Kong, making up 4.1% of its population. The Muslims in Hong Kong are of many races such as Chinese, Indonesian and Pakistani, with a vast majority of them being Sunni Muslims.  Hong Kong has a total of five official mosques, with the largest mosque being Kowloon Mosque  and Islamic Centre, which can accommodate up to 3,500 people. The Kowloon Mosque was founded in 1896, initially built for the Indian Muslim troops of the British army to perform their religious duties. This square mosque consists of 4 minarets, white marble on its facade and flooring, a pink roof and a large dome on top.  The four other mosques in this territory include Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Jamia Mosque, Chai Wan Mosque and Stanley Mosque. Apart from these mosques, one can find prayer rooms and spaces in major tourist attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Oceanpark.    5. Dazzling Lights and Towering Skyscrapers According to the Guinness World Records, Hong Kong is by far the world’s tallest urban agglomeration, as the total height of all its skyscrapers, exceeding 330 kilometres. With a variety of skyscrapers decorating the harbour, Hong Kong is known for having one of the most impressive skylines. The night-time especially brings out the beautiful side of its skyline as the differentcoloured lights adorn the waterfront of Victoria Peak.  More so, as of December 2005, Hong Kong broke yet another Guinness World Record for the “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”. This 10-minute show is called A Symphony of Lights and begins every night at 8pm. It showcases a dazzling display of visual effects as lasers and flashes illuminate the night sky, accompanied by uplifting music. It’s definitely a show that you don’t want to miss while you’re in Hong Kong! At the end of the show, you can head off to popular hotspots like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo for a vibrant night-time experience. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a calmer experience, you may take a night cruise along Victoria Harbour or visit Temple Street Night Market where you can purchase antiques and tea ware as souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Also Read: 6 Best Boutique Hotels & Hostels to Stay in Hong Kong! 6. This Is Where Street Art Comes Alive Image Credit: Lysander Yuen on Unsplash Hong Kong has an array of vibrant street art where you can get your perfect OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shots. It's not hard to find them as they are aptly named Art Lane and features colourful murals painted on old buildings, and encompasses the theme of both art and music. Also, nestled among one of Hong Kong’s busiest neighbourhoods lies Public Square Street. This mural spot features stairs which are painted with bright yellow, blue and red floral designs - perfect for an Insta-worthy shot.  Another street art spot worth mentioning is Sing Lei Mahjong Parlour, located in the heart of Temple Street Market. It features striking caricatures of political leaders playing a humorous game of mahjong. Also Read: According to Hong Kong's Street Photographers, These Are The Best Places to Capture Hong Kong 7. Muslim-Friendly Attractions Nothing beats a family day out and about in Hong Kong’s best theme parks. Relive your childhood dreams and spend the day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Worrying about Halal food? There are Halal-Certified restaurants and food kiosks in Hong Kong Disneyland. And! Prayer room can be found within the theme park next to the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant (Halal). In all honesty, you don’t need to be a child to enjoy Hong Kong’s theme parks. There is always something in store for each age group. Hong Kong Disneyland is where you want to be if you’re looking for an enchanting getaway on your trip to Hong Kong. Stay for a night or two in their resort and be surrounded with everything that makes your inner child happy.  A total fan of thrilling rides? Ocean Park’s forte is definitely just that. The 40-year-old theme park may look old-fashioned on the outside but you definitely don’t want to miss this theme park when you’re in Hong Kong. First of all, this theme park is HUGE. Make a run for their classics like the Hair Raiser, The Flash, The Mine Train and The Dragon. When it’s time, stop by for prayers within the park itself. Simply head to the Guest Relation Office and the staff will assist you to the prayer room. Fuel up at Ocean Park’s Halal-Certified restaurants – Cafe Ocean, Dive Into A Float at Marina World and Panda Cafe Food To Go at Amazing Asian Animals. Tip! Bring along your prayer garments and pocket sejadahs. You’ll find the Qibla direction marked in the room. You can perform your wudhu in the nearby washrooms.  In the evening, board the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises and enjoy the spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour. Named after the flower city of Hong Kong, Bauhinia, the Bauhinia Harbour Cruises lets you in on the vessels which has been a part of Hong Kong’s public transportation system. Dine Bauhinia Harbour Cruises’ Halal menu on board or take in the fresh air on the upper deck. Tip! The Bauhinia Harbour Cruises stops at the North Point and the Hung Hom Pier. For more information, visit www.cruise.com.hk   8. Enjoy The Best Of What Nature Has To Offer Credit: @hannyg_3 on Instagram Despite its small size, Hong Kong still manages to preserve its natural landscapes. Whether it's stretches of beaches or the mountainous regions, tourists and civilians can enjoy hikes, walks and swimming. The Hong Kong Global Geopark is a large area with unique rock formations offering grand landscapes.  There is also Kowloon Park for bird watchers, picnics and relaxation. A few beaches include Big Wave Bay Beach, Repulse Bay Beach and Mui Wo and SilverMine Bay Beach. Surrounded by hills, greenery and mountains, the beaches are rich in blue and green natural landscapes. Take a day out of your itinerary and hike the Dragon’s Back while you’re in Hong Kong. The hike will land you on the beautiful Big Wave Bay. During the hike, you’ll be able to see the panorama view of the city’s coastline. The Dragon’s Back will definitely get your heart pumping but feel free to take it slow and go at your own pace.    9. History and Culture Image Credit: Photo by Jason Cooper on Unsplash Can you believe that the first inhabitants settled into Hong Kong during the late Stone Age? That’s almost 9 centuries ago! Today, Hong Kong is filled with plenty of unique treasures, namely its 34-metre tall ‘Big Buddha’ which sits at the Po Lin monastery, and its modern temples like the Wong Tai Sin Temple which serves as a home for three religions - Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  Getting Here! Board the MTR Train and alight at Tung Chung Station, Exit B. You’ll find the Citygate Outlet Mall just outside the train station. Walk further ahead toward the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and get on the 25-min cable car ride to Ngong Ping 360. Alternatively, board bus 23 from Tung Chung Station for a 50-min ride to the Ngong Ping Bus Terminus. Other historical sites worth mentioning are Haw Par Mansions which incorporates both Chinese and Western elements in its architectural style, and Kamikaze Cave which used to be occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.  Take a trip down to the Hong Kong Museum of History and envision how the early settlers had arrived in Hong Kong in a junk ship. Dig deep and learn about the development and modernization of Hong Kong under the British colony. Don’t miss the Kowloon City Walled Park when you’re in Hong Kong and witness how this city was once known as the most densely populated place on the planet. The city had 35,000 people packed into small apartments. However, keep listening to the stories of those who lived here. Their living conditions may seem bizarre but the people of Kowloon, they were happy.  10. Saying Yes To Night Markets Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Lastly, Hong Kong wouldn’t be as joyful and euphoric without the people who call it home. Whether you’re up at 5am watching locals practice Tai Chi or sitting at a food street stall in the evening, you can expect a local who will initiate friendly conversations with you, whether you speak the same language or not. More so, even if you get lost, the locals will be more than willing to help you find your way. Just be sure to get yourself ready with some Cantonese phrases! Tip! Here's your Cantonese phrases cheat sheet:  m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/phrase-sheet.jsp   There is so much more to explore in the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has grown tremendously over the years. Discover the nook and crannies of Hong Kong and experience a different side of Hong Kong.  via GIPHY...

  • 9 Japan Theme Parks To Add To Your Bucket List

    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!...

  • Watashi Need Takoyaki! 5 Places To Feed Your Tummy Some TLC!

    Craaaaving for Halal Takoyaki in Singapore? You’ve come to the right place! Here, all your Takoyaki dreams will come true. Whether you want to some vegetarian green onion, pickled ginger or vegetable tempura or diced octopus (tako) or even go crazy with less traditional variations but equally tasty choices, we've got just the place for you! This Japanese snack originates from the land of Osaka, combining the Takoyaki sauce, citrus vinegar, mayonnaise, Goma Dare, seaweed and dried bonito. With more choices are popping up in Singapore, its popularity has grown immensely in the food industry. Luckily, getting Halal Takoyaki is no longer a problem in Singapore. Here are some places you can get your Takoyaki to give your cravings some TLC! Yummy Takoyaki Credit: Yummy Takoyaki on Facebook This muslim-owned store specializes in creating Halal Takoyaki with a variety of fillings, ranging from hotdogs, prawns, mushrooms, octopus and crab sticks. Yummy Takoyaki can satisfy your cravings and not injure your wallet. Grab it on the go, order it through delivery, it’s perfect for anyone with a busy schedule but no desire to starve. There are even sharing platters for big groups! Plot twist! Yummy Takoyaki also created dessert variations including the Premium Tako Tella for those with a tingling sweet tooth. Address: East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-61, Singapore, 487048Operating Hours: 12PM to 8PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)Contact: 93379195Website | Facebook | Instagram Saiko Credit: Saiko on Facebook Saiko is a more elite take on the Japanese street snack, even its name translates to be “awesome” or “the best”. It's true, the variations of Takoyaki found on the menu of Saiko has reached a whole new level. With Saiko Takoyaki, you get the best of both worlds; aesthetics and flavor. Some options include the Miso Butter Takoyaki Filled with Octopus and the Panko Takoyaki Drizzled with Mayonnaise. Our favorite is definitely the Takoyaki with Truffle Mayo! #AMAZING Credit: @getsaiko on Instagram Saiko also allows you to get creative mixing fillings. If you are feeling indecisive, you and your friends can split a 30 Balls Takoyaki platter for 30SGD. Address: Saiko takes part in selected festivals. Keep a look out for updates on their Instagram page!Facebook | Instagram Oohnique Credit: @oohnique on Instagram In a variation of three flavors, Original, Spicy and Cheesy, these Tako Yums can unlock new flavors with the fillings. Offering the 7 standard fillings — Octopus, Tuna, Mushroom, Prawn, Crab and Sausage, and Beef, there is something for everyone. There are quite a few other unique treats on their menu such as meringues to salted egg chips/flakes. All you need to do to place your Takoyaki order is to fill in the Order Form found on their Instagram bio. In the form, you can choose when and where you want your order to be delivered. Plan ahead and place your order soon! Instagram Tako Queen Credit: @tako_queen on Instagram Tako queen seems to offer slight variations and always more flavors, for those looking for new flavors and experimentation. For example, new toppings can include egg mayo, tuna or corned beef even scallop, depending on what you like! Tako Queen also offers a variety of sides that you can add to your order if you particularly like an intense flavor. Freshly baked, brushed with sauces and mayonnaise, there are only 3 times you can order to ensure hot, tasty Tako. Tako Queen also offers Nutella cakes and Nutella TakoYaki’s, allowing you a 2-in-1 — lunch and dessert. Address: Millage 55 Changi Road, #01-21 SE 419709                   (Next To Pasar Geylang)Operating Hours: Walk-In Orders                                  10AM to 8PM (Daily)                                   Delivery Time                                 12PM to 3PM | 4PM to 7PM | 8PM to 10PMContact: 97993284Email | Facebook | Instagram Inari-Ku: My Inari Credit: Inari-ku : My Inari on Facebook Although the store is not entirely dedicated to Takoyaki, this Japanese delivery service offers a fine dining experience along with some Takoyaki choices, all HALAL! Their main selling point is that they are lovingly made at home by a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum). Having taken specialized lessons from the senpais themselves, she was able to find her passion for creating beautifully tasting Japanese meals. If you're looking to eat a variation of Japanese delights, not just TakoYaki, Inari-Ku is the place to go. You can have some sushi with Inari aged skin, alongside Takoyaki platters with all your classic flavors. The Takoyaki can be a starter to your Udon Noodle meal or Ebi Tendon (a rice bowl served with miso soup, potato salad, and stir fry). The combinations are endless! Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Thrill-seekers Would Not Want To Miss These 5 Amusement Parks In Japan!

    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!...

  • The Year Is Coming To An End! Here are 10 Muslim-friendly Destinations To Visit in 2019!

    2019 is just around the corner! It’s time for you to start planning your upcoming holiday to an exotic country where you and your loved ones can have the time of your lives. With the growth of globalization, it is now easy for Muslims to enjoy a Muslim-friendly vacation almost anywhere in the world. Spoilt for choice and finding it hard to pick your next holiday destination? No worries! Below is a guide to some spots that will aid you in making your decision more smoothly and efficiently. Check out our travel packages and tours 1. Japan Japan being one of the most kid-friendly countries, I wouldn't hesitate to say that parents can worry less about stumbling upon dangers or hardships with the little ones. Not only does Japan provide its tourists with a rich culture and unique experience with its different traditions, but there is also a great number of hot-spots you can list down in your itinerary. These include the natural sightseeing locations like Mount Fuji and the Osaka Aquarium. For nature lovers, the Japanese-style garden, Kenroku-en, is a must visit. Another famous spot to head to would be Tokyo Disneyland, a dream destination for those traveling with the children. 2. Spain You haven’t entirely lived your life if you haven’t paid a visit to Spain. From the vast amount of places to tour, its history and its culture to the Muslim-friendly hotels and restaurants, Spain is an ideal destination for your summer holidays. Even if you are a person with toddlers or just too tired to lag around the little ones, Spain has plenty of parks to pick from for a relaxed picnic under the shade with your loved ones. One such park would be Park Güell due to its distinctive features brimming with unique structural designs and monuments. If you are in Madrid, do not leave without visiting the public square - Puertadel Sol. When in Barcelona, The Magic Fountain Show is proved to be a super hit with the small ones. You might also want to drop by to the La Rambla Street for some scrumptious gelato while you are there. 3. Switzerland What better place to take your family and friends to than a place that lets them build a snowman? If you’re visiting from a country which only revolve around the sun and rain, your group will surely be so elated with this change of ambience. Not only does Switzerland offer the greatest quality of chocolates, but parents can also encourage their children to pick up learning opportunities with regards to the different types of languages spoken or ethnicities present. There are quite a few sightseeing spots that you and your family can visit but some of the top ones would be the Zurich Zoo, the Kapellbrüke (also known as the Chapel Bridge), the Rhine Falls, and let’s not forget the Alps! 4. Australia Ah, the Land Down Under! Australia is a go-to spot for not only adrenaline junkies looking to spend their time doing blood-rushing adventures but it is also one of the best ideal spots for someone who wishes to opt for a more relaxed vacation. It is guaranteed that your itinerary for a place like Aussie will be nothing short of fun and enjoyment. Thanks to the country’s terrific weather, this serves as a plus point for those looking to enjoy strolls or picnics on beaches like Cape Conran in Victoria and Frangipani Beach in Queensland. Sydney should be a definite go-to location on your list. The Royal Botanic Garden by the Sydney Harbor is a beauty you must witness before your very eyes. As a treat for your kids, you can hop onto a ferry from Circular Quay and head towards the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House and the Luna Park. 5. Maldives Generally, when someone says they hope to visit Maldives, people presume that it’s for a honeymoon or for a romantic getaway with their significant other. However, it’s not just for the lovebirds. Maldives is also considered as a great Muslim-friendly vacation spot for trips with family or friends. Unlike what many believe, Maldives does not have to be a destination that creates a dent in your wallet. If pre-planned carefully, you can tour the Maldives as a budget-friendly holiday. The Maldives does not only offer white sand beaches and a whole load of coral reef. The Maldives is best known for their water sports and snorkeling activities. You can even take the kids for dolphin watching and sandbank swimming at Kaashidhoo where the water is so clear you will be left amazed. 6. Singapore Having a proportion of 15% of its population as Muslims, Singapore thrives on Muslim-friendly locations and eateries where a huge number of their cafes and restaurants are HALAL certified. If you wish to cover all famous landmarks in Singapore, make sure you have a few days in hand. Some of the best few to visit with your children would be Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, the Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay is also recommended as it enables your kids to learn and witness a vast variety of lush greenery and exotic plants in a beautiful and one-of-a-kind setting (let’s not forget the Instagram-worthy photos that you can take). 7. Germany If you wish to go back in time and have major throwbacks of the Islamic heritage and culture back in the day, Berlin and Munich are the places to be when in Germany. The two cities have the highest proportion of the Muslim population so you need not worry when it comes to being on the lookout for Halal restaurants or Muslim-friendly attractions due to the abundance present. If you are looking to visit historical hot-spots, the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Mosque and the Brandenburg Gate can be included into your itinerary. In terms of Halal food, the Baraka for Moroccan food, and the Yarok Fine Syrian Food for Mediterranean food are the places you would love to dine at. 8. Turkey Previously being the home to the Ottoman Caliphate, Turkey is a country constructed of Islamic structures. Turkey brims with Islamic heritage and culture which can be deemed as pleasant for tourists, some of which are showcased in the Topkapi Palace and the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Do drop by Istanbul and visit the blue mosque for a feel of true Islamic architecture. You will also find a large amount of `bazaars` at reasonable prices to shop from. A city to visit in Turkey with your family is Alanya. The Alanya Castle is a great spot which will give you a holistic view of the entire city from the top. One attraction which will be a hit for your children would be the Pirate Ship Cave Tour. After a tiresome day of sightseeing, you can grab some delicious Halal food from Mezze Grill Ocakbasi Restaurant if you are in the mood for some pizza or seafood. Summertime comes off as a busy time for Turkey, so be sure to plan well ahead to avoid disappointment when it comes to hotels and tours. 9. Morocco Distinguished for it’s out-of-the-ordinary culture, Morocco amalgamates influences from Europe and Islam and is overflowing with modern depictions of customary Islam. Karaouine Mosque in Morocco is considered a tourist magnet and it’s the largest mosque in Africa, spacious enough to fit 22,000 people at once. You can choose to wander through the lively blue streets of Chefchaouen and devour delectable Moroccan cuisines from famous restaurants like Restaurant Dar Hatim and Les Saveurs de Riad Fes Maya. Along with over 400 mosques, you and your family can also tour their museums such as Dar Batha and Nejjarine Museum in Fez. PS: While you wander around the streets of Morocco, you can treat yourself to pure leather merchandise and Moroccan slippers at one of the souks in Fez like Souk Serrajine. 10. France France is the ultimate spot to be during summer. You can never get bored rigid in such a place taking into account the large number of attractions and activities that this stunning country has in store for tourists. Disneyland Paris is an obvious choice if you are traveling with your children, along with the countless popular attractions and sightseeing spots like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Jardin du Luxembourg Garden. You can also visit the Grande Mosquee de Paris, a beautiful mosque in Paris. France also has no shortage of Halal restaurants. You can find various cuisines in multiple eateries, Turkish food at the Sizin Restaurant, Mexican food at Baili and if you desire authentic Halal French cuisine, Les GrandsEnfants should be number one on your list of places to dine at. There are a lot of great muslim-friendly spots that can be recommended for your vacation but it is imperative to take into account the wishes of your children as well if they are tagging along in order to have a successful trip where everyone is satisfied. Check out our Travel Blogs for more travel inspirations...



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