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  • 4 Attractions Sure to Complete your Trip to Osaka

    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:   2. Kuromon Ichiba Market Picture Credit - OsianLlwyd1, 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:   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:   4. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Picture credit - chee.hong, 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: 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...

  • 5 Awesome Pet Cafes in Osaka

    Japanese themed cafes in Osaka have quickly become some of the most favourite hangout spots – that includes animal or pet cafés as well, especially among animal lovers. From owl to cat cafes or something more daring with reptiles or scorpions, you can have a fun time at these interesting cafés. If you are stuck wondering where to go and what to see in Osaka for a unique experience, drop by any of these awesome places listed below – and make some new friends! Credit -   1. Neko No Jikan Kita  Picture Credit - For someone who is a cat person, Neko No Jikan Kita is one of the animal cafes in Osaka not to be missed. You can spend an hour playing and hang out with the cats, and the admission fee includes one drink too – it’s a very relaxing experience in the city, which is why this café is popular. There are some exotic breeds to look out for, along with photos of previous cats who used to call the café home. Do make some new feline friends in a cosy setting with tatami mats and even buy some snacks to feed them at this cat café. Address: 5-16 Kurosakicho, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0023, Japan   2. Usayu Picture Credit - If you are wondering where to visit in Osaka for the company of peaceful furry critters, Usayu is the best animal café to spend some time with fluffy rabbits. In this spacious café, everything down to the décor is rabbit-themed and quite adorable – visitors will get to feed and pet the rabbits or even let them sit on their lap to take photos. The café is divided into separate areas where visitors can play with the rabbits and enjoy interacting with different breeds or even switch rabbits to play with. Address: 3-16 Matsugamotocho, Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture 567-0033, Japan   3.Neko Café Rag Doll Sennichimae Picture Credit - jpmanual.comCafé Rag Doll is another awesome cat café that you should check out – especially if you are a cat person. Cat cafés are especially popular for cute cats and Ragdoll is no exception. For the first hour. all visitors get one drink and a complimentary kitty treat for the cats. You can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea while playing and hanging out with the various types of adorable cat breeds – or buy them some more treats from the counter to feed them. Visitors can also use the toys in café for free when playing with the cats. Address: Yubinbango542-0075, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi Nanbasen’nichimae 13-6 Daiichi building 5th floor   4.Owl Family Osaka Picture Credit - like the name suggests, this is one of the animal cafes in Osaka not to be missed if you want to enjoy the company of an owl perched on your arm. Harry Potter fans will enjoy this café too, especially if you are visiting with children. Owl Family Café has some special Harry Potter robes that you can wear and to pose with an owl for some fun photos. After a short lecture on different breeds and to handle the birds, you can interact with the owls for an hour and even take a walk outside with them if you like. Address: 1-10-13 Tenjinbashi, Kita-Ku, Osaka-city   5.Reptiles Café Rockstar Picture Credit - thetravelintern.comReptile Café Rockstar is among the more thrilling Japanese themed cafes in Osaka where you will get to handle snakes, lizards, chameleons and even some scorpions or spiders to name a few. There is a wide variety of reptiles and insect species that you can observe in glass boxes – and hold them if you feel brave enough. This is the ideal animal café if you want to do something exciting while getting your coffee fix for the evening – you certainly won’t be bored here. Address: 1-1-13 Nippombashi Nishi, Naniwa-Ku, Osaka 556-0004, Osaka prefecture Next time you plan on visiting the best restaurants and cafes in Osaka, don’t miss out on animal cafés either! For more information on your Halal travel to Osaka, download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you. Also check out Where to shop in Osaka....

  • 5 Of The Very Best Halal Restaurants in Osaka

    Osaka is Japan's second-largest metropolis, and although it comes right after Tokyo in size, it does just as well in the “experiences” department. Osaka, situated on the Japanese island of Honshu, is the cultural and commercial centre of the area. It is well known for its modern architecture, nightlife, and of course, food! We're going to delve into the last of those, in particular. Because as a Muslim traveler, you might think “Sure, there's great food, but are there great Halal food spots in Osaka?” The answer is, yes! There are plenty of Muslim-friendly and Halal certified restaurants in Osaka, but we're only concerned with the most famous Halal dining places in Osaka. So, without further ado, here are the best 5 Halal restaurants in Osaka: Credit -   1. The U-Don Picture credit - Proving that you don't have to go very far to find nearby Halal restaurants in Tokyo, The U-Don is situated in Kansai International Airport, which means you can have a filling Halal meal right when you get off the plane! Certified by the Malaysian Halal Consultancy and Training Agency (MHCT), this Halal food spot in Osaka gives you the option to create your own meal. Following a self-service concept, you will have to move from counter to counter, filling your tray up with all kinds of deliciousness like udon in broth, fish balls, tempura, inari (fried tofu stuffed with rice), nigiri (rice balls), and so much more! Simply bring your loaded-up tray at the end to the cashier and he'll ring your bill up. Bonus points for free unlimited hot/cold matcha green tea! Tip: There are also two other Halal-certified Japanese restaurants at KIX. Address: Inside the Kuukou Minami Noren, Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 2F, 1 Senshukukoukita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka-fu 549-0001.Phone: +81-72-456-6515   2. Kennyasia Picture credit - If you're in the Dotonbori-Namba are and are trying to locate Muslim-friendly restaurants in Osaka, and you want to try something other than Japanese food, then Kennyasia is the perfect Halal food spot in Osaka for you! Run by a friendly Malaysian couple, this restaurant serves authentic Malaysian cuisine; and that is proven by the countless Malaysian travelers raving about it feeling like the food they would have back home. Their menu consists of all the Malaysian classics like laksa, chicken rice, rojak, the tahrik, and more. Look for the Malaysian flags hanging outside, it should be pretty easy to spot! Address: 1-7-25 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0074, Osaka Prefecture.Phone: +81 6-7165-7011   3. Ganko Osaka Houzenji Picture credit - If you've been wanting to try the traditional Japanese dining experience (washoku) and are wondering where to eat in Osaka that is Halal, then this is the right place for you. Ganko Osaka Houzenji is a part of a chain of restaurant that specializes in traditional Kyoto dishes and is certified Halal by the Kyoto Halal Council. If you're in the Namba area and looking to locate Muslim-friendly restaurants in Osaka, this restaurant has it all: sushi bar, kaiseki (cozy traditional dining setting), and even female waiters dressed in kimonos! Even though this restaurant also serves non-Halal food, it has a kitchen dedicated to Halal food complete with separate utensils, equipment, storage, and even transport trucks. The Halal menu here consists of three amazing bento sets, but you will have to call ahead 3 days in advance to make sure its available. Address: 1-2-2, Namba, Tyu-ouku Osaka-shi, Osaka.Phone: +81-(0)6-6212-6550   4. Osaka Halal Restaurant – Ali's Kitchen Picture credit - Moving on to one of Osaka's best representations of South Asian cuisine, Indian and Pakistani, in particular, is Ali's Kitchen. The restaurant is run by -you guessed it- Ali, a friendly and charming Pakistani. Along with serving amazing classic dishes like biryani, naan, curries, and more, they also offer Bento and a few Arabic dishes as well. The best part is that all the food here is extremely authentic and the restaurant is easily accessible; this is evident from the interesting mix of customers that it draws. And the vintage-looking Arabic decorations are a nice added touch. Address: 4 Chome-13-2 Owada, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 555-0032.Phone: +81 6-4708-5745   5. Genji Picture credit - How can a trip to Japan be complete without trying some Japanese wagyu! And you don't even have to look too hard for where to eat Halal wagyu in Japan, because Genji, a restaurant in Hilton Osaka Hotel has recently started serving it! This famous Halal dining place in Osaka is not a Halal certified restaurant, but their suppliers are (USHI - a beef supplier certified by the Japan Islamic Trust). What's more, even their buttery slabs of beef come on plates stamped with the Halal logo! They also have a Muslim-friendly menu from which you can order dishes like rice, sushi, tempura, grilled vegetables, and desserts to accompany their delicious high-grade A3-ranked Hokkaido beef wagyu. Make a reservation before going there to avoid disappointment, though. Tip: You can request Qur'an, prayer rugs, and qibla compasses at the Hilton hotel – they are very accommodating to Muslim guests!   Address: 1-8-8, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka.Phone: +81-6-6347-0310  ...

  • 10 Best Places To Visit in Osaka

    Osaka is one of Japan's largest cities and has increasingly become a must-visit destination in Japan. Home to countless attractions, from museums and galleries to beautiful natural sites, the city of Osaka, with its rich history and culture is a must-add on to every travel addict’s bucket list. While there are countless reasons to visit Osaka, these top sights will absolutely complete your trip to the enchanting city!     Credit -   Osaka Castle & Park Picture Credit -   The magnificent Osaka Castle is one of the top sights in Osaka. This beloved attraction is reason enough to visit Osaka, due to its important role in Japan’s history and its architecture. The ancient castle, although reconstructed and restored, is architecturally magnificent, and visually quite stunning. Its stone walls, 42-meter-tall main tower, copper roofing and gates are all impressive, but a must-visit while there is the informative museum featuring Japanese history, along with the history of the castle itself and its former inhabitants, such as Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Be sure to also pay a visit to the observatory for unforgettable views of the area, as well as to take a stroll through the park around the famous landmark, especially if you’re visiting during cherry blossom season!   Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Picture Credit - Next up on our Osaka travel guide is the famed Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan! Impressive all the way from its exterior, to what it holds inside, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, is a top-rated tourist attraction in Osaka. Known to be one of the biggest of its kind in the world, the attraction houses an array of colourful fish, mammals, and a variety of other aquatic life - from sea lions, jellyfish and rays to whale sharks - in over 15 enormous tanks. You will not only get to experience training, and feeding sessions, as well as numerous interactive exhibits, but also get the chance to touch a shark, while here!   Universal Studios Japan Picture Credit - One of Osaka’s busiest attractions, and one of the four Universal theme parks found around the world, Universal Studios Japan is our top pick for families, even though solo travelers are sure to enjoy it just as much. Visiting Osaka and not spending a couple of hours at Universal Studios Japan is absolutely unheard of; in our books at least! Packed with movie-themed rides - the likes of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Despicable Me and Jaws - and Japanese entertainment characters, areas for live entertainment, and even a few shops and restaurants, Universal Studios Japan ensures a fun-filled day out, no matter how old you are. Remember to head there early and to wear comfy shoes!   Dotonbori Found along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal, Dotonbori is a lively area popular amongst locals and tourists alike. It is one of Osaka’s most colourful areas brimming with fabulous restaurants, shops, street entertainers, and movie theatres. It is, however, renowned for the buildings found there that are covered in illuminated advertisements and gaudy neon signs, giving the area its much-loved atmosphere. A bit of a heads-up for Muslim tourists though, the area is also home to numerous bars, so stay clear of them!   Umeda Sky Building   Another must-see attraction in Osaka is the spectacular Umeda Sky Building. Known for its stunning modern architecture, the high rise structure offers visitors the chance to enjoy 360-degree views of the city of Osaka and even a glimpse of Awaji Island! Hop on an elevator and head to the 39th floor; to the Floating Garden Observatory, for an open-air deck experience unlike any other.   Shinsaibashi   Shopaholics, this one's for you! Osaka’s largest shopping area, about 600 meters long, Shinsaibashi is home to countless stores ranging from chain retail stores and speciality shops to department stores, high-end designer labels and luxury stores. The arcade is the place to shop in Osaka, no matter how old you are or where you’re from. A symbol of the city, Shinsaibashi also boasts a variety of other attraction and numerous great restaurants. As with Dotonbori, Muslims visiting Shinsaibashi should be aware that the thriving neighbourhood is also known for its nightclubs and bars, so best steer clear of those!   Osaka Museum of History Located just outside of the grounds of the Osaka Castle, is the Osaka Museum of History. Visiting this museum is a great way for tourists to learn about the 1,400-year history of Osaka. It features captivating life-size reconstructions, scale exhibits, captivating photographs and movies, all bringing to life Osaka’s fascinating past.   Tennōji Zoo Picture Credit - Attracting millions of tourists each year, the Tennōji Zoo, located in the green oasis of Tennōji Park, makes its way onto this list because of how appealing it is to adults and kids alike. Housing about 1,000 animals of 230 different species, from koalas to hippos and reptiles, in what could be as close to their natural habitats and environments as possible, the zoo aims to offer visitors a better understanding of awareness through observation. Head there early so you can explore the beautiful Tennōji Park too!   Osaka Science Museum   The Osaka Science Museum on Nakanoshima is a fantastic place to visit when in Osaka. With four floors of interactive exhibits and themed displays, the museum guarantees that the entire family is occupied for hours on end. Starting from the Universe & Discovery, then on to Familiar Chemistry, Enjoy Science and Electricity & Energy exhibits, visitors get to be hands-on with the displays which certainly makes up for the fact that the information available for a lot of the exhibits are only in Japanese. Don’t forget to check out the Planetarium while here! Found in the basement of the museum, this facility houses a modern digital system along with a high-performance projector that projects 28,000 stars on a dome screen known to be one of the largest in the world. Prepare yourself for some exquisite, unforgettable star gazing!   National Bunraku Theatre   Last but certainly not the least on our Osaka travel blog, is the National Bunraku Theatre. Bunraku, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre was created in Osaka. Today, the National Bunraku Theatre offers visitors the chance to experience this fascinating art form. These shows are however only held during a few months a year, so if you’re visiting during the months of January, April, June, July, August and November, try and get hold of a few tickets. You will be able to follow the show in English on earphones if you’re concerned about it being entirely in Japanese. ...

  • Where To Shop In Osaka, Japan - Osaka Shopping Guide

    Hoping to find some great bargains while shopping in Japan? This Osaka shopping guide will help you narrow down the best Osaka shopping outlets. When you travel to Japan, you will want to spend hours visiting some of the most popular shopping districts. There is something for everyone when it comes to clothes, accessories, makeup and some unique souvenirs or handicrafts to take back home.Check out Muslim-friendly holiday packages to Osaka.     Credits -   1. Shinsaibashisuji Street Picture Credit -   Shinsaibashisuji Street is one of the most amazing places to shop in Osaka. This 580-metre street is lined with 180 interesting shops with varieties of clothes, accessories, shoes or handicrafts and so much more. Shinsaibashisuji is one of the most recommended shopping spots in Osaka that has some historical significance as well. Its origins can be traced back to the Edo-period – some shops are over 100 years old! You can walk for hours, go through the various interesting shops in Shinsaibashisuji where you will find the trendiest clothes or even handmade kimonos – and get some awesome bargains since this area is tax-free too. The Osaka shopping outlets that you should check out include H&M and Uniqlo - and the largest Sanrio Gallery in Japan to get some unique souvenirs to remember your trip.     2. Umeda Picture Credit -   Make Umeda your next stop while on holiday in Japan. Spend your day in the Umeda district among tall skyscrapers and drop by the huge shopping malls - if you are wondering where to buy clothes in Osaka, you can find an amazing range of shops to suit your fashion needs. The Grand Front Osaka mall has been a steady favourite for shopping where you will find anything - from jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and sportswear too. The Hankyu Umeda mall is the best place to go if you are ready to splurge on luxury or designer items, here you will the find the best of local and international brands too.   3. Namba Picture Credit - This district is another top spot when it comes to Osaka shopping outlets in Japan – a choice of enthralling stores for fashionable clothing and beauty products is ideal for the shopaholic in you. One of the most popular malls, Namba Parks is the place to find some excellent international and local brands – and where you can satisfy your makeup and beauty needs too. Finally, when you step down from Nankai Namba Station do walk over to The Namba City shopping zone – there are 300 shops and you can have the entire day exploring the area. On the other hand, if you enjoy cooking or baking stop by Sennichimae Doguyasuji in the Ura-Namba district to find cooking utensils and equipment at great affordable prices.   4. Amerikamura Picture Credit -   Also known as Amemura or the ‘American Village’, this is one of the most interesting areas to visit in Osaka for shopping and sightseeing. As one of the recommended shopping spots in Osaka for fashionable and more unique styles, you can get some great deals too. This is the ultimate spot to get quality secondhand clothing and where you will find some excellent thrift stores too. If interesting, quirky clothing or accessories is part of your style – Amerikamura is the ideal spot in Osaka for you. With at least 2,500 shops in Amerikamura – you can spend a good portion of your time exploring shops or even watching street performers at Triangle Park. Muslim-friendly holiday in Japan   5. Tennoji Picture Credit -   Your holiday in Japan should include a visit to the Tennoji area in Osaka for an awesome shopping experience. Tennoji itself is an interesting mix of modern Japan while preserving some cultural aspects too. The best Osaka shopping outlets in Tennoji include Abeno Q’s which is an excellent place to explore with 320 stores to suit all your fashion and beauty needs. Drop by the Mio Department Store as well, which has 380 stores and amazing varieties of fashion to choose from. For souvenirs and interesting items for affordable prices, do visit the Shi-tennoji flea market that is held at the Shi-tennoji temple.   Osaka is an awesome district for shopping with so much to offer shopaholics. So if you have travel plans for a Muslim-friendly vacation in Japan, make sure you visit Osaka for an awesome shopping trip.   Book Muslim-Friendly Tours Online Now! ...