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  • Muslim-Friendly Ryokans You Have to Visit For The Authentic Japanese Experience

    Ryokans and Onsens are a vital part of Japanese culture. It is a tradition of communal bathing that dates back to many years. In the Japanese culture, this is a very rejuvenating experience, and you can find many ryokans around Japan which offer a private experience – and is Muslim friendly! via GIPHY Ryokans are Japanese inns which provides more than just a place to sleep in. It offers the full traditional Japanese experience of relaxation. You will find rooms with tatami floors, futon beds and hot spring baths. Hot springs have a lot of health benefits – from healing skin problems, boosting blood circulation, to relieving pain – there are many! Guests are also required to change into the traditional yukata and enjoy Japanese cuisine. With much of Japan tourism taking an initiative to be more Muslim friendly, you will find that there are some ryokans which offer Halal services. Keep reading to find out which Muslim-friendly ryokan you will want to book a stay in.Also Read: Japan's Most Aesthetic Hostels You Need To Check Out 1. Risshisha Machiya Hotels Image Credit: 立志社 Risshisa Ryokan on Facebook Easily one of the best ryokan chains in Kyoto, the Risshisha Machiya emphasizes on traditional comfort and innovation. The best part is that it has been Crescent rated! Image Credit: 立志社 Risshisa Ryokan on Facebook Their ryokans have elegant wooden furnishings and are designed in the traditional minimalistic Japanese way but with modern sensitivities, which makes these ryokans stand out from the rest. All you have to do is sit back and relax in your yukata, while enjoying some much needed “me time”. Image Credit: 立志社 Risshisa Ryokan on Facebook The hotel chain has introduced Halal friendly services into their list of facilities; every room in the ryokans are equipped with prayer mats, the Qibla mark, Qibla compass, prayer clothes, as well as a special tableware for Muslim guests. They have also introduced a Halal menu that has been approved by the Japan Islamic Trust. They offer Gyudon Rice – which is a rice bowl with seasoned beef. Also up on their menu is the Butter Chicken Curry with Rice, Vegetable Penne, as well as Japanese Mochi stuffed with assorted flavours like matcha, mango and brown sugar. You will find that Risshisha ryokans are situated conveniently close to Kyoto attractions, so that you can easily access the hotel after a day of exploring. The ryokans are also close to the Kyoto train station; if you are travelling by train you will be able to reach the hotel within 5 – 10 minutes. Address: Kyoto Headquarters, 279, Shimochofukuji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8375, Japan Website | Facebook  | Instagram 2. Sato-Yu Mukashibanashi Yuzanso Image Credit: Yuzanso Yuzanso offers a more traditional ryokan experience. Located near Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa, surrounded by nature all around; you will be able to witness stunning vistas. The Shiga prefecture hot spring has a history dating back 1200 years! It doesn’t get more authentic than this. Image Credit: Yuzanso The hotel has 109 rooms with 53 rooms coming with your very own private open-air hot spring bath – privacy and luxury! Yuzanso has an indoor public hot spring bath as well as an open-air public hot spring bath for all guests, with separate bath areas for men and women. The open-air baths are made with Cedarwood and both the men and women’s bath areas are equipped with a jet bath and sauna. Image Credit: Yuzanso Yuzanso is part of the Muslim-friendly travel movement happening in Japan and they have added Halal services to their facilities to accommodate Muslim guests. They have included a Halal menu, and ensured that their food has been prepared without any non-Halal ingredients. They have a big breakfast spread with a wide variety of food, as well as a Japanese style crab cuisine during winter. The hotel is located in the Shiga Prefecture which is 20 minutes away from the Kyoto Prefecture; you can get to the hotel by taking a train to Ogoto-Onsen station. The hotel offers free transport from the Ogoto-Onsen station; you can inform them first before reaching the station, and they will send a shuttle bus to pick you up. There are quite a few sights to see in Shiga – you can head to the Biwako Terrace a resort which offers stunning views of Lake Biwa and its surrounding areas, a great place for a photo op. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Mangetsuji Temple which is home to the Ukimido or “Floating Temple” on Lake Biwa. Once you are done at Shiga head over to Kyoto for more sightseeing as that is where most of the attractions are. Address: Ogoto 1-9-28, Otsu-shi, Shiga 520-0101, Japan Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo Image Credit: Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo on Facebook Image Credit: Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo on FacebookSituated in Nanzen-ji area of Kyoto, home to stately villas from the Meiji period of Japan, the Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo will not disappoint. Image Credit: Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo on FacebookThey have a total of 18 rooms, with 6 of them being private suites equipped with their own hot spring water bath. The rooms located at their main building, Honkan, overlook the beautiful garden with its intricate landscaping in the traditional Japanese way. This hotel does not offer any Halal facilities; however, you can opt for their Washouku Vegetarian course. Just because it's a vegetarian course doesn't mean you can't enjoy the taste of Japanese cuisine as it is delicately prepared in the traditional Japanese style of cooking by balancing both the Ying and Yang, so that guests can enjoy the authentic Japanese taste. Other than chilling in your suite all day, you can pay a visit to some of the attractions in the area which is just a 5-minute walk to Nanzenji Temple, Eikando Temple and, the Heian Jingu Shrine. Address: Kyoto Garden ryokan Yachiyo, 34, Nanzenji Fukuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435, Japan Website | Facebook | InstagramAlso Read: Forest Bathing: Relax, Rejuvenate & Recharge With Nature When You're In Japan 4. Sumiya Kiho-an Image Credit: Sumiya Kiho-an on FacebookThis ryokan emphasizes stylish and elegant luxury. Nestled within the suburbs of Kyoto away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sumiya Kiho-an is the perfect place to relax and release all of that stress.Image Credit: Sumiya Kiho-an on FacebookMuch like other ryokans, they are equipped with tatami mats and futons. However, they have included the added luxury of kotatsu – tables with heaters. Their suites come with private onsens, directly sourced from the Yunohana Hot Springs. Image Credit: Sumiya Kiho-anThey also offer a half-day or one-day onsen experience, so if you just want to get a brief glimpse into relaxing the Japanese way, you can go for these packages especially if you aren’t staying in Kyoto for long. You can even opt for a spa day to get rid of weariness from travelling as this Sumiya Kiho-an offers 30-minute packages. Since the ryokan is located in the suburbs of Kyoto, you will not be too far from the main attractions in Kyoto. Address: 25 Miyanooku Hiedanocho Kakihana, Kameoka 621-0036, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Otaru-Kourakuen Image Credit: Otaru-KourakuenOtaru-Kourakuen is surrounded by a beautiful garden boasting of 100-year-old trees and 200 cherry blossom trees! Definitely a sight not to be missed. Image Credit: Otaru-KourakuenThe hotel consists of 35 rooms, of which only 28 have a private open-air hot-spring bath. However, if you have booked a room without one, you can always opt for the private onsen on the second floor via a reservation from the front desk. Image Credit: Otaru-KourakuenOtaru-Kourakuen offers Muslim-Friendy service – they offer a prayer rug, Kiblah direction, as well as a map of all prayer spaces and Halal shops within Otaru for the ease of their Muslim guests. They also offer Halal breakfast and dinner! You can choose between a Halal Shabu Shabu Hot Pot and 2 Halal course meals of varying prices. Otaru is full of things to see and do – activities vary from season to season. There is a happening arts and crafts scene – especially glassware – as well as activities like skiing, for all the adrenaline junkies. Note that they need at least 3 days advanced booking for Muslim guests to ensure they are provided with the best Halal-friendly service. Address: 18-2, Shinko 5, Otaru, 047-0152, Hokkaido, Japan Website | Facebook | Instagram 6. Kansuiro Ryokan and Onsen Image Credit: Selected Onsen RyokanLocated in the famed resort town of Hakone, Kansuiro Ryokan is only 2 hours away from the bustling city of Tokyo and is a safe haven for those wanting to escape the city.Image Credit: Selected Onsen RyokanThe hotel is a beautiful Taisho era architectural masterpiece – step into the charming resort and get transported back in time! Their baths are in the Kakenagashi style – which means that the water is not recycled, but is fresh and comes straight from the source. They have also taken extra care in giving you an exclusive experience by regulating the quality and temperature of the water. The hotel provides a wide variety of rooms to choose from; each designed to make you feel at home and as relaxed as possible in the traditional Japanese way. They do not offer any specific Muslim friendly services, but you can always opt for their vegetarian meal course. Be sure to inform them when making your reservation. While there you can check out the Hakone Open-air Museum, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and Owakudani Geothermal Valley. Address: 88, Tonosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa, 250-0315, Japan Website 7. Kashiwaya Ryokan Image Credit: Kashiwaya RyokanYou will find this ryokan nestled in the mountain valley of Shima – a picturesque hot spring town just 3 hours outside of Tokyo. A Hot Spring hotspot amongst the locals, but not so much with the tourists – it will offer you the authentic countryside onsen experience you have been looking for. Image Credit: Kashiwaya RyokanThis ryokan has a more casual setting but has all the authentic ryokan elements such as tatami floors and paper screens. They have 15 guestrooms, and you can opt to have a dip in either your own hot spring bath or go for any of their 3 private outdoor onsens. They do not offer any Halal facilities however, but you can choose their vegetarian menu when ordering food. Address: Kashiwaya ryokan, 3829 Shima, Nakanojo Agatuma-gun Gunma 377-0601, Japan Website | Facebook | InstagramAlso Read: Tokyo Olympics 2020 | 9 Out-Of-This-World Things You Need To Know If you are looking for an authentic Japanese experience – then booking a stay at any of the above ryokans will fulfil that for you. So start planning your Japanese ryokan vacation now! ...

  • Looking For Accommodation? Bunk in These 7 Muslim-Friendly Ryokans in Japan!

    Ryokans and Onsens are a vital part of Japanese culture. It is a tradition of communal bathing that dates back many years. As weird as that is, it is still a very rejuvenating experience, and you can find many ryokans around Japan which offer a private experience – and are Muslim-friendly! Ryokans are Japanese inns which are more than just a place to sleep in. It offers the full traditional Japanese experience of relaxation. You will find rooms with tatami floors, futon beds and hot spring baths. Hot springs have a lot of health benefits – from healing skin problems, boosting blood circulation, to relieving pain – the list is endless! Guests are also required to change into the traditional yukata and enjoy Japanese cuisine. With much of Japan tourism taking an initiative to become more Muslim-friendly, you will find that there are some ryokans which offer Halal services. Keep reading to find out which Muslim-friendly ryokan you will want to book a stay at.   1) Risshisha Machiya Hotels Credit: Risshisha Easily one of the best ryokan chains in Kyoto the Risshisha Machiya highlights traditional comfort and innovation. The best part is that it has been Crescent rated! Their ryokans have elegant wooden furnishings and are designed in the traditional minimalistic Japanese way but with modern sensitivities, which makes these ryokans stand out from the rest. All you have to do is kick back and relax in your yukata while enjoying some much needed “me time”. The hotel chain has introduced Muslim-friendly services into their list of facilities, every room in the ryokans are equipped with prayer mats, the Qibla mark, Qibla compass, prayer clothes, as well as special tableware for Muslim guests. They have also introduced a Halal menu that has been approved by the Japan Islamic Trust. They offer Gyudon Rice – which is a rice bowl with seasoned beef, Butter chicken curry with rice, Vegetable Penne, as well as Japanese Mochi stuffed with assorted flavours like matcha, mango and brown sugar. Credit: Risshisha You will find that Risshisha ryokans are situated close to Kyoto attractions, so that you can easily access the hotel after a day of exploring. The ryokans are also close to the Kyoto train station; if you are travelling by train you will be able to reach the hotel within 5 to 10 minutes. Address: Kyoto Headquarters, 279, Shimochofukuji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8375, Japan Website Facebook   2) Sato-Yu MukashibanashiYuzanso Credit: Sato-Yu MukashibanashiYuzanso Yuzanso offers a more traditional ryokan experience, located near Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa, surrounded by nature all around; you will be able to witness stunning vistas. The Shiga prefecture hot spring has a history dating back a 1200 years! It doesn’t get more authentic than this. The hotel has 109 rooms with 53 rooms coming with your very own private open air hot spring bath – privacy and luxury! Yuzanso also has an indoor public hot spring bath as well as an open air public hot spring bath for all guests, with separate bath areas for men and women. The open air baths are made with Cedar wood and both the men’s and women’s bath areas are equipped with a jet bath and sauna. Yuzanso is part of the Muslim-friendly travel movement happening in Japan and have added Halal services to their facilities to accommodate Muslim guests. They have included a Halal menu, and ensure that their food has been prepared without any Non-Halal ingredients. They have a big breakfast spread with many varieties of food, as well as a Japanese style crab cuisine during winter. The hotel is located in the Shiga Prefecture which is 20-minutes away from the Kyoto Prefecture; you can get to the hotel by taking a train to Ogoto-Onsen station. The hotel offers free transport from the Ogoto-Onsen station, you can inform them before reaching the station and they will send a shuttle bus to pick you up. There are quite a few sights to see in Shiga – you can head to the Biwako Terrace a resort which offers stunning views of Lake Biwa and its surrounding areas, a great place for a photo op. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Mangetsuji Temple which is home to the Ukimido or “Floating Temple” on Lake Biwa. Once you are done at Shiga headover to Kyoto for more sightseeing as that is where most of the attractions are. Address: Ogoto 1-9-28, Otsu-shi, Shiga 520-0101, Japan Website Facebook Instagram   3) Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo Credit: Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo Situated in Nanzen-ji area of Kyoto, home to stately villas from the Meiji period of Japan, the Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo will not disappoint. They have a total of 18 rooms, with 6 of them being private suites equipped with their own hot spring water bath. The rooms located at their main building, Honkan, overlook the beautiful garden with its intricate landscaping in the traditional Japanese way. The hotel does not offer any Halal facilities; however, you can opt for their Washouku Vegetarian course. Just because it is vegetarian does not mean you will not be able to enjoy the taste of Japanese cuisine it is prepared in the traditional Japanese style of cooking by balancing both Ying and Yang, so that guests can enjoy the authentic Japanese taste. Other than chilling in your suite all day you can pay a visit to some of the attractions in the area, it’s just a 5-minute walk to Nanzenji Temple, Eikando Temple and, the Heian Jingu Shrine. Address: Kyoto Garden ryokan Yachiyo, 34, Nanzenji Fukuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435, Japan Website Facebook Instagram   4) Sumiya Kiho-an Credit: Sumiya Kiho-an This ryokan emphasizes on stylish and elegant luxury, nestled within the suburbs of Kyoto away from the hustle and bustle of the city this is the perfect place to relax and let go of all that stress. Much like other ryokans, they are equipped with tatami mats and futons, however they have included the added luxury of kotatsu – tables with heaters. Their suites come with private onsens, directly sourced from the Yunohana Hot Springs. They also offer a half-day or one-day onsen experience, so if you just want to get a brief glimpse into relaxing the Japanese way you can go for these packages especially if you aren’t staying in Kyoto for long. You can even opt for a spa day to get rid of weariness from travelling, as this Sumiya Kiho-an offers 30 minute packages. Since the ryokan is in the suburbs of Kyoto, you will not be too far from the main attractions in Kyoto. Address: 25 Miyanooku Hiedanocho Kakihana, Kameoka 621-0036, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan Website Facebook   5. Otaru-Kourakuen Credit: Otaru-Kourakuen Otaru-Kourakuen is surrounded by beautiful a garden boasting of 100 year old trees and 200 cherry blossom trees! Definitely a sight not to be missed and deserves a stay at. The hotel consists of 35 rooms of which only 28 have private open-air hot-spring bath, however, if you have booked a room without one, you can always opt for the private onsen on the second floor via a reservation from the front desk. Otaru-Kourakuen offers Muslim Friendy service – they offer a prayer rug, Kiblah direction, as well as a map of all prayer spaces and Halal shops within Otaru for the ease of their Muslim guests. They also offer Halal breakfast and dinner! You can choose between a Halal Shabu Shabu Hot pot, and 2 Halal course meals of varying prices. Otaru is full of things to see and do – activities vary from season to season. There is a happening arts and crafts scene – especially glassware – as well as activities like skiing for the adrenaline junkies. Note that they need at least 3 days advanced booking for Muslim guests to ensure they are provided with the best Halal friendly service. Address: 18-2, Shinko 5, Otaru, 047-0152, Hokkaido, Japan Website Facebook Instagram   6. Kansuiro Ryokan and Onsen Credit: Kansuiro Ryokan and Onsen Located in the famed resort town of Hakone, Kansuiro Ryokan is only 2 hours away from the bustling city of Tokyo, and is a safe haven for those wanting to escape the city. The hotel is a beautiful Taisho era architectural masterpiece – step into the charming resort and get transported back in time! Their baths are in the Kakenagashi style – which means that the water is not recycled, but is fresh and comes straight from the source. They have taken extra care in giving you an exclusive experience by regulating the quality and temperature of the water. They have a wide variety of rooms to choose from; each designed to make you feel at home and as relaxed as possible in the traditional Japanese way. They do not offer any specific Muslim-friendly services, however, you can always opt for their vegetarian meal course. Be sure to inform them when making your reservation. While there you can check out the Hakone Open-air Musuem, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and, Owakudani geothermal valley. Address: 88, Tonosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa, 250-0315, Japan Website   7. Kashiwaya Ryokan Credit: Kashiwaya Ryokan You will find this ryokan nestled in the mountain valley of Shima – a picturesque hot spring town just 3 hours outside of Tokyo. A Hot spring hotspot for amongst the locals, but not so much with the tourists – it will offer you the authentic countryside onsen experience you have been looking for. This ryokan has a more casual setting but has all the authentic ryokan elements such as tatami floors and paper screens. They have 15 guestrooms, and you can opt to have a dip in your own hot spring bath or go for any of their 3 private outdoor onsens. They do not offer any Halal facilities, however you can choose their vegetarian menu when ordering food. Address: Kashiwaya ryokan, 3829 Shima, Nakanojo Agatuma-gun Gunma 377-0601, Japan Website  Facebook Instagram If you are looking for an authentic Japanese experience – then booking a stay at any of the above ryokans will fullfil that for you. So start planning your Japanese ryokan vacation now!...

  • City-Hopping In Japan Real Soon? You Don't Want To Miss These Top-Rated Muslim-Friendly Restaurants!

    No matter where you travel to, as a Muslim traveller, you will always need to find Halal restaurants near you. With this in mind, HalalTrip has created a unique Halal food finder that will guide you to the best Muslim-friendly restaurants around the world. It includes a Crescent Rating for restaurants as an indication of the level of Muslim-friendliness to let you conveniently find out all you need to know about organizing a Muslim-friendly visit abroad.   Find Nearby Halal Food and Restaurants in Japan   Tokyo As the capital and largest city of Japan, Tokyo has plenty of holiday activities to keep you captivated. As you explore Tokyo's historic sites, wander through large parks, lush gardens and enjoy the ultra-modern luxuries of the city, you might want to make a note of these popular Tokyo Muslim-friendly restaurants to enjoy some of the best Halal food in Japan. Find Nearby Halal Restaurants in Japan   Sushiken Asakusa Picture Credit: Gnavi Closely intertwined with Japanese culture and customs is Japan's best known traditional dish - sushi. To enjoy the true taste of Japanese cuisine, you should drop by the famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo - Sushiken Asakusa. Not only does this restaurant take pride in offering the finest quality sushi, it also encourages patrons to enjoy this delicious meal with traditional eating customs. As this is one of the best known Muslim-friendly sushi places, you can freely enjoy all the delicious items they have on their menu including rice dishes and Japanese Gari - “Sweet Pickled Ginger”. Address: 2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032 Opening Hours: 11:30AM to 11:30PMContact: +81 3-5246-6547Website: asakusa-sushiken.com Click here for more information about Sushiken Asakusa Edo-men Kumahachi Halal ramen in Tokyo is another traditional dish every visitor to Japan should try. Edo-men Kumahachi is one of the most recommended Muslim-friendly ramen shops in Tokyo and is located at the Morishita Station. All ingredients used are Halal and the restaurant maintains an alcohol-free environment so you can dine without a worry. Address: 2-14- 5 Morishita, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0004 Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 2PM (Lunch)                           7PM to 11PM (Dinner)                            (Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays) Click here for more information about Edo-men Kumahachi   Curry House CoCo Ichibanya Halal Akihabara Akihabara is the city in Japan famous for its pop culture. Staying true to this vibrant culture, you will find the top curry chain store CoCoICHIBANYA. You may have even come across this restaurant chain in other parts of the world as it has branches in top tourist destinations such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States and Singapore. In the traditional sense, curry in Japanese cuisine is a serving of rice and curry so you can look forward to enjoy a full meal of spiciness ranked from 1 to 10 in this authentic Halal-certified restaurant in Tokyo.   Address: Uchio Matsunaga Bldg. 1F, Kanda matsunagacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0023Opening Hours: 11AM to 10.30PMContact: +81 3-6260-8667Website: tenpo.ichibanya.co.jp   Click here for more information about CURRY HOUSE CoCo Ichibanya Halal Akihabara Yakiniku Panga Okachimachi Yakiniku Panga offers a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisines and is known as one of the top BBQ places in town. Their menu is packed with a wide range of meat options which are of course Halal and also several egg and veggie servings - offering a very nutritious and filling meal that you can enjoy during any time of the day. Besides the perfectly-grilled meat, you can also enjoy dishes such as Yukaejang (Beef Soup), Sundubu Jigae (Tofu and Seafood) and the Suntory All-Free Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage which perfectly complements the food served.   Address: 3 Chome-27-9 Taito, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0016, JapanOpening Hours: 11.30AM to 2PM, 5PM to 10.30PMContact:+81 3-3839-8929 Click here for more information about Yakiniku Panga Okachimachi   Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu is a family-owned establishment committed to offer the finest quality Muslim-friendly dishes that allow Muslims to enjoy a great Japanese style meal. If you are in a mood for a great BBQ while you are around Tokyo, this is a perfect stop for you.   Address: 3 Chome-20-16 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo 106-0031, JapanOpening Hours: 5PM to 10.30PM (Closed on Sundays)Contact:+81 3-3403-5397Website: www.sumiyakiya.comClick here for more information about Sumiyakiya Nishiazabu Kusumoto Picture Credit: www.os-miki.jp/kusumoto/ Kusumoto is one of best Muslim-friendly restaurants you should definitely try during your travels. Apart from serving great food, you will also be provided a mat for salat as well as a Qibla locator, offering the perfect setting to observe religious customs. The restaurant is just 10 minutes away from the Roppongi or Hiroo Station and it is recommended to call in advance to make a reservation prior to your visit.  Address: 3-23-5, Nishi-Azabu, Minatoku, TokyoOpening Hours: 6PM to 11PMContact: +81 3-6447-2427   Click here for more information about KUSUMOTO   Tendon Itsuki A delicious Halal tempura bowl awaits you as you visit the famous Tendon Itsuki restaurant. The restaurant has built up its own fan base just for this amazing traditional Japanese dish. The tempura is made to set with chawanmushi, miso soup and Japanese pickles, making it one of the amazing dishes that you can enjoy in town. They also have some of their own unique varieties of tempura including shrimp, kidney beans, eggplant, mushroom and even a half-cooked egg.   Address: Ginza-INZ 2F, 3-1, Ginza-nishi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061Opening Hours: 11AM to 3PM, 5PM to 11.15PM (Mon-Fri)                          11AM to 11.15PM (Sat-Sun, Holiday)Contact: 03-6263-2988 Click here for more information about Tendon Itsuki Mazulu Halal Beef Noodle Want to enjoy the best ramen dishes made from handmade noodles? Head on down to Mazulu. These quality noodle dishes are flavoured with Halal beef and several types of medicinal spices that not only enhance the nutritional value of the dish but also bring out the amazing flavour. Here you can explore the many varieties of noodles and even choose according to the thickness of the noodles.     Address: 1-3-18, Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051Contact: 03-6811-7992   Click here for more information about Mazulu Halal Beef Noodle Gyumon Gyumon (Muslim-friendly Japanese BBQ restaurant) Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional Japanese together with friends and family. The restaurant setting is very family-friendly and also offers private rooms on request. A highlight of their menu is the Yakiniku - or grilled meat - prepared on a classic shichirin (charcoal stove). Address:3-14-5 Shibuya, Shibuya 150-0002, Tokyo PrefectureOpening Hours: 12PM to 4AM (Mon-Sat)                          12PM to 12AM (Sun)Contact: +81 3-5469-2911   Click here for more information about Gyumon  Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu Just a 5 minute walk from the Shibuya station, you will find the famous lamb shabu shop named Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat course for just 4800 yen where you can enjoy their signature Halal dishes such as lamb shabu shabu and lamb meat-balls.   Address: Adachi Bldg. 2F, 3-14-4, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002Opening Hours: 5PM to 12AM Contact: 03-6427-9197   Click here for more information about Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu Adachi Bldg   Ayam-YA Okachimachi While you are in Japan, you will be simply unable to resist the urge to enjoy numerous mouth-watering varieties of ramen. For yet another great tasting meal, you can visit Ayam-YA for some of the best Halal ramen in Tokyo. Located in a rather quiet part of the neighbourhood, the Masjid Assalaam is also found nearby, making it a great place to include as part of your stay. Ramen is of course the highlight of their menu and you will be able to enjoy delicious varieties such as Tori Ramen and Noko Ramen dishes - all made to Halal standards.   Address: Yamada Bldg. 1F, 4-10-1 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 3PM, 5PM to 10PMContact: 03-3834-6656   Click here for more information about Ayam-YA Okachimachi Naritaya Asakusa It comes as no surprise that we feature another popular ramen shop in Tokyo and this time it’s the famous Naritaya in Asakusa. Starting off as a noodle factory, Naritaya has right along provided some of the best quality fresh noodles - made of domestic wheat - which are essential to create the finest of ramen dishes. Their menu is free from pork and alcohol and Halal aromatic broiled chicken is used to add flavour to most dishes.     Address: 2-7- 13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri)                         11AM to 11PM (Sat-Sun, Holiday)Contact: 03-4285-9806   Click here for more information about Naritaya Asakusa Halal Ramen & Dining Honolu Ebisu Picture Credit -halalramen-honolu.net Honolu Ebisu has a number of Muslim-friendly establishments in Japan. Their Tokyo outlet is a great place to enjoy all sorts of Halal Japanese dishes - including Sukiyaki, Takoyaki and the best spicy ramen. The restaurant is also designed in traditional Japanese style that sets the perfect mood to enjoy a lovely meal.   Address: 1F, 1-23- 1 Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒105-0022Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 2.30PM, 5PM to 10PMContact: 03-5734-1667 Click here for more information about Halal Ramen & Dining Honolu Ebisu    Osaka The famous port city and commercial hub of Japan is also no short of attractions and things to do during your trip to Japan. So here are a few Muslim-friendly restaurants that you can visit during your visit. Find Nearby Halal Food and Restaurants in Osaka   Matsuri Whether it is sushi, ramen, okonomiyaki, yaki soba or any other popular Japanese dish that you want to try, this is the perfect stop to enjoy all these dishes. Providing complete guarantee of Muslim-friendly meals, this is one of the best options you should keep in mind as a Muslim traveler for all your food requirements during your stay in Osaka.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  3-27-17 Yoshino, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 553-0006 Click here for more information about Matsuri     Ayam-YA Namba While in Japan, why not enjoy its most famous Japanese dish as much as you can? Serving up some of the most delicious ramen in the city, Ayam-Ya Namba is a popular pick among locals and foreigners alike. Do try out the chicken UMAMI soup with noodles, which is a best seller on their menu. Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  1-10-7, Nippombashihigashi, Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 556-0006 Click here for more information about Ayam-YA Namba   Halal Ramen Honolu (Osaka)   This is yet another branch of the popular ramen shops in Japan. Like its other establishments, this restaurant also provides the highest quality ramen dishes in adherence to Halal standards.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  1F, 2-5-27 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 556-0016  Click here for more information about Halal Ramen Honolu (Osaka)   Naritaya Osakaminami (Osaka) Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/naritayaramenosaka Based on a popular request by most of their Muslim patrons, the Naritaya chain opened up their latest branch in Osaka. They too offer the finest quality ramen dishes made with all natural ingredients and also offers designated prayer spaces.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  1-7-23, Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0083Click here for more information about Naritaya Osakaminami (Osaka)     Hokkaido   Donburichaya Otaru Sakaimachidori Picure Credit - www.donburi.jp Thinking of visiting Asahiyama Zoo, the beautiful lake, hot springs and the volcano at Lake Toya and have some fun at Shiroi Koibito Park? Then you sure will be spending some time in the famous city Hokkaido. During this time you should make a note of the Donburichaya Otaru Sakaimachidori which is the perfect stop for all your Halal meals. Some of the best traditional dishes you could look out for include the Lamb BBQ-Donburi, Seafood Mix Steak-Donburi, Grilled Salmon-Donburi and Tuna Teriyaki-Donburi.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  3-24, Sakaimachi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido 047-0027     Hyogo   The Originator of Teppanyaki Steak Misono Kobe Main Store While you witness the wonders of the Himeji castle, Asrima Onsen hot springs and Kobe port tower, you will find this lovely restaurant serving Halal meals in Hyogo. The Teppanyaki Steak restaurant has a history which dates back over 70 years and has a host of delicious dishes like Kobe beef, lobster and abalone prepared fresh as you wait.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact: Misono Bld.7.8F, 1-1-2, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0011     KYOTO The central city and once the cultural centre of Japan, Kyoto is another important destination that will definitely be a part of your travel itinerary. So here are some of our top picks of Muslim-friendly restaurants that you can try out.   Ayam-YA Karasuma (KYOTO) Picture Credit- www.facebook.com/Ayamya.karasuma.kyoto Another addition to the famous Ayam-YA restaurant chain, you can find this outlet located in the Kyoto Prefecture, quite close to most of the major landmarks and attractions that you will visit.   Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  Kyoto 1F, Douka Bld., 470, Kannondocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8222C Click here for more information about Ayam-YA Karasuma (KYOTO)   Ayam-YA Kyoto (KYOTO) Their second outlet in Kyoto, the Shimogyo-ku is another great place to enjoy some of the finest traditional ramen dishes. You can even use a vending machine to order your food which is very helpful especially during rush hours. Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  2-1-11, Mikatakonyacho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8238Click here for more information about Ayam-YA Kyoto (KYOTO)   Halal Yakiniku Naritaya (Kyoto) Famed as one of the top places to enjoy Muslim-friendly BBQ in Japan, this is a great Muslim-friendly establishment. The juicy BBQ dishes prepared from Halal meat is perfectly complemented by the side dishes of fresh seasonal vegetables served at the eatery. Address: Opening Hours: Contact:  422-2 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0062Click here for more information about Halal Yakiniku Naritaya (Kyoto)     Find Halal food and restaurants near you in Japan Click here to download Japan Muslim Travel Index 2017 Get your restaurant CrescentRated now! Check out Halal Food Spotter  ...

  • Shop Till You Drop - 10 Best Shopping Malls in Hokkaido

    When in Hokkaido, Japan, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, and the country’s coldest region, shopping will surely drive away the cold and keep you warm and running! Hokkaido is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs and ski areas. However, a popular answer to ‘what to do in Hokkaido?’, is also ‘shopping’. With its variety and range of retail outlets and shopping malls designed for the shopaholic - from high-end designer wear to affordable shopping malls, Hokkaido offers shoppers of varying budgets a super choice to shop till you drop.   One of the most popular cities is Sapporo where one is spoilt for choice of shopping malls and department stores. However, for those Muslim tourists going to other cities such as Asahikawa and Hakodate, there are some good shopping places here too.     So, while on your Halal friendly travel to Hokkaido, try out these 10 most famous shopping malls and enjoy an experience like no other!   1. Parco Shopping Center | Odori Shopping District | Sapporo Picture Credit - www.matcha-jp.com   Parco has 19 shopping centres across Japan. The Parco Sapporo shopping centre has close to 140 shops and eateries across floors B2 to the 8th. The range of goods and services are wide and varied, from lifestyle, cosmetics, accessories to clothing for men; women and children, and restaurants and cafes. The shopping centre also features stores by fashion brands like COMME Des GARÇONS, CABANE De ZUCCA and BAO BAO by ISSEY MIYAKE.   Address: 3 Chome Minami 2 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0062, Japan   Hours of Operation:   Shops: Monday - Friday, Sunday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm | Saturday 10:00 am to 08:30 pm Restaurants: Monday – Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Starbucks Coffee Shop: Monday – Sunday 7:30 am to 11:00 pm   Public Transport Access: a 3-minute walk from Odori Station *Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line a 1-minute walk from Shiden Nishi-yonchome Station Directly connected to Pole Town Underground Shopping Mall a 10-minute walk from Subway Namboku Line Sapporo Station   2. Mitsukoshi Shopping Complex | Odori Shopping District | Sapporo Picture Credit - www.japanshopping.org   This is a long established Mitsukoti shopping complex in the famed Odori district of Sapporo. Offering a range of luxury goods from branded clothing to food, there is also a currency exchange available to Muslim travellers. The complete product range includes groceries, confectionary, cosmetics, Western and Japanese style clothing, jewellery, and home appliances. The Shopping Complex also offers a range of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets serving various cuisines.   Address: Sapporo Central District, Minami 1 Nishi 3-8, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Daily including Holidays: 10:00 am to 07:00 pm Closed: January 1st and 2nd   Public Transport Access:    Subway Odori Station Exit 12, 13     3. Mitsui Outlet Park | Sapporo Kita-Hiroshima Picture Credit - www.sapporo.travel The Mitsui Outlet Park is the largest outlet mall in the Hokkaido/Tohoku area which is famous for its global brands like Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, United Arrows, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many more. There is a range of shopping for clothes, bags & shoes, watches and accessories, sports and outdoor, fashion goods to gourmet foods. There are also many restaurants and cafes, where shoppers can take a break and rest between the shopping marathon.   Free luggage storage lockers available for shoppers as well. Address: 3-7-6 Omagari Saiwai-cho, Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Shops: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Restaurants: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 09:00 pm (Last order varies by shop) Food Court: Monday to Sunday 10:30 am to 09:00 pm (Last order 08:30 pm)   Public Transport Access:   Recommended Direct 50-minute bus from Sapporo Station Recommended Direct 30-minute bus from New Chitose Airport     4. Paseo Shopping Mall | JR Sapporo Train Station Picture Credit - www.sapporostation.com The Paseo Mall is located right outside the JR Sapporo Train Station. Considered one of the oldest shopping centres in Sapporo, it is divided into the East and West sides of the Station. The Eastern side is filled with several floors of boutiques and designer clothing, accessories and other products, while the Western side has drugstores, cheap restaurants, and even tourist information on the ground floor. This is a must-visit mall while on your Halal trip to Hokkaido. Address: Kita 6 Jo Nishi 2 Chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Shopping: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 09:00 pm Restaurants and Cafés: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)   Public Transport Access: Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station: 36 minutes from New Chitose Airport JR Rapid (Airport) 80 minutes from Asahikawa Station Super Express (L Tokkyu Kamui) 28 minutes from Otaru Station JR Rapid (Airport) Subway: Directly connected to the Sapporo Station through the Nanboku Line and the Toho Line Bus: Directly connected to Sapporo Station Bus Terminal Directly connected to JR Sapporo Station from the Sapporo Station North Exit Bus Terminal 1-minute walk to the Tokyu Department Store south side from the front of Sapporo Station Taxi: At both Sapporo Station South and North Exit Private Vehicles: Parking available for a fee       5. Sapporo Stellar Place | JR Sapporo Train Station   Picture Credit - www.uu-hokkaido.com   The Southern half of Sapporo Station has several floors of shops with balconies which overlook an enclosed open-air piazza, with a movie theatre on the seventh floor. There are close to 220 stores offering goods and services for the entire family. Shops include clothes, cosmetics, health and beauty care, book and music stores, and restaurants and cafés that serve a variety of cuisines. All the popular fashion brands are also available. Address: Kita 5 Jo Nishi 2 Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan   Hours of Operation:   Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 09:00 pm Dining: Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm   (Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)   Public Transport Access:   Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station: 36 minutes from New Chitose Airport JR Rapid (Airport) 80 minutes from Asahikawa Station Super Express (L Tokkyu Kamui) 28 minutes from Otaru Station JR Rapid (Airport)   Subway: Directly connected to the Sapporo Station through the Nanboku Line and the Toho Line   Bus: Directly connected to Sapporo Station Bus Terminal Directly connected to JR Sapporo Station from the Sapporo Station North Exit Bus Terminal 1-minute walk to the Tokyu Department Store south side from the front of Sapporo Station   Taxi: At both Sapporo Station South and North Exit   Private Vehicles: Parking available for a fee     6. Daimaru Department Store | | JR Sapporo Train Station Picture Credit - www.sapporostation.com   Located in the Southwest section of the Station, this is another building opposite to the ESTA, bordering the Sapporo Station’s outdoor plaza. The Daimaru is inundated with luxury brands such as Hermes, Bulgari, Tiffany’s, and Gucci to name a few together with gourmet sweet booths and food stands, fresh food stalls and a quality restaurant on the top-most floor. Special events are organized for seasonal celebrations and festivities that can be enjoyed by visitors.   The department store even has a prayer room for Muslim travellers, making it a must-visit mall during your Halal-friendly travel to Hokkaido. Address: 4-7 Kitagojyo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation: Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 09:00 pm Dining: Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Stores/Shops & Art Gallery: Daily 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Daimaru Restaurant Area: Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Temomin, UCC Café, Comfort Stationery, Office Supplies, Pokemon Center Sapporo: Daily 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Closed: January 1st   Public Transport Access: Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station     7. Sapporo Factory | Sapporo Picture Credit - www.japan-guide.com   The Sapporo factory located in the city, is a shopping mall separated into three main zones - Nijo and Sanjo areas in the mall sell clothes, footwear, home items, while the Renga area sells local handicrafts and souvenirs. Many consider the Sapporo Factory as one of the top Hokkaido shopping malls that is the ideal place to purchase uniquely Japanese goods. Address: 4 Chome Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Restaurant: Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)   Public Transport Access:   Subway: 3-minute walk from the Tozai Line "in front of bus centre" station from Exit 8   Bus: Hokkaido Chuo Bus factory line "Sapporo factory"   Private Vehicles: Parking available for a fee     8. Rera Chitose Outlet Mall | Chitose | Sapporo Picture Credit - www.map.uu-hokkaido.jp   Chitose, where you would land if visiting Sapporo, is around an hour’s drive from the city. The Rera Chitose Outlet Mall is an open-air outlet mall and the largest in Hokkaido with more than 400 brands under one roof. There are more than 140 shops that offer goods ranging from clothes, shoes, sports goods, homeware and accessories. Special events are also regularly held at the Mall. The mall offers some great discounts as well. This would be the ideal place to visit on your return journey to the airport… just don’t lose track of time and miss your flight!   Address: 1-2-1 Kashiwadai-Minami, Chitose City, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Daily 10:00 am to 07:00 pm   Public Transport Access:   From New Chitose Airport a free shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes and arrives in about 10 minutes 35 minutes from Sapporo Station by JR trains, Close to Chitose Junction on the highway and the Tomakomai ferry platforms     9. Marui Imai | Sapporo Main Store Picture Credit - www.japanshopping.org   One of Hokkaido's oldest department stores the Marui Imai has a variety of luxury brand of clothing and fashion accessories and also sells Hokkaido’s regional delicacies.   Address: Minami 1-jo, Nishi 2-Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido   Hours of Operation:   Daily 10:00 am to 07:00 pm Closed: January 1st   Public Transport Access:   Subway Odori Station Exit 20, 22 & 33     10. Aeon Stores and Malls | Asahikawa, Sapporo Hiraoka & Tomakomai Picture Credit - www.aeonmall.com   Considered a favourite shopping stop in Japan with stores, malls and supermarkets spread across the country, the Aeon brand stores and malls in the Hokkaido Prefecture offer a wide range of good from clothing, accessories, home appliances, groceries and so much more to shoppers from all walks of life. The main malls in Hokkaido are in Asahikawa near the station, Sapporo Hiraoka & Tomakomai. The Aeon Malls would be a good place to look for unique Japanese souvenirs and gift items to buy while on your Halal trip in Hokkaido.   Hours of Operation:   Most of the stores and malls are open daily from 09:00 am to 09:00 pm. Some have different opening hours.   Public Transport Access:   Most of the Stores and Malls are close to Train Stations   Halal Food and Restaurants: It is not clear if these restaurants and cafés in these malls offer Halal food. However, Japan is famous for its seafood and sushi. So, please check with the restaurants before placing an order on the Halal status of food items. However, Hokkaido does have a range of Halal restaurants situated in close proximity to their main attraction areas. Download the HalalTrip app to look for Halal food and restaurants. ...

  • 5 Must-Visit Mosques in Hokkaido, Japan

    Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and its northernmost prefecture. It is a beautiful place that is best known for its volcanic mountains, natural hot springs (onsen) and ski slopes. Winter brings snow and icy cold temperatures, attracting skiers and snowboarders; and the mild summer weather gathers adventure-seekers and nature-lovers. But for a Muslim traveler, the thought of whether they'll be able to find places to pray is always a concern. Even though Hokkaido doesn't have a very large Muslim community, it does not mean that you won't be able to find prayer places in Hokkaido. Contrary to what you may think, there are quite a few prayer rooms and mosques in Hokkaido.Find mosques (masjids), prayer rooms near you Here are 5 of them:   1. Sapporo Masjid Picture Credit - commons.wikimedia.org Sapporo Masjid is run by the Hokkaido Islamic Society, which was inaugurated in 1993, inspired by the heartbreaking story of a stillborn child named Kadhija who was not given a timely burial due to lack of Islamic resources. Even though the mosque is small, it means a lot to the Islamic community in Sapporo which is what makes it one of the best Islamic tourist attractions in Japan. They conduct Jummah prayers, Qur'an classes, Da'wah sessions, and other events so pop by for a visit!Locate mosques (masjids) and prayer rooms near you   Location: Kita 14 jo Nishi 3 Chome 1-10, Kitaku, Sapporo, Hokkaido-JapanContact: +81 117095008   2. Masjid Al-Noor “Otaru” Picture Credit - www.youtube.com Masjid-al-Noor is one of the most well-known mosques in Japan so it is one of the prayer places in Hokkaido that you can easily locate. It is also referred to as “Masjid Otaru” by the locals as it is situated in Otaru-shi and was inaugurated in 2009. It is a three-story building with a green dome and minarets sitting atop; the outside walls are decorated with gold-plaque Arabic wordings. The masjid is open to Muslims and non-Muslim visitors, and they also sell Halal food (the proceeds go to charity). Location: Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho 5-4-27Contact: +81 134266488 3. Muroran Mosque Picture Credit - ja.wikipedia.org Muroran Mosque is a mosque run and financed by the small community of Muslim students at the Muroran Institute of Technology. It is located opposite to the university, making it easily accessible to the students to attend daily prayers. They also conduct Jummah prayers and Qur'an recitations during the weekends. Seeing this community thrive despite their numbers is amazing, so make sure to visit if you're looking to locate mosques in Hokkaido! Location: 5 Chome-18-6 Takasagocho, Muroran, Hokkaido Prefecture 050-0072, Japan 4. Chitose Outlet Mall RERA Picture Credit - commons.wikimedia.org Chitose outlet mall is a shopping mall that is situated close to the Chitose Airport (with a free shuttle bus service to and from), that is home to more than 400 shops. Although this is not a mosque, it provides the perfect location for the Muslim traveler trying to find prayer places in Hokkaido as it has a prayer room. Location: 8 1-2-1, Kashiwadai Minami, Shitose-shi, HokkaidoContact: +81 123423000 5. Sapporo Factory Picture Credit - commons.wikimedia.org Address: 4 Chome Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0032, Japan.Phone: +81 11-207-5000 Sapporo Factory is another major shopping and entertainment complex that house around 160 outlets, a museum, multiplex movie theatres, offices, and best of all, a prayer room! If you're looking for what to do and see in Hokkaido, add this to your list because it's a great place to do some shopping and offer timely prayers. Location: 4 Chome Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0032, Japan.Contact: +81 112075000   Guide to Mosques, Prayer rooms and Musallahs worldwide. ...



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