Been dreaming of travelling to Japan? This country is one of the hottest travel destinations lately, and for good reasons. Perhaps some people might think that adventures to Japan on their own might be difficult with regard to language, food, directions, or getting confused about how to find mosques and prayer places nearby. In fact, it’s not so difficult to navigate anymore, with access to the internet and Japan Map. Never doubt how to find mosques and prayer places near you in Tokyo, because they can be found easily. Also, you can visit the largest Mosque in Japan and take some pictures. So, I'm going to list a couple of Mosques and Prayer Rooms in Tokyo and Japan. Check these out!
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What comes to your mind when you think of Mosques in Tokyo, Japan, with Turkish architecture? Would you believe that there's a Tokyo Mosque known as Tokyo Camii or Tokyo Jama Masjid, located in the Oyama-cho district of Shibuya ward in Tokyo with an adjoining Turkish Culture Center made by Turks? Yes, this mosque's ornamentation was based on Ottoman religious architecture, and it was completed in 2000. It’s 734 square meters in area, with the main dome being 23 metres tall, supported by six pillars. This mosque is Tokyo's largest mosque, and also the biggest in all of Japan.
So, how do you get to Tokyo Camii? It's located just a few stops away from the bustling Shinjuku Station. So, if you're searching for a Mosque in Shinjuku, the best answer is Tokyo Camii. Just alight at Yoyogi-Uehera, walk for about 5 minutes and you’ll see the marble Turkish architecture slowly starting to emerge.
Address: 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0065, JAPAN
Tel : 03 5790 0760
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 everyday including Sundays and Holidays
Don’t forget to find halal food near Camii Tokyo, here’s a Halal restaurants that you can try:
Address: 4 Chome-33-11 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11 AM - 3 PM and 5 PM - 11 PM
Contact: +81 3-3468-4540
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Have you heard about Otsuka Masjid Toshima? Otsuka Masjid Toshima is the most famously unique mosque in Japan. It's located in the center of Tokyo and just one stop away from Ikebukuro Station. The unique side of this Mosque is that it actively serves as the centre for Muslim activities such as seminars, Islamic lectures and Arabic language classes. You can go there with your family to encourage them to go to the mosque, because Islam wants Muslims to get together in a congregation, get to know one another better and build up rapport.
Location: 3-42-7, Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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If you're in Asakusa and you want to pray, there’s Asakusa Mosque, also known as Darul Arqam Mosque in there. It located 13 minutes away from Senso-ji temple or 20 minutes walk from Tokyo Skytree. Asakusa Mosque is also near from Asakusa Station on The Ginza Line and Minami Senju Station on JR Loban Line and Hibiya Line. Most tourists looking to pray in Asakusa will visit this Mosque.
Location: 1-9-12 Higashi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Everyday 10.00am - 5.00pm (except Tuesday and Saturday) / Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Contact: 03-3871-6061 or 090-7256-3528
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If you haven't visited Ohanajaya Area, let’s visit Ohanajaya Park, then! What’s Ohanajaya like? You can see so many residents here and parks, and it's highly accessible to the rest of the city with plenty of shopping locations. FYI, “Ohanajaya” or “Ohana Chaya’ means “flower tea house”. It's just 15 minutes away from Nippori Station, or 20 minutes from Ueno. In Ohana, you can find Ohana Chaya Masjid, also known as Makki Masjid, a 7-minute walk from Ohanajaya Station.
Location: 5-22-11, Yotsugi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
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Do you like visiting museums? There are some museums in Okachimachi, such as Shitamachi Museum and Quark Museum. The Okachimachi Mosque is located in Taito, and this makes it easier for visiting during your travel in Tokyo, just 7 minutes away from the Okachimachi Station on the Yamanote Line.
Location: 1F Assalaam Building, 4-6-7, Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact: 050-3644-1045 / 090-3332-3639
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With so many awesome things to do in Shibuya beyond the famed pedestrian scramble that makes tourists excited. Shibuya is also a good place for backpackers who want an introduction to Tokyo’s more energetic or spiritual side. How to get to Shibuya Prayer Room? Just leave Shibuya Station by the Hachiko exit then, cross the crossroad in the direction of 109 stores so you can find Noa Dogenzaka or Shibuya Prayer Room.
Address: 2 Chome 15-1 Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043 Japan
Telephone: +81 (0)3-6712-7066
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As the centre of Japanese youth culture, the unique fashion boutiques in Harajuku takes centre stage, filled with shopping & dining options. This area also encompasses many backsteets such as Takeshita Street and Cat Street spreading from Sendagaya. If you want to find Prayer Room Harajuku or Prayer Room Tokyo Station then JR east Prayer Room is best choice. This prayer room was opened in June 2017, and is the first such room at a JR East railway station, though there are some available at airports and hotels in the Kanto region. Sounds great, huh?
Address: 1 Chome-9 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
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What do you often do during a trip? When you visit Akihabara, let’s try shopping! Yup, shopping is the crucial thing to do when you visit the most lively district of Tokyo. One of the Stores that you should visit is Laox. Now, because of the increasing number of Muslim visitors, Laox has opened a good prayer room. It's on the 7th Floor, 1-2-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo and near Akihabara Station.
Address: 1-2-9 7F Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3-3253-7111
So, do not worry because these are only some of the beautiful mosques and prayer rooms in Japan. Some Japanese airports are now labeled as Muslim-friendly and have prayer rooms, including Narita Airport. To get more information about destinations, travelling tips and Halal Travel, check Halal Trip and have a wonderful trip!
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