Nanbu Friendly Shokudou Restaurant located near Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan offers Saba no Shioyaki, Tandoori Chicken and a few others Halal food dishes.

Nagoya, Japan



Nanbu Friendly Shokudou Restaurant located near Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan offers Saba no Shioyaki, Tandoori Chicken and a few others Halal food dishes.


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〒464-8601 Aichi Prefecture Nagoya City Chikusa-ku, Nagoya is not the old -cho

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  • Magical Hygge Campsite: Japan's Princess Mononoke Campsite

    Japan is set to open a Hygge inspired glamping campsite in 2021. Hygge (pronounced as Hue-ga), is a Danish word which means "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being". If that sounds like something you would enjoy, here’s a place worthy of a detour to the Inabe City while traveling on the Bullet Train between Kyoto and Nagoya. Image Source: henrik-innovation Located in the dense forest of Uga Valley in the Mie prefecture, the Hygge Circles Ugakei by Nordisk will be a breathtaking magical campsite surrounded by lush forests, waterfalls, and cool mountain streams. With its aesthetically pleasing looks, it is easy not to think that one of the key intent of this campsite is also to bring visitors closer to nature with environmental sustainability in mind. Riding on the waves of the ecotourism movement in Japan. Image Source:   Different Kinds of Lodging The campsite will offer an experience closer to glamping in a sense, with a choice of available accommodations that will really make use of the natural scenery around the area, bringing out the Hygge aspect with full effect to the campers and visitors. Currently, the plans are that the campsite will feature Nordisk tents and Hygge Lodges alongside the Hygge Education field and the Hygge Nature field. Image Source: henrik-innovation Image Source: henrik-innovation Visitors will be assured to get the full and authentic Hygge experience while also enjoying the wonders of the natural wonders in Japan as the campsite will be constructed by Tredje Natur, a Danish architectural firm, alongside Structured Environment, a Japanese Engineering firm. All based on the sustainability advice from henrik-innovations, ensuring that campsite is green and eco-friendly. Letting visitors have the peace of mind while enjoying the facilities of the campsite. Image Source: henrik-innovation   Resemblance to Princess Mononoke from Studio Ghibli Avid fans of the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli have pointed out the resemblance of the Hygge Circles Ugakei with the settings of the blockbuster hit, Princess Mononoke. The movie is largely based in the forest just like where the Hygge Circles Ugakei campsite is located in. It will definitely be a place to visit to have the full experience of the Princess Mononoke movie! Image Source: henrik-innovation For the fans of the animated studio, there will also be a fully-fledged theme park under works which is based on the studio’s animated films estimated to be open in late 2022 in Japan. With the Dondoko Forest - a My Neighbor Totoro inspired forest, Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, the Hill of Youth - with the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart, Village of Mononoke - official recreation of the locations in Princess Mononoke and the Valley of Witches - a salute to Kiki’s Delivery Service.  Image Source: Studio Ghibli   Perfect for the Outdoor Traveller Imagine sitting by the campfire surrounded by the serene forest under the starry night sky while enjoying a cup of tea, this campsite promises to be a must-visit place for people who love the outdoors. A place where you can recharge and escape the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced and busy city life through connecting with nature. Check out our other blog on "Forest Bathing: Relax, Rejuvenate & Recharge With Nature When You're In Japan" if you want to learn more about reconnecting with nature. If you’re more of a city-dweller check out our blog on “Japan's Most Aesthetic Hostels You Need To Check Out”. Where we scour the street of Tokyo for the most awesome looking hotels you can find a piece of peace in the hustle and bustle of the city. With only the released renders, pictures, and limited information of the campsite to go by, it already looks to be an interesting development. There's no surprise that it is a highly anticipated project by all the avid travelers looking for new places to explore when the pandemic blows over. We know we will definitely keep an eye on this campsite for our next visit to Japan....

  • Bed Down Like A Local In This Muslim-Friendly Hotel: Risshisha

    Back in the day, Kyoto was known as one of Japan's capitals. Now, it is presently renowned as a prevalent tourist spot that is rich and overflowing with conventional Japanese traditions, food, places of worship, garments, language, culture and so much more! Credit: Risshisha Over the years, the number of outside vacationers streaming into Japan has expanded gradually, and a large part of this segment are Muslim travelers. As such, Japan travel agencies, associations and organizations linked with managing the travel industry and the food & beverage industry, have started to accomodate Muslims in their products and services. One of these organisations is none other than Risshisha, a prevalent ryokan in Kyoto that manages traditional Japanese lodging. From March 2019 onwards, Risshisha began creating stay packages which catered to Muslim tourists and allowed them to enjoy a stress-free stay at Risshisha while performing their religious duties. They have a total of 25 ryokans (hotels) and a majority of them are catered towards the Muslim vacationers, which are recognizably known as Muslim-Friendly Ryokans. A typical ryokan can accommodate up to six individuals in a single room. Depending on the size of the ryokan, the bigger the ryokan, the more people it can accomodate. Credit: Risshisha At Risshisha, they grow their local vitalization and network building exercises with the city of Kyoto through machiya. A machiya is a traditional wooden townhouse that is found all over Japan. They offer a lodging experience that mixes conventional Kyoto machiya culture with present-day innovation and technology. Residing at a machiya is engaging because it is an alternate encounter from an ordinary inn or ryokan, and makes visitors feel as if they are living in Kyoto. Guests can appreciate the primary setting of a customary Japanese house furnished with present-day services and facilities at Risshisha. Risshisha's machiya is in located in Kyoto's Omiya-Cho, which is nearby the Kyoto station and other tourist hot spots. They are currently seeking new undertakings to rejuvenate Kyoto machiya as another type of commitment to society so that they can enhance their guests' experience. Besides the top-notch Muslim-friendly lodging experience, Risshisha also has staff who come from various racial and religious backgrounds, namely Muslim staff from Indonesia and staff from Taiwan. You can be rest assured that all their staff are friendly and produce an amicable and good-natured culture.  Credit: Risshisha At Risshisha Muslim-Friendly Ryokan, they provide a wide range of facilities that help Muslim visitors enjoy an overnight vacation. In stay packages for Muslims, there are a few halal menu alternatives that you can request when you make a reservation. Their Halal menu strictly uses Halal ingredients like Halal meat, which is ensured by the Japan Islamic Trust. Visitors can choose from a variety of Halal Japanese food items in the menu such as Gyudon (rice bowl layered with beef) and Daifuku (delectable Japanese desserts, mochi with cream filling) which is vastly raved about and highly recommended. Other signature dishes include chicken curry and penne vegetables. All of the menu items mentioned have a Halal Certificate that is issued by the Japan Islamic Trust. Their menu is derived from Global Corporation Japan, a distributor of Halal products in Japan.  Credit: Risshisha Besides food, Risshisha ryokans are also known as a conventional Japanese hotel that includes tatami-matted rooms, common showers, and other open territories where guests may wear yukata and chat with the proprietor. Each ryokan is also well-equipped with prayer mats, Qibla markers, prayer garments (for both male and female) and prayer timetables which are available upon request. This way, Muslim tourists can carry out their prayers in a serene and peaceful setting. Credit: Risshisha Below are 6 types of ryokans (rooms) available at Risshisha: Sen/Omiya Gojo which can accommodate up to 4 individuals. Be sure to experience an exquisite excursion in this Kyoto machiya with a conventional Japanese hearth, and experience life in a house in Kyoto.Credit: Risshisha Satoi/Tessen Omiya Gojo which can accommodate up to 4 individuals. This is set in a tranquil corner of a private home, where there is Tessen (folding fans). Tourists can appreciate the class of a machiya that will make you sense that you are living in Kyoto.Credit: Risshisha Sen/Shichijo Mibu which can accommodate up to 6 individuals. Enjoy an elegant vacation in this Kyoto machiya with a traditional Japanese sunken hearth, and experience life in a house in Kyoto.Credit: Risshisha Mibu-juku which can accommodate up to 4 individuals. Credit: Risshisha Shisei-juku which can accommodate up to 4 individuals.Credit: Risshisha Satoi Kosetsu/Shichijo-Mibu which can accommodate up to 5 individuals. These are redesigned old Nagoya houses, accessible for one group per day. They join and portray the great parts of the two hotels and ryokans.Credit: Risshisha Each room has a diverse range of amenities created for their guests to be guranteed that their time spent at Risshisha is worth their money. To name a few, these amenities include a TV, air conditioning, floor warming, refrigerator, utensils, microwave, IH stove, tank pan, electric pot, Yukata set, iron, hairdryer, washing machine and most importantly, Wifi! Upon arriving at Risshisha, you may consider visiting these popular tourist spots: Kyoto Tower (which will take you 7 minutes by taxi from Omiya Gojo reception) Nishi Honganji Temple (which is a 12 minutes stroll from Omiya Gojo front desk) Kyoto Gyoen National Garden (which is 12 minutes by taxi from Omiya Gojo front desk)   Address: 279 Shimochofukuji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8375 Check in timings: 15:00 - 20:00Contact number: 075-468-1417WebsiteBook Now5 minutes car ride away from Kyoto Station So if you are visiting Kyoto anytime soon, why not experience the lodging and accommodation facilities provided by Risshisha Muslim-friendly Ryokan? It's an experience that'll be worthwhile and unforgettable!*Do note that the crescent-rated ryokans are inclusive of Mibu-Juku, Shisei Juku, Sen/Toji-Uomitsu, Sen/Omiya Gojo, Sen/Schchijo Mibu, Satoi Tessen/Omiya-Gojo, Satoi Kosetsu/Shichijo-Mibu and Satoi Seishi/Omiya-Gojo only....

  • 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!...

  • 5 Unmissable Shopping Destinations in Batam

    5 Shopping Places in Batam You Must Not Miss   As you explore the many wonders the exotic Batam island of Indonesia has to offer, you would not be able to miss the interesting Pulau Batam's shops and stores found scattered all across the island. With the aim of becoming the next International trading hub in Southeast Asia, the beautiful Batam islands are perfecting the art of creating a vibrant shopping experience for its visitors to enjoy. Take a look at some of the Batam shopping malls we recommend you to try, where you will be able to find luxury items to buy in Batam island and also great deals for budget shopping in Indonesia.     Credits -   1) Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall Picture Credit - You most certainly cannot afford to miss a trip to the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, which is one of the most famous Batam shopping malls. Designed in a fairly compact way, the mall has several retails stores offering branded goods from around the world. It is also a great place to find some of the latest electronic devices at competitive prices. Overall the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall is a great place to enjoy a fun day out because there are ample amounts of entertainment, salons, and spa to pamper yourself, good quality eateries, and of course several world-class retail stores to offering some of the best things to buy on Indonesia’s Batam Island.     Location: Jll. Teuku Umar No.1, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia Contact: +62 778 433988Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10 AM to 10.30PM   2) Batam City Square Picture Credit - Also referred to as the BCS Mall, this is one of the largest Batam shopping malls. Spanning across six different floors, each has a variety of things on display to create a unique Pulau Batam shopping experience. If you are thinking of what to buy on Indonesia's Batam island to remember your stay, this would be the perfect place to visit. Apart from the branded good stores, the mall is also known to feature several local stores offering authentic items like handicrafts that showcase Indonesian arts and culture.     Location: Jalan Bunga Raya, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, IndonesiaContact: +62 778 7435500Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10AM - 10.30PM     3) Diamond City Mall   Picture Credit - Commonly referred to as the DC Mall, this is one of the less crowded spaces where you can enjoy some quiet shopping in Batam. Most of the stores are clothing stores and you can find a variety of items like International brands on discount, traditional Indonesian Batik designs, and Muslim clothing. The mall is also famous for having quite a number of stores selling new and second-hand computers and accessories.   Location: Jalan Duyung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, IndonesiaOperating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10AM - 10.30PM     4) Mega Mall Shopping Centre   Picture Credit - Another great place to add to your list of where to shop in Batam Island is the Mega Mall. Also, it is hard to miss as it is situated just opposite the Batam Center Ferry Terminal making it a great place to start your shopping and also finish up some last minute shopping before you leave. The many retail shops featured cover anything from designer brands, household good, and ornamental items. The site is known for having regular sales during Ramadan and other special seasons happening throughout the year.   Location: Jl. Engku Putri No.1, Tlk. Tering, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, IndonesiaContact: +62 778 4701000Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10AM - 10.30PM   5) Kampung Oleh-Oleh   Picture Credit - The Kampung Oleh-Oleh is one of the best shopping places in Batam to grab some interesting souvenirs to take back home with you. This ‘tourist oriented’ store is a great place to grab handmade trinkets like key chains, batik sarongs, bags, and some of the most sought after Indonesian woodcarvings.   Location: Komp Penuin Centre, Jl. Pembangunan, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29441, IndonesiaContact: +62 778 4701000   Now that you know about the best shopping places in Batam and what to buy on Indonesia's Batam Island, prepare yourself for one of the most unforgettable Pulau Batam shopping experiences you could ever dream of! ...

  • The Best Muslim-Friendly Destinations in Japan

    Japan, an archipelago situated in north East Asia is a fascinating and beautiful country visited by tourists from around the world. A country with rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, interesting history and culture, wonderful architecture, Japan is a great holiday destination. Tourists will find it difficult to choose from the countless popular tourist destinations in Japan as each region will offer its visitor a unique experience. Whenever or where ever you visit in Japan, visitors will be sure to enjoy a trip filled with wonders that are unique to each season and its different regions. It has become a popular destination among Muslim travelers too, in recent times and they may be surprised to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Japan. Home to a large number of Muslims, including Japanese Muslims, there is known to be over 60 mosques and prayer areas in Japan. Halal restaurants in Japan are also available for Muslims visiting the country. Tokyo  Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the world’s most populous metropolis is a popular destination among tourists including Muslim travelers. The city with two faces; that of the old edo and the modern city, offers its visitors a multitude of things to do and places to see like; museums, historical attractions, beautiful Japanese gardens, parks and zoo’s, unlimited choices of shopping, nature reserves, and theme parks and much more. Tokyo has something for every visitor. Muslims visiting with the family will find loads of fun activities and places to visit. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo Skytree, Imperial East Gardens, Hama Rikyu, Imperial Palace are just a few of the cities popular attractions that are a definite must-visit. Finding Muslim friendly-facilities in Tokyo will not be a problem as it is home to several mosques and prayer areas as well as numerous Halal restaurants. Tokyo Camii, located in central Tokyo is one of the most well known mosques among travelers and is one of the largest in Japan. Muslim visitors will be able to find Halal restaurants serving a diverse array of cuisines such as Malaysian, Pakistani, Indian, Moroccan, Turkish, Thai and much more.   Kyoto Kyoto, the most popular Japanese destination has adequate Muslim-friendly facilities to accommodate the growing number of Muslims visiting the city. It is the best place to experience the traditional culture and customs of the past and also see many World Heritage Sites. Muslim visitors will be able to find a number of restaurants serving Halal food, and they can visit the Kyoto Masjid for prayers when necessary.   Kobe Kobe, a cosmopolitan port city is famously known for its hot spring resorts. Muslim travelers visiting this city will find it Muslim-friendly as it is not only home to the oldest existing mosque in Japan; known as Kobe Muslim Mosque, where Muslim visitors as well as the city’s residents can pray, but it is also home to a number of Halal restaurants. The mosque is situated in the city’s best known tourist area and Muslim visitors will be able to find Halal food around this area as well.   Osaka Osaka, another Muslim-friendly destination in Japan, known for its great shopping malls, large amusement parks and Osaka Castle is home two mosques namely; Osaka Masjid and Osaka Ibaraki Masjid. Muslim visitors will be able to offer their prayers at one of these mosques. They will also be able to locate several restaurants serving a variety of Halal cuisines such as Indian, Pakistani, Turkish and more.   Chiba Chiba, famous for its urban monorail; which is the longest suspended monorail in the world, is another Muslim-friendly city in Japan. Home to the first artificial beach in the country Chiba is a destination worth visiting with the family when in Japan. Muslim travelers will find prayer facilities in the city as it is home to a couple of masjids and some of its shopping malls have prayers rooms as well.   Nagoya and Hakuba are two other regions known to have Muslim-friendly facilities and are now being promoted among Muslim travelers. Japan is the perfect destination for those looking to relax as well as for those seeking adventure. With all the Muslim-friendly facilities that can be found in the country, it is definitely a must-visit! ...

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