Updated: July 09, 2017
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4 Ways Muslims Can Feel At Home In Japan

Japan is becoming more and more Muslim-friendly these days, with halal-certified restaurants, easily accessible restaurants and useful apps. So Muslims can experience Japanese omotenashi!

1. Mosques

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With a large number of mosques spanning Hokkaido to Okinawa, Japan enables devout Muslims to pray and be in touch with their spirituality. Some interesting mosques that are worth visiting are Osaka Masjid and Tokyo Camii. Osaka Masjid is impressive because it is one of the largest mosques in Japan while Tokyo Camii was built by Turkish craftsmen and resembles the iconic Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

2. Halal-certified restaurants

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Worried about not being able to find halal-certified food in Japan? Fret not! If you go to Halal Media Japan's website, you can download maps that feature Muslim-friendly restaurants in the big cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Sapporo. Another way is to download apps like Halal Gourmet Japan that not only list down details like the opening hours and address, but also include a map of the restaurant locations. Hence, you can savour delish Japanese food in peace!

3. Shopping

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One problem most Muslim tourists face is that they are unable to read kanji characters, so they cannot tell if the ingredients of the products sold in Japan are halal (permitted) or haram (forbidden). Thankfully, an app called Halal Minds comes to the rescue.

Once you download it, you can scan the barcode of the product you are interested in buying and get to see an English translation of the ingredients and an alert about whether they are halal or haram. Quite easily done!

4. Karaoke lounges

Karaoke hompo manekineko machida tsurukawa shop https://goo.gl/3nLi9u
Itching to tackle the Japanese songs you have learnt in your spare time? If you visit an Karaoke Honpo Manekineko outlet, not only can you croon your favourite tunes, you can also tuck into delicious halal cakes, fried chicken and hotdogs. Not only that, you can pray at the prayer mats there! Really an outlet that spoils you with its all-in-one service.
With Japan gearing up its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, I'm sure it will become more and more Muslim-friendly in future. So put aside your worries and enjoy Japan to the fullest!

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