My travelling wishlist : Experiencing Muslim Life in Japan

I don’t know why suddenly I wanna go to Japan more than South Korea. After read a book titled The Journeys 3, I was like got inspiration about travelling style. Mostly travelers have their own style. After some observations I made groups of travelling styles which is I will write on the next page. Anyway, I decided to go to Japan after I have enough money to go there. Japan would be my 1st country I will visit that required visa. I will find out about the visa requirement later since the biggest problem is about money not visa. Without enough money, of course I cant go there or even pay for my visa application.

Talk about Japan, the most interesting for me is about their traditional life style. Sleep in mattress on the wood floor, hospitality people at there and the last but not least is about the food ! Muslim in Japan grow fast and its equal to availability of halal food there. In addition, the government also support that since muslim tourist to Japan increased. I made a plan that I will stay the city that has big muslim population, live near there to feel the local life. Its gonna be not only vacation but also spiritual experience.

This is some references I got from the sgtravellers website about the mosques and halal cafe there.

Mosque

1. Tokyo

Tokyo Mosque (also known as Tokyo Camii) 
1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-006 (near Yoyogi-uehara metro station) 
Tel : 03-5790-0760 
http://www.tokyocamii.org/publicViews/home/lang:en 
This mosque first existed in 1938, before it was torn down in 1986 and rebuilt into the present Ottoman-inspired building. 

Assalaam Mosque 
4-6-7 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016 
Tel: 050-3644-1045 
http://assalaamfoundation.org/ 
A mosque cum community centre, it conducts various activities like language and cooking classes, and cultural exchange programs. 

Otsuka Mosque 
3-42-7 Minami Otsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0005 (near Shin-otsuka metro station) 
Tel: 03-3971-5631 
http://www.islam.or.jp/en/ 
The mosque is part of the Japan Islamic Trust, which issues halal certificates. It has a library and offers marriage and burial services. 

2.Osaka 

Osaka Ibaraki Mosque 
4-6-13 Toyokawa, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka 567-0057 (near Toyokawa monorail station) 
Tel: 0726-43-7420 
http://osakamosque.org/ 
This mosque also houses a shop selling halal meats, noodles, rice and seasonings. The shop is open after every prayer time. 

3. Hokkaido 

Sapporo Mosque 
3-7-2 Nishi, Kita 14jo, Kita-ku, Sapporoshi, 001-0014 (near Sapporo JR station) 
Tel: 011-709-5008 
http://www.hisociety.jp/ 
Also the home of the Hokkaido Islamic Society, whose members cook food and share them every year at an iftar, or breaking fast, gathering during the holy month of Ramadan. 


HALAL RESTAURANTS 
There is a wide array of halal eateries in Tokyo, as well as other major cities. They serve mainly Pakistani / Indian, Middle Eastern, Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines. Do note that many restaurants serve alcoholic drinks even if the food is 100 per cent halal-certified. 

Tokyo
Nefertiti Tokyo 
Nishiazabu, 1st & 2nd floor 3-1-20, Nishiazabu Minato-ku Tokyo (near Roppongi metro station) Tel: 03-6844-8208
http://www.nefertititokyo.com/english/concept.html 
This establishment serves Middle Eastern food, including falafel, tahini, tagine and couscous, in an Egyptian setting. There are also belly dance performances several times a week. 

Siddique 
Daini Nisshin Bldg. 2F, 7-10-20, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 
Tel: 03-5925-2259 
http://www.siddique.co.jp/ 
A chain of restaurants located all over Tokyo, Siddique serves spicy Indian and Pakistani fare including naan, keema and curries. Apart from Shinjuku, there are also branches in Chiyoda, Minato, Chuo and Arakawa. The owners also run Dong Khoi, a restaurant serving halal Thai and Vietnamese dishes. 

Samrat 
Seno Bldg. 7F, 3-18-4 Shinjuku,Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo 
Tel: 03-3355-1788 
Another multi-branch restaurant serving Indian food. Lunch sets and dinner buffets consist of rice, naan and curries, including perennial favourite butter chicken. Also available in Roppongi, Shibuya and Minami-aoyama. 

Gyumon 
3-14-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo (near Shibuya metro station) 
Tel: 03-5369-2911 
This restaurant serves BBQ Japanese beef. Various cuts of meat are served to customers who then grill them on stoves. There are also set meals pairing the meat with vegetables and rice. 

Rasa Malaysia 
Ginza Five Star Bldg. 8F, 5-8-13, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 (near Ginza metro station) 
Tel: 03-3289-1668 
Tuck into satay kajang, Sarawak-style beef, Ipoh claypot rice and various Nyonya dishes within the batik-clothdraped walls of this restaurant. 

Merah Putih Cafe 
Shinjuku-ku Hyaku Nin Cho 2 – 10 – 9 Shin Okubo Initial House 304 (near Shin-okubo metro station) 
Tel: 03-6279-2399 
Owned by an Indonesian who was a student in the city, the restaurant serves her hometown fare including nasi campur, rendang, mi ayam, gado-gado and sop bakso. 

Kyoto 
Kyoto Rose Café 
88-3, Miyagaki-cho, Kawaramacbidorikojinguchinoboru , Kmigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (near Jingu-Marutamachi rail station) 
Tel. 075-252-2923 
http://kyotorosecafe.jp/pages/menu.html 
The dishes are a fusion of East and West, including kebabs, burgers, sausages, soups and salads. 

Hokkaido 
Warung Jawa 
Zeusu Bldg. 1F, Kita14jyou, Nishi3Chome, Kita-ku Sapporo-shi Hokkaido 
Tel: 011-708-6880 
Popular among Malaysian and Indonesian students from the nearby Hokkaido University, this eatery also runs a shop selling halal meat, chicken and spices. 

Osaka 
Dojima Mughal 
1-9 Dojimachikagai Dojima Kita-ku Osaka 
Tel: 06-6136-6336 
There are a total of four Mughal restaurants in Osaka, erving South Asian fare like tandoori chicken, naan and curries. 

Bagus Indonesian Kitchen 
Toyo Bldg. 1F, 1-9-11, Nakatsu, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 
Tel: 06-6376-5818 
Familiar Indonesian fare such as soto ayam and nasi campur awaits patrons here.

 

About the place I will stay, I will find out later. Gogogoooooo! See you soon Japan :p

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