Kobe Masjid, An Amazing Story Needs To Be Told

Let us face it. Kobe was completely destroyed to the ground during World War 11, and, again in 1995 due to the massive earthquake in the city. But, there was one amazing structure in the city which remained intact both the times. Rather, it served as a refugee camp for people on both occasions.  That […]

Get Ready For A Rainy Season In Japan

Visitors to Japan (including Muslim visitors as well, of course) need to get ready for a rainy season in the country.  In most of the regions in the country, the rainy season starts in June and it lasts until the mid to end of July.  Although it does not rain every day and different parts […]

7-Eleven Starts Offering Halal Lunch In Two Locations in Tokyo

7-Eleven, a 24-hour convenience store in Japan, has started offering halal lunch (bento) service to its Muslim customers in Otsuka, and Asakusa areas of Tokyo. The halal lunch is available in two flavors. Halal gyudon (beef bowl) and halal butter chicken curry. It costs 689 and it is stored in a refrigerator with a clear […]

Eid Mubarak To All Our Visitors

We, at Halal Japan, would like to convey our heartiest Eid Greetings to all our readers and well-wishers. Today is important for Muslims as it marks the end of the holiest Islamic month. Please remember the needy and the destitute in your prayers at this time and share the countless bounties Allah has bestowed upon […]

Japan Getting More Muslim Prayer Rooms, But Some Are Seeing Only Limited Use

HIROSHIMA – With an increase in Muslim visitors to Japan, more prayer rooms are being installed in commercial facilities across the country, but the number of users remains limited due to reasons such as lack of awareness and difficulty of access. The prayer rooms are often equipped with a washing area for cleaning hands and […]

Stop Spreading Wrong Information About Halal Restaurants in Japan

During the past few days, we decided to call several Halal restaurants and other Halal makers to verify the halal ingredients of their halal servings and the dishes and products they offer to their Muslim customers in Japan. However, surprisingly, most of the restaurants we had called said that they were not offering any halal […]

Six New Areas in Japan To Be Promoted For Tourism

The Japanese government has declared six more sites in the country as new tourism hubs. Regional governments will develop these areas to attract more tourists from foreign countries. These are as follows. Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture Mori no Kyoto, Kyoto Prefcture Chichibu, Saitama Yuasa, Wakayama Onomichi, Hiroshima Yamashiro, Saitama The details of the news is given […]

Japan To Accept More Foreign Workers

The Japanese parliament, Diet, has passed a bill to accept more foreign workers to meet the labor shortages in 14 labor-hungry sectors.  Most of these sectors need blue-collar workers.  Three of these labor-starving sectors are construction, agriculture and nursing care. Although, the detailed working conditions of these foreign workers have not been sorted out, the […]

Japan Airlines Joins hands With Alaska Airlines To Expand Routes Network

TOKYO.– Japan Airlines (JAL) has started selling tickets on additional routes by codesharing with Alaska Airlines.  These new codeshare routes will be available from March 31, 2019, when JAL plans to launch its highly anticipated non-stop daily service between Seattle and Narita International Airport. JAL and Alaska will now offer codeshare flights on 55 routes […]

Discovering Toyama by Bicycle

Discovering Toyama and parts of Japan has always been a dream for me. Although I have not been able to fulfill this dream fully so far, I still try to make time to go on a bicycle ride whenever I can. Today, I wanted to share with you a bicycle journey taken by someone else […]

Japanese National Parks, Scenic Areas Start Voluntary Entry Payment Programs

An increasing number of national parks and other scenic areas in Japan are collecting voluntary entry payments from visitors for environmental protection and infrastructure improvements, including the creation of pathways and the installation of bathrooms. Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, began requesting ¥1,000 per climber in 2014 after a yearlong trial. Officials […]

Malaysian Halal Firms To Export More Halal Food To Japan Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics 2020

TOKYO: Malaysian halal product companies should capitalize on the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics by using it as a launch pad for penetrating the halal market in Japan. Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said the demand for halal products was expected to increase during the sporting event as Japan anticipated plenty of Muslim […]

Singapore Becomes a Testing Ground For Halal Japanese Dishes

SINGAPORE – Curetex Corp. is using Singapore as a test bed to promote Japanese cuisine permissible under Islamic law as part of its efforts to expand sales of such Halal food products in Japan and Southeast Asia. The Tokyo-based company recently sold both Japanese and Singaporean halal dishes at Isetan Singapore’s Scotts store following the […]

Muslim Visitors To Japan May Reach 1 Million By 2020

We, HalalJapan.com got the news that Japan aims to welcome 1 Million Muslim tourists nnually by 2020 Olympics. That is a big number which needs special attention as the halal industry is steadily growing very fast. Many Japanese and foreign companies have been trying to get the growing market share of the huge number of […]

Foreign Rental Car Drivers Have 4 Times More Accidents Than Local Drivers

The rate of rental car accidents involving foreign drivers in Osaka Prefecture is four times higher than those involving Japanese drivers, according to recent data released by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. A study of foreign drivers conducted by the ministry’s Kinki bureau between April and November, which covered 53 rental car outlets operated […]

Tokyo Organizes a Disaster Drill For Foreign Visitors

TOKYO —The Tokyo metropolitan government held a disaster drill on Sunday to test its ability to evacuate foreign tourists safely in the event that a powerful earthquake hits the Japanese capital. Under the scenario that a magnitude 7.3 quake shook Tokyo at around 8 a.m., staff working at the Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Ward escorted […]

Tokyo Hotels Offer Japanese-Style Facilities To Foreign Tourists

When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality for those who want to experience authentic Japanese culture. Foreign guests […]

Japan Overcoming Language, Cultural Barriers To Welcome 40 Million Foreign Tourists by 2020

Aiming to attract 40 million annual inbound tourists in 2020 when Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics, Japan hopes to overcome a language and cultural gap of similar proportions within the next three years. Amid a growing mood to welcome foreign visitors with the spirit of omotenashi (hospitality), hundreds of students are already seeking […]

Travel Agency JTB To Launch English-Language Bus Tours Covering Wide Areas Of Japan

Travel agency JTB Corp. is set to launch English-language bus tours covering popular sightseeing spots — along with attractions difficult to reach by public transportation. The tours, set to begin in April, will cover popular sightseeing destinations including the so-called golden route connecting Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kyoto. Also planned are trips around Hokkaido, Tohoku, […]

Students Visit Tokyo Mosque To Get Unbiased Glimpse Of Islam

A recent wave of terror has fueled anti-Muslim hostility worldwide, fostering a negative image of Islam — a faith still unfamiliar in Japan. But Japan’s youth have been seeking answers to questions including what Islam really teaches and why it is blamed for violence. Many schools have introduced visits to Tokyo’s largest mosque in the […]

Many Of Japan’s Major Historical Attractions Remain Unknown To Foreign Tourists

OSAKA – Japan as a whole may be attracting record numbers of foreign tourists, but a report by McKinsey & Co. indicates that the four major historical regions of Nara, Kamakura, Nikko and Ise Shrine are almost unknown among Western tourists. The consultancy’s Japan office surveyed over 3,000 visitors from Western countries on how aware […]

Japan Opens Up To Halal Tourism For Muslim Travelers

Tokyo:-  The Japanese government wants to attract more Muslim tourists from the Middle East and last year eased visa restrictions for citizens of several regional countries, including the UAE and Jordan. While Emiratis can apply for a multiple-entry visa to Japan that is valid for three years, Jordanians are exempted from visa fees. “I think […]

First-Ever Shariah-Compliant Hotel Opens In Japan

We wanted to share this blog post which we wrote some time ago. We are confident many visitors to Mount Fuji and the surrounding areas will appreciate the fact that actually, there is a place to stay which is Shariah-compliant. Please read the story if you want to know more about this amazing hotel. FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, […]

Tokyo Taxis Offer Lower fares In Selected Areas

Tokyo:- Cab firms in Tokyo started experimenting with a lower minimum fare of ¥410 last Friday in four wards in central Tokyo to assess demand for short trips among tourists and the elderly. Muslim tourists should give a try and thus save little bit on Taxi fares in the country.  The objectiove of the lower […]

How Can You Eat Real Halal Food In Japan?

The other day I visited Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture, a famous resort town some 100 kilometers away from the Tokyo Metropolitan area.  The purpose of my visit to the area was to conduct some basic survey on how potential Muslim visitors to the area could have dinner, lunch or any other meal in the city […]

Thai Airways To Increase Flights To Fukuoka

Thai Airways has confirmed that it will increase the frequency of flights between Bangkok and Fukuoka, Japan, from seven to 10 flights per week beginning July 13. The increase in the frequency of flights shows ever-stronger regulations between Japan and Thailand. Thai Airways operates the Fukuoka route with Airbus A330-300 aircraft, equipped with 36 seats […]

Foreign Tourists Advised To Follow Toilet Manners

Foreign tourists are advised to follow toilet manners. They need to understand that Japan has certain rules and regulations to follow. Even the foreign tourists need to follow these rules at all times. Some tourists unfortunately, do not see any problem littering in public and in residential areas.  However, they need to know that it […]

Kobe Masjid Is Not The First-Ever Mosque in Japan

This may sound strange to you all. In fact, I was also shocked to know that although, people think that Kobe Masjid is the first-ever mosque in Japan. We reported this very thing a few days ago. But, actually, it is contrary to the fact. This afternoon, I was shocked to know that in fact, […]

Eid Mubarak from Tokyo

Muslims In Japan Prepare To Celebrate Eid After Month-long Ramadan Fasting

Alhamdulillah, today, being the 30th of Ramadan, Muslims in Japan prepare to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow (Wednesday) after month-long Ramadan fasting.  The Eid celebrations involve praying the Eid prayer, meeting with lots of new faces and eating delicious foods with friends and family members. Most of the Muslims will go to mosques all over Japan to […]

Are Japanese Hotels Really Serious About Halal?

Are Japanese hotels really serious about halal? With a heavy heart, I would say they may not be that serious about Muslim guests as you we may like to think. Whenever we ask them about promoting their Muslim-friendly services including halal food, other amenities targeted to the Muslim guests, most of them say they are […]

Muslim Siblings In Japan Promote Diversity With Modest Fashion and Flowers

Raised by Indonesian Muslim parents in Tokyo, Aufa Yazid and Ghufron Yazid, two siblings in their 20s, bring a cross-cultural perspective to fashion and art while adhering to their faith. Wearing a hijab sets Aufa apart from the crowd in Japan, where Muslims are a minority, but what makes the 24-year-old freelance fashion creator really […]