Although, the author of this blog post has been living in Japan for almost 21 years now, he had not been able to visit Okachimachi Masjid in Central Tokyo which was built few years ago. Alhamdulillah, few weeks ago on a regular day, and then, again on a Friday Prayer, I got a chance to visit the mosque located near the famed electric district of Tokyo, Akihabara.
It is a lovely little mosque in Central Tokyo, and, maybe most convenient to people from nearby Akihabara, Ueno, Tokyo/Otemachi,Okachimachi, and, of course, the University of Tokyo areas as well. Though, the Masjid is about five to ten minutes` walk from the JR Okachimachi Station, it is just three-minutes away from Naka Okachimachi Subway station thus connected to most parts of the city via both the stations.
While on my way to the Masjid, I saw many people rushing to catch the Friday Prayers from nearby places. It was amazing to see people from so many different nationalities praying together in this small mosque. Most of these people were either students from nearby educational institutions or employees from multinational corporations scattered in the nearby areas so abundantly.
These days, regular taraweeh are being held in the masjid. The masjid also performs other community related duties including lectures on Dawah, halal certification etc.
It may not be THE most beautiful mosque in the city. However, it is certainly one of the most convenient one for people from Central Tokyo. So, please do not forget to visit the mosque when you are in the nearby area next time. Once you go there, you will find a Halal food shop which sells all types of ethnic halal foods from the subcontinent and other Muslim countries such as the Middle East and Africa etc.
Tourists will find it quite easily as it is very near from some of the most important business districts of the town. There is also a Pakistani Halal restaurant titled Sultan Restaurant nearby which is open every day until late in the evening.
For more specific information about the Masjid, please see the following.
Name Of Masjid: Masjid As-Salaam [Ueno Okachimachi Mosque]
Address: 1F As-Salaam Bldg., 4-6-7 Taito, Taito-ku,Postal Code : 110-0016
City:Okachimachi, Tokyo Inear Ueno Station)