Being the most populated city in Kyushu island, Fukuoka has an Islamic Culture Center named Al Nour. The masjid is not located in the city center but it is easily accessed by tourists who could not read/speak any Japanese and came to Fukuoka for the first time, just like us.
If you are in Hakata, just take the JR Kagoshima Line to Hakozaki Station. It only takes 5 minutes to reach Hakozaki Station. If you are a JR Pass holder then you pay nothing for this trip. From Hakozaki Station exit to Myoken Dori, just turn right and walk a bit to the junction. Look around for the JR railway (it should be on your right, if you’re on the right track :p) and then follow the line. The Masjid is on the left.
Women enter the masjid through a single door located next to the main entrance. This door leads you to the second floor, the prayer room and wudhu place only for women and children.
We came there just before Magrib and there was a gathering of the muslim community, we supposed. Judging from it and from their official website, the community is very active and has a great hospitality. We managed to talk with some of them and they’re quite surprise finding out that we paid a visit to their Masjid while traveling to Fukuoka and other cities in Japan.
Just like other places in Japan, this Masjid is very clean and neat. It is prohibited to eat and drink inside the prayer room. And please make sure you keep everything in place after you use it.
What: Al Nour Islamic Culture Center, Fukuoka
Where: 3 Chome-2-18 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0053, Japan [map]
How to go: About 3 minutes walk from Hakozaki Station
How much: Free just pay for train fare. And if you’re a JR Pass holder, it’s totally free. But why not donate to the masjid? 🙂