Do you know that this mosque is the oldest one in Japan? It’s not Tokyo, it’s Kobe, a city means “Gate of God”. What history Kobe Mosque offers and what it currently has? How to go there if you want to pay a visit? Read this post to find out.
In Tokyo, there are more than one Mosque available for Muslim. While Tokyo Mosque as the biggest one, you can find other Mosques in several area. This time, we went to Ueno where As-Salaam Mosque is located.
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.
Nagoya in One Day (by Foot!)
Back to our first Japan trip in 2013, we had a full day to spent in Nagoya. Arrived at 8 am in Chubu International Airport, we got to Nagoya Station by train with less than ¥900. Since we had time until midnight before depart to Tokyo, we took time exploring this city by foot all day long…
Here we are sharing things that you possibly do while walking around Nagoya:
It’s official name is actually Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. In Turkish, Camii means Mosque. The shape of the building and its interior design have reminded us of all the mosques we saw in Istanbul.
As one of muslim-friendly cities in Japan, Osaka provides information about halal food and prayer rooms. Those are the basic information for muslim travelers. Not only owns prayer rooms, this city even has a mosque.
Prayer Room KIX Airport
Kansai International Airport, KIX in short, is one of muslim-friendly airports in Japan. In its Terminal 1, there is praying room dedicated to muslim travelers coming to Kansai area.
Being muslims simply does not hinder us to travel around the world. We admit that, sometimes, there is a worry on how and where we could perform our prayers. But nowadays, information regarding mosques or islamic communities is now available in most of tourist-destination countries, including Japan. This info was then used to prepare our trip.
We had a whole day in Nagoya, it was thus a must to pay a visit to one of its mosques. In Nagoya alone, there are at least 2 mosques listed on the internet. The one that we went to is about 20-minute away from Nagoya Station.
Sebagai muslim, jalan-jalan di negeri yang mayoritas penduduknya bukan pemeluk agama Islam tentu ada terbersit pertanyaan: “Nanti sholatnya di mana ya?”. Paling nyaman pasti sholat di tempat kita menginap. Tapi seandainya tidak memungkinkan, pencarian info tentang keberadaan mushola atau mesjid di kota yang akan kita kunjungi menjadi penting.
Dalam itinerary kami ke Japang, ada satu hari di mana kami harus menghabiskannya di Nagoya tanpa tempat menginap. Sampai sana pagi dan baru akan beranjak ke Tokyo tengah malam. Maka, mesjid atau mushola menjadi satu dari sekian tempat yang wajib kami singgahi untuk sholat. Oh yeah, di Nagoya ada mesjid dong.. Lokasinya cukup dekat dengan Nagoya Station, statsiun kereta terbesar di kota ini.
Dengan santainya kami jalan kaki mengitari Nagoya, mengikuti kaki melangkah sampai ga tau lagi sedang ada di bagian Nagoya sebelah mana. Jam sudah menunjukkan pukul 4 sore lewat banyak menit. Kami belum sholat! Padahal kurang dari 2 jam lagi adzan magrib akan berkumandang. Buka peta, cari jalan terdekat menuju Nagoya Mosque, intip jam, lihat posisi matahari, dan… kami mulai panik.