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.
Tag: Muslim Traveler
Halal Restaurant: Sojibo at KIX Airport
When it comes to Halal Restaurant option, KIX is one of our favorite. Previously, we had udon at The U-don. This time, we tried soba dish at Sojibo. The restaurant has Halal logo in front of their restaurant, so even without prior information search, fellow Muslim traveler can be assured that they provide Halal menu.
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.
Prayer Room: Nara Station Tourist Information Center
Nara is one of favorite destination for one-day trip from Osaka. The deer at Nara park seems to be attractive for tourist, just like the one in Miyajima. Another reason for Muslim traveler who want to visit Nara is the fact that they welcome Muslim by providing prayer room at Nara City Tourist Information Centre, just beside Nara Station.
Halal Japanese Food Resto: Matsuri
This is probably the best halal restaurant we ever visited. No kidding. The food, the vibe, and the service are superb!
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.
Modernark Pharm Cafe Kobe
Back in 2015, we failed to taste Kobe Beef. So this year we were pretty determine to finally taste it since we add Kobe to our itinerary. However, once again our plan was halted when we realized the course menu of the restaurant that offer Halal Kobe Beef is too expensive for us (like 10.000 yen/pax for the cheapest set) *sigh*. Maybe next time….. We have to save enough money first to finally splurge on something expensive like that. This also become the reason why we don’t update our blog as scheduled, we are busy with our day job so we can buy Kobe Beef later, lol (sorry for the lame excuse…).
Anyway, Kobe has several restaurants that offer Halal/Muslim-friendly menu. Most of them are Indian/Turkish restaurant, but we didn’t feel like to eat it at that time. So in the end we chose Modernark Pharm Cafe, a vegetarian cafe which specialized in healthy/beauty(?) menu using all natural ingredient.
Ramen Halal di Tokyo: Ayam-ya vs Narita-ya
Makanan apa yang biasa dibayangkan pada saat udara dingin oleh orang Indonesia? Jika kamu menjawab salah satu merek mie instant yang disajikan panas (plus potongan cabe rawit), maka kamu tergolong dalam mayoritas orang Indonesia pada umumnya. Nah, makanan itu lah yang selalu terbayang di benak kami pada saat kami ke Jepang di musim dingin bulan Januari yang lalu. Mumpung di Jepang, kenapa tidak mencoba Ramen? Pada umumnya Ramen identik dengan kuah kaldu yang berasal dari babi. Hal inilah yang membuat para pelancong muslim yang berkunjung ke Jepang harus mengurungkan niatnya untuk mencoba Ramen.
Dulu alternatif terbaik mungkin dengan memilih Ramen vegetarian seperti yang kami coba di Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Sekarang untungnya jumlah restoran yang menawarkan Ramen Halal semakin banyak. Beberapa di antaranya yang cukup terkenal adalah Ayam-ya dan Narita-ya. Kami mencoba Ramen di kedua restoran tersebut dan berikut penilaian kami.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Ramen is one of popular comfort food among Japanese. Back then, Muslim traveler might be hesitated to taste this dish because usually it was made from pork broth. But these days the number of Vegetarian Ramen and even Halal Ramen is increasing in Japan. One of the place to try Vegetarian Ramen is in Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. There are 3 – 4 different option you can choose. Or if you are a big eater, why not try all? This museum is probably the most random/out-of-theme museum we’ve ever visited. We will tell you why later.
Karaoke Honpo Maneki Neko Yotsuya-3chome
As JE fangirls, January probably the best month for you to go to Japan as there are so many concerts from different groups being held. We managed to go to not just one, but three concert venue. Sadly we didn’t actually attend the concert as we couldn’t get the ticket (someday we will!). So for our consolation, we went for Karaoke and made our own concert, lol. This particular karaoke chain located in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku not only a place for having fun, but also they offer Halal menu for Muslim visitor.