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Tokyo Muslim Guide - 5 Mosques Nearby Famous Tourist Areas

Tokyo Muslim Guide - 5 Mosques Nearby Famous Tourist Areas

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This article features five mosques in Tokyo, located in the proximity of popular touristic destinations.

Written by Ilham Rio Baramika

The number of Muslim visitors to Japan has been rising in recent years, especially in the case of Tokyo area. As the city continues to improve on every aspect in order to be a proper host for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020, there is an increasing need for facilities available to Muslim visitors, such as halal food and mosques or prayer rooms within the city.

Tokyo is the city with the most mosques and prayer spaces for Muslims in Japan. However, most of the mosques in Tokyo are located relatively far from major tourist areas. As these establishments are often dedicated only to the daily usage of local Muslim communities, the buildings are usually situated within residence areas, and it requires time reach them from most of the tourist areas within central Tokyo. For your convenience, we gathered up a list of 5 mosques within the Tokyo area that are located nearby sightseeing spots.

Okachimachi As-Salaam Mosque, Ueno

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Located at an 11 minute walk from Ueno station and very accessible from many sightseeing spots around Ueno, the As-Salaam Foundation is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of this mosque.

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The building itself serves two different purposes. On the first floor there is a community center, which is a place for weekly gatherings in order to conduct various activities within the local Muslim community. The upper level serves as a prayer hall for the visitors and the local Muslim community. Inside the building there are also a library and a study room with a wide collection of Islamic books.

Darul Arqam Mosque, Asakusa

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Asakusa is arguably one of the most popular tourist areas in Tokyo even among Muslim visitors. And that's no wonder, as this area covers some of the most well known tourist attractions in Japan, such as the Asakusa Sensōji Temple and the Tokyo Skytree, the famous landmark tower which is visible from this area.

However, the majority of Muslim visitors to Asakusa might not be aware that there is a mosque situated within walking distance from Asakusa Sensōji temple, the Darul Arqam Mosque. This four storied mosque, including the library on the ground floor, serves as the center of the Muslim community within the Asakusa area. It was established in 1998 as a part of the mosque construction project conducted by the Islamic Circle of Japan, one of the well known Islamic organizations in Japan.

Otsuka Mosque, Ikebukuro

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Otsuka Mosque was established to accommodate Muslim community members living in central Tokyo, and is maintained under the supervision of the Japan Islamic Trust. During the 1970s-80s there was a lack of religious facilities for the Muslims living in central Tokyo, and this mosque was created in order to meet this need. Otsuka Mosque officially opened to the public on February 4th, 2000, and it still actively serves as the center of Muslim activities such as seminars, Islamic lecture series and Arabic language classes.

Hiroo Mosque, Roppongi

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Photo by Halal Tokyo

Hiroo Mosque is located in the Roppongi Hills area, Minato ward. It is part of the Arabic Islamic Institute Building, an Islamic cultural establishment located within the most diverse and global district in Tokyo. More than just a religious establishment, the Arabic Islamic Institute Tokyo is a center of Arabic culture in Tokyo. In addition to meeting the need of a prayer hall through the establishment of the Hiroo Mosque for the Muslim community, the center makes efforts in spreading the understanding of Arabic culture in Tokyo, One of its activities is conducting a school of Arabic culture and language, which is located in the same building.

Tokyo Mosque Camii, Shibuya

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Camii Mosque is the largest mosque in Japan and is located in the center of Shibuya ward. Its convenient location makes it easily accessible from many major touristic spots around the center of Tokyo such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Shimokitazawa, and others. Tokyo Camii Mosque is also serving as a Turkish cultural center. It was built by the community of Turkish immigrants from Kazan-Russia in 1938. It is not only the largest mosque in Japan, but is arguably also the most beautiful one.

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Photo: Matcha jp

The mosques in Japan will probably not resemble the common design that most Muslim people ar familiar with. The reason is that most of them are established within usual Japanese apartment buildings, blending in with the surrounding residential area. Fortunately, the Tokyo Camii Mosque resembles the image of a mosque, which is familiar to most Muslims. The design of Tokyo Camii Mosque is heavily influenced by Ottoman architecture, reminding one of the famous blue mosque in Turkey, with its huge dome and tall minarets.

In Conclusion

To all fellow Muslim visitors to Japan, there is no need for you to be afraid of missing the prayer time during your visit to Tokyo. Do not forget to visit one of these mosques, both for your regular prayers and as part of your travel in Japan.

Information

Okachimachi As-Salaam Mosque

Address: Tokyo, Taitō-ku, Taitō 4-6-7
Opening hours: available for the five daily prayers.
Holidays: None
Wi-Fi access: Available
Accepted credit cards: None
Foreign language support: Japanese and English
Foreign language menus: None
Closest station: Okachimachi station 御徒町駅 on JR lines
Access: 6 minute walk from south exit of Okachimachi station on JR lines
Price range: N/A
Religion: Islam
Phone number: 03-5812-4101
Official homepage: As-Salaam Foundation Official Website

Darul Arqam Mosque

Address: Tokyo, Taitō-ku, Higashi Asakusa 1-9-12
Opening hours: available for the five daily prayers
Holidays: None
Wi-Fi access: None
Accepted credit cards: None
Foreign language support: Japanese, English, Indonesian, Urdu
Foreign language menus: None
Closest station: Asakusa Station 浅草駅 on Ginza line and Asakusa Line
Access: 13 minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line
Price range: N/A
Religion: Islam
Phone number:03-3871-6061
Official homepage: Islamic Circle of Japan Official website

Otsuka Mosque

Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Otsuka 3-42-7
Opening hours: available for the five daily prayers
Holidays: None
Wi-Fi access: None
Accepted credit cards: None
Foreign language support: Japanese and English
Foreign language menus: None
Closest station: Otsuka Station 大塚駅 on JR Line
Access: 3 minute walk from Otsuka Station on JR line
Price range: N/A
Religion: Islam
Phone number: 03-3971-5631
Official homepage: Japan Islamic Trust Official Website

Hiroo Mosque

Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Motoazabu 3-4-18
Opening hours: available for the five daily prayers
Holidays: None
Wi-Fi access: None
Accepted credit cards: None
Foreign language support: Japanese, English, Arabic
Foreign language menus: None
Closest station: Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station 六本木駅 on Hibiya Line
Access: 10 minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line
Price range: N/A
Religion: Islam
Phone number: 03-3404-6622
Official homepage: Tokyo Arabic Islamic Institute Official Website

Camii Mosque

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Ōyama-chō 1-19
Opening hours: available for the five daily prayers
Holidays: None
Wi-Fi access: None
Accepted credit cards: None
Foreign language support: Japanese, English, Turkish
Foreign language menus: None
Closest station: Yoyogi Uehara Station 代々木上原駅
Access: 5 minutes walk from Yoyogi Uehara Station on Odakyū Line
Price range: N/A
Religion: Islam
Phone number: 03-5790-0760
Official homepage: Tokyo Camii Turkish Culture Center

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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