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A Muslim-Friendly Tour Of Tokyo By Trip Designer

A Muslim-Friendly Tour Of Tokyo By Trip Designer

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Jumpei Kawashima

Tokyo 2016.08.29 Bookmark

A Muslim-friendly tour of Tokyo by Trip Designer allows the visitors to enjoy the major sightseeing destinations along with halal-certified dishes.

A great number of travelers from abroad visit Tokyo. There are various sightseeing spots such as Asakusa, Shibuya and Harajuku in this area, where one can enjoy both the traditional and the modern atmosphere of Japan.

Muslim visitors to Japan may be concerned about religion-related matters, such as meals and places to offer their prayers. The Tokyo tour for the Muslim tourists, operated by Trip Designer, is one way to solve those concerns.

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Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center: Start of the Tour

The tour starts from Asakusa, a town with a rich history. The tour route will be explained at the Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center.

On this day, Sabrina, a French Muslim joins the tour of Asakusa and Harajuku. Ms. Ayako Furuya, a veteran sightseeing guide of the Tokyo area, is the tour conductor.

There is a miniature model of the Asakusa townscape on the first floor, where visitors can get an image of the sightseeing places in the area.

From the eighth floor observatory, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree. The next stop is Sensoji Temple.

Asakusa: Enjoy Japanese Culture at Sensoji Temple

The group moves on to Sensoji Temple. There are many souvenir shops along the way.

Shops like Hyobando handle halal-certified souvenirs. After checking out the souvenir shops, the group arrives at the main temple.

The Muslim people are interested in religion in general. Sabrina listened eagerly to the guide's explanation about the difference between a shrine and a temple, and how to offer prayers properly.

The ways to pray properly at a Japanese temple have some things in common with the Islamic faith, such as washing your hands with water beforehand. Visitors should give it a try.

Read also: A Guide to get the Most out of Sensoji Temple

Asakusa: A Delicious, Halal-Certified Sushi

For lunch, the tour goes to Asakusa Sushi Ken, a halal-certified restaurant. Seasonings, such as soy sauce, are also alcohol-free, so there is nothing to worry about.

Read also: Asakusa Sushi Ken – The First Halal Sushi Restaurant In Japan

The tour continues, now with a full stomach.

Shibuya: A Secret Spot to Watch the Famous Crossing

Shibuya is the next stop, to watch the famous crossing. There are various spots to view the Scramble Crossing, and the corridor of the Mark City is one of them.

On the street level, with a huge number of pedestrians, taking photographs may be difficult. But from the Mark City viewing spot, you can take all the time you want.

Read also: Top 4 Viewing Spots for Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing

Harajuku: Takeshita Street and Meiji Jingu

After getting off at Harajuku Station, which is right next to Shibuya Station, the tour heads for Takeshita Street.

Meiji Jingu is a large shrine, located near Harajuku. The site has a mystic atmosphere.

The big rope in front of the main shrine is called a shimenawa. It marks the boundary between the outer world and a sacred place. Furthermore, the shimenawa represents the cloud in the sky, which gives us rain and thunder. By designing the gifts from heaven, it is a way to pray for a good harvest.

Participants of a small-sized tour can listen to this kind of information.

Read also:
Takeshita Street: Where Harajuku Fashion Began
Meiji Jingu: Harajuku’s Stunning Shrine

Yoyogi: Tokyo Camii Turkish Cultural Center

The last stop is the Tokyo Camii Turkish Cultural Center, which is the largest mosque in Japan. The center is operated by the Turkish government, and designed in Turkish style.

The chapel has stained glass windows, and is illuminated by the beautiful light streaming through them. The high ceiling creates a serene atmosphere.

At this center, female visitors can borrow hijabs. Praying at a mosque in Japan should be a unique experience.

This is the end of the Muslim-friendly Tokyo tour. Ms. Ayako Furuya, the skillful tour conductor, is a veteran sightseeing guide of the Tokyo area. She shared information useful to her Muslim guest, as well as snippets of knowledge about Japan.

Trip Designer is the company which plans and manages this kind of tour. They offer a wide variety of tours all over Japan, to the visitors from abroad. For further information, take a look at their English site, OMAKASE.

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Make your tour reservation on OMAKASE, the official website.

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