Written by Hilary Keyes
All You Need On Halal In Japan - The Complete Guide
We have compiled a list of MATCHA articles that provide useful information on locations offering halal food and products in Japan. The list will be updated regularly, so make sure to check it out!
In order for Muslim visitors to overcome any difficulties in experiencing Japanese culture during their trip to Japan, the number of restaurants specialized in halal food has increased lately, while some originally Japanese restaurants have adapted their menus so that they answer the needs of all their customers.
Because we want our readers to be able to easily find the information the need, we have gathered all our articles on halal food and information useful to Muslim visitors in one place. If you are looking for halal certified restaurants or souvenirs, or for places in Japan where you can perform the daily rituals of Muslim faith, please use this guide for reference. We will keep updating the information each month with new locations, so be sure to check it out from time to time!
For a start, we recommend the number one place to enjoy authentic sushi made with halal ingredients only - Asakusa Sushiken.
Asakusa is one of the liveliest sightseeing areas in Tokyo, featuring on almost everyone's list of places to visit. After enjoying the amazing sight of Sensōji Temple and its surrounding streets with their many small traditional shops against the background of the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree, why not stop at Asakusa Sushi Ken to taste authentic halal sushi, made with the utmost care towards Muslim precepts? This restaurant is famous for being the first halal certified sushi restaurant.
The Tokyo Camii & Turkish Cultural Center, located near the Yoyogi-uehara station in Shibuya ward, is the largest and most impressive monument of Muslim faith in Japan. It offers halal food, as well as Turkish products, so it is definitely worth a visit.
Along with sushi, ramen is one popular dish that we would like all visitors to Japan to taste at least once. There is one place that we can warmly recommend to Muslim visitors - Naritaya, a ramen shop conveniently located in Asakusa.
Yakiniku - or Japanese barbecue - is a dish that the locals enjoy eating together when going out in the city. You can find a halal-certified wagyū beef (Japanese beef) restaurant in Yoyogi, which is located middle-way between Shinjuku and Shibuya. Tanden is renowned for offering Japanese beef from Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu, a region famous for its beautiful nature scenery.
Sumiyakiya is also a popular halal-certified yakiniku restaurant, highly acclaimed by customers for its distinctive Japanese atmosphere. It is worth stopping by at Sumiyakiya if you find yourself in Nishi-Azabu, Roppongi area.
To those worried about not being able to read the Japanese menu, we recommend four halal restaurants which offer English menus - all located in the bustling Shinjuku area, the heart of Tokyo. From ramen to Turkish and Thai cuisine, there is a great variety of dishes to choose from.
When in Ginza, you can refresh yourself yourself with ice cream or yogurt beverages from Nakahora Pasture. The shop is halal certified and offers some of the most delicious dairy products in the area. Their soft cream is especially famous for being very tasty!
At KO-SO Cafe in the sophisticated Ebisu area you can enjoy a cup of coffee and invigorating sweets in a peaceful, elegant atmosphere. The desserts served at this halal certified café have many fans among both visitors and locals, as they are made with organic ingredients.
For ideal souvenirs from Japan, look no further that the Asakusa store of Don Quijote! They have a large variety of halal sweets and foods that can be brought back as a reminder of your trip. The sweets with authentic Japanese flavor are sure to delight all your dear ones!
Kushari - a tasty Egyptian food (pictured above) - is one of the unique dishes that can be enjoyed at the restaurant of Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, a facility that excels in services meant to answer the needs of Muslim customers.
Hanasaka Jī-san is a well established halal hot pot restaurant located in Shibuya. The thin slices of meat get cooked in an instant when dipped in boiling water. Hot pot - or shabu shabu, as it is known among the locals - is great to enjoy together with friends.
What would Japanese popular culture be without karaoke? To those who don't want to miss this experience we recommend the neat karaoke cafe Manekineko, whose store in Yotsuya-sanchōme offers halal foods and drinks.
Shibuya has its own selection of restaurants that cater to Muslim customers. In the above article we recommend four places where you can enjoy halal food in the area. You can either choose Japanese dishes or Indian and even Malay cuisine, but please be aware that, unless specified, the extensive menu of these restaurants might include non-halal dishes, so please be sure to confirm before you place your order.
Do check our list of places that offer halal food and products, as we will update it regularly with new information! Enjoy your trip to Japan!