Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya: A Muslim-Friendly Hotel
Written by YOSHIHITO OSHIMA
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya offers Muslim-friendly services and facilities to their guests. Try it out and enjoy a comfortable environment with tons of options.
Hatagaya is the second station from Shinjuku on the Keio Line. While Shinjuku is always bustling with tourists and shoppers, Hatagaya has a much calmer atmosphere.
From Hatagaya station, it takes two minutes on foot to reach Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, located in a residential area.
Appeal No.1: Muslim-Friendly Facilities
Sakura Hostel Hatagaya offers Muslim-friendly services, which is one of their strong suits.
For instance, the Sakura Cafe, located in the first floor lobby, serves halal dishes.
The most popular halal dish is kushari, from Egyptian cuisine.
Kushari is made from jasmine rice, macaroni, chickpeas, lentils, fried onions, and tomato sauce. Although it's a simple dish, it's delicious. There are other interesting dishes as well, so it's worth looking into.
This is the prayer room for Muslims.
On the ceiling, you can see an arrow pointing towards Mecca.
Also, the Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, with its mosque, is located near this hotel.
This is indeed a Muslim-friendly environment.
Appeal No.2: Japanese Cultural Experience Tours
The staff at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya regularly hosts tours for the guests wanting to experience Japanese culture. The photograph shows guests visiting Shinjuku Park to see the cherry blossoms.
Afterwards, the guests had sweets and tea in a traditional tea room.
Besides the cherry blossom tour, there are also workshops for making rolled sushi, origami, and Rakugo, a traditional form of Japanese comedy.
The rooms are all private; there are no dormitory-type rooms. All the rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and have their own bathroom, air-conditioning, television, and refrigerator. Amenities, such as towels, slippers, body soap, shampoo, and toothbrushes are also all provided.
The bed comes with a high-density spring mattress, so that weary travelers can rest comfortably.
The laundry room, with two washing machines and two drying machines, is located on the 5th floor and open from 10:00–22:00.
A Bookshelf and An Organ
The bookshelf on top of the retro-looking organ is filled with books from former guests.
An Entertaining Lodging for Travelers
"We try to make our guests feel at ease", says Mr. Jimbo, who is standing in the center. Sakura Hotel Hatagaya not only offers halal dishes and prayer rooms for Muslim guests but also hosts tours for travelers that want to experience Japanese culture. It's a place for guests from all over the world.
The hotel is close to Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuku, which are all major tourist attractions, making it an ideal base for sightseeing. Both the service and location is perfect, so please consider Sakura Hotel Hatagaya if you are looking to stay in Tokyo.
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Hatagaya 1-32-3
Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 10:00
Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Hatagaya Station (幡ヶ谷駅), Keio Line
Access: 1 minute walk from Hatagaya station.
Room Rates: from 4000–10,000 yen, depending on the room type and the number of guests
Website: Sakura Hotel Hatagaya