Here’s a report from my muslim friend Amy about the new prayer room in Takashimaya in Shinjuku! Takashimaya in Shinjuku is starting new services for foreign tourists and setting up a prayer room was one of them. While going out near Shinjuku area, Muslims now can take their time shopping and no longer worry about prayer times. Because a prayer room has been set up at 11th floor of Takashimaya department store, which is situated near the JR New South exit. Tokyu Hands and Uniqlo are in the same building, while Kinokuniya Book store is very near. You will be able to get on the 11th floor by elevator. On… Read more »
Outlet malls in Japan are popular among foreign Asian tourists. Gotemba Premium Outlet near Mt. Fuji is one of the largest in Japan where you can enjoy the view the mountain while shopping at over 200 shops. And they have a prayer room too!! For overseas visitors, they give free coupons with which you can get more discounts. To get the coupons, go to the Information Center and show your passport. Most of the shops offer tax free shopping as well for a purchase above 10001 yen. It’s a bit far from Tokyo but is a nice place to hang out. There’s a ferris wheel, too. You could include a… Read more »
I went to Tourism Expo Japan and luckily got a chance to see “Wanoma” (和の間）exhibited by Halal Japan Business Association. “Wanoma” means Japanese style room or space. A company called Tanseisha（丹青社）is planning to develop Japanese style muslim prayer rooms for muslim tourists. It was crowded and unofortunately my photos are blurry but you can see a basin and tap for ablution and tatami mats. Do you think you would go if there was a Japanese style prayer room like this? I thought it’s a good idea. And there was a halal bento seller at the venue. I didn’t get to taste it but it was a simple Japanese style bento certified by Malaysia… Read more »
There will be a new prayer room opening on October 22 in Osaka Station City building which is located in the Osaka Station. It’s size is 30m2, opening hours is between 11am to 7pm, men and women’s rooms are separated with a shower facility in each room. Note that it’s for people of all religions.