As the title says, I think a smartphone(preferably online), cash, and an IC card are the 3 things better to have when you travel Japan. In this post, I will share some information related to these 3 items that I think are useful. 1. Smartphone If you want to keep your smarphone online, get a local SIM card. For more information about prepaid SIM cards in Japan, please check my other post: Everything You Need to Know About Prepaid SIM Cards in Japan Now these are the apps and websites I suggest you take a look. To Search the Train Route Google Map may solve all the problems. In addition… Read more »
Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 1)
Our first travel log! In “Amy’s Travel Log,” my muslim friend Amy who lives in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese(!) will share her experience of the 2 weeks holiday in Japan with her cousins.
South Indian Cuisine Restaurant Dakshin
My friend was visiting Tokyo over the weekend and when I asked what she wanted to eat in Tokyo, she said “good Indian food and really good burger.” So I did some research, then found out that some of the most popular Indian restaurants in Tokyo are concentrated in the area near Tokyo Station. We decided to try one of them and it happened that the restaurant was muslim-friendly.
JNTO launches a website “JAPAN Welcome Guide for Muslim Visitors”
Japan National Tourism Organization has launched a website for muslim visitors to Japan. They list hotels and restaurants from all parts of Japan that are muslim-friendly. Very helpful. You can also check travel reports by two muslim bloggers.
Ippin @ Ebisu
This Teppanyaki restaurant is operated by Les’ copaque Japan Co., Ltd. (local corporation of Les’ copaque production from Malaysia known as the animation production company of “Upin dan Ipin”) that offers halal meat teppanyaki! The restaurant is certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association as muslim-friendly. All menu are halal and no alcoholic drinks are on the menu.
Halal lunch is finally available at Sophia University, Tokyo
My alma mater, Sophia University has finally started selling halal bento. Although I feel they should have started this much earlier, I am very happy to see them trying to offer better environment for their diverse students.
Some random photos from last week when I quickly walked through Shinjuku Kabukicho after watching “Cinderella” in a theater.
Halal Bakery Café Liaison @ Mita / Tamachi
(Revised: March, 2015) Unfortunately, Cafe Liaison will no longer be Halal Bakery from April, 2016. A halal bakery, Halal Bakery Cafe Liaison has opened near Tamachi/Mita station in Tokyo at the end of March. My muslim friend Amy works there and I’d been meaning to visit there and I finally did yesterday.
Muslim Friendly Restaurant : Siddique (Indian/Pakistan Curry)
Siddique is a chain Indian/Pakistan curry shop based in Tokyo. If you are looking for halal meal but don’t know where to find it, look for one of their shops nearby. This restaurant has shops in the most convenient places like in Shinjuku, Azabu-juban (Roppongi), Jinbocho, Nihonbashi and more. They sell alcohol but their meal are halal. The lunch sets are reasonable and their naan is big, fresh and delicious!
Halal Souvenir : Castella Cake
I would definitely buy this as a gift to my Muslim friends next time! An organic and natural food company MUSO produces halal castella cake in three different flavors: honey, matcha, and brown sugar. They are certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association. Castella is a sponge cake made with sugar, flour, eggs and starch syrup. It is originally from Portugal and was introduced to Japan in the 16th century by Portuguese. Its soft texture and the simple taste is loved by all ages from children to elderly in Japan. I had heard about this halal castella and knew that I can get it at the airport so I looked for it… Read more »