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Travelling to a country whose predominant religion is different from yours can be quite difficult. Though you can adjust to some cultural norms, there are some things that you can’t just work your way around. One of those is food. For example, if you’re a Muslim visiting Japan, finding places where you can have a taste of washoku or Japanese cuisine seems to be impossible. Alcohols like sake and mirin are an integral part of most Japanese dishes, so it’s hard to find one that’s permissible. Not to mention, their cuisine tends to feature a lot of pork as well. Luckily, in recent years, more and more halal restaurants have popped up in this travel hotspot. Planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun soon? No need to worry about your dining arrangements. Just head straight to these halal restaurants in Japan for a sumptuously authentic Japanese meal.



Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka, Shinjuku, Tokyo



There are different variations of ramen in Japan but it’s still quite rare to find a Halal restaurant in Japan that serves one. Thankfully, this small restaurant in Shinjuku opened back in 2016 for people with dietary restrictions. Try out Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka’s signature Halal ramen and enjoy the rich flavour of sea bream and refreshing yuzu in the broth. For a more filling meal with strips of high-quality Wagyu on top, upgrade it to a Premium Halal wagyu Ramen Set complete with delectable chicken side dishes. For those who completely refuse to consume meat, vegan ramen made of sea kelp and mushrooms is a must-try. Before you go, be sure to make a reservation as the waiting lines for walk-ins can be long!


BULLS Restaurant, Naniwa, Osaka



If you’re heading off to Osaka on your trip, be sure to stop by BULLS, a Halal restaurant in Japan specialising in shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and steaks. To cater to tourists who visit from all over the world, the sukiyaki place studied Halal processing and adapted a system so everyone can freely enjoy Japanese dishes. You can dine without worries as the restaurant uses different utensils and storage for Halal food. Aside from having their Halal Sukiyaki Set, take your taste buds to a flavourful ride with their Steak Set. 



Okonomiyaki Sansei, Kita, Kyoto



For those in Kyoto craving okonomiyaki, then this Halal Japanese restaurant is the place for you. Although Okonomiyaki Sansei has long been established, it was only last year when they started providing a Halal menu. You can enjoy cooking okonomiyaki made from Halal ingredients in their hotplates, utensils, tableware made available for Muslim visitors. Here, you can have a bite of piping hot seafood okonomiyaki and yakisoba made with beef and squid. But, to enjoy their food, you have to make a reservation beforehand. 



Yoshiya Arashiyama, Ukyo, Kyoto



Sightseeing in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district? Complete your sensorial tour of the city by sampling Halal washoku in Yoshiya Arashiyama. Serving the best of Saga cuisine for around 60 years now, the traditional Japanese restaurant acquired Halal certification from Kyoto Halal Council a few years back. Enjoy a grand view of Arashiyama with their flavourful dishes made from fresh seasonal ingredients. You should definitely try out their elegantly plated Special Shoukado Set paired with refreshingly light Yudofu. 



Fukunoki, Chuo, Sapporo



For those who want a refreshing new take on ramen, Sapporo’s Fukunoki is one of the best Halal restaurants in Japan you can visit. While most Muslim-friendly restaurants have a separate Halal menu, Fukunoki’s offerings can be enjoyed by all. Their ramen broth is tomato-based, quite unusual for Japan, and they use no chemical flavourings with everyone’s health in mind. Their most popular dish is Shrimp Jirashi Ramen, which is topped with a large whole shrimp on top. Fukunoki’s flat noodles already complement the thick broth, but if you want to take it up a notch, upgrade to chewier potato noodles made with local produce.


(Cover photo from: @yoshiya_arashiyama)



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