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Written by: Meidiana Khadijah Maramis

If you visit Kyoto, don’t forget to visit Arashiyama to enjoy the beauty of the Bamboo Forest. Near the Arashiyama Hankyu station, there is a Muslim-friendly restaurant called Yosiya. According to their website, the restaurant has been serving a wide variety of food for more than 70 years in Arashiyama Kyoto by combining customers’ needs while preserving the traditions of Japanese cuisine.

The entrance of Yosiya Arashiyama


Approximately 10 minutes from Arashiyama station (Hankyuu railway) or Saga Arashiyama station (JR Sagano line).

Muslim Friendly Menu

At Yosiya, I recommend having a halal Matsukajo bento and halal spicy karaage (fried chicken).

Halal Matsukajo Bento is a Japanese specialty menu served separately from each dish like a bento/lunch box, comes with a variety of dishes such as tempura, kakiage (vegetable tempura), salmon with perilla leaf, and more. The bento is available at a price of 2,300 yen.

Halal matsukajo bento

Halal spicy karaage comes in crispy karaage and vivid vegetables with rice and tofu, at 1,500 yen.

Besides these two, there are other Muslim-friendly meals such as Japanese Beef Shabu-Shabu and eel dishes.

You can make a reservation by calling the restaurant’s phone number (mentioned below) to secure your seat for a more convenient visit. Walk-in is also available, you can just directly come to the restaurant, but usually have to wait for your turn to enter especially when it is crowded.

There is also a prayer room inside the restaurant, complete with prayer mats and water flowing from a bamboo tap for ablutions/wudu’.

If you are looking for Kyoto’s Muslim-friendly souvenirs, there is an omiyage (souvenir) corner in the shop selling original hijabs, tea, and more.

See Also

Halal Restaurants in Kyoto

About Yoshiya Arashiyama

31, Sagatenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours
Halal Gourmet Japan