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Halal Food Guide at These Cities!
Japan is a country famous for its unique cuisine, and for Muslims traveling to Japan, finding halal local food can sometimes be a challenge. However, with an increasing number of halal restaurants popping up, it has become much easier to find local halal foods in Japan.
Here are some recommendations for where to eat local halal foods in Japan.
1.Osaka – Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki
If you’re in Osaka and looking for halal food, Japanese Restaurant Matsuri is a must-visit spot. This restaurant has a wide variety of halal and vegan foods, including the famous Osaka dishes of okonomiyaki and takoyaki. You can also enjoy halal Kobe beef here!
If you plan on visiting for dinner, it’s recommended to make a reservation in advance to secure your seat.
780 yen~5,000 yen
3 min walk from Noda Hanshin station.
Japanese Restaurant Matsuri, a One Stop to Experience the Genuine Taste of Japanese cuisines in Osaka!
2. Osaka – Kushikatsu
Kushikatsu is a popular food in the Tsutenkaku area in Osaka, but unfortunately, there are no halal kushikatsu options available there yet. However, you can still enjoy this deep-fried snack at Asian Spicy Diner 585, the sister restaurant of Halal Yakiniku Zerohachi in OCAT Namba 5F.
OCAT Namba 5F
Yakiniku Zerohachi, Best Places to Enjoy Halal Wagyu Beef in Osaka!
3. Nagoya – Miso Nikomi Udon, Chicken Wing, and Fried Chicken with Miso Sauce
Yamamotoya Ookute is a well-known Muslim-friendly restaurant in Nagoya that offers halal and vegan meals. The restaurant’s specialty is miso-nikomi udon, a dish of chewy homemade udon in rich hatchomiso (miso originating from Nagoya) flavors.
Don’t forget to try their chicken wing, isomaki (fried chicken wrapped with seaweed), and miso kushikatsu (chicken cutlet stick with miso sauce) too!
800 yen~2,000 yen
5 mins walk from Fukiage station.
Finally! That Nagoya Popular Dish, Miso-Stewed Udon is Available Muslim Friendly at Yamamotoya (Ookute Branch)!
Halal Tebasaki and Halal Miso Kushikatsu from Yamamotoya Ookute Branch
4. Kobe – Halal Kobe Beef Steak
Kobe Beef Steak SAKURA is a halal-certified restaurant that serves only the highest A5 rank of the wagyu grade and the halal-certified meat for the halal course. The restaurant also uses exclusive kitchenware, such as iron plates and cooking utensils, in preparing the halal course.
You can order different menus and share each meat with your companion, allowing you to enjoy eating and comparing the taste of each part of the meat.
4,500 yen~25,000 yen
6 min walk from Sannomiya Station
Halal Kobe Beef Steak SAKURA, Enjoy Halal Kobe Beef Grilled On The Teppan
Best Places to Have Halal Kobe Beef in Its Origin, Kobe!
5. Hiroshima ~ Layered Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is a popular dish in the Hiroshima region, known for its unique preparation method that layers each ingredient, including noodles and fried egg, rather than mixing them together.
Traditionally, this dish includes pork and lard-based ingredients, making it inaccessible to Muslim customers. However, Origami JAPAN, a renowned Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki shop, has recognized the need to cater to a wider audience and now offers a Muslim-friendly version of the dish.
This halal okonomiyaki is made with strictly selected ingredients, such as chicken and olive oil, replacing pork and lard, allowing Muslim customers to enjoy the dish without compromising their dietary requirements. This thoughtful adaptation by Origami JAPAN truly exemplifies the spirit of inclusivity and diversity in Japanese cuisine.
8 mins walk from Hondori station east 1 exit.
“The Taste Of Hiroshima”, a Muslim Friendly Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at the “Origami JAPAN”!
Hitoyoshi (Kumamoto Prefecture) – Halal Hitoyoshi Wagyu Beef
Ryokan Ayu no Sato, located on the riverside of Kuma River, is the only halal-certified ryokan in the Hitoyoshi area. The ryokan offers a relaxing and calming atmosphere and halal meals, including Hitoyoshi’s halal wagyu beef!
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To get there, take the highway bus Kirishima from Kagoshima airport (40 minutes ride) to Hitoyoshi interchange, then ride a taxi to the ryokan with a travel time of approximately 5 minutes.
The Only Halal Certified Ryokan in Kyushu Area, The Hitoyoshi Natural Hot Springs “Ryokan AYUNOSATO”
In conclusion, finding halal food in Japan is becoming much easier, and there are many Muslim-friendly restaurants that offer local cuisine.