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Insights from Travel Experts on Halal Food, Sightseeing, and Deep Japan
Japan, with its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes, has become an increasingly popular destination for Muslim travelers.
In this article, we delve into the experiences and recommendations of two seasoned travel experts, Mrs. Khamisah Salamat and Mrs. Zaiton, who share their insights on navigating Japan for Muslim first-timers and repeaters.
From halal food options to off-the-beaten-path adventures, join us as we uncover the wonders of Japan through the lens of these avid explorers!
Halal Food and Dining Experiences
When it comes to finding halal food in Japan, both Mrs. Khamisah and Mrs. Zaiton assure us that Muslim travelers need not worry. While halal restaurants are more concentrated in the big cities, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, they can still be found throughout the country, as regularly updated by FoodDiversity’s article and Halal Media Japan Instagram.
Japanese cuisine is renowned for its unique flavors, and Muslim travelers can relish the opportunity to savor authentic halal Japanese dishes during their visit. Mrs. Zaiton particularly emphasizes the importance of not letting dietary restrictions hinder the enjoyment of travel. “You travel to enjoy the experience, the atmosphere, the culture. So think easy!”, she says. Furthermore, Mrs. Zaiton adds “When you find halal foods, make sure to buy a lot, eat a lot. Show your support to them”.
She suggests bringing one’s own food or exploring local options, such as convenience stores, that cater to halal needs when halal restaurants are not readily available. Nevertheless, both travelers express their enthusiasm for seeking out and experiencing local halal delicacies whenever possible, as it adds an extra dimension to the cultural immersion.
Suggested Itineraries for Muslim Travelers
Mrs. Khamisah recommends the classic route of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka for first-timers, commonly known as the “golden route.” These cities offer a plethora of historical sites, cultural landmarks, and diverse attractions to captivate any visitor.
However, for those who have already explored the main cities, both Mrs. Khamisah and Mrs. Zaiton advocate venturing into the countryside to uncover the hidden gems of Japan.
According to Mrs. Khamisah, “Exploring deeper Japan allows travelers to experience a more authentic and lesser-known side of the country, providing a unique perspective beyond what is commonly found on the internet”.
Embracing Japanese Hospitality and Culture
One of the standout aspects of Japan that impressed Mrs. Zaiton during her first visit was the country’s exceptional hospitality and fascinating culture. The warm reception she received left a lasting impression, compelling her to return for another unforgettable journey.
Mrs. Khamisah and Mrs. Zaiton were together planning a trip to Aomori Prefecture, renowned for its Hirosaki Castle and luscious, sweet apples. In addition to visiting popular tourist spots and enjoying halal cuisine, they intend to elevate their travel experience by incorporating physical activities, such as cycling, into the itinerary.
By combining sightseeing with engaging physical pursuits, they believe travelers can gain a deeper appreciation for the destinations they visit, forging an even stronger connection with the local culture.