Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muslim Guides in Osaka, Japan (Halal Food & Prayer Room - Shinsaibashi Area)

Japan is getting more and more muslim-friendlier, not only many restaurants are opting to serve halal meals, lot of places now offers prayer room, for the convenience of muslim tourist. How cool is that! 

Alhamdulillah, I was given a chance to explore Japan last November and Osaka was on the list. Here are the halal places and prayer rooms in Osaka, based on the groundwork planning of my Japan trip. Do take note that the places that I did not get a chance to visit are solely based on what I've found online (shared by others). Do correct me if I'm wrong, thank you :)

SHINSAIBASHI AREA
Edited with labels. Map credit: Halal Media Japan
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1. BULLS - Japanese Hotpot
Indulge in halal beef (thinly sliced) and chicken with your choice of broth: Sukiyaki, Shabu Shabu or Miso. You can choose two per hotpot. Miso is very mild and thin yet perfect after you mix with the meats and vegetables. If you prefer natural clean soup, choose Shabu Shabu. If you haven't eaten Shabu Shabu before, don't be surprised as they will served you hot water only. We did not take the Sukiyaki, but I believe its soy sauce based.

Ask for the halal menu. Staff can converse in English and also Mandarin. The Sukiyaki Set comes with halal meat, free flow vegetables (pick whatever you like at the veg counter near the entrance) and also free flow of rice, udon or ramen.

Please be aware that some of their drinks contain alcohol such as lemonade. However, their staff are trained and will advise you which drinks to avoid :)

Address: OCAT Building, Level 5, 1-4-1 Minato-machi Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6647-0555
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00 | Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00 | Connected with JR Namba Station 
Price range: ¥1000 - ¥3500 Oomph Verdict: ★★★
1 serving of Beef & Chicken Set
Each comes with 2 sauces: Sesame and Sweet Soy Sauce


Beef Steak Set - Recommended
Free flow vegetable counter. Photo credit: Tabelog.com by ffmmff 
Bulls' entrance

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2. RAMEN HONOLU - Japanese Ramen
Enjoy authentic Japanese Ramen with milky broth with choice of Chicken or Soy in this quaint little shop. You can also choose the level of spiciness. Order from the vending machine near the entrance and pass the ticket at the counter, then sit back and wait for ramen to be served. Walking distance from Bulls (see above). 

Address: 2-5-2 Motomachi Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6710-9604
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 | Dinner: 17:30 - 21:00 | Nearby JR/Subway Namba Station 
Price range: ¥580 - ¥1180 Oomph Verdict: ★★★
Gyoza

Spicy Ramen

Rich Chicken
Old school bottles!
Order here!
Ramen Honolu entrance. Photo credit: Halal Media Japan

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3. KARAKUS - Turkish
Address: Akasaka Building, Level 1, 2-5-9 Namba-naka Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6644-7522
Lunch: 11:00 - 15:00 | Dinner: 17:00 - 21:00 | Nearby Nankai Namba Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥3000 (dinner)
Karakus' entrance. Photo credit: Tabelog.com by おおおおお
One of the menu. Photo credit: Tabelog.com by MIYO584
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4. MITHILA - Indian
Address: Hiramatsu Ogiya Building, Level 2, 1-6-14 Dotonbori Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6484-0480
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00 | Dinner: 17:00 - 23:00 | Nearby Subway Namba Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥2000 (dinner)
Mithila's entrance. Photo credit: tabelog.com by misumisu
Indian menu. Photo credit: tabelog.com.by mithila
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5. DOTONBORI HOTEL - Halal breakfast
*Strictly for hotel guest only. Non-halal breakfast dishes are labeled with picture icons. Alternative, guest can reserve halal Grill Chicken dish a day before. 
Address: 2-3-25 Dotonbori Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6213-9040
Breakfast: 07:00 - 09:30 | Nearby Railway Osaka-Namba Station 
Grill Chicken Set. Photo credit: Dotobori Hotel
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6. GANKO - Washoku
*3-days advance reservation is required 
Address: 1-2-2 Namba Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6212-6550
Opening hours: 11:30 - 23:00 | Nearby Subway Namba Station 
Price range from ¥3564 - ¥8316
Arashiyama Set. Photo credit: Ganko

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7. TSUKI NO ODORI - Chicken Yakitori & Hotpot
*2-days advance reservation is required by email. Prayer room available 
Address: 24k Building, Level 2, 1-1-11 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6213-9988
Dinner: 16:00 - 24:00 | Nearby Subway Nippombashi Station 
Price range from ¥2100 - ¥3500
Halal menu set. Photo credit: Tsuki No Odori
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8. NAZAR - Turkish
*Prayer room available 
Address: Matsumura Building, Level 2, 1-16-13 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6282-0030
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00 | Dinner: 17:30 - 23:00 | Nearby Subway Shinsaibashi Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥3000 (dinner)
One of the dishes served. Photo credit: Nazar FB Page

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9. AARTI - Indian
Address: Big Step, Level 3, 1-6-14 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6241-8567
Lunch: 11:00 - 17:00 | Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00 | Nearby Subway Shinsaibashi Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥2000 (dinner)
Aarti's entrance. Photo credit: Aarti via Tripadvisor

Thali Set. Photo credit: Aarti via Tripadvisor

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10. ALI'S KITCHEN - Pakistani
Address: Tres Building, Level B1, 1-10-12 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-4708-5745
Lunch: 11:00 - 15:00 | Dinner: 17:00 - 23:30 | Nearby Subway Shinsaibashi Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥2000 (dinner)
Photo credit: Ali's Kitchen FB Page

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11. CAFE BINTANG - Indonesian
Address: Katie's Shinsaibashi, Level 4, 1-19-19 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-4708-5745
Lunch/Dinner: 12:00 - 23:00 | Nearby Subway Shinsaibashi Station 
Price range from ¥680 - ¥1500
Photo credit: Cafe Bintang Website
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12. MR HALAL - Japanese & Arab
Address: 1-4-9-101 Minami-semba Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6266-0786
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 | Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00 | Nearby Subway Nagahoribashi Station 
Price range from ¥1000 (lunch) ¥2000 (dinner)
Mr Halal's entrance. Photo credit: Tabelog by みつお★
Photo credit: Mr Halal FB Page

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13. ISTANBUL SULTAN - Turkish
Address: Fidel Building, Level B1, 2-3-12 Minami-hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6264-6585
Dinner: 17:30 - 22:30 | Nearby Subway Hommachi Station 
Price range from ¥3500
Istanbul Sultan's entrance. Photo credit: Tabelog by 四谷 菊千代

Photo credit: Tabelog by Istanbul Sultan

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14. UEMACHI - Japanese
Advance reservation is required 
*Halal breakfast also available for hotel guest
Address: Sheraton Miyako Hotel, 6-1-55, Uehommachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi
Tel: 06-6773-1253
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 | Dinner: 17:00 - 21:30 | Nearby Subway Osaka Uehommachi Station 
Price range from ¥5500
Photo credit: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Website
Itadakimasu! Enjoy =)

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PRAYER ROOM IN SHINSAIBASHI AREA
1. LAOX DAIMARU SHINSAIBASHI, 8th Floor  1-7-1 Shinsaibashi-suji Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
*Ask Laox friendly staff for prayer room direction 
*Also available here: Halal souvenirs to bring back home! 

2. HARD ROCK CAFE  Ito Building, Level 1, 3-6-14 Minami-hommachi Chuo-ku Osaka-shi

3. KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE  Tommy Hilfiger Shinsaibashi Store, Level 3, 2-5-1 Shinsaibashi-suji Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi

4. NAMBA CITY  Main Building, 1st Basement 5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku Osaka-shi
*Register at information counter before using the room

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Download here for Osaka Muslim Map by Halal Media Japan

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