Halal food in Tokyo and Japan: shops and restaurant, how to eat for a muslim

tunimaal 19 May 2011 34
Halal food in Tokyo and Japan: shops and restaurant, how to eat for a muslim

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You are Muslim and you are, or you will go to, Japan. You want to eat Halal to respect your religion but you don not know if that’s possible? Let me reassure you right away: Yes it is possible, and I know what I mean, because I myself am Muslim belief and I eat Halal. Here is how to do it.

Today I will speak to some people who have different dietary needs. These needs are especially due to strong religious beliefs. If I decide to write an article dedicated to this theme, it’s because I’m Muslim belief and I know how it can be hard to eat Halal when travelling. Halal food in Japan, it is possible to get it, contrary to what many imagine. And I will show in this article how. But first let’s start with an explanation of Halal.

What is Halal?

First and foremost, to answer any questions from everyone, I offer a brief reminder on what is Halal.

The term Halal in Islam means AUTHORIZED. Are otherwise the word HARAM (forbidden). You should know that the term Halal does not apply only to food, contrary to what many think, but to all the behaviour of a Muslim. Simply put regard to food, will be considered Halal the following kind of food:

  • Which are good for health and for taste
  • For meat, it must be slaughtered in the name of God, bled to death, with the greatest for the animal, without torture and without the sacrifice before his fellows, while the direction of Mecca.
  • Not be eaten by greed, or large quantities
  • Which contain no pork or alcohol, even in minute quantities (even when cooked)

Here are the main rules for the Halal food.

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Sushi – Tsukiji Market

Halal food in Tokyo and Japan: yes you can!!!

Now back to our Halal food in Tokyo and Japan. Here, it is very easy to eat Halal food said, since a large part of the diets is based on fish (mostly halal allowed foor, with certain exceptions). So just get into any restaurant or store and you can easily feed yourself. Regarding meat, you will know a little more difficulties, given that the Japanese know little or nothing about Muslim culture and religion. In addition, the number of practicing Muslim site will make your choices less important (there would be a little less than 1% of the Japanese population who are Muslim). But still, know that there are some restaurants and stores offering Halal products of all kinds. You can find them all over Tokyo, by walking in the streets, either by searching on Internet. The only problem is that these stores are small and choice is very limited.

Halal food in Japan: advice to not do any mistakes

Now, what I can propose you is some basic advice to be sure not to make mistakes. They are :

  • When you enter a restaurant, if the Halal logo is not displayed, simply ask the vegetarian dishes or based on fish, and the menu for soft drinks. This will simplify the task, and you will avoid mistakes. Often in restaurants the waiters speak some English or they have English menu.
  • When you shop, it gets a little harder. Few people speak English in stores. Moreover, on all products, information is only in Japanese. It can be very difficult to identify and make the right choice. So you can help by viewing images on the products and the general appearance of it. Often the products based on fish or vegetables have a logo of fish, seafood or vegetables. More, the colour codes are quite recognizable (pink and orange often means fish, green vegetables). If you are unsure, ask questions to employees.
  • If you are Muslim and you come to Japan, it is better to speak at least English. Otherwise it will be uphill battle for food. But however to simply your life, I will give you words of Japanese vocabulary, to help you out.
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Chanko Nabe

To eat Halal in Tokyo and Japan: some Japanese vocabulary can help 

When you arrive in a new country, it’s always good to know some basic vocabulary. Especially when you have a specific diet. Here is a list of useful Japanese vocabulary for people of Muslim faith.

  • In general

I am Muslim:  WATASHI WA ISURAMUKYÔTO DES(U)

  • At the restaurant

Soft Drink: SOFUTO DORINKU

Is there a Halal restaurant near here? KONO CHIKAKU NI ISURAMUKYÔTO NO TAME NO HARARU ARIMAS(U) KA?

What is inside this dish? DOKO GA OSUSUME DES(U) KA?

  • At the store

Where can I find the fish department? SAKANA NO KÔNA WA DOKO DES(U) KA ?

Is this a product without animal? KORE WA DÔBUTSUSEI SEIBUNNUKI NO SHOKUHIN DES(U) KA?

I hope this article will be useful and if you have more specific questions, or even comments, you can contact me at anytime.

34 Comments »

  1. PinkuJessy 20 September 2012 at 22 h 24 min - Reply

    I really love this article and thank you very very much for this! :)
    When I was in Japan I was searching for any Muslims so that they could help me out but it wasnt easy at all and in the end I only met a turkish guy who told me there where a mosque in Shibuya but I never had the chance to visit it ;/

    • tunimaal 27 September 2012 at 14 h 53 min - Reply

      Yeah it is not always easy. There are not so many muslims but there are some. Most of them are Turkish actually.

  2. Sid Feinleib 20 January 2013 at 9 h 18 min - Reply

    Where can I buy Turkish groceries?
    Example: Tamek or other brand tomato paste. I am 15 minutes from Shibuya and Shinjuku. 50 min to Ueno and Ikebukuro.

    Thanks for the help

    • tunimaal 10 February 2013 at 6 h 41 min - Reply

      Hi Sid Feinleib,

      if you go to a kebab restaurant and you ask the owner where you can buy Turkish products they will tell you.

      They are usually Turkish owners and really nice and helpful. Actually i always do that when i wanna find a special kind of food ;-)

  3. ata 26 January 2013 at 0 h 14 min - Reply

    Hi,

    I read your blog about halal food in Japan. I will going to Tokyo tomorrow so I think the best way is directly contact you. Is there any HALAL restaurant that serve Japanese cuisine like sushi/bento? I tried to search on but only found an Indonesian food restaurant, Pakistani food restaurant but no one show where to get HALAL sushi in Tokyo.

    Thanks!

    • tunimaal 10 February 2013 at 6 h 42 min - Reply

      Hi,

      so far, as I know, I never seen this kind of place here in Japan.

      Mostly, Halal shops and restaurants sells only foreign products.

  4. Tsukiji 16 February 2013 at 17 h 20 min - Reply

    Salam,

    There are two restaurants in Tokyo where you can eat halal Yakiniku, one in Shibuya and the other near Roppongi as well as a location in Shibuya that serves halal Shabu-Shabu. The restaurants themselves are Japanese-owned but a Malaysian company has made arrangements to provide Muslims with a Halal course. You need to make a reservation at least two days in advance. I have eaten yakiniku at the Shibuya location and it was excellent.

    More info here:

    • tunimaal 10 March 2013 at 11 h 16 min - Reply

      Thanks a lot for this information.

      I am going to go there and try them.

      Thanks again :D

  5. dia 28 February 2013 at 2 h 45 min - Reply

    Hi Aala,

    a very interesting blog you have, I must say :)
    I am, too, a muslim and I share the same halal main rules as those you mention.

    as for ‘Which contain no pork or alcohol, even in minute quantities (even when cooked)’, I want to ask you, how about sake and mirin which are present in almost all Japanese food? from what I know it is even used to make the sushi gohan(rice), in the soup for most nabe/udon/etc., and what do you think of alcohol contained in the soy sauce?
    Maybe from your experience, you can give me some advice on Japanese food that contains no alcohol and stuff.

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • tunimaal 10 March 2013 at 11 h 14 min - Reply

      Hello Dia,

      usually I try to ask at the restaurant for food that was not cooked with alcohol or meat. That is what I do. After, when I do grocery shopping I look at the ingredients and try to find out if there is any kanji that represent meat or alcohol ingredients. If there are none of them I buy the product.

      But trust me, if you don’t speak perfectly Japanese or don’t read it, it’s really, really difficult.

      What you can do, you can go to a mosque and ask them which products you can eat or not in Japan.

  6. Muhamad Hassim Amad 1 March 2013 at 4 h 55 min - Reply

    My wife and I will be in Tokyo from 6 to 9 May. Is it possible to get a local tour that caters for Muslim needs?

    Thank you and wassalam

    • tunimaal 10 March 2013 at 11 h 12 min - Reply

      Salam Oualikoum,

      I just sent you an e-mail.

  7. ABDUL RASHID 17 March 2013 at 8 h 24 min - Reply

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum: I am a director in travel agency in Kuala Lumpur. Can you please introduce for licenced/registered with Japan government for tour operators (muslim or non-muslim whom know islamic culture) in Tokyo. The operators should capable to provide Halal Food, muslim tour, GUIDE,hotel and transport. I can bring a group for them. Thank you

    • tunimaal 19 March 2013 at 9 h 46 min - Reply

      Hello,

      I just answered to you via e-mail.

  8. Shamima Matadar 27 March 2013 at 16 h 40 min - Reply

    Salaams, could you please contact me via e-mail, there are a few questions I had regarding halal sushi…thank you!

    • tunimaal 28 March 2013 at 4 h 07 min - Reply

      Hey, I just sent you an e-mail ;-)

  9. Tom 14 August 2013 at 5 h 33 min - Reply

    Do you know any restaurants of halal sushi in Tokyo? I have a friend who wants to try sushi but it must be halal. I can’t find halal sushi restaurants…. Thank you in advance for information.

    • tunimaal 19 August 2013 at 13 h 44 min - Reply

      For Halal sushi not at all. I tried to find some, but couldn’t.

  10. Sheikh 23 September 2013 at 11 h 48 min - Reply

    Hi tunimaal, thanks so much for this post. I will be travelling to Tokyo (Akihabara area) this week and was wondering if you have any tips or contacts for halal eateries near the area. I’m reserving a day to go to the Tokyo Camii but was also hoping there are halal places near Akihabara. Thanks in advance!

    • tunimaal 29 October 2013 at 15 h 16 min - Reply

      Ah sorry I just saw your comment now. Hope you found something. I know there is an Indian Halal restaurant there, and also a kebab place and a store in Akihabara.

  11. Marsita 27 October 2013 at 13 h 17 min - Reply

    Salam. My family and I will be in tokyo on 7th nov for a week. Would like to know if you can recommend a tour guide (if its a free/volunteer service would be great!) and halal eatery when we are travelling. Thanks a lot :)

    • tunimaal 29 October 2013 at 15 h 26 min - Reply

      Salam,

      please contact me via the contact form on the top of the page I will forward you some information.

  12. Lina 9 November 2013 at 1 h 52 min - Reply

    Salam..: Could you pleas give us contact information for ground arrangement – a tour operator or guide who can provide Halal Food, muslim tour, Hotel and transport. Going with family in december. Is it a good time? Thank you

    • tunimaal 28 November 2013 at 15 h 25 min - Reply

      Salam,

      by next week I will publish a full list of restaurants, stores and mosque in Japan ;-)

  13. Nanie 10 November 2013 at 12 h 45 min - Reply

    Salam,,,my husband and I will be going to Tokyo from 02/12 until 06/12. We will be staying at Odaiba Island. Is there any information about halal eatery or at least a halal bakery near the are that you can provide us? Thank u..

    • tunimaal 28 November 2013 at 15 h 27 min - Reply

      Salam Nanie, I will publish all the adress I have by next week so you should be able to use them ;-)

  14. Zumy 28 November 2013 at 23 h 50 min - Reply

    Hi there..i really enjoy reading your blog. Im going to tokyo and i wonder if there is any halal food restaurant in shinjuku area. Do help. Thanks

    • tunimaal 29 November 2013 at 5 h 30 min - Reply

      Hi Zumy,

      there place like this in the Shinjuku area. Please wait until beginning of next week and I will publish a full list here ;-)

  15. Amaan 11 December 2013 at 21 h 58 min - Reply

    Hi
    Thanks for your extremely informative posts. Im going to be staying near narita airport for two days. Request if there are any halal restaurants nearby. Or in aeon mall? What are the options I have in japanese foods at local restaurants?
    Thank you

    • tunimaal 12 December 2013 at 16 h 21 min - Reply

      Hi Amaan,

      as faar as I know, there is no halal restaurant close to Narita airport. At least I don’t know any around there. Sorry.

      About Japanese food, what you can do is eat fish food, so it will be “safe”.

  16. zainuddin 11 January 2014 at 2 h 00 min - Reply

    I want to bring my kids for 3 day holiday at Tokyo/Disneyland.where can I get halal rest/food

    • tunimaal 17 February 2014 at 11 h 14 min - Reply

      It’s gonna be mainly in Tokyo area, please wait, if you can, until I publish the full list that I am working on.

  17. Mardi 4 June 2014 at 13 h 46 min - Reply

    Hi, Peace be upon you. I noticed that you’re going to publish the full list of restaurant, stores and mosques. May I know where can I find the list?

    • tunimaal 5 June 2014 at 11 h 10 min - Reply

      The list will be published soon ^_^

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