Food, culture, technology and entertainment are some of the common factors people wanted to visit Japan. On top of these, casual travellers and Muslim traveller to Japan are increasingly more interested in Japanese fashion, beauty and cosmetics. According to a survey conducted by Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), it was found that Muslim travellers are interested to visit a beauty salon. Just in case you didn’t know, this is not surprising as Japanese beauty services are highly rated for their quality service and hospitality treatment.
An ordinary tourist has no qualms about walking into a beauty salon for a treatment. But for a female Muslim, there are religious rules and conduct to adhere to, and this automatically limits the option of Muslim-friendly shops that a Muslim patron could go to. Be rest assured that Muslim-friendly services in Japan are on the rise, making things much easier for local Muslims and travellers alike.
In this article, I will share about some Muslim-friendly beauty services available in Tokyo, Osaka and Chiba. Non-Muslims are of course welcomed too, so make a point to visit these locations for a try!
1. Manicure at SILIS
Muslim-friendly manicure at SILIS.
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How often do you give your beautiful fingers a pampering session? Besides just going to salons for hair care and spas for massages, your hands could get some beauty treatment by beautifying your nails. Be rest assured that manicure services at SILIS are halal-certified. The nail polish they use are “breathable” (allows water and air go through). This does not create a barrier between water and body when it comes to wudu, the ritual washing of face and arms before Muslim patrons perform a prayer.
Address: 3F 4-18 Rokumantai, Tennoji-Ku, Osaka, 530-0074
Tel. no.: 080-3834-8282 or 06-6809-5471
Telephone hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Address: Hilton Osaka 22F 1-8-8 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001
Tel. no.: 06-6347-7113
Telephone Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2. Hair Salon in Tokyo
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In Japan, salons have started to offer haircut services to female Muslims. These services are usually performed at a more private place inside the salon, sheltered from the view of men. Solpisca in Tokyo is recommended as it’s the first hair salon that offers haircut services in a private space. Be assured they use halal-certified shampoo and hair treatment products. Just in case if you need to do your prayers, there is a prayer room available. And of course, only female staff will attend to female Muslims, so ladies, be assured that there is nothing to worry about the environment and the products used!
If you prefer private services, I would recommend you to visit Roops in Tokyo. There are female hair stylists, shampoo and rinse products used are halal-certified, prayer space and mats are provided, and there is even a kids room for children.
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Address: 1F-2-8-6 Ebisunishi Shibuya-ku Tokyo JAPAN
Tel. no.: (+81)03-5784-3138 (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:30~19:00 (closed on Tuesday, 2nd and 4th Wednesday)
English Menu: Available
Hair Cut Service: 6,480 yen
Hair Cut and Perm Service: 12,960 yen onwards
Straight Perm Service: 15,120 yen onwards
Address: 1F, 551Building, 5-11-10, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel. no.: 03-6805-1711
Opening Hours: 10 PM – 9 PM (Weekdays), 10 PM – 7 PM (Weekends & holiday）
Closed: Tuesdays, first and third Monday of each month
English Menu: Available
Hair Cut Service: 6,500 yen onwards
Perm Service: 6,500 yen onwards
3. Private Onsen
The temperature of water from onsen baths are beneficial to health as it improves the body’s circulation. Indirectly, this also means that it will indirectly give you beauty benefits as your metabolism improves in the process. For Muslim patrons, the private onsen is the most ideal for families and singles. Although gender-based onsen is available, it is not recommended as most onsen baths don’t allow you to enter the bath with clothes on. You would have to make advance arrangement to secure a private onsen bath, but don’t overlook this chance to experience the Japanese culture!
If you are wondering where you could have a private onsen, I recommend Izu Inatori Hokkawa Onsen and Okunikko Konishi Hotel. You could get an amazing scenic view at Izu Inatori Hokkawa Onsen if your bath is facing the sea whereas Okunikko Konishi Hotel is perfect for a day trip if you are travelling from Tokyo.
Izu Inatori Hokkawa Onsen
Address: 1126-6 Naramoto, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun 413-0302, Shizuoka Prefecture
Tel. no.: +81 557-23-1230
Okunikko Konishi Hotel
Address: 2530 Yumoto, Nikko-city, Tochigi Prefecture
Tel. no.: +81-288-62-2416
4. Head Spa
Head spa is one of the must-experience beauty services in Japan. It can usually be found in existing hair salons that offer haircut, hair treatment, colouring and perming services. If you are wondering what a head spa is, it’s a hair beauty treatment that treats your scalp problem. The process usually involves washing your hair with shampoo, giving you a head massage during the process, followed by putting scalp treatment products on your head, and lastly, blowing your hair until it is dry.
In Tokyo, you could go to Solpisca for a head spa service. The shampoo they use is chemical free, so don’t miss this chance!
Address: 2-8-6, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Opening Days: Wednesdays – Mondays
Carbonated Head Massage Spa Service: 5,400 yen
Duration: 1 hour
English Menu: Available
5. Kimono Rental
Dressing up is fun. In Japan, it’s not impossible to find a Muslim-friendly environment to rent a Kimono outfit. I would recommend Kimono Rental Wargo as they offer Muslim-friendly services and they have branches across Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Here, you could still wear clothes inside the inner kimono without undressing your clothes and hijab. There are also prayer rooms for Muslim patrons to do their prayers. Do take note that advanced booking is required to ensure availability of Kimono rental and dressing service.
Services at Kimono Rental Wargo
- Rental for Standard Kimono/ Men’s Kimono/ Children Kimono: 2,900 yen (discounted price for online payment)
- Rental for Premium Kimono: 3,900 yen (discounted price for online payment)
- Rental for Kanzashi (hair ornament that sticks on hijab): Free
- Kimono Photo Session: 900 yen
According to their website, online payment for kimono rental reservation is entitled to discounts up to 600 yen for each type of Kimono (as mentioned above). After dressing up yourselves in Kimono at the store, you will proceed with photography session and followed by a sightseeing stroll in Kyoto. Just make sure to get back to the store to return the Kimono at least 30 minutes before the store’s closing time (varies on locations).
Besides pampering your nails, hair, and head, why not pamper your face too? Facial or facial massage are available at beauty parlours and some hair salons such as Ariel (in Chiba). Again, only female staff will attend to female Muslims, and non-animal and non-alcohol ingredients are used for facial treatments. A private area sheltered from the view of men is provided, and prayer mats are available.
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Address: 1-4061-1 Makuharicho, Hanamigawa-ku Chiba-shi, Chiba, 262-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
Tel. no.: (+81)043-271-7112
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Facial Service: 5,400 yen
In short, beauty services in Japan has much to offer to Muslim patrons and hence, it’s definitely possible to enjoy these blissful beauty treatments while you are travelling in Japan. I would personally advise you to to make advance arrangement for services that you’re interested to try so that you won’t end up disappointing not able to experience it. As you are enjoying your pampering session, just remember to indulge and savour the moment!