What is the best thing to do you could do when you are in Tokyo for 5 days? And if you are a Muslim traveller, where could you find halal food and Muslim-friendly amenities? Lucky for you, we have a Muslim-friendly itinerary here that you could just use right away!
Before delving into the details, here are some general tips on travelling in Tokyo.
- Purchase a Suica or Pasco card to get around easily (more info)
- Get the Google Maps app and Wi-Fi
- Find out locations of mosque and musala in Tokyo
The Suica or Pasmo card are great cash substitute and is convenient to be used on Tokyo trains and subways, whereas Google Maps app comes in handy when you are lost or when you are not sure how close you are to your destination.
Now, let’s have a look at how you can spend 5 days and 4 nights in Tokyo!
9.30 AM Arrival at Tokyo
11.30 AM Lunch
1.00 PM Meiji Shrine
3.00 PM Yoyogi Park
4.30 PM Tokyo Camii & Turkish Cultural Centre
6.30 PM Dinner
8.00 PM Hot spring at accommodation
9.00 AM Asakusa & rent kimono
12.30 PM Ramen lunch, return kimono
1.30 PM Ueno Zoo
5.30 PM Ameyoko
7.00 PM Dinner
8.00 AM Tokyo Disneyland
7.30 AM Tsukiji Market
10.00 AM Imperial Palace
12.00 PM Lunch
1.00 PM Tokyo Toy Museum
3.30 PM Ninja Trick House
6.00 PM Sightseeing, Golden Gai
7.30 PM Dinner
9.00 AM Pack luggage & departure to the airport
Keep your first day in Tokyo easy going and relaxing. Assuming you are arriving at Tokyo in morning, give yourselves a treat by first having lunch nearby Yoyogi Park, Shibuya. A recommended halal restaurant here is Kebab Box J, nearby the Harajuku station.
Kebab Box J
Address: 1 Chome-8-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Opening hours: 10.30 AM – 9 PM
Image credit: Halal Media Japan
After a relaxing meal, casually explore Meiji Shrine, which is located nearby. This shrine is dedicated to worship the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, and is a popular shrine for local and foreign tourists.
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Opening hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Have a nice walk at Yoyogi Park, have a nice walk to unwind here before exploring the Harajuku district later on.
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan
Opening hours: 5 AM – 8 PM (May to mid-Oct.), 5 AM – 5 PM (mid-Oct. to Apr.)
Make a prayer and pay a visit to Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan. Located nearby, the mosque is adjoined with Turkish Cultural Centre. This destination is also known as the most beautiful mosque in Asia due to its Turkish and Islamic architecture.
Tokyo Camii and Turkish Cultural Centre
Opening hours (Tokyo Camii): prayer time (refer to latest schedule)
Opening hours (Turkish Cultural Centre): 10 AM – 6 PM
Address: 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0065
Image credit: Wiiii / CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons
For dinner, I recommend a restaurant called Gyumon – one of the famous halal restaurants in Shibuya. You would love the yakuniku here!
Address: 3-14-5, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 12 PM – 4 AM (Mon. to Sat.), 12 PM – 12 AM (Sun.)
Meat is grilled over charcoal fire at Gyumon.
Go back to your hotel and end your day with a nice private onsen bath. As Muslim patrons could not join the shared bath, I recommend staying at an accommodation that has private onsen service such as Ryokan Sawanoya.
Address: 2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Start your day early at Asakusa. I highly recommend renting a kimono at Kimono Rental Wargo and explore the Asakusa area in this outfit. This particular rental shop offers Muslim-friendly services and there is even a space for prayer. Kimono rental comes also allows you to wear the kimono for the whole day, so after you getting into your kimono outfit, embark on a walking adventure as you visit Sensoji and Nakamise Shopping Street right outside Sensoji.
Kimono Rental Wargo
Address: Tokyo-to Taitoh-ku Asakusa 1-41-8 Atelier Building 1F, 2F
Kimono return by: 4.30 PM
Have a bowl of ramen at Naritaya Halal Ramen Shop in Asakusa while you are in your kimono. Ramen shops in Japan may not be easy to find, but there is one right in Asakusa. After that, go back to the Kimono shop to return your outfit.
Naritaya Halal Ramen Shop
Address: 2 Chome-7-13 Asakusa
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM (Weekday), 11 AM – 11 PM (Weekend, holidays)
Halal ramen at Naritaya.
Proceed to Ueno Zoo, the oldest in Japan. Some of the must-see uncommon animals here include panda, okapi, polar bear and Pallas’ cat.
Address: 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711, Japan
Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 5 PM
Admission fee: 600 yen (adults), 300 yen (senior citizen), 300 yen (13 – 15 years old) & free for children below 13 years old
Panda merchandises at the zoo’s souvenir shop.
Image credit: Momotarou2012 / CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons
Image credit: pelican CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Spend some time shopping for souvenirs at Ameyoko. You could find almost everything here and it is basically the perfect place to buy something for your friends and family.
Address: 4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10 AM – 11 PM
Check out Chicken Man at Ameyoko for lunch. This restaurant offers roast chicken at an affordable price.
Address: 1F Center Building 4-7-8 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
Opening hours: 10 AM – 8 PM
Spend one full day enjoying the highly-anticipated Happiest Celebration at Tokyo Disneyland. There are no halal-certified food in the theme park, so I would recommend you to plan ahead and buy ready-made meals from convenience stores before arriving at Disneyland. Besides that, I also recommend visiting Disneyland on a weekday for a lesser crowd.
Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
Opening hours: Typically 8 AM – 10 PM
There are many new attractions this year as Tokyo Disneyland celebrates its 35th Anniversary, Happiest Celebration. There are new parades, summer shows, and even an improved “it’s a small world” which is loved by adults and children. Find out more about the new attractions here.
Inside it’s a small world.
Wake up early for a breakfast at Luna Hala, a certified halal restaurant just outside Tsukiji Market. After that, walk around the outer market of Tsukiji and marvel at the size of tuna fish and seafood! It’s definitely an experience not to be missed.
Address: Tsukiji, 3−17−10, Tsukiji Business Hotel Ban, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0045, Japan
Opening hours: 7 AM – 10 AM (Morning)
Image credit: Halal Media Japan
The famous tuna auction takes place at about 5.20 AM every morning at the inner market. If you are keen to observe the auction, you would have to line up during wee hours in the morning to buy the entry ticket. Find out more about the Tsukiji Market.
Fresh fishes at the market.
Proceed to visit the Imperial Palace. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.
The palace is surrounded by moat and greeneries.
Image credit: ogwen / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The beautiful Niju-bashi Bridge that stretches over the moat.
Drop by Maharaja halal restaurant in Chiyoda-ku for an Indian, Pakistani or even a Thai cuisine.
Address: Meiji Yasuda Seimei Bldg. B2, 2-1-1-Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
Halal food served at Maharaja
Interior of the restaurant.
Explore the world of toys at Tokyo Toy Museum. The museum’s building was a former elementary school and beautiful toys from all over the world are put on display here.
Tokyo Toy Museum
Address: Yotsuya Hiroba 4-20 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0004
Opening hours: 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission Fee: 700 yen (13 years and older), 500 yen (3 – 12 years), 1000 yen (child & adult pair ticket)
Make a stop at Ninja Trick House, where you could throw shurikens, find secrets in the house and have a try at swordplay.
Ninja Trick House
Address: Daiichi Wako Bld. 4F 2-28-13 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10 AM – 6.30 PM
Walk over to Shinjuku’s Golden Gai to experience a nostalgic post-war era Japan. Although not a recommended place for halal dining, take some time to stroll through narrow alleyways to observe the retro atmosphere.
Towards the west of Shinjuku Stations are high-rise skyscrapers, where you could find the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office and the stylish Moen Gakuen Cocoon Tower. I recommend spending half an hour here to watch the night scenery and take some photos.
Dine at Uskudar, a nearby Turkish restaurant, before calling it a day.
Address: 3-35-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Opening hours: 11.30 AM – 11.30 PM
Assuming that your flight is at noon, I recommend spending the morning packing luggage and find out how much space you still have. At Narita or Haneda Airports, there are Muslim-friendly shops (Air Lawson and ANA FESTA) that sell souvenirs so it is not too late for last-minute shopping.
Haneda Airport: Air Lawson (1st Floor, Entrance Plaza)
Narita Airport: ANA FESTA (4th floor, Terminal 2)
A 5 day 4 nights holiday in Japan may seem short, but there are many things that you could do just by exploring Tokyo. With our recommendation on Muslim-friendly for restaurants and services, you could save a lot of time and maximise your travel time!