Kansai region is also called a Kinki region and it includes prefectures like Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama. These prefectures received tons of visitors yearly due to their many attractive places. For Muslim travellers who are searching for prayer spaces or mosques in the Kansai region, don’t worry because there are plenty of places where you can perform your prayers and they are all easy to access.
1. Osaka Masjid
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Most famous mosque in Osaka, Osaka Masjid is located at Nishiyodogawa Ward. The green pastel-coloured building has a total of four floors. You can find Halal store on the ground floor, praying areas on the second and third floor, toilet, dining area, and kitchen for public use. The praying spaces alone can accommodate up to 500 people at once, although there aren’t many Muslim residents here. Nevertheless, the facility has benefited some of the fellow Muslim travellers that came from all over the world. On a daily basis, the mosque is constantly open for the public whether for praying or if they conduct any Islamic study classes. The mosque is just seven minutes away from Chibune Station.
Address: 4-6-12 Owada Nishi Yodagawa-ku, Osaka 555-0032
Contact Number: +81 80-3822-4143
Closest Train Station: Chibune Station
2. Kansai International Airport
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In Kansai International Airport alone, there are three different large-sized prayer rooms. The first prayer room can be found in Terminal 1 building on the third floor, meanwhile, the second and third rooms are at International Departure Gate Area North Wing and South Wing. These prayer rooms are segregated into genders and are fully equipped with washing area, Qibla’ compass, praying attire, prayer mat, and Quran. To top it off, these rooms are open 24 hours a day, so Muslims can easily use these rooms at any time of the day.
Kansai International Airport
Address: 1 Senshukukokita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 549-0001, Japan
Location: Terminal 1 Building 3F, International Gate Area North Wing and International Gate Area South Wing
Contact Number: +81 72-455-2500
Closest Train Station: Tennoji Station or Osaka Station
Other prayer spaces in Osaka:
JR Osaka Station
Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan
Location: 1st Floor South Gate Building
Kansai Tourist Information Centre
Address: 2-5-1 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Location: 3F, Tommy Hilfiger Shinsaibashi Store
Contact Number: +81-6-6214-5370
Closest Train Station: Shinsaibashi Station
Address: 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, 542-0076
Location: B1 floor of NAMBA CITY’s main building.
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-8:30PM
Closest Train Station: Namba Station
Osaka Ibaraki Mosque
Address: 4-6-13 Toyokawa, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka
Contact Number: +81 72-643-7420
Closest Train Station: Toyokawa Station
1. Kobe Mosque
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This is the oldest mosque in Japan which has survived World War II’s bombing and The Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. The mosque was built in 1935 after raising funds from Muslims community in Kobe. Located in the Kitano area, famous for the Western-style houses, Kobe Mosque is decorated with a huge chandelier in the main prayer space, a library and they also accept tours from non-Muslims. Other than that, the mosque provides services such as Islamic lessons, wedding, Eid celebrations, and other religious events
Address: 2-25-14 Nakayamadori Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0004
Contact Number: 078-231-6060
Closest Train Station: Sannomiya Station
2. Hyogo Mosque and Jan Academy
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Hyogo Mosque and Jan Academy provide free Islamic education to those who are interested in learning Islam inside their facility. Here, they can perform wedding, funeral, organize an iftar party, including events for the Muslims community in Hyogo. Other than that, they also sell Halal food and opened a Halal restaurant near the facility. Plus, it is just five minutes away from Kobe Mosque.
Hyogo Mosque and Jan Academy
Address: 5-3-15, Kamiwakadori, chou-ku, Kobe, Japan, 651-0067
Contact Number: + 078-855-5506
Closest Train Station: Kasuganomichi station
Other prayer spaces in Hyogo:
Art Nomura Tarumi
Address: 7-23 Babadori, Tarumi Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 655-0021, Japan
Contact Number: +81 78-709-6688
Operating Hours: 10:00AM–7:00PM
Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
Address: 7-3, Kouzudai, Kita-ku, Kobe, Japan
Operating Hours: 10:00-20:00
Contact Number: +81-78-983-3450
Rental Bicycle Service Himeji-Station
Address: 1 Nishiekimaecho, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0913, Japan
Operating Hours: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Contact Number: +81-79-240-7581
Closest Train Station: Himeji Station
1. Kyoto Tower
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Kyoto’s iconic landmark, Kyoto Tower has installed a small prayer room for their Muslim visitors. Since Kyoto is famous for its bamboo forest, why not decorate the room with bamboo panel wall? Equipped with washing basin, prayer mat and slipper, make sure you head to the front desk and fill up your name and passport number before using the room.
Address: 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
Location: 3rd Floor
Operating Hours: 9:00AM–9:00PM
Contact Number: +81-75-341-0280
Closest Train Station: Kyoto Station
2. Kyoto Islamic Culture Centre
Inside the Kyoto Mosque. Image Source: Hafidz_omar on Instagram.
Kyoto Mosque is located on the ground floor of Kyoto Islamic Culture Centre and it’s very close to the Imperial Palace. However, this facility is open from Tuesday to Saturday, other than these days, you need to pray someplace else. The praying space can fit around 100 people at one time and men and women are separated by curtains. Same like any other Islamic Culture Centres, this place also provide Halal food.
Kyoto Islamic Culture Centre
Address: 92, Miyagaki-cho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Operating Hours: 12:00PM-6:00PM
Contact Number: +81-75-231-3499
Closest Train Station: Jingu-Marutamachi Station
Other prayer spaces in Kyoto:
Address: Kyoto Marui, 68 Higashi Irushin-cho, Kawara-machi, Shijo-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Location: 1F & 5F
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-8:30PM
Contact Number: 075-256-8116
Closest Train Station: Kawaracho Station
Address: 128, Manjujicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8104
Operating Hours: 10:00AM-7:30 PM
Contact Number: +81-75 354 9110
Closest Train Station: Gojo Station
Address: 422-1 Rinkacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0062
Operating Hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM
Contact Number: +81 75-531-8200
Closest Train Station: Gion-Shijo Station
1. Nara City Tourist Information Centre
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Just one kilometre from Sarusawa Pond, Nara Tourist Information Centre provides a rather small prayer room that can fit for one person. Nevertheless, knowing that there is a Muslim facility in Nara is good enough. On the other hand, this is also a hotel, so if you are travelling near this area, make this inn as one of your choices for accommodation. As you reached this centre, head to the front desk and fill-up the form to use the room. But, the room didn’t provide any washing area, so you need to go to the restroom. After you have used the room, inform the staff again.
Nara City Tourist Information Centre
Address: 1-1082 Sanjōhonmachi, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8122, Japan
Operating Hour: 8:00AM-9:00PM
Contact Number: 0742-81-7461
Closest Train Station: Nara station
Other prayer spaces in Nara:
Address: 33 Minamijodocho, Nara-shi, Nara 630-8341
Operating Hour: 11:30AM-5:00PM
Contact Number: 0742-93-8906
Closest Train Station: Kyobate Station
1. Mie Islamic Culture Centre
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This mosque is the first Muslim praying facility in Mie Prefecture. It is situated very close to Mie University which is very convenient for Muslim students. Providing a place for worship and Islamic lessons, the mosque is also equipped with two prayer halls, wudu’ area and a kitchen.
Mie Islamic Culture Centre
Address: 1426-1 Kurimamachiya cho Tsu-city, Mie-ken, Japan 514-0102
Contact Number: (059)-233-0499
Closest Train Station: Takadahonzan Station
As of today, unfortunately, there aren’t any mosque or prayer spaces available in Shiga and Wakayama Prefecture.