4D3N Muslim-Friendly Itinerary: Exploring Osaka And Kyoto With Your Extended Family


Noor Aishah Karim •  Jul 28, 2023

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Aisyah (@eisyaridzuan) as she takes you on an exploration of Osaka and Kyoto! This 4-day escapade is a testament to the belief that travel experiences can be extraordinary, even in a shorter timeframe, and it includes halal food in Kyoto and Osaka too! Whether indulging in halal gourmet experiences, immersing in the bustling markets, or embracing the charm of traditional streets, there's something for every traveller's soul.

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Join Aisyah's adventure as she uncovers the treasures of Osaka and Kyoto, a city that never fails to leave visitors in awe. Get ready to be inspired by her captivating tales, and let Osaka's magic enchant your heart!

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Day 1: Arrival in Kansai International Airport

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  • Arrive at Kansai International Airport (KIX) and feel the excitement of being in Japan.
  • Savour a delicious meal at the halal udon place, Kineya Mugimaru at the airport, a perfect way to kick off your Japanese culinary adventure.
  • Check in early at your Airbnb accommodation to rest and freshen up.

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  • Visit Rinku Premium Outlets, which remind you of the ones in Malaysia, and enjoy some retail therapy by buying clothes and other items.
  • Explore the vibrant district of Dotonbori, famous for its neon lights, street food, and shopping.If you're a sneakerhead, you may not be able to resist buying a pair of sneakers along this shopping street!

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  • Treat yourselves to a unique Japanese dessert called Melon Pan, which is Muslim-friendly, and you can also enjoy some refreshing melon-shaped ice cream.
  • Have dinner at a nearby halal restaurant, Halal Restaurant Naritaya Osaka minami, taking advantage of Japan's excellent public transport system to reach the eatery just 6 minutes from your accommodation.
  • After a tiring day, unwind at the Airbnb and catch up on some rest, dealing with the jet lag.

Day 2: Exploring Kyoto

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  • Wake up early and embark on an exciting day trip to Kyoto, one of Japan's most culturally rich cities.
  • You can get to Kyoto from Osaka using the train, and Aisyah uses the Kansai Pass! It would take around half an hour!
  • Wander around the charming streets of Sanenzaka and Ninenzaka, filled with traditional shops and beautiful architecture.

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  • While in Kyoto, remember the tip about taking the right bus line to save time and energy. You managed to visit various attractions with ease.
  • Don't miss the chance to try some delicious Matcha ice cream and buy personalized chopsticks as souvenirs.
  • Nishiki Market (Gyonmatsuri) was bustling with activity, but you enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and savored affordable sashimi, sea urchin, and Japanese pouches.
  • Make sure to walk quickly in busy areas with cyclists and taxi drivers to avoid any mishaps.

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Day 3: Osaka Castle and Cultural Experience

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  • Transferred to a new hotel nearer to the airport, making the departure more convenient for your last day in Japan.
  • Visited the iconic Osaka Castle, an important historical landmark surrounded by beautiful gardens, offering a glimpse into Japan's feudal past.
  • Enjoyed a delicious halal meal at Washoku Minori, specializing in shabu-shabu and sukiyaki, with the added convenience of having a designated prayer area.

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  • Strolled through the lively Kuromon Ichibin Market, a bustling supermarket that sells fresh seafood and delectable sashimi, offering a true taste of Japan.
  • Even though you're travelling with your family, you may wish to go separate ways at some point of your trip if you have different items on your bucket list! For eg. some of Aisyah’s family members went to Nara to see the mochi pounding, while others explored more of Osaka's attractions.

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Day 4: Departure

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  • Bid farewell to Japan and check out of the hotel, cherishing the memories of your fantastic 4-day journey in Osaka and Kyoto.
  • Head to Kansai International Airport for your return flight home, carrying with you the warmth of Japan's culture, people, and cuisine.

Enjoy reminiscing about your incredible 4-day adventure in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan!

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