We love how Muslim-friendly Japan has become in recent years and it’s no secret that the HHWT team adores Japan too 😊 From a mobile mosque to cater to Muslim tourists in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to plenty of prayer spaces in Tokyo and many opportunities for Muslim travellers to try halal authentic Japanese food, it’s never been easier (;


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Good news for those of you who are in Tokyo’s shopping district of Ginza – a prayer room has just opened in Matsuya Department Store.


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For those who are unfamiliar with Matsuya, it’s actually one of Ginza’s premier shopping stores and it’s been around for 90 years 😱 With an increasing number of Muslim travellers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and more, it’s heartwarming to see how Matsuya has catered to the needs of Muslims.


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The prayer room is located on the rooftop of Matsuya’s main building and what we love about it is that it’s very spacious – it can fit 2-3 people at any time. Plus, it’s equipped with prayer mats and a compass.


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Did we mention that there’s a wudhu area too? So, you won’t have to do your ablutions at the toilet 😅 But do note that you’d still need to bring your own prayer garments.

[P.S. Don’t forget to check out our Muslim-friendly Tokyo itinerary while you’re planning your trip!]


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As if the prayer room isn’t awesome enough, you can also fill your tummy while at Matsuya! Just head over to Tsunahachi to savour their delightful tempura which is known to be light, crispy and not too oily 😋 The restaurant does not sell pork and they have a Muslim-friendly menu with no alcohol used in the cooking.

So, if you’re in Tokyo now, or heading to Tokyo anytime soon, make sure you drop by Matsuya for your prayers and scrumptious meal when you’re shopping in Ginza! And don’t forget to SHARE this news with your friends who love Japan too 😂

Note: Do note that while Tsunahachi has a Muslim-friendly menu, it is not a halal-certified eatery and other customers are free to consume mirin. Do dine at your own discretion.

Matsuya Ginza Prayer Room 

Address: Rooftop of Main Building, Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm daily
Directions: Take the elevator from first floor to the rooftop floor

Tsunahachi Ginza

Address: 8F, Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily (last order 9.30pm)

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