[UPDATED 17 August 2019]
Japan is the home to Asian pop culture and the mecca for delicious cuisine. The East Asian country is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and it is evident in the country’s capital, Tokyo. Convenience stores and marts are great for travellers as they open till late (a few are opened 24/7), providing convenience on-the-go.
There are plenty of convenience stores and marts in Tokyo. You probably can find such stores in the vicinity of every metro station and some of which sell halal products. There are more halal or Muslim-friendly options for Muslims in Tokyo now, perfect for Muslim travellers. We can expect more eateries (and amenities) to be added to this list in 2019 and 2020. This is to cater to Muslim spectators and athletes in the upcoming 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
There are many halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants in Tokyo. For more information, do check out this guide. The restaurants may be a little costly for the average budget traveller, so if you are not willing to spend much on restaurants in Tokyo then, head to your nearest convenience store or mart where you can pick up halal snacks or ingredients to cook your own meals!Here is a list of 9 convenience stores or marts in Tokyo carrying halal products.
Note: Unfortunately, a reader has informed us that Don Quijote Asakusa not longer has a halal section 🙁
1. Don Quijote Asakusa Don Quijote is one of, if not the biggest department store chain in Japan. Don Quijote’s Asakusa store is located conveniently a stone’s throw from Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Its exterior looks a lot like a building out of Las Vegas with bright lights, so it is almost impossible to miss it 😲
Credit: @deshipolito on Instagram The multi-level Asakusa store sells anything and everything Japanese from snacks to ready-to-eat meals, from toiletries to kitchenware. The store also has a Muslim corner located on the 2nd floor. It is here where you will find halal and Muslim-friendly Japanese snacks, notably including Samurai Ramen. Samurai Ramen, which is a vegan product free from animal-based derivatives gives Muslims an option to taste the authenticity of Japanese instant ramen 🤗
Credit: @faminazuli on Instagram Click here for other Don Quijote stores in Tokyo.
Similar to Don Quijote, LAOX is another Japanese department store chain in Tokyo. LAOX’s Shinjuku, Ginza and Akihabara stores are the more notable ones and these stores are where you will find Halal goods. You can find LAOX’s Muslim section on the 6th floor of the Shinjuku and Ginza store and the 4th floor of the Akihabara store.
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There are many halal snacks, sweet and savoury on the shelves including yummy Japanese rice crackers. You can also find halal instant noodles on the shelves. You won’t have to worry about going hungry again as you will be spoilt for choice with their huge variety of halal goodies 🤤 Looking for more Muslim-friendly souvenirs to bring home? Do check out this list of souvenirs to get the next time you head to Tokyo.
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If you are looking for prayer spaces, the three LAOX stores have prayers rooms – on the 6th and 7th floor of the Shinjuku store, 5th and 6th floor of the Ginza store and 7th floor of the Akihabara store.
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Click here for LAOX stores in Tokyo.
AEON stores also carry their house brand products, TOPVALU, some of which are certified halal by JAKIM (Malaysia’s Islamic authority). AEON has 3 stores in Tokyo – Shinonome, Itabashi and Shinagawa.
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Halal TOPVALU products include premix Malaysian coffee, sauces and potato chips which are reasonably priced 😊 Do note though, not all AEON stores carry these products. Do check with the staff when visiting an AEON store.
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Click here for AEON stores in Tokyo.
Supermarkets / Minimarts
4. Gyomu Supermarket
Just like any supermarket, Gyomu Supermarket (or Gyomu Super) is a great place for you to do your grocery shopping. Gyomu Super carries local and international brands and its stores can be found all over Japan. They have imported goods, which are halal-certified. Halal products are clearly labelled on the supermarket’s shelves, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to spot them.
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Products include halal beef imported from Australia and imported snacks. If you are looking for a halal, non-gelatine-including pack of marshmallows to munch on, Gyomu Super will satisfy your craving for these sinfully, satisfying pillows of sugary goodness 😋
Click here for Gyomu Supermarkets (Webpage is in Japanese).
5. Rogers Mart
A minimart located along Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street, a stone’s throw from Senso-ji Temple, Rogers Mart is the perfect store to head to if you need to stock up on halal-certified goodies!
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A must-buy product from Rogers Mart is the Fresh Cream Daifuku. A mochi-like dessert filled with cream with a variety of flavours including Matcha and Red Bean 🤤 You can also find affordable halal-certified Bento sets if you need to grab a quick bite and on a budget.
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For more details, check out our feature on Rogers Mart.
Address: 1-22-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
6. Lawson (Okachimachi Minami Store)
One of the biggest convenience store franchises in Japan, Lawson is frequented by locals and tourists for everyday necessities. Additionally, it has an interesting feature in its Okachimachi Minami Store.
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The store can be found in front of Okachimachi Station’s south gate. Visit the store the next time you head to Okachimachi and you will find a Halal section. Selling halal products such as rice crackers and instant food, looking for Halal food in this part of Tokyo wouldn’t be so much of a hassle 😃
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Address: 5-Chome-27-2, Ueno, Taito, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
7. 7-Eleven (Asakusa Kaminarimon Store & Minami Otsuka Store)
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Did you know you can find halal ready-to-eat meals (or bento sets) in Tokyo? Just head over to one of the above mentioned 7-Eleven stores and to find mouth-watering Halal bento sets.
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Just pop the bento set into a microwave oven and dig into either 7-Eleven’s tender, succulent Beef Rice Bowl (or Gyudon) or their Butter Chicken Curry Rice. Yummy! For more information, check out our feature on the bento sets.
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Can’t decide what to get? Here is a list of 9 Japanese Convenience Store Snacks you didn’t know were Muslim-Friendly.
Halal Food Suppliers
8. Nasco Halal Food / Green Nasco
Shopping for groceries has never been easier, especially in Japan. Located a short walk from Shin-Okubo Station along the Yamanote Line in Shinjuku, Nasco Halal Food (or Green Nasco) sells halal meat, snacks and ingredients. Most of Nasco’s products have been imported from countries such as the Middle East, Indonesia and Thailand.
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Make your life easier with Nasco Halal Food’s online store on their user-friendly webpage. Just sign up for an account, stock up your cart with groceries, pay and have your groceries delivered directly to your doorstep in Japan 😁
Address: 2-Chome-9-3 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0073, Japan
9. Tokyo Camii (Mosque) Mart
With this long list of marts and stores carrying Halal products, how about an entire mart selling halal products? Check out Tokyo Camii, the capital’s biggest mosque, located near Yoyogi Park. The mosque’s majestic architecture makes it a perfect photo opportunity 😮
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After completing your prayers, stop by the mosque’s Halal mart located in the vicinity of the mosque. You can find halal ingredients and ready-to-eat meals here, making it easier to cook your own meals the next time you visit Japan.
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For more information on Tokyo Camii and their supermarket, do check out this feature.
Address: 1-19 Oyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0065, Japan
Bonus: Japanese Vending Machines
Nothing gets more convenient than vending machines and the Japanese even has a culture revolving around the vending machine. You can easily find vending machines all over Japan, whether you are on a metro platform or in a dark alley way.
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You can find all sorts of consumables in Japan’s vending machines from drinks, ready-to-eat meals and snacks to unorthodox items such as clothing, toiletries and even toys (known as gachapons). Food in most vending machines in Japan may not be halal-certified but there are a few, which are Muslim-friendly. Do eat at your own discretion.
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You won’t have to worry about finding Halal food the next time you visit Tokyo, Japan. This modern metropolis has many convenience stores and marts with Halal products for you to fill your hungry tummy. Not to mention, you can easily find Halal ingredients in the places we’ve listed so, you can easily whip up a delicious meal in your accommodation 😋