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How to Find Prayer Rooms in Japan: Kyoto’s Comfy Prayer Rooms


Prayer Rooms in Japan

Japan is a multicultural country which does not only consist of shrines and temples, but also churches and mosques providing its citizens and tourists with a place to contemplate deeds and pray based on their own beliefs. Since Japan does not have a large Muslim population, prayer rooms are quite rare. Nonetheless, there are 80 mosques and more than 50 prayer rooms located throughout Japan that are available for worshippers.  Even in the ancent Japanese of Kyoto you will find a mosque which provides prayer room for citizens and tourists in the very heart of the city.

 

Kyoto’s Mosques, Prayer Rooms, and Muslim Friendly Shops

Kyoto mosque, located in the Kawaramachi area, is easy to reach by getting bus number 205 from Kyoto Station or Shijo Kawaramachi and get off in Kojinguchi (about 30 minutes). In Kyoto mosque you will also find a Halal shop that provides a lot of foods and beverages, ingredients, and much more which is all halal.

 

Procedures for Japan’s Prayer Rooms

One may also find many humble prayer rooms in Kyoto, such as the one in the Kyoto Tourist Information Center, on the third floor under Kyoto tower. There are some procedures to consider when you want to make use this prayer room:

Firstly, when you arrive at the information center the staff will kindly help you fill out your personal data and give you a card to use the prayer room.  Inside the prayer room you will find a comfortable and cozy area which is very private and enjoyable.

Mosque in Kyoto accommodates people of religion in Japan

After finishing your prayers, you hand back the card back to the staff. If you have a resident card or are living in Japan more than 6 months, the staff will make a member card for you – so you don’t need to fill out the personal data every time you visit prayer room.  You just need to show the member card and they will guide you to the prayer room.

This prayer room, as far as I know, is the only prayer room in Kyoto which is very easy to find. It is very comfortable, with a unique interior design identifiable with Japanese style: ergonomic, simple and very chique!

Mosque in Kyoto accommodates people of religion in Japan

 

Prayer Rooms: Cleanliness and Restrictions

Moreover, the staff clean the prayer room everyday so it is kept very clean and clear. To ensure everyone has a rightful experience there are some restriction inside the prayer room, such as no drinking or eating, talking loud, sleeping, and playing with your mobile phone.

entry card of a Mosque in Kyoto accommodates people of religion in Japan

After you have entered the prayer room, a staff member will hang an “occupied” sign on the door to ensure you will be disturbed.

an occupied prayer room at a Mosque in Kyoto Japan

How to Find Prayer Rooms in Japan

Overall, Kyoto is a Muslim-friendly city with complete facilities provided especially for citizens and tourists who follow Islam. There is information for finding prayer rooms in Japan on special websites, such as Masjid, HalalMedia and HalalinJapan. Some of the prayer rooms and mosques you will find here include:

Masjid’s Official Name Area
(Prefecture)
Address
Nagoya Masjid Aichi 2-26-7 Honjin Dori, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi,
453-0041
Masjid Hira
[Gyotoku Mosque]
Chiba 3-3-19 Gyotoku Ekimae, Ichikawa-shi,
272-0133
Niihama Masjid Ehime 2-2-43 Ikku-cho, Niihama-shi,
792-0025
Fukuoka Masjid Fukuoka 3-2-18 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku,, Fukuoka-shi,
812-0053
Matsuyama Musalla Ehime 1-20 Dogo Imaichi, Matsuyama-shi,
790-0845
Fatiha Masjid
[Kakamigahara Mosque]
Gifu 4-18 Mi-i-cho, Kakamigahara-shi,
504-0941
Babul Islam Masjid
[Gifu Mosque]
Gifu 8 Higashi Machida, Furuichiba, Gifu-shi,
501-1121
Jame Masjid Muhammadiya Masoomiya
[Isesaki Mosque]
Gumma 37-4 Kita-machi, Isesaki-shi,
372-0056
Sapporo Masjid
[Sapporo Mosque]
Hokkaido 3-7-2 Nishi, Kita 14jo, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi,
001-0014
Kobe Masjid
[Kobe Mosque]
Hyogo 2-25-14 Nakayamate Dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi,
650-0004
Tsukuba Masjid
[Tsukuba Mosque]
Ibaraki 315-10 Kaname, Tsukuba-shi,
300-2662
Morioka Masjid Iwate  
Takamatsu Musalla Kagawa 3-4 Yasaka-machi, Takamatsu-shi,
760-0049
Kyoto Masjid Kyoto 92 Miyagaki-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi,
602-0853
Sendai Masjid
[Sendai Mosque]
Miyagi 7-7-24 Hachiman, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi,
980-0871
Madni Masjid
[Niigata Port Mosque]
Niigata 15-1 Tarodai, Kita-ku, Niigata-shi,
950-3101
Okayama Islamic Center
[Okayama Masjid]
Okayama 2-1-7 Tsushima Higashi, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi
Osaka Masjid Osaka 4-103-1 Owada, Nishi Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi,
555-0041
Jamea Masjid Ghousia
[Yashio Mosque]
Saitama 649 Ukizuka, Yashio-shi,
340-0835
Fuji Masjid Shizuoka 2561-29 Nakazato, Fuji-shi,
417-0826
Mohammadi Masjid
[Hamamatsu Masjid]
Shizuoka 161-2 Terawaki cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu-shi,
430-0841
Indonesia Musalla Tokyo 3-6-6 Meguro, Meguro-ku,
153-0063
Kamata Masjid
[Kamata Mosque]
Tokyo 5-1-2 Kamata, Ota-ku,
144-0052
Masjid As-Salaam
[Ueno Okachimachi Mosque]
Tokyo 1F As-Salaam Bldg., 4-6-7 Taito, Taito-ku,
110-0016
Masjid Darul Arqam
[Asakusa Mosque]
Tokyo 1-9-12 Hihashi Asakusa, Taito-ku,
111-0025
Shibuya Mushalla Tokyo 1107 Sagas Bldg., Dougenzaka, Shibuyaku
150-0043
Tokyo Jamii
[Tokyo Mosque]
Tokyo 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku,
151-0065

Source: www.masjid.jp

    
Name Kyoto Mosque
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Address Micagi-cho 92, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-0853
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Micagi-cho 92, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-0853
Opening Hours Tues.-Sat. 12:00-18:00; Sun.,Mon. Closed
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