There is no doubt Japan is, gengraphically, a small country, but its geographical and cultural variety is huge. You could find snowy mountains to lush green tropical gardens to megacities to the centuries-old temples and every thing in between. Tokyo, earth`s most populus metropolis, Kyoto, cultural capital for more than a thousand years, snow-clad Mount Fuji, somber memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You need a lifetime to really experience all facets of the country while eating Halal or Muslim-friendly food in many of its parts.
The Japanese Archipelago stretches 1860 miles (2,994 km) southwest from the snowy island of Hokkaido off Eastern Siberia to the tropical islets of Okinawa near Taiwan. It has four main islands, Honshu being the largest one, while the smaller islands of Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa are mainly rural in nature.
The past few years have seen countless number of restaurants in the country which started offering Halal dishes of all types to their local and overseas Muslim customers. These halal dishes may include from Sushi to Tempura to Halal Udon to the various types of ethnic dishes from many Muslim countries such as Tyrkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan. In fact, the choice is quite broad. However, there are few important issues you need to confirm before you start enjoying the tasty Halal food these restaurant claim to offer.
- Is the dish clear of both pork and alcohol and all the related extracts?
- Was it prepaerd in salad oild? If not then do not go for it. No matter what they tell you?
These days, thanks to the efforts of the Japanese government, and other halal bodies and websites like ours, most major hotels and many of the restaurants at least, have a pretty good concept of what Halal is and what to avoid to serve their Muslim customers。
For the past couple of years, many of the bigger cities have started offering Muslim friendly guidebooks. These include Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka. There might be some others as well. However, so far, we have been able to find the information about these cities only.