Tips for Muslims in Hokkaido

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According to a Japanese scholar Hiroshi Kojima of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research and Keiko Sakurai of Waseda University, Muslim population in Japan is around 70,000, of which perhaps 90% are resident foreigners and about 10% native Japanese. If you are a Muslim, feel free to read some tips on how to survive in Japan, particularly  Hokkaido as a Muslim:

Living in Japan without knowing Japanese at all can be frustrating (I have been on that spot), specially if you are a Muslim who is worrying about what to eat or not. Even though Halal certification is not a major thing in Japan food industry, some university canteen in Hokkaido provide some Halal menu to accommodate its Muslim students. However, if you are outside, it will be better to know a little Japanese to make sure the foods you will be eating is clean enough:

Japanese kanji for `pig`, it is pronounced as `buta`, if you see this kanji on the food package, it means it contains some porks

There are limited number of built masjid in Hokkaido, however, if you are looking for a place to do shalat , below are some masjid that can be found in Hokkaido:

Sapporo Masjid

Location: Kita 14 jo Nishi 3 Chome 1-10, Kitaku, Sapporo, Hokkaido-Japan
Contact: +81 117095008

Sapporo Masjid Picture Credit –

Masjid Al-Noor Otaru

Location: Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho 5-4-27
Contact: +81 134266488

Masjid Al-Noor Otaru Picture Credit: Youtube

Muroran Masjid (Inside Muroran Institute of Technology)

Location: 5 Chome-18-6 Takasagocho, Muroran, Hokkaido Prefecture 050-0072, Japan

Muroran Institute of Technology Picture Credit: Picture Credit –

This is the information that us muslims are waiting for, right? Alright we will tell you the places where you could truly enjoy when you really crave for those Japanese treats to satisfy your tummy. These are the restaurants you could find around Hokkaido:

Halal label does not guarantee that it is 100% halal. Check this LINK to see some products with halal label but still contain pork (according to the written ingredient)

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