Muslim-Friendly Yokohama - Enjoy Shopping, Halal Food and Amazing Views!

Muslim-Friendly Yokohama - Enjoy Shopping, Halal Food and Amazing Views!

Escrito por Ramona (GREATERTOKYO_Explorer), Dic . 2017

Yokohama, a major port city, is one of the most exciting places to visit in Japan. Many public facilities provide prayer rooms and Halal-friendly food, answering the needs of Muslim travelers. We introduce a Halal travel itinerary in Yokohama.

Vivo en Japón desde hace cinco años y aún me lo paso muy bien descubriendo cosas nuevas y sorprendentes cada día.

Como musulmán, ¿alguna vez has querido visitar Japón pero no estabas seguro de si encontrarías comida Halal o lugares adecuados para la oración? Con el fin de hacer que todos se sientan bienvenidos en Japón, últimamente se han hecho esfuerzos para adaptar las instalaciones ubicadas en las principales zonas turísticas para que respondan a las necesidades de los viajeros musulmanes.

An international port city, Yokohama has always been at the forefront of accommodating visitors from other countries. In fact, many public places such as sightseeing destinations or large shopping facilities are provided with prayer spaces. There are many Halal-friendly dining places available as well so Muslim travelers can be at ease when choosing Yokohama as their travel destination.

This time we will be introducing a model course for a day trip to Yokohama which includes observing prayer times and lunch at a dining place that offers Halal-friendly food.

Our reporter will be Fifa, a Malay student who has been living in Japan for four years now. We visited together all the facilities suggested in this model course and Fifa was kind to share with us her thoughts about each location. It was a very enjoyable day trip with an itinerary that we can warmly recommend to everyone.

1: 11:00 - 13:00 - Shopping at Yokohama World Porters

11:00 - Minatomirai Station

Nos reunimos con la FIFA alrededor de las 11:00 en la estación Minatomirai y nos dirigimos primero a Yokohama World Porters, un centro comercial ubicado cerca de Yokohama Cosmo World, el famoso parque de atracciones de la ciudad.

Yokohama World Porters is a large shopping center where you can find anything you might wish to buy in Japan - from the latest fashion and accessories to interior goods and souvenirs. There are various shops on the first four floors and restaurants and cafes on the fifth floor. The facility is provided with a spacious prayer room on its sixth floor which can be used upon request.
After looking around for a while at the shops, shortly before 11:30, we headed to the prayer room.

11:30 - Tiempo de oración

In order to use the prayer room, please go first to the information counter located on the second floor of Yokohama World Porters. After filling in a simple form, you will be handed a code for accessing the prayer room.

La sala de oración cuenta con varios conjuntos de brújulas y alfombras de oración. Ubicada en un pasillo que está separado del área de la tienda, la habitación es muy tranquila.
There are also various pamphlets with travel information for Muslim visitors available, which you can pick up on your way back.
After the prayer, please remember to go once again to the information counter to let the staff know that the room is not in use anymore.
Continuamos nuestras compras en Yokohama World Porters. Permítanos presentarle algunas tiendas que han llamado la atención de Fifa.

Honeys factory

La fábrica de mieles es una popular tienda de moda femenina. La tienda Yokohama World Porters está ubicada en el primer piso.

There is a wide variety of clothes and accessories available at Honeys factory. In fact, any customer will most surely find items that they like.

Besides being a shop that sells fashionable and good quality clothing, another reason for the popularity of Honeys factory is that all their items are reasonably priced.

Fifa had fun looking around the shop and trying on the items she liked. She actually found a nice shawl that she bought as a keepsake from her trip to Yokohama.

Osama no Okashi Land

Next, we stopped at the sweets shop Osama no Okashi Land, located on the second floor of Yokohama World Porters.

Fifa was really excited looking around this sweets heaven. There are so many types of traditional and new sweets, most of them in shapes and colors she had never seen before!

Antes de comprar cualquier cosa, echaría un vistazo a la lista de ingredientes en el paquete. Si no está seguro acerca de los ingredientes, solicite la ayuda del personal. Estarán más que felices de explicar lo que contiene el producto.
Some of the sweets available at Osama no Okashi Land which Fifa recommends are the Karumeyaki, a traditional Japanese snack with an aromatic black sugar flavor, the Sakusaku Panda cookies, which are bite-sized an can be enjoyed also by children, and the red bean flavored candy (anko ame).

<Información> Yokohama World Porters

<Dirección> 2-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
<Horario comercial> Tiendas 10:30 - 21:00, Restaurantes y cafeterías 11:00 - 23:00
<WiFi> Disponible

2: 13:00 - 14:20 - Lunch at Port Terrace Cafe within JICA Yokohama

Lunch at Port Terrace Cafe

At lunchtime, we decided to go to Port Terrace Cafe, located within JICA Yokohama, a facility that can be reached in less than 5 minutes by foot from Yokohama World Porters.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a governmental organization that aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery and economic stability of developing regions. JICA also accommodates officials from developing countries for training programs in its international centers. JICA has 15 international centers all over Japan and JICA Yokohama is one of them.

It runs a cafe that offers a wide range of dishes, including Halal and vegetarian food. Port Terrace Cafe is located on the third floor of the building and can be accessed by anyone. One of the features of this cafe is that it has an Englsh menu available.

At the entrance, the visitors can see what dishes are available and what they contain. The dishes made with Halal certified meat are marked and provided with an explanation of the ingredients.

Fifa chose a lamb kofta dish with tomato sauce and vegetables, that not only looked good but also tasted great. The meat used in this dish is Halal, as well as all the other ingredients.

Museo Japonés de Migración en el Extranjero

Después del almuerzo, ¿qué tal visitar el Museo Japonés de Migración en el Extranjero ubicado en el segundo piso del edificio? Es una exposición impresionante que registra la migración masiva de japoneses a otros países desde el período Meiji (1868-1912) hasta los años 90.
In addition to offering information on how the Japanese lived in those times, the exhibit also explains the contribution brought by Japanese migrants to the societies that became their new homes mainly in North and South American countries.

<Información> Port Terrace Cafe (JICA Yokohama)

<Dirección> 2-3-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
<Horario comercial> Almuerzo 11:30 - 14:00 (LO),
Tea 14:00 - 17:00 (open only on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays),
Dinner 17:30 - 21:00 (L.O)
<Vacaciones fijas> Año nuevo (29 de Dic- 3 de Ene)
<WiFi> No disponible

3: 14:40 - 15:40 - Yokohama Landmark Tower - Sky Garden

Mirador del rascacielos Landmark Tower de Yokohama

Our next destination was the Sky Garden Observatory located on the 69th floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower. The Landmark Tower can be reached in around 15 minutes by foot from JICA.

The Sky Garden Observatory is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Yokohama offering an unobstructed view over the city towards the ocean. In fact, visitors can enjoy the view towards all cardinal directions - over Tokyo to the north, over Chiba to the east and far off in the distance towards Kanagawa and other regions to the west!

Ver la estación, los grandes almacenes y el parque de atracciones por el que pasamos unos minutos antes desde arriba fue una experiencia muy especial. ¡Recomendamos encarecidamente visitar el Observatorio Sky Garden de la Torre Landmark de Yokohama! ¡La vista nocturna también es muy hermosa!

<Información> Sky Garden

<Dirección> 2-2-1 Minatomiari, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
<Horario comercial> Tiendas 11:00 - 20:00,
Restaurants and Cafes 11:00 - 22:00,
Sky Garden Observatory 10:00 - 21:00 (on Saturdays and other special days 10:00 - 22:00)
<WiFi> Disponible

4: 15:50 - 16:40 - Visiting NIPPON MARU, the Legendary Ship!

Museo del Puerto de Yokohama y NIPPON MARU

The next destination we would like to suggest is the Yokohama Port Museum, easily reachable from the Landmark Tower.

En el Museo del Puerto de Yokohama, puede ver exhibiciones fascinantes relacionadas con la historia y el papel del Puerto de Yokohama, la principal puerta de entrada de Japón al mundo.

One of the highlights of the facility is NIPPON MARU, a sail training ship built in 1930. Visitors can actually enter the ship to see the deck and almost all the rooms inside.

Todos los objetos en exhibición ofrecen información valiosa sobre la vida y el trabajo de los marineros, así como sobre la historia marítima de Japón. Visitar el Nippon Maru es una experiencia realmente emocionante.

16:30 - Tiempo de oración

The Yokohama Port Museum provides Muslim visitors with a prayer kit containing a compass, a rug and a tent which can be installed within a designated space in the museum for privacy. Please inquire about it at the reception counter within the main building of the museum.

<Información> Museo del Puerto de Yokohama

<Dirección> 2-1-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
<Horario comercial> 10:00 - 17:00
<Feriados fijos> Lunes, feriados de fin de año y otros días cerrados irregulares
<WiFi> Disponible

5: 17:00 - A Ride on the Yokohama Sea Bass


There is no better way to close a fun day of sightseeing in Yokohama than with a ride on the Sea Bass, a means of transportation that is very popular in Yokohama.

You can board the Sea Bass at Pukari-sanbashi Pier, which can be reached in around 12 minutes by foot from Yokohama Port Museum. The pier is a fascinating structure itself, being beautifully lit up in the evening.

The Sea Bass will take you directly to Yokohama Station. The ride takes 10 minutes, giving you the chance to see and photograph the city of Yokohama at night, when the lights are on creating a wonderful view.

The Sea Bass is provided with seats both on the deck and inside, so you can enjoy a leisurely ride while gazing out at the city - definitely one of the best attractions in Yokohama.

<Información> Lubina

<Dirección> Muelle Pukari-sanbashi (1-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)
<Horario comercial> 10:00 - 20:35 (última salida para la Estación de Yokohama)
*On weekends, the last sea bass heading to Yokohama Station departs at 19:40.
<Duración> 10 minutos (desde el muelle de Pukari-sanbashi hasta la Estación de Yokohama)
<WiFi> No disponible

6: Have a Great Time in Yokohama!

Yokohama is full of great places to visit and many of them offer services that answer the needs of Muslim travelers. Use our suggestions as inspiration for planning your trip. We wish you enjoy a wonderful time visiting Yokohama, a truly international and magnificent port city.

<Resumen de ruta de Yokohama >
Minatomirai Station → Yokohama World Porters → Lunch at Port Terrace Cafe (Yokohama JICA) → Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden Observatory → Yokohama Port Museum - Nippon Maru → Pukari-sanbashi Pier (Yokohama sea bass) → Yokohama Station

<Gastos de Transporte > Lubina 420 yenes
<Almuerzo, entradas, recuerdos, etc.> alrededor de 5000 yenes