How To Get Halal Food in Japan (Tips and Tricks for Muslim)

Getting halal food in Japan can be difficult but also challenging. So much has changed in Japan in terms of halal food recently, as the Japanese are realizing the importance of diversifying the foods that are now widely available, from formal but upscale Japanese foods like kaisekiryori and wagyu to casual restaurants like yakiniku and sushi.

For those visiting or living in large cities in Japan, finding halal food is comparatively easier as it is now widely available in supermarkets as well as fast growing halal restaurants in these few years and easy access to deliveries .

In the big cities

Not to say that the big cities can be called the paradise of halal food. There are several halal restaurants and supermarkets that sell halal food. For Muslims living in Tokyo and Osaka, for example, it is quite easy to satisfy their halal needs.

You can check the closest shop and restaurant from your location via Halal Gourmet Japan (with a handy mobile app). Some stores and restaurants offer delivery services, especially during the pandemic, so getting your halal needs right to your door is much easier. Apart from physical stores, online halal stores could be your option to get your groceries conveniently.

If you are visiting the big cities for travel, you can visit Gyomu Super for halal food. You can find some SevenEleven stores selling Halal bento in Tokyo and use Halal Gourmet Japan to take it to select Halal restaurants.

In the countryside

Some rural areas actually have halal restaurants, but not as basic compared to big cities, as most are still very few. For groceries, you may still be able to find Gyomu Super nearby or have groceries delivered to your home from online halal stores, but eating out is still a big challenge.

Based on the author’s experience of visiting the countryside, as well as information from Muslim travelers and rural residents, we should select some Japanese restaurants that are unlikely to have non-halal food (such as soba shop, udon shop), Tempura shop etc) and communicate with the staff to serve food that suits our diet. This trick usually works well, as most Japanese people are very nice in the country.

The author saw the local Udons in Yamanashi prefecture and asked the staff what foods do not contain non-halal ingredients or what foods can be prepared for Muslims. Alhamdulillah, the staff are lovely and seem to be used to serving foreigners, so they recommend the writer a meal that is also vegetarian and very tasty.

Checking the ingredients

This is a classic method of identifying Muslim-friendly products in supermarkets or convenience stores, as you can find here.

Since the ingredients of most Japanese products are written in Japanese, you can use the “scan” function of the Google Translate application and check whether or not they are consumable from the Muslim-friendly ingredient list.

However, we have found that there are differences regarding tolerance to some specific ingredients and also to gray ingredients, which therefore remain controversial. That is why we prefer to help publicize the ingredients of the products in the market and let the consumer judge by providing guidance.

Halal food online stores

Japan has several Halal online stores that can ship products anywhere in the country. It ranges from spices and Japanese foods to foods from countries like the popular Toko Indonesia that sells Indonesian food, Baticrom that sells Malaysian food, and others.

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To find Halal food in Japan

We recommend:

1. Find your nearest Halal shops and restaurants through Halal Gourmet Japan.
2. Buy food in Halal stores online.
3. Inform restaurant staff about foods that suit your diet.
4. Visit the Instagram Food Diversity and Halal Media Japan website for the latest information on Halal in Japan

Halal has a standard, but the tolerance varies for each person. So find the route that suits you best and enjoy halal food in Japan!

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