The number of Muslims in Japan whether tourists, students or workers are increasing every year. It leads to the expansion of the number of mosques in Japan. For the interested community, I will introduce to you some of the mosques that you can find all around Japan.
Kobe Mosque is the first mosque in Japan. It was founded in 1935 through donations by Islamic Committee of Kobe. The donations started in 1928, and it took 7 years to finally built this mosque. You can visit the mosque even though you are not Muslims, but if you want to come in a group, you must make a reservation first. During the visit, you need to wear proper clothes that do not expose your skin and short pants, the mini skirt is not allowed. You can also join study sessions that are provided here.Through this study session, you can learn more about Islam.
Tokyo Camii, also known as Tokyo Mosque is the biggest mosque in Japan. This mosque is located at Yoyogi Uehara. The architectural structure of Tokyo Camii is similar to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Here you will find many Islamic and also charity activities. Non-Muslims can also take part in the activities.
Nagoya Mosque is located in Honjindori, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya and easily accessed by train. You can take subway Higashiyama Line to Honjin Station and walk for about 4 minutes to go there. This mosque has 4 floors. The first floor is the office, the second floor is prayer space for women, the third floor is for men and fourth floor is for men and also for study. Like other mosques, non-Muslims are welcomed to tour the mosque, however, group tour must make a reservation first.
Mie Masjid is located at Kurimamachiya Tsu-shi in Mie prefecture. This masjid was established from August 2008 to April 2009. There are also many religious activities held here. For example, Taraweeh and Iftar (break fast) during Ramadhan, collection of zakat, and also welcome and farewell party.
Gifu Mosque is located at Gifu Prefecture. It was established by Nagoya Mosque in 2007, and it was the first mosque in Gifu. You can go there by bus bound for Gifu Daigaku from Gifu Station and take off at Gidai Guchi (岐大口).This mosque has two floors and it also held many religious activities.
Also known as Masjid Al-Noor, this mosque is built in June 2008 and completed in February 2009. Since it is located at Otaru-shi, people also call this mosque Otaru Mosque. You can visit this mosque whether you are Muslims or not, but you must abide the rules provided by the mosque people. Everyone are allowed to visit and enter the mosque except for drunk people. The Muslim community of this mosque also offer halal foods here for Muslim tourists and also for those who are interested. All the money from the sales will be used for activities in there.
Osaka Masjid is located in the centre of Osaka and it was built in 2010. This masjid has four floors. You can find halal food shop, wudhu area and also a toilet for men on the first floor. On the second floor, there is prayer room for men and women, and also wudhu area and toilet for women. There is madrasa (study room) on the third floor and on the fourth floor, there is the imam residence, a kitchen and a dining hall. You can also order halal food by email and for any purchase above 10000 yen, you do not have to pay the shipping fee.
The other name for this mosque is Darul Arqam Masjid. You can go there easily by train. It’s only 15 minutes walk from Asakusa Station. This mosque is built in 1998 and is managed by Japan Mosque Foundation (JMF). This mosque has five floors and on the first floor there is a library where you can find many kind of books in various languages.
Makki Masjid is also known as Ohanajaya Masjid and it is located in Tokyo. It was established in 2001. It is only 9 minutes walk from Ohanajaya Station. There are also many religious activities that you can join there. There are gathering every Saturday nights and there is also activities for ladies and children.
Shin Anjo Masjid is located in Anjo shi, Aichi-ken. You can go there by train as it is only 4 minutes walk from Shin Anjo Station. There is also gathering here every Saturday night.