Note: Here, we introduce a sightseeing tour that is accommodating to Muslims. However, you should know that there are numerous private and personalized excursions that are offered and that, depending on your preferences, some of them may be more suitable. To eat, you can always choose from a wide variety of halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants throughout the city.
Private Muslim Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka
Acquaint yourself with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-Friendly walking tour visiting Osaka Castle “Osaka-jo”, and strolling in Namba, the city’s famous entertainment district hosting some the most popular restaurants and shopping centers.
Later on the day, the journey takes you to the northern part of the city to visit a remarkable facility, the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which is home to a model of the city during the Edo era that shows what life was like in Osaka centuries ago. The tour will have a maximum of 8 people.
Visiting Osaka Castle
Osaka castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Its construction started in 1583. It was the largest castle at the time and played a major role in the unification of Japan.
The main tower of the castle is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by walls of cut rock, each overlooking a moat. Osaka Castle Park has several important cultural properties. The park is one of Osaka's most popular cherry blossom viewing spots, which usually takes place in early April.
Visiting Namba District
After leaving Osaka Castle you will take a train to visit Namba district which is regarded as the center of Minami "South" area of Osaka, a famous entertainment district which offers a variety of dining and shopping choices.
You will go for a stroll in Kuromon Market, a fresh food market which has over a hundred years of history of catering to locals as well as travelers. The Kuromon market would especially be useful if you are staying in Vacation Rentals which suit larger groups, families or those who seek a more local, everyday life experience.
Osaka like other major cities in Japan, also has a number of Muslim-friendly Hotels which some are located in Namba neighborhood.
Next you visit the nearby Dotonbori, one of the most popular tourist destinations and photo spots in Osaka. It is a nightlife and theatrical area characterized by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.
Osaka, known as the “Nation’s Kitchen” is a vibrant city filled with distinctive culinary such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. One of the Okonomiyaki chain restaurants in Japan, Chibo Diversity now is providing Halal Okonomiyaki in their Osaka’s Dotonbori branch. Many of the Halal food restaurants in Namba district have prayer room. By choosing one them you can be sure that you will be able to do your prayers on time.
You will walk a bit further to Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, a 600 meters long covered shopping street that is north of Dotonbori. There will be enough time for a bit of shopping here.
Visiting Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Afterwards, you will take the subway to Umeda, a major commercial and business district in Kita Ward, and the city's main northern railway terminus Osaka/Umeda Station. Besides being Osaka's busiest transportation hub the area is notable for its high concentration of tall buildings.
The last stop is the family-friendly Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, where you can travel back in time to Edo era to see what life was like in Osaka.
The museum has re-created life-sized buildings and streets to let visitors feel the old Japanese vibe, and get a sense of history and development from Edo era to the modern time. You would learn about Osaka’s evolution, experiencing by interactive exhibits which you can literally walk through. The museum also offers kimono rental services. If you never tried wearing one, it would be a good opportunity to take photographs of yourself in a traditional dress while wandering further into this antiquated lifestyle.
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