The highlights of the general plan for Muslims include visiting Kaminarimon, Nakamise Shotengai, Senso-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine in Asakusa; having lunch at a Halal-certified restaurant; visiting Shibuya’s "Five-Way Scramble Crossing"; strolling on shopping streets in Harajuku; and also visiting the largest mosque in Japan, the Tokyo Mosque.
Note: Here, we introduce sightseeing tours that are 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. If you want complete flexibility and control over your itinerary, you also have the option to request a customized tour that is designed according to your preferences and needs.
The tour starts when the tour guide from the company meets you at your hotel. First you visit Asakusa, a district on the banks of the Sumida River that is referred to as Shitamachi "Downtown" where the atmosphere of Tokyo of past decades survives. Here you will have your photo taken, a commemorative photo in front of Kaminarimon's "Thunder Gate".
Afterward, you can enjoy some shopping and treats along Nakamise Shotengai, "Nakamise Shopping Street". Here, shops provide temple visitors with a variety of local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs.
Kaminarimon is the outer of two large entrance gates that leads to the Senso-ji, the inner gate being the Hozomon "Treasure House Gate". You will explore the Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine before taking a break for lunch at a Halal-certified ramen or sushi restaurant in Asakusa.
In the afternoon, you will travel about 35 minutes to Shibuya by subway to experience the famous scramble intersection. The best place to get oriented is Shibuya’s Hachiko Exit, which opens onto the famous "Five-Way Scramble Crossing" under the giant video screen.
The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens, where every few minutes pedestrian lights turn green and a wave of humanity converges in the middle of the five-way intersection before dispersing again in all directions. There, you will have time to take some more commemorative photos.
After Shibuya, you will travel to the neighboring area of Harajuku to visit the Meiji-jingu Shrine. On summer weekends, you have a very good chance of catching a Japanese wedding in progress here.
From the shrine, you walk a short distance first to Takeshita Street and then over to Omotesando. Omotesando caters to those with more adult or, at least, more expensive tastes. The neighborhood has many large international chain stores, with high-end luxury merchandisers extensively represented along Omotesando.
For teenagers, the place to be is Takeshita Street, which is a bustling, narrow street that has become a symbol for the teen culture of Harajuku and is extremely crowded on weekends.
To finish the day, you will visit the largest mosque in Japan. Tokyo Mosque also known as Tokyo Camii, was founded in 1938, and rebuilt in 2000, following Ottoman architectural style. It is both a religious venue and an ethnocultural space, hosting wedding ceremonies, fashion shows, plays, exhibitions, and conferences. In recent years, it has also become a tourist attraction for both Muslims and non-Muslim tourists visiting Tokyo.
Below, there are three Tokyo private guided tours with almost the same content. To see the availability, price, and what is included, click on the image or the link in the description below.
One Day Tokyo Halal Tour