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Instaworthy Okayama view: Odd smiley to heart rocks ‘Mt. Ojigatake’

Photo Source: Okayama Japan Tourist Information Abundant in oddly shaped rocks and huge boulders in Tamano, Okayama, Mt. Ojigatake is a great spot offering a magnificent view of the calm Seto Inland Sea, beautiful islands, including the Seto Ohashi Bridge. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Shikoku*1 mountain range. You can take a walk along its hiking trail to bask in the beautiful views and trying to find its many oddly shaped rocks like 'Nikoniko Iwa' (Smiley Rock), Heart Iwa (heart-shaped rock) and 'Oji-san Iwa' (rock with a face like a middle-aged man). The hiking trail is also well-known for cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring.Plus, Mt. Ojigatake is one of the best spots in Japan for paragliding and bouldering! *1 Shikoku (四国): one of the four main islands that make up Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu), separated from Honshu by Seto Inlan Sea (also known as Setouchi) Related Article:Latest Muslim guidebook with interactive travel experience, Okayama City

2 money-saving tips while travelling in Japan

Japan is relatively cheap for some things, but nevertheless travelling still costs lots of money. If you want to experience what Japan has to offer here and there, here are 2 tips to travel around in Japan without emptying your wallets or accounts. Click here to find out more. And tell us in the 'Leave A Reply' section below on what else you want to know more! Related Article:How to ride Japan’s shinkansen (bullet train) following the new baggage ruleTour in Japan’s scenic 7-star train, Top-ranked 2 years runningA treat for kitty fans! Kawaii cat-themed train station in Yokohama

Ride an ice merry-go-round, To be a new winter fun in this Hokkaido village

Want to try something new other than skiing or snowboarding in winter? How about a spin on the Ice Carousel in Hokkaido?!A village in Hokkaido, Nakatsunai, is testing its new Ice Carousel (Ice Merry-Go-Round) on a frozen dam lake, aiming to turn this into a sightseeing spot. Inspired by the 'Ice Merry-go-round' in Finland, this 'Ice Carousel' is an interesting winter activity, which people ride on a rotating carousel carved out of ice with a diameter of about 10m, on a frozen lake. While on the rotating ice, participants took photos of the lake and mountain scenery or just lay down to enjoy the view. Next time you're in Japan, make sure to try out the Ice Carousel! Also See:Hokkaido’s halal food & prayer room portal adds new infoJapan’s 1st halal-certified kelp, Ohashi Suisan gains boost in Muslim market

Confectionery utopia! Muslims can pray & shop in comfort at Shiroi Koibito Park

As Shiroi Koibito Park, a theme park in Hokkaido run by the confectionery manufacturer ISHIYA that produces Shiroi Koibito biscuits, regularly receives a lot of tourists from Malaysia and others, the park has prayer rooms for Muslim visitors to pray.Prayer rooms are separated for men and women on 2nd floor of the Tudor House, with built-in wudu (ablution) facilities and prayer mats. Shiroi Koibito is a popular souvenir choice among many travellers from overseas. Besides the biscuit, you can find many other chocolate products from ISHIYA here on the 1st floor. Make sure to check the ingredients before your purchase to find there are no questionable substances for Muslims! Also See:Quick Muslim-friendly guide for your Hokkaido tripHow to find halal food & items by ingredients in JapanHalal-certified famous Hokkaido sweets going overseas

Ninja experience with prayer space, English support, VR at Ninja-Do(Osaka)

Close to some of Osaka's famous sightseeing spots like Abeno Harukas, Ninja-Do (忍者堂 Ninja-Do) allows you to learn the ways of a shinobi (ninja), from how to walk to shuriken lessons, with English language support. Apart from ninja training, there's even a designated free time for you to visit some sightseeing spots near here while wearing a ninja costume. On top of that, you can experience fighting against samurais and ninjas via VR (virtual reality), with additional fees. There are 3 VR courses: Samurai, Ninja and Armour, which you will also get to wear the respective costumes.For Muslim customers, you can throw your worries away as Ninja-Do provides qibla compass and prayer mats to pray at its premises. For more info on prices and courses, click the link below. Related Article:Muslim-friendly airports with prayer room in JapanGuide to Muslim friendly restaurants by Ikeda CityHalal shabu-shabu set meal & Osaka soul food at Asian Spicy Diner 585

Where Muslims (vegan) can eat, pray at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in Japan, attracting many Disney fans from around the world. But when speaking of Disney theme parks in Tokyo, you can't forget about Tokyo DisneySea too.What's the difference? Are there halal or vegan-friendly food? How to pray, if you are a Muslim? Let's check out all the options you have to make sure you can enjoy these 2 theme parks to the fullest. (more…)

Tokushima gets new Muslim-friendly, multinational café/guest house DARUMA

Photo Source: The Tokushima Shimbun Just a 10-min walk from Anan Station! With experience in running a Muslim-friendly soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant in Tokushima, the Japanese company T.O FUTURE PLAN has opened the foreigner-friendly "DARUMA Café / Guest House" on Nov. 2022, welcoming Muslims and other multinational guests. The first floor is a cafe space that can be rented to be used as a cafe or plan an event, equipped with a Muslim-friendly certified*1 kitchen. The guesthouse on the second floor is the first halal-compliant accommodation facility in Tokushima, providing prayer mats and partition curtains for prayers. *1 Muslim-friendly certification is issued by Nippon Asia Halal Association (NAHA), a Japanese halal organisation with mutual accreditation with Malaysia’s JAKIM/Singapore's MUIS/Thailand's CICOT.

ONE PIECE x Kumamoto: Tour via your favourite characters with a special app

A group of students from Prefectural University of Kumamoto developed a smartphone app 'IKOU' to support reconstruction efforts of the areas stricken by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. By using the app, visitors can now tour around the earthquake's traces, together with the Straw Hat Pirates (characters) from the popular manga series 'ONE PIECE'. Source: ONE PIECE Kumamoto Revival Project's IKOU Official HP With 10 statues of the Straw Hat Pirates placed in 9 spots severely affected by the 2016 quake, this app is also part of the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Revival Project to boost the constructive reconstruction of such areas in Kumamoto. In fact, the ONE PIECE creator Eiichiro Oda (born in Kumamoto) has donated ¥800 million toward this project. Find out more via the link below!

Tour in Japan’s scenic 7-star train, Top-ranked 2 years running

From immersive farm stays to biking expeditions, travelling by TRAIN is still one of the coolest– a true classic –way to explore Japan. For two years in a row, JR Kyushu's luxury cruise train "Seven Stars in Kyushu" has been voted the NO.1 train in the 2022 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, a leading US travel magazine. Blending Japanese and Western elements, "Seven Stars in Kyushu" train travels through Japan's island of Kyushu with complete amenities, including guest rooms, Japanese tea room, and lounge.Stopping at each of Kyushu's prefectures, passengers can enjoy the most scenic views, food, hot springs, history, and culture that it has to offer. If you have certain diet restrictions or allergies, please contact the train operating company at least 1 month in advance. Check out the link below to find out more details about this cruise train. And don't forget to comment what you think about this down below! Also See:Journey to Amami Oshima Island Part 1Muslim-friendly airports with prayer room in JapanNew Kyushu Shinkansen KAMOME debuts on 23 Sept.

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Instaworthy Okayama view: Odd smiley to heart rocks ‘Mt. Ojigatake’

Photo Source: Okayama Japan Tourist Information Abundant in oddly shaped rocks and huge boulders in Tamano, Okayama, Mt. Ojigatake is a great spot offering a magnificent view of the calm Seto Inland Sea, beautiful islands, including the Seto Ohashi Bridge. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Shikoku*1 mountain range. You can take a walk along its hiking trail to bask in the beautiful views and trying to find its many oddly shaped rocks like 'Nikoniko Iwa' (Smiley Rock), Heart Iwa (heart-shaped rock) and 'Oji-san...

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Confectionery utopia! Muslims can pray & shop in comfort at Shiroi Koibito Park

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Ninja experience with prayer space, English support, VR at Ninja-Do(Osaka)

Close to some of Osaka's famous sightseeing spots like Abeno Harukas, Ninja-Do (忍者堂 Ninja-Do) allows you to learn the ways of a shinobi (ninja), from how to walk to shuriken lessons, with English language support. Apart from ninja training, there's even a designated free time for you to visit some sightseeing spots near here while wearing a ninja costume. On top of that, you can experience fighting against samurais and ninjas via VR (virtual reality), with additional fees. There are 3 VR courses: Samurai, Ninja and Armour, which you will...

Where Muslims (vegan) can eat, pray at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in Japan, attracting many Disney fans from around the world. But when speaking of Disney theme parks in Tokyo, you can't forget about Tokyo DisneySea too.What's the difference? Are there halal or vegan-friendly food? How to pray, if you are a Muslim? Let's check out all the options you have to make sure you can enjoy these 2 theme parks to the fullest. (more…)

Tokushima gets new Muslim-friendly, multinational café/guest house DARUMA

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