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Muslim-friendly airports with prayer room in Japan

More and more airports throughout Japan have set up prayer rooms to accommodate all kinds of travellers, including Muslims. Check out this full guide on which airports, where to find them and what each facility offers.

Airports in Japan actually have designated prayer rooms to accommodate travellers of various faith, including Muslims. At some airports, you can even find more than one prayer facility with wudu/ablution stations.

In my experience, prayer rooms with prayer accessories like telekung (prayer veil/dress) and mats are very few in Japan. Some may have prayer mats but not telekung, while some may not have both. As such, I have also included info on availability of prayer accessories at the airports below.

Airports in Hokkaido Region

▪ Sapporo: New Chitose Airport (CTS)

Wudu station on the right of the photo (Source: New Chitose Airport)

CTS is the largest airport in Hokkaido, known as the main gateway into Hokkaido with several direct international flights. Prayer room is available at the International Terminal Building on the 2nd floor. It has a separate prayer room for men and women, so I’m sure you will have more privacy.
I’ve never been here so I’m not 100% sure about the prayer accessory. To be safe, let’s bring one with you!

Prayer Room
Location 2F International Terminal Building
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / (N+W+S+E) sign
Prayer accessorynone
Hours*According to airport operating hours
Domestic flights hrs 5am-11pm/ International flights hrs 5am-8pm

*Operating hours may change. Please refer to its official HP
*N+W+S+E means North, West South, East.

▪ Hakodate: Hakodate Airport (HKD)

Image source: Hakodate Airport

HKD is one of the major airports in Hokkaido along with New Chitose Airport and Asahikawa Airport. It mainly handles domestic flights, but it does have several international routes.
The airport has a prayer room on the airside side on the 2nd floor of its International Passenger Terminal building. Basically, only passengers travelling on international flights will be able to use it.

Prayer Room
Location 2F (Airside Area), International Passenger Terminal bldg.
Wudu station / Qibla typeNot included / (N+W+S+E) sign
Prayer accessorynone
Hours*8am – 7:30pm

*Operating hours may very according to flights in service. Please refer to its official HP
*Free to use for any religion.
*N+W+S+E means North, West South, East.
*You may contact the airport’s Information Counter for more info (Contact: +81-138-57-8881)

▪ Asahikawa: Asahikawa Airport (AJK)

AJK has various domestic flights and several international routes. You will find a prayer space at the 2nd floor near the International Departure lobby. It has separate rooms for men and women.

Prayer Room
Location 2F International Passenger Terminal bldg.
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / none
Prayer accessoryPrayer mats, Qibla compass
Hours*According to terminal’s opening hours (7:30am – 8:30pm)

*Operating hours is subject to change. Please refer to its official HP
*You may contact here (Contact: +81-166-83-3939)

Airports in Tohoku Region

▪ Sendai: Sendai International Airport (SDJ)

SDJ or Sendai Airport is an international airport in Natori, Miyagi. It was the first airport in the Tohoku region that built a prayer room. You will find the prayer room on the 2nd floor near the International Departure lobby. If you’re lost, you may ask its Information Centre.

Prayer Room
Location 2F Terminal bldg., near International Departure lobby
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / (N+W+S+E) sign
Prayer accessorynone
Hours*6:10am – 9:30pm

*Operating hours may change. Please refer to its official HP
*Free to use for any religion.
*N+W+S+E means North, West South, East.

Airports in Kanto Region

▪ Tokyo: Haneda Airport (HND)

HND or Tokyo International Airport is one of the major international airport in the Greater Tokyo Area. It has 2 prayer rooms (side by side) on each 3 locations, which are not specified by gender. So IF one room is occupied, you can just use the one next to it.
The ablution/wudu station has like a cover, so your privacy is guaranteed; It even has seats attached. Last time I went here (3 or 4 years ago), it didn’t have any prayer accessories.

Terminal 2Terminal 3
Location・International Departure Lobby (near Check-in Counter L)
・Airside Area
Departure Lobby
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / (N+W+S+E) signIncluded / (N+S+W+E) sign
Prayer accessorynonenone
Hours*24 hours24 hours

*Operating hours may subject to change. Please refer to the airport official HP
*Free to use for any religion.
*To use, you need to call the operator via the intercom beside the door.
* N+W+S+E means North, West South, East

▪ Tokyo: Narita Airport (NRT)

Prayer room at Narita Airport Terminal 1 (5F)

NRT is another major international airport in the Greater Tokyo Area. Prayer rooms are available in the area BEFORE and AFTER passport control at all its terminals. Some has movable dividers to separate between men and women, but there’s only one wudu station for everyone.

Prayer garments and mats may not be enough, so I recommend you bring one if needed.

Terminal 1Terminal 2Terminal 3
Location before passport control 5F Central bldg.1F Main bldg., Inside Bus Gate 702F Main bldg., Departure lobby, near South Exit 2
Location after passport control 2F Central bldg., Inside Bus Gate 281F Main bldg., International Arrival lobby, near North Exit 13F Main bldg., near Japan Duty Free GINZA
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / QiblaIncluded /QiblaIncluded / Qibla
Prayer accessoryPrayer dress, matPrayer dress, matPrayer dress, mat
Hours*6am – 11pm6am – 11pm6am – 11pm

*Operating hours may subject to change. Please refer to the airport official HP
*Free to use for any religion.

Airports in Chubu/Tokai Region

▪ Shizuoka: Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport (FSZ)

FSZ, also called as Shizuoka Airport, is located in the home of Mount. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture. It also has several international flights. The airport has separate prayer room for men and women, which you can freely use without reservation.

Prayer Room
Location 2F (Departure lobby, Food Court) Passenger Terminal bldg.
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / Qibla mark
Prayer accessoryPrayer mats
Hours*6:40am – 10:00pm

*Operating hours may change based on flights in service. Please refer to its official HP

▪ Aichi: Chūbu Centrair International Airport (Centrair)

Centrair is an international airport in Aichi, which is the home of Nagoya. It has 3 prayer rooms in Terminal 1 and 2. Inside the room, the men and women areas are separated by a divider. You can freely use it without any reservation. It may not have prayer accessories, so you may need to bring one with you.

Prayer Room 1Prayer Room 2Prayer Room 3
Location Terminal 1: 2F Arrivals lobby (non-restricted area)Terminal 1: 3F International Departure (restricted area)Terminal 2: 1F Arrivals lobby (non-restricted area)
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / QiblaIncluded / QiblaIncluded / Qibla
Prayer accessoryunknownunknownunknown
Hours*4:40am – 9:30pm4:40am – 9:30pm4:40am – 9:30pm

*Operating hours may subject to change. Please refer to the airport official HP
*Prayer room 2 & 3 are unavailable during late-night flight hours
*Free to use for any religion.

Airports in Kansai/Kinki Region

▪ Osaka: Kansai International Airport (KIX)

If you plan to travel in the Kansai region like Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka, KIX is a great option as an international airport. There are 3 prayer rooms separated for men and women. All are only available in Terminal 1, with 2 of them located after the checkpoints for international flights. The design is so similar to the surau (musolla/prayer room) in Islamic countries like Malaysia.

You may also ask for the Muslim Friendly Airport Guide Map at the information centre (2F) to go to the prayer rooms.

Prayer Room 1Prayer Room 2Prayer Room 3
Location
(Terminal 1)
3F (restaurant & shop area), before entrance gate to departure/arrivalInternational Gate Area, North Wing, near Gate 16 International Gate Area, South Wing, near Gate 26
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / QiblaIncluded / QiblaIncluded / Qibla
Prayer accessoryAl-Quran, Prayer dress, matAl-Quran, Prayer dress, matAl-Quran, Prayer dress, mat,
Hours*24 hours24 hours24 hours

*Operating hours may subject to change. Please refer to the airport official HP
*Free to use for any religion.

Airports in Kyushu Region (incl. Okinawa)

▪ Fukuoka: Fukuoka Airport (FUK)

Image source: Fukuoka Airport

FUK is an airport that also handles international flights, serving the Kyushu region. Its prayer room is located on the 4th floor. You can freely use the room without reservation or calling the operator.

Prayer Room
Location 4F International Passenger Terminal bldg. (towards South Observation Deck)
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / (N+W+S+E) sign
Prayer accessorynone
Hours*6am – 9:40pm

*Operating hours may change. Please refer to its official HP
*N+W+S+E means North, West South, East.

▪ Oita: Oita Airport (OIT)

Image source: Oita Airport

OIT handles both domestic and international flights; it is located in Oita Prefecture, the home to the famous hot spring city, Beppu. You need to ask the staff at the Information Desk on the 1st floor Arrival Lobby to use the prayer room. The airport also provide one Holy Quran upon request at the Information Desk.

Prayer Room
Location 1F Domestic Terminal, next to the JAL counter
Wudu station / Qibla typeNot included / Qibla mark
Prayer accessoryPrayer mats (inside room), Al-Quran (upon request)
Hours*6:30am – closing of the airport bldg.

*Operating hours are based on flights in service. Please refer to its official HP

▪ Kagoshima: Kagoshima Airport (KOJ)

Image source: Kagoshima Airport

KOJ also handles international flights, and it is the second-busiest airport in the Kyushu region after FUK. The prayer room has a curtain to separate the men and women areas. You can ask for prayer mats (free of charge) at the Information Desk on the 1st floor of its International Terminal.
If you’re travelling on a domestic flight, you may use any unoccupied ‘dressing room’ at the Domestic Terminal to pray. Please contact the airport’s Information Desk for more info on this.

Prayer Room
Location 3F International Terminal
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / Qibla mark
Prayer accessoryPrayer mats (go to Information Desk)
Hours*According to terminal’s operating hours (6:20am – 9:40pm)

*Operating hours may change based on flights in service. Please refer to its official HP
*Free to use for any religion.

▪ Okinawa: Naha Airport (OKA)

OKA is an international airport that serves the areas of Ryukyu island. The prayer room is separated for men and women with a “WA” (和; Japanese) themed design. It incorporates the Japanese traditional woodworking technique, kumiko (組格子) and Ryukyu tatami mats.

Prayer Room
Location 4F–Restaurant Area, International Passenger Terminal bldg.  (near observation deck)
Wudu station / Qibla typeIncluded / (N+W+S+E) sign
Prayer accessoryPrayer mats
Hours*7am – 10pm

*Operating hours may very according to flights in service. Please refer to its official HP
*Free to use for any religion.
*N+W+S+E means North, West South, East.


Japanese airports keep the prayer rooms really clean. When you visit them, make sure to help keep the place clean as well. Please note that most of these prayer rooms may not allow eating, drinking and inappropriate conduct.

Although some airports provide prayer dresses and mats, I still recommend bringing one with you as many prayer spaces in Japan may not have them. If you ever flying to/from these airports, now you know where to pray at.
Many more exciting Muslim-friendly experiences waiting for you in Japan. Why not make Japan as your next destination?!

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