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Explore Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo (& More) In 10D9N With This Muslim-Friendly Itinerary

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Shasha Dania  •  Nov 11, 2019

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Planning a trip to Japan but not sure which cities to visit, or what JR pass to get? Confused by all of the options available and just looking for a simple way to explore the best of the country? Organizing your long-awaited trip to Japan doesn’t have to be so confusing with our useful 10D9N Muslim-friendly itinerary! Credit: Giphy It’s time to explore Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo - along with some exciting day trips too! 😁 This is the ultimate itinerary to cover Japan’s top 3 most popular cities in just 10 days, so let’s get started!
All About The JR Whole Japan Rail Pass
What is a JR Whole Japan Rail Pass?
  • The JR Whole Japan Rail Pass is one of the most versatile JR passes as it covers almost all JR networks across Japan! This includes JR trains (Shinkansen, limited express, express, rapid, and local services), the Tokyo Monorail to/from Haneda Airport, the JR Ferry to Miyajima from Hiroshima, local JR bus services, and selected non-JR trains for isolated areas.
  • The Whole Japan Rail Pass comes in 7, 14, and 21-day validity periods so you can choose the best one for your trip. Don’t worry if your trip doesn’t match the exact period ofthe JR pass, with some careful planning you can still get the most value out of your pass! 😊
  • JR Passes come in 2 types: Ordinary Car, and the more expensive Green Car. Green Car cabins on shinkansen and limited express trains are slightly more luxurious with bigger seats, foot rests, and personal luggage space. However from our experience, the Ordinary Car will be more than enough.
How do I buy a JR Whole Japan Rail Pass?
  • Before you leave for your trip, make sure to book your JR Whole Japan Rail Pass on Klook. All JR passes must be purchased before you enter Japan, and upon purchase on Klook you will receive an Exchange Order (EO) to redeem for the physical pass at any JR office counter in Japan. You can also book a 7-Day JR Whole Japan Rail Pass Combo with 4G SIM card and pick up the SIM card in Osaka or Tokyo!
  • EOs have to be exchanged for a JR Passwithin 90 days of the purchase date. We recommend you purchase them 2 months before your trip in case of any last minute changes. Klook will deliver the EO between 3-5 days from the dateof purchase, so don’t purchase it too late! You can also pick up your EO at selected locations. ☺️
How do I use a JR Whole Japan Rail Pass?
  • Upon arriving in Japan, you can redeem your EO for a JR Pass at any JR counter. JR counters can be found in all major airports in Japan including at KIX, Tokyo Narita, and Tokyo Haneda Airports.
  • JR Passes have a validity of 30 days upon exchange, and you can select the activation date for the JR Pass for any 7/14/21 consecutive days during this 30-day period. It depends on your itinerary so there’s lots of flexibility! However, once you select the start date you can no longer change it so do plan ahead.
  • You will receive a stamp on your JR Pass at the start of each day. For the rest of the day, simply show this pass to the station staff to enter the station.
  • Klook’s JR Whole Japan Rail Passalso entitles you to any seat in a non-reserved car on a JR train so you won’t have to stand during your journey! Do note that for some services you are required to purchase a separate express ticketto reserve a seat. You can checkwhich services require a separate fee here.
  • We recommend you reserve a seat for shinkansen rides that take over 1 hour. Upon reservation, you will receive a light green ticket with the seat number printed on it. While the JR Whole Japan Rail Pass does guarantee you a seat in non-reserved cars, the trains can get extremely crowded during peak periods and you don’t want to be left standing!
Day 1: Arrive in Osaka
  • Fly direct to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) to begin your trip. A multi-city flight route is useful when your trip crosses multiple prefectures (like this one!) as you can choose to activate your JR pass on a later day. For this itinerary, book your return flight from either of Tokyo’s international airports (Narita Airport or Haneda Airport) as that will be where your trip ends.
  • Some of the airlines that fly directly to KIX include:
    • Singapore: Scoot, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)
    • Malaysia: AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines, JAL
    • Indonesia: ANA, JAL
  • Redeem your EO at the JR office in KIX once you arrive. Redemption will require you to fill out passport details for each individual getting apass, so do remember to factor the time taken into your itinerary! The KIX ticket office is open daily between 5.30AM - 11PM.
  • Upon redemption, you’ll have to select which day to activate the pass. For this itinerary, redeem your Whole Japan Rail Pass on the day you arrive.
  • Take the JR Kansai-Airport line to Hineno station, and transfer to the JR Hanwa line. Travel to Tennoji Station, where you can take the JR Osaka Loop line to reach your hotel. Check out this list of 10 accommodations in Osaka near halal food for an idea of where to stay! The JR Osaka Loop line covers most of the major stations within Osaka - and since your Whole Japan Rail Pass includes local lines it’s free for you to use!
  • After you’ve checked in, catch a glimpse of traditional Osaka at Osaka Castle, before enjoying the vibrant super-modern lights of the Dotonbori district in the evening.
Osaka Castle Ticket Prices: JPY600 (FOC for children 15 years old and below) Opening Hours: Open daily; 9AM - 5PM (Last admission 4.30PM, hours may be extended in spring/summer. The castle is not open between Dec 28-Jan 1.) Address: 〒540-0002 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City Getting there: Travel to Osakajokoen station on the JR Osaka Loop line. The castle is right next to the station. Website Dotonbori Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 but do check individual stores for their respective hours Address: 1 Chome-9 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan Getting there: Travel to JR-Namba station on the JR Osaka Loop line. Walk towards Namba station exit 14. Website Credit: Chibo Diversity on Facebook
  • Treat yourself to Osaka-style okonomiyaki at Chibo’s first Muslim-friendly outlet located in the heart of Dotonbori! Dig into the savoury pancake right off the grill, or enjoy other local favourites such as yakisoba (fried noodles), and wagyu 😋
  • #HHWT Tip: Click here for 16 more halal options you can find around Osaka!
Halal Status: Only halal-certified ingredients are used, and all cutlery is separate from Chibo’s other outlets. No alcoholic beverages served, and vegetarian options are also available. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. A prayer room is available, with wudhu (ablution) facilities and prayer mat provided. Do remember to bring your own prayer garments. Average Price: JPY850 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11AM - 11PM (Last order 10PM) Address: 7F, 1-5-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka Contact: +81 06-6575-7423 Website | Facebook  | Instagram
Day 2: Day trip to Hiroshima
  • Start your day bright and early by boarding a JR train at Shin-Osaka station on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, bound for Hiroshima! Do note that Osaka and Shin-Osaka are different stations, and the shinkansen only passes through Shin-Osaka station. 🚄
  • There are several trains that run along the Sanyo Shinkansen line, but only the Sakura and Hikari trains are covered by the Whole Japan Rail Pass. The Sakura train takes roughly 1.5 hours, whereas the Hikari train takes at least 2.5 hours. Some of the earlier Hikari trains (before 8.40AM) may take 2 hours or less. You can use JR West’s official timetable and route finder to figure out which timings are available for you.
  • Hiroshima is a must-visit city for history buffs, and for the convenience of visitors there’s a hop-on-hop-off Sightseeing Loop Bus (“Hiroshima meipuru-pu”) that covers all major historic sites. Better yet, the Whole Japan Rail Pass includes unlimited rides on the bus! Simply present your Whole Japan Rail Pass to the driver to enjoy your ride. 🚍
  • Hop onto the bus’s orange, green or lemon routesand head for the Atomic Bomb Dome. The Dome is close to the hypocenter where the bombwas dropped, and is a humbling reminder of the brutality of war.
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 Address: 1-chōme-1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan (〒730-0051 広島県広島市中区大手町1丁目1−10) Getting there: Via Meipuru-pu bus (Orange, Green, Lemon lines) Website
  • Nearby the Dome, the Peace Memorial Park is worth a walk to see the structures erected in memory of the victims. Make sure to take a brief stop at the Children’s Peace Memorial, which is specially dedicated to the child victims of the bomb.
  • For a more in-depth look at the legacy of the bomb, visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum located in the park. Do note that some exhibitions may be graphic or unsettling.
Peace Memorial Park Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 Address: 1 Chome-1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0811, Japan (〒730-0811 広島県広島市中区中島町1丁目1) Getting there: 5-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Ticket Prices: JPY200 (Adult), JPY100 (High school students), FOC (Junior high students and younger) Opening Hours: 8.30AM - 5PM (Dec-Feb except 30 and 31 Dec), 8.30AM - 6PM (Mar-Jul), 8.30AM - 7PM (Aug, until 8PM on 5 and 6 Aug), 8.30AM - 6PM (Sept-Nov) Address: 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 Japan Getting there:5-minute walk from the Children’s Peace Monument.Website
  • Take a midday break for lunch at Karsiyaka, which is across the river from the museum. Karsiyaka serves delicious and authentic Turkish food, and there’s even a prayer space on the premises so you can do your prayers before you leave. 😋
Halal Status: Only halal-certified meat and ingredients used, and vegetarian options are available. Do note that alcoholic beverages are served. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. A prayer space is available. Average Price: JPY1200 (Mains) Opening Hours: 11.30AM - 2.30PM (Last order 2PM), 5.30PM - 11.30PM (Tues-Sun), closed on Mondays Address: 2 Chome-6-20 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan (〒730-0051 広島県広島市中区大手町2丁目6−20) Getting there: 10-minute walk from the Peace Memorial Museum. Contact: +81 82-247-2202
  • After a meaningful morning in Hiroshima, head back to Osaka for some lighter activities. If you’re interested in spending more time in Hiroshima and the wider Kansai region, you can opt for Klook’s exclusive JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass combo which includes a 5-Day JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, a 1-day pass to the Hiroshima Sightseeing Cycle Bus, and tickets to Universal Studios Japan. The JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Passincluded in the combo also includes cities such as Kobe and Himeji, and evenferry tickets to Miyajima to see the iconic Sika deer!
  • Squeeze in some shopping at Shinsaibashi-suji, Osaka’s largest shopping arcade. At 600 metres long, you’ll find all types of shops from familiar brands including UNIQLO, GU, Tokyu Hands, and ZARA, to chain stores and even small independent boutiques. You can even claim a tax rebate exclusively for visitors at selected shops! 🛍
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 but do check individual stores’ for their respective hours Address: 2 Chome-2-22 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085, Japan (〒542-0085 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋2丁目2−22) Getting there: Accessible via Dotonbori street. Cross the Ebisu bridge in Dotonbori to reach Shinsaibashi-suji. Website
  • For dinner, tuck into a delicious bowl of ramen at Naritaya’s Osaka branch! 🍜
  • The rich broth and unique fusion options such as curry soupless noodles are just what you need to end the day right. 😋 If you feel like treating yourself, they even have wagyu curry and wagyu yakiniku rice bowls!
Halal Status: Halal-certified by Japan Islamic Trust. A prayer room with wudhu (ablution) facilities and prayer mats are provided. Do bring your own prayer garments. Average Price: JPY850 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM - 3PM, 5PM - 10PM (Last order 9.30PM), Sat-Sun and Holidays; 12PM -10PM (Last order 9.30PM)Address: 1 Chome-7-23 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0083, Japan (〒542-0083 大阪府大阪市中央区東心斎橋1丁目7−23) Getting there: Walk 10 minutes from Shinsaibashi-suji. Contact: +81 6-6281-0133 Website | Facebook | Instagram
Day 3: Universal Studios Japan
  • When you’re in Osaka, you can’t miss out on Universal Studios Japan (USJ)! Home to the only Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ outside of the USA, USJ is a dream come true for visitors of all ages. 🤩
  • Getting to USJ is easy with the Whole Japan Rail Pass which gives you access to all local JR lines in Osaka too!
Ticket Prices: Click here for the various ticket options available. You can also pre-purchase an e-ticket on Klook for extra convenience – just present the QR code at the entrance for park entry! Opening Hours: Hours may vary according to season. Do check the park calendar at least 1 day before your visit. Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, Japan (〒554-0031 大阪府大阪市此花区桜島2丁目1−33) Getting there: Take the JR Osaka Loop line to Nishikujo station, and transfer to the JR Yumesaki line. Then travel to Universal-city station, and walk past Universal Citywalk to reach the park entrance. Website | Facebook | Instagram #HHWT Tip: USJ is one ofthe most popular attractions in Japan, and can be packed with crowds even during off-peak seasons.Check out this article for 21 tips and hacks to get the most out of your USJ experience!
  • Make sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ to enjoy a cup of butterbeer (non-alcoholic), choose your own wand at Ollivanders, and explore Hogwarts Castle with Harry and his friends. If you’re planning to visit at the end of the year, stick around to see Hogwarts Castle all lit up for a special night show. 🏰🧙‍♀️
  • If you’re planning to see all of USJ in 1 day, you definitely have to go on popular rides such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D, Jurassic Park - The Ride, and Hollywood Dream - The Ride.
  • Kids will also have an amazing time meeting their favourite characters including Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and the Sesame Street gang at Universal Wonderland! 😍
  • If you’re looking for a place to do your prayers, you can use one of the family service rooms located in Universal Wonderland. Ablution can be taken at a nearby bathroom. Do remember to bring your own prayer garment and mat.
  • #HHWT Tip: Want to spend more time at USJ? Check out Klook’s exclusive JR West combos that include early admission access to USJ and even more attractions to enjoy around Osaka!
  • If you’re purchasing a JR West combo make sure to use these exclusive codes to get an additional discount off the offers: TRAVELHHWTSG ($10 off for new Singapore users, min. spend of $80), TRAVELHHWTMY (RM30 off for new Malaysia users, min. spend of RM240), and TRAVELHHWTID (IDR100,000 off for new Indonesia users, min. spend of IDR800,000).
Credit: Maryanah Muzak on Facebook
  • For lunch and dinner, you can now enjoy Muslim-friendly meals at the Red Lobster in Universal Citywalk located outside the park. One-time re-entry is allowed for guests who are unable to dine in the park premises due to dietary restrictions - do approach a staff member to get your hand stamped before exiting the park.
  • Red Lobster’s Muslim meals include fried oysters with rice, vegetable penne pasta, and butter chicken curry with rice. Perfect for a midday refuel or a rewarding meal at the end of a tiring day.
Halal status:Muslim-friendly menu available. All ingredients in Muslim-friendly menu are from halal-certified suppliers and although it's prepared inthe same kitchen as non-halal meals, separate kitchenware is used to prepare the meals. Do note that dining utensils are the same as non-halal meals but you can request for disposable utensils.Average Price: JPY1280 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11AM - 11PM Address: 5F, Universal Citywalk Osaka, 6-2-61 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 554-0024 Getting there: 7-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan to Universal Citywalk Contact No: +81 6-6940-6351
Day 4: Goodbye Osaka, Hello Kyoto!
  • For your last day in Osaka, explore the old city with a visit to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Spanning 2 floors of the building, you won’t believe your eyes when you step into the upper floor, which recreates an old Edo-period street!
  • Walk past wooden houses and interactive exhibits that give you a chance to see what everyday life was like in Osaka. There’s even a kimono rental shop within the museum so you can put on a beautiful kimono or yukata and truly feel like you’ve stepped back in time. If you want to experience the beauty of the kimono outside the museum, you can also rent a kimono for a day to wear around the city! ☺️
  • If you’re a fan of samurais and ninjas, check outKlook’sexclusive JR West pass combo combo that includes tickets to USJ, a regional pass for the Kansai region, and tickets to Toei Kyoto Studio Park - the only theme park in Japan based on period dramas!
  • P.S. If you’re purchasing a JR West combo make sure to use these exclusive codes to get an additional discount: TRAVELHHWTSG ($10 off for new Singapore users, min. spend of $80), TRAVELHHWTMY (RM30 off for new Malaysia users, min. spend of RM240), and TRAVELHHWTID (IDR100,000 off for new Indonesia users, min. spend of IDR800,000).
Ticket Prices: JPY600 (JPY300 for High School students, FOC for Junior High students and younger, and seniors) Opening Hours: 10AM - 5PM (Last entry 4.30PM, Wed-Mon), closed on Tuesdays and from Dec 29 to Jan 2. Address: 8F, 6-Chome 4-20, Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi (〒530-0041 大阪府大阪市北区天神橋6丁目4−20 住まい情報センタービル 8階) Getting there: Travel to JR Tenma station on the JR Osaka Loop line. Walk 10 minutes to the museum. Website | Facebook Opening Hours: Open daily; 10AM - 8PM (May change depending on Daimaru Umeda store hours) Address: Daimaru Umeda 13F, 3-1-1 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8202 (〒530-8202 大阪府大阪市北区梅田3丁目1−1 大丸梅田店 13F) Getting there: Travel to JR Osaka station on the JR Osaka Loop line. Walk 7 minutes.
  • It’s time to explore the next city - Kyoto! To get to Kyoto, take the Sakura or Hikari trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line. The trip between Shin-Osaka to Kyoto station is one of the shortest between major cities - it can take just 15 minutes for a direct connection!
  • Make sure to use JR West’s official timetable and route finder to figure out which timings are suitable for you. The flexibility of the Whole Japan Rail Passmeans you don’t have to reservea particular timing beforehand, but do take note that some trains may have an additional stop that will add more travel time to your journey. As a bonus, using theWhole Japan Rail Pass ensures that you’ll have a reserved seat during all of your train journeys! 😊
  • Once you’ve arrived in Kyoto, check into your hotel and head out for one of the most popular halal eateries in the city - Ayam-ya! Their chicken broth, slices of chicken char siu, and perfectly cooked ramen egg have made them one of our (and our readers’) favourite spots in Kyoto for sure. 🤤
  • Their current location can be a little bit confusing to get to as it's down an alleyway. Just keep an eye out for the large menu board located outside the entrance so you won't miss the corridor leading to the store!
Halal status: Halal-certified by Malaysia Halal Corporation Japan. A prayer room is available, if you wish to do your prayers one of the staff will lead you there. Do bring your own prayer garments. Average Price: JPY650 Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 12PM - 3PM (Last order 2.30PM), 6PM - 9.30PM (Last order 9PM), Sat; 11.30AM - 2.30PM Address: 1F, Douka Bld., 470, Kannondocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (中京区新町通四条上ル東入観音堂町 470 道家商事ビル 1F, 604-8222 Kyoto, Japan) Getting there: Travel to Shijo station on the Karasuma subway line. From Shijo station, head to exit 24 and walk straight until you see Holly’s Cafe. Turn right into the alley, and walk straight until you see KADO. Turn left to reach the restaurant. Contact: +81 75-708-5666 Instagram #HHWT Tip: The Karasuma line is not covered by the JR pass but you can purchase a reloadable ICOCA transport card on Klook for collection in Kyoto, or at Osaka’s KIX Airport. The ICOCA card can be used across Japan (even in Tokyo!) so you can use this for later days in your itinerary too. Do note that the ICOCA card can only be refunded in Kansai-region cities including Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe but not including Tokyo.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful district of Gion. Preserved to retain its old-world charm, the wooden storefronts are home to teahouses, cafes, and souvenir shops.
  • If you visit Gion in the evening or after nightfall, you may even get the chance to see geiko (better known as Geisha) or maiko (geiko-in-training) doing their rounds. Donote that visitors should not take invasive photos, disturb, or crowd them, as they are in the middle of work.
  • To bring back a souvenir that’s uniquely Japanese, head to Eiraku-ya’s Gion store to pick up some beautiful cotton fabric. The shop dates back to 1615(!) and has so many gorgeous designs that are perfect as tea towels, gifts, and wraps.
Eirakuya Opening Hours: Open daily; 10AM - 8PM Address: 〒605-0074 京都市東山区四条通大和大路東入祇園町南側570-231 Getting there: 25 minute walk from Ayam-ya. Head out the main road, and then walk straight until you reach Hanamikoji-dori. From the entrance to Hanamikoji-dori it’s a 5 minute walk. Website | Facebook | Instagram
Day 5: Day Trip to Nara
  • One of the best day trips to take from Kyoto is definitely a visit to Nara. The journey there is between 1 hour to 1.5 hours long and since your Whole Japan Rail Pass is still active you don’t have to worry about any additional fares.
  • Nara Park is the most popular attraction in the city and is famous for housing over 1000 friendly deer! The deer are used to visitors and may even approach you. Do note that some may try to grab or eat your food, but they are generally quite peaceful.😊
  • We recommend spending the whole day enjoying the peacefulness of Nara Park - apart from the deer, there are other attractions such as Kokofu-ji Temple and the Isui-en Gardens. After several days of non-stop adventure, a visit to Nara is the perfect way to soothe your soul and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 but individual buildings within the park have their respective opening hours. Address: 30 Noborioji-cho, Nara City 630-8501 Getting there: 20 minute walk from JR Nara station. Website
  • Have a satisfying meal at Naramachi Jinniyah, which sells delicious halal ramen at affordable prices. Located in the older neighbourhood of Naramachi, you can get a serving of teriyaki chicken rice bowl from just JPY500 without skimping out on a high-quality taste!
  • The restaurant also has some tatami-style seating so you can sit on the floor to slurp up your noodles in an authentically Japanese style.
  • P.S. Do note that reservations are required at least 2 days in advance, and there is a minimum spend of JPY1000 per pax.
Halal Status:Halal-certified meat available. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. A prayer room with wudhu (ablution) facilities is available on the premises but dobring your own prayer garments.Average Price: JPY1000 Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM - 6PM Address: 28-34 Minamijodocho, Nara, 630-8341, Japan Getting there: 20 minute walk from Nara Park. Contact: Email [email protected] to make your reservation. Website | Facebook
  • Head back to Kyoto to visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. The golden hour before sunset is one of the best times to catch the gorgeous glow of the vermillion red torii gates - so make sure to plan out your train timings to arrive in time! If you want to explore more of Kyoto's iconic sights, check out this 3D2N Kyoto itinerary that includes Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera, and Gion!
  • The mid-afternoon is usually the most crowded period for the shrine, so try going on a weekday morning or near sunset to avoid the crowds.
  • If you’re feeling ambitious enough you can even hike to the top of Inariyama (Mount Inari) to see Kyoto in a whole new light! Do note that this trek may take several hours to complete, and we recommend starting the trek earlier in the day as it can get quite dark. The higher up you go the less of a crowd you’ll have to face -but do remember you’ll still need to walk all the way down afterwards! 😉
  • Looking for somewhere to have a meal at the end of a long day? Click here for 12 delicious halal eateries you can find in Kyoto!
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 but it is recommended you visit before sunset to get the best view of the gates. Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-0882 (〒612-0882 京都府京都市伏見区深草藪之内町68) Getting there: Take the JR Nara line from JR Nara station to JR Inari station. The shrine is located next to the station. Website
Day 6: Time to head to Tokyo!
  • Start your last morning in Kyoto by visiting the iconic Nishiki Market! The market officially opens at 9.30AM but if you want to avoid the crowds try to arrive at 9AM as it fills up fast.
  • Nishiki Market is a mix of wholesale groceries, ready-to-eat snacks, and lots of souvenir shops selling tea, pottery, sweets, and more. Look out for a Shichimi (Seven spice) shop that sells all kinds of spice mixes you can bring back home to remind you of Kyoto. 😋 Do note that the product is not halal-certified, but the basic 7-spice mix contain only ground up herbs and spices with noextra ingredients.
  • While there are no halal-certified eateries in Nishiki Market, there are several Muslim-friendly stalls that sell only fresh seafood (you can request to not have soy sauce added) and nuts (which are the perfect snack). We recommend that you consult with the staff before purchasing anything, and to dine at your own discretion.
Opening Hours: Open daily; 9.30AM - 6PM (Hours vary according to stores and may change on weekends and holidays) Address: Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8045, Japan (〒604-8045 京都府京都市中京区中魚屋町) Getting there: Travel to JR Kyoto station and transfer to the Karasuma subway line. Travel to Shijo station, and walk 7 minutes to the start of the street.
  • Have your last meal in Kyoto at Nanzan’s newest outlet at Kyoto station - Nanzan Gyu Terroir. Famous for their wagyu beef, this outlet is not a yakiniku outlet but instead serves wagyu don and other rice meals. The location also makes it super convenient to grab a delicious bite before heading onto the shinkansen. 😆
Halal status:Halal menu available. Halal wagyu meat is certified by Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs and items in halal menu are prepared using Muslim-friendly sauces and seasonings. Though the restaurantisn't halal-certified, no pork or pork-based items are served. Do note that alcohol and other non-halal beef is served in the restaurant. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.Average Price: JPY5000 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11AM - 3PM, 4PM - 10PM Address: 3F, Kyoto Station West Exit (Kaisatsu-Mae Eat Paradise), JR Kyoto Isetan Restoran-gai, Higashi Shiokouji-cho, Shiokoujisagaru, Karasumi-doori, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8212 Getting there: Travel to JR Kyoto station. The restaurant is located inside the Isetan department store next door. Contact: +81 75-361-7357 Website | Facebook
  • Remember to exchange your ICOCA card for a refund at Kyoto station! You won’t be able to refund it in Tokyo. Once you reach Tokyo station you can purchase a Suica or Pasmo card to use within Tokyo itself. The Suica can also be pre-purchased on Klook for pickup in Tokyo! For more information on public transport in Tokyo, check out this useful guide!
  • Settle in for your ride back to Tokyo on the Hikari or Sakura shinkansen. The journey takes at least 2.5 hours so this is a great time to catch up on your sleep. 😴 Long inter-prefecture journeys such as this one are very expensive if you’re using asingle ticket, so you’ll make up the cost of the Whole Japan Rail Pass if you’re planning to take just 1 or 2 such trips!
  • Once you arrive, take the JR Yamanote loop line to your accommodation. The Yamanote line is one of the most convenient transport lines in Tokyo as it covers all of the major neighbourhoods - and it’s covered under the Whole Japan Rail Pass so you won’t have to buy an extra ticket!
  • After settling into your accommodation, head to Origami Asakusa for a traditional washoku (Japanese cuisine) meal. Not only is the restaurant interior beautifully designed with traditional Japanese elements, but their set meals consisting of individual dishes are just as breathtaking as they are delicious. 🤩
  • Make sure to try their Origami Set where you can grill your own beef cutlet! They also have several desserts in their menu, including 2 types of cakes that will satisfy your sugar cravings.
Halal Status: Halal-certified by the Japan Islamic Trust, and vegetarian options are also available. Do note that alcoholic drinks are also served, but separate cups are used to distinguish from non-alcoholic drinks. A prayer space with wudhu (ablution) facilities and prayer mat is availableon the premises. Do remember to bring your own prayer garments. Average Price: JPY4000 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11.30AM - 3PM, 5.30PM - 9PM Address: 1-chōme-2-8 Hanakawado, Taito City, Tōkyō-to 111-0033 Getting there: Take the JR Yamanote line to JR Ueno station, and transfer to the Ginza subway line. Take the Ginza line to Asakusa station. You can use a reloadable travel card such as the ICOCA, Suica, or Pasmo for this. The restaurant is next to Asakusa station. Contact: +81 03-5811-1755 Website | Facebook | Instagram
Day 7: Odaiba (Final Day of JR Whole Japan Rail Pass)
  • It’s the last day before your Whole Japan Rail Pass expires so it’s time to make the most of it by visiting the manmade island of Odaiba! Located in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district with activities for everyone to enjoy.
  • It’s easy to spend a whole day in Odaiba when you have attractions including Tokyo Joypolis (Japan’s largest indoor theme park – perfect for a rainy day! Click here to find out how you can include Joypolis in a 6D5N Tokyo itinerary.), Legoland, the Museum of Maritime Science, and a breath-taking 115-meter tall ferris wheel! 😍
  • When you’re heading back to your accommodation at the end ofthe day, make sure to take a moment to admire the Rainbow Bridge connecting Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. Its nightly illumination and light shows make the bridge seem even more beautiful!
Getting there: Take the JR Yamanote line to JR Shimbashi station. Transfer to the Yurikamome train line and travel to Daiba station. You can use a reloadable travel card for this. The Rainbow Bridge is also visible when travelling on the Yurikamome line. Ticket Prices: Pre-purchase your tickets to lock in your price Opening Hours: 10AM – 7PM (Last entry 6PM, Mon – Fri), 10AM – 9PM (Last entry 8PM, Sat, Sun, Holidays). Check their website for specific days when they might be closed. Address:MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless, Odaiba Palette Town 2F, 1-3-8Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan (森ビルデジタルアートミュージアム:エプソンチームラボボーダレス, 東京都江東区青海1-3-8 お台場パレットタウン 2階)Getting there: Take the Yurikamome line to Aomi station. Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Refuel at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza with a delicious bowl of halal Japanese soba at Sojibo!
  • Located on the 6th floor of DiverCity, Sojibo sells everything from cold soba topped with vegetables and grated yam, to hot soba with fried shrimp tempura. They also have rice bowls with toppings such as chicken cutlet – no matter what you’re craving you’re sure to have an amazing meal here!
Halal Status: Halal-certified by Japan Halal Association. Average Price: JPY1100 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11AM - 11PM (Last order 10PM) Address: 1-1-10, Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, DiverCity Tokyo plaza 6F (青海1‐1‐10 ダイバーシティ東京プラザ 6F, 135-0064 Koto) Getting there: Take the Yurikamome line to Daiba station. Walk to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. Contact No: +81-47-712-7650 Facebook
Day 8: Day Trip To Hakone & Mount Fuji
  • Start with a pick-up from selected hotels or Hamamatsucho Bus Terminalthat will bring you to Mt Fuji 5th Station. The 5th station is the closest spot you can get to Mt Fuji without actually climbing it. While there are a total of 10 stations on the mountain, this is the highest station (2300 metres) that’s accessible by bus or car. 🗻
  • If you purchase this tour on Klook, it even includes a Muslim-friendly lunch! Seafood and vegetarian options are available, and while the meal is not halal-certified, the tour operator has confirmed with us that no alcohol is used in any of the sauces. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
  • After the 5th Station, enjoy a leisurely cruise around Lake Ashi as you take in the fresh air and natural beauty of the lake region. Lake Ashi is not one of the famous 5 lakes around Mount Fuji, but it’s a beautiful spot that will take your breath away. A cruise is definitely the best way to fully take in its beauty! 😍
  • Finally, take a ride on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway to end your day. Mt Komagatake is located next to Lake Ashi, and while the ride up the mountain is just 7 minutes long you’llsee one of the most beautiful sceneries around on your way up!Klook’s one-day tour is perfect for visitors who want to see the breath-taking sights of Hakone in just one day.
  • The bus will drop you off at Ginza, which is conveniently located in central Tokyo.
Day 9: Asakusa, Harajuku, & Shibuya
  • Start your day in Asakusa, one of the neighbourhoods in central Tokyo that has retained its traditional charm.
  • As your Whole Japan Rail Pass has expired, do purchase a Suica card from any subway or train station. You can also pre-purchase it on Klook and collect in Tokyo for extra convenience!
  • The magnificent Senso-ji Temple is the biggest draw here, for visitors and locals alike. The complex can get crowded by mid-day so try to get there before 10am if you want to avoid the crowds. To make your experience more memorable, you can even rent a kimono from one of the numerous shops nearby!
  • Right next door, Nakamise shopping street is where you’ll find shops selling all sorts of traditional goods and trinkets including hanging banners, children’s toys, and mini statuettes and figurines.
Senso-ji & Nakamise Opening Hours: Open daily; 6AM - 5PM (April - Sept), 6.30AM - 5PM (Oct - March) Address: Senso-ji: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan (〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草2丁目3−1) Nakamise: 1 Chome-20 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan (〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1丁目20) Getting there: Travel to Asakusa station via the Ginza line.
  • Stop by Tokiwado Kaminari-okoshi to buy some yummy rice crackers. They come in a variety of flavours including black sesame, matcha, and caramel - and the products have been halal-certified by the Japan Halal Foundation! Do note that only the products with the halal logo are suitable, and not all products may bear the logo.
Tokiwado Kaminari-okoshi Halal Status: Individual products have been halal-certified by the Japan Halal Foundation. Do look out for the halal logo as not all products are certified. Average Price: JPY1000 Opening Hours: Open daily; 9AM - 8.30PM Address: 1 Chome-3-2 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan (〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1丁目3−2) Getting there: Located next to the Kaminarimon gate. Contact: +81 03-3841-5656 Website | Instagram
  • Have lunch at Sushiken, which serves halal-certified sushi! You’ve never had seafood this fresh before. The menu also includes tendon bowls and side dishes so you can dig in to your heart’s content.
  • #HHWT Tip: Looking for more halal Japanese food in Tokyo? Check out this article for over 20 options witheverything from yakiniku to ramen! Asakusa has several halal eateries too so you’ll be spoilt for choice! 😋
Halal Status: All ingredients including soy sauce are halal-certified. Do note that alcoholic beverages are also served. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. There is a prayer space with wudhu (ablution) facilities on the premises. Do remember to bring your own prayer garments. Average Price: JPY1200 Opening Hours: 12PM - 2PM, 5PM - 12AM (Mon-Sat); 11.30AM - 3PM (Last order 2PM), 5PM - 10PM (Sun, Public Holiday) Address: 2-11-4, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Getting there: Walk 6 minutes from Nakamise-dori. Contact: +81 03-5246-6547 Website | Instagram
  • After lunch, head over to the western side of Tokyo to experience the liveliness of Harajuku and Shibuya.
  • Pay a visit to the Meiji-jingu shrine located next to Harajuku station. Believed to house the souls of the Meiji emperor and his empress, the shrine welcomes all visitors and is a rare spot of quiet in the busy city.
Opening Hours: Dependent on sunrise and sunset, do check their website for timings. Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan (〒151-8557 東京都渋谷区代々木神園町1−1) Getting there: Travel to either Yoyogi station (Northern entrance) or Harajuku station (Southernentrance). The shrine is a short walk away from either of these stations.
  • From there, it’s a short walk away to Harajuku’s trendy Takeshita-dori which is a shopping haven when it comes to teenage culture and kawaii-type styles. There are also lots of shops selling knock-offs of fashionable items at incredibly low prices. If you're looking for a bargain discount, then this might be the place for you!
  • P.S. Look out for IG-worthy spots nearby such as the Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku’s mirror-lined escalators!
Opening Hours: Individual stores have different opening hours. Address: 1 Chome-17 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan (〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1丁目17) Getting there: 5 minute walk from Meiji-jingu shrine and Harajuku station.
  • Wander through the alleys lined with small boutiques stuffed with the latest youth fashion, and you’ll eventually reach Shibuya. If you're a fan of vintage or secondhand clothing you'll be glad to know there are so many shops selling pre-loved apparel here! Some shops can be pricey (especially if it's selling vintage luxury brands) but the creative atmosphere and quirky mix of styles and trends will make it a worthwhile walk.
  • Time your arrival in Shibuya with the late-afternoon post-work rush to see the famous Shibuyacrossing come to life! 😆
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan (〒150-0043 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2丁目2−1) Getting there: 20 minute walk southwards from Takeshita-dori.
  • End your day with ramen at Honolu Ebisu. Their chicken ramen comes with rich, flavourful broths that will have you wanting more. Order a side dish such as takoyaki or gyoza to complete your meal!
Halal Status: Only halal-certified ingredients are used, and separate cutlery and utensils are available. Average Price: JPY1380 Opening Hours: Open daily; 11.30AM - 2.30PM, 5PM - 10PM Address: 1 Chome-23-1 Shibuya, Ebisuminami, Tokyo 150-0022, Japan (東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1-23-1 亜米利加橋ビル1F) Getting there: Take the JR Yamanote loop line from Shibuya station to Ebisu station. A reloadable transport card such as ICOCA, Suica, or Pasmo can be used to take the JR Yamanote line. From Ebisu station, walk 10 minutes to the restaurant. Contact: Website | Instagram
Day 10: Shinjuku & heading home
  • End your trip with a quick visit to Shinjuku. One of the busiest neighbourhoods in Tokyo, there are so many hidden gems here you may not have heard of before. (Click here to find out what else you can do in Shinjuku!)
  • See Tokyo in a new light from the top ofthe Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which has an observatory that’s free of charge! Keep an eye out for landmarks such as the Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Shrine, and even Mount Fuji if you’re lucky.
Opening Hours: Open daily; 9.30am – 11pm (Last entry 10.30pm, closed on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, and 29 Dec to 3 Jan except 1 Jan) Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 163-8001 Getting there: 7 minute walk from Shinjuku station
  • Stop by Don Quijote’s (also known as Don Don Donki) biggest store at Shinjuku Higashiguchi. The sheer size of the store is worth half a day on its own, and it sells everything from snacks to clothing to gag gifts.
  • #HHWT Tip: You can make duty-free purchases to avoid Japan’s high taxes - time to stock up on skincare, cosmetics, and souvenirs!
Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7 Address: 3 Chome-36-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan (〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3丁目36−16) Getting there: 15 minute walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Located next to Shinjuku station.
  • It’s finally time to head back home. Make your way to either Haneda or Narita airport for your flight back. Both airports are easily accessible from central Tokyo, although Hanedais much closer. If you’re flying back from Narita make sure to check out ourMuslim-friendly guide to Narita Airport!
Getting to Narita Airport: Keisei Skyliner Express (From JPY2520) from various stations in central Tokyo, or N’EX Narita Express (From JPY3017) from various stations in central Tokyo, or public buses (from JPY900). Getting to Haneda Airport: Travel from Tokyo station to Hamamatsucho station (JPY160) then transfer to the Tokyo Monorail (JPY490). Or travel from Tokyo station to Shinagawa station (JPY170) then transfer to the Keikyu Airport Line (JPY410). And there you have it - 7 major cities in just 10 days using the Whole Japan Rail Pass! 😊 Each city has its own unique draw, and thanks to the flexibility of the Whole Japan Rail Pass you can squeeze in day trips at your own leisure to fit what you want to see. Make sure to pre-purchase your Whole Japan Rail Pass on Klook for extra convenience before your trip! This article is brought to you by Klook.