Hello! Here we meet again for another halal restaurant review in my blog. You can find other halal-restaurant related articles under the tag ‘halal’ in this blog.
Now we will visit Kamakura. Located in Kanagawa Prefecture. You can reach it by taking 30 minutes ride on Yokosuka Line or Tokaido Line Train from Yokohama station. It is well-known with its historical-temples and also the giant Buddha statue. After strolling around the area, you can stop by in one of restaurant which offered halal menu for Muslim visitors. The name of the restaurant is Kajiya.
I love travel to new places. It has been 6 years since I first set my first foot step in Japan. During those years, I have travel to 17 prefectures, 30 prefectures left in my list if I want to well-round those numbers. I visited those prefectures during different occasions. Once I got a paid-educational trip from my graduate campus. Most of the occasions is for personal purpose, because whose graduate student didn’t need a break from the research deadline?
Usually I always plan my trip by my self. It is because I assume I could found cheapest transport and hotel in different websites. If I took a tour package, the travel agent will charge service fee and therefore the price will not be cheaper than personal-arrangement type trip. That was my assumption though.
We close our babymoon trip in Hokkaido with a seafood treat for our self. Lucky for us, the restaurant is located exactly inside the New Chitose Airport. Therefore we didn’t need to battling with the cold weather. Yaiy!
Actually I am not really interested because we has just ate lunch around 4 hours before. However my husband convinced me to give it a try because It is Hokkaido! Seafood is a must have menu here. The ambience of the restaurant is very cozy and modern. We sat directly in front of the chef.
Ever wondered a bowl of halal ramen with Michelin star award? Yes, you could try it in Hokkaido. It is originally established in Hokkaido. Located in the heart of Sapporo city, you could reach it easily since it is only walking distance from Sapporo station. The name is Houryu Ramen. You should be careful because if you search for Houryu Ramen in Google Maps, there are several stores with the same name in Sapporo. The only store that served halal menu is the flagship store.
It is a small restaurant with 6 seats in front of the chef’s kitchen and 3 tables with 4 seats each. Only 18 seats available. A small one but once you have tried the ramen soup, you could understand why many people love to spending their time queue even in the middle of winter season. Me and my husband were lucky enough that we do not have to queue once we arrived in the doorstep of the restaurant. The waiter saw my hijab and directly ask ‘halal menu?’. This is one of advantage wearing hijab. It shows the identity of a moslem and people around you will directly understand what to served for you.
Sapporo is one of the most moslem-friendly city in Japan from my experience. It is really easy to finding halal restaurant and also praying space. I was visited two areas in Hokkaido: Sapporo and Otaru. Both has a great impression for me.
First, we will talk about Sapporo. Once you arrived in Sapporo Station, you can directly went to the high-end mall ‘Daimaru’ located nearby exactly beside the station. The praying room located in the 3rd Floor. One thing that surprise me, even they listed the praying room sign in the floor guidance directly after the upward escalator. Therefore you can easily find the praying room. It has spacious space separated for men and women. They also has wudu bassinet for each men and women. Please do not forget to write down your name in the attendance list, therefore the Daimaru could knew that the facilities has been used by many moslem visitors and very important for us. Since it is located nearby the Sapporo station, you can easily reach it anytime. You can roam around the cities and while you pass the intersection area in Sapporo station, you can pray there. Enjoy your traveling time hassle-free and not have to worried when the praying time come.
There is only one halal okonomiyaki and takoyaki restaurant in Kanto area. I am not yet have a chance for visiting it. Therefore once I knew there is one halal okonomiyaki restuarant in Hokkaido, I decide to put it on my itinerary. It is located in quite small entrance. It is on the 2nd floor. You should find it directly after the staircase.
We arrive there around dinner time. Luckily only one group consist of three people queue before us. One elderly man approached us while we are waiting. The appearance is so comical. He has a bald head with chubby cheeks and also big body posture. He welcome us and hand out a name card. He speaks a little bit of English. Turns out he is the owner of the restaurant. The name card also very interesting, one side has his photo when he is 22 years old. The other side has his caricature figure. The funny thing is if you ever find the caricature usually exaggerate the appearance of the objects, this time the caricaturist drew exactly the same figure as the real one. Trust me, his appearance is exactly look like this picture below:
I am so excited to start 2019 with an opportunity to visiting Hokkaido. This is my first time and has been on my bucket list since long time ago. Hokkaido famously known for their high quality corps and seafood products. You can find many products in the supermarket where it stated ‘from Hokkaido’, although the price is slightly more expensive nevertheless people still want to bought it. If it is not because the good quality, then I do not know for what it is.
Honestly, this trip is part of my babymoon. After quite long journey fought PCOS, through the ups and downs, we realized that we deserved a reward. Therefore we decided to give it a shot although it is only inside Japan and this time the itinerary is quite flexible considering my pregnancy at that moment. Our main goal is enjoy the nature as much as we can and also not forget to mention eat at many halal restaurants which you could not find in Kanto area. You can find the detail itinerary here.
7 Juli diperingati sebagai Festival Tanabata di Jepang. Alkisah ada dua sejoli dewa dewi yang melupakan tugasnya karena dimabuk asmara. Akhirnya keduanya dihukum tak boleh bertemu kecuali pada tanggal 7 Juli saat ada jembatan yang menghubungkan keduanya. Hari pertemuan ini diperingati sebagai festival tanabata. Biasanya akan ada kertas berisikan harapan yang digantungkan pada sebuah pohon yang diberi hiasan khas Tanabata. Seperti di gambar ini. Indah sekali.
Salah satu bus istimewa yang saya temui di Jepang adalah bus Willer Express. Bus premium dibandingkan dengan provider bus lainnya. Namun tentu mahal nya bus ini bukan tanpa alasan. Fasilitas yang diberikan benar-benar tak pernah saya temui di bus Indonesia. Beberapa fasilitasnya antara lain:
Kursi empuk yang nyaman dengan sandaran kaki
Penutup kepala mirip tudung saji dan sangat berguna menutup kepala saat silau karena cahaya matahari maupun saat tidur
Monitor yang bisa digunakan untuk menonton TV, main game, mendengarkan musik, dan mendengarkan audio book
Controller untuk main game
Fasilitas yang lengkap sekali dan istimewa terutama bila berada di moda transportasi darat seperti bus. Bahkan sangat mirip dengan pesawat sehingga judul artikel ini pun saya tulis dengan judul pesawat darat. Pengalaman yang patut dicoba selagi di Jepang.
Kali ini mendapat kesempatan mencoba restoran halal di daerah Ebisu. Saya mencoba menu Sukiyaki. Rasa supnya khas jepang tapi buat saya kurang nendang, maklum di Indonesia nampaknya udah overdosis micin jadi ga lengkap kalo ga gurih. Akhirnya saya tambahkan lagi garam. DI ulasan saya sebelumnya membahas halal sukiyaki di OCAT osaka, juaranya? OCAT Osaka menurut saya.