Japan is home to a small but growing Muslim population, especially as young Muslims from Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia come to study at Japanese universities, as the overall number of young university-age Japanese students continues to fall.
Some university cafeterias in Japan have set up halal options for their Muslim students.
Japan also has small, though significant populations of Turkish, Iranian and Pakistani ex-patriots.
With the relaxing of visa restrictions for visitors from Indonesia and Malaysia in July 2013, more Muslims from those countries are visiting Japan to shop and vacation. The Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya has opened a Muslim prayer room in its store to cater to its new customers.
Japan's first mosque, Kobe Mosque, was established in the international port city of Kobe in 1935. Now there are over 80 mosques (masjid) in Japan with the majority of them situated in the big cities of Tokyo and Osaka.
One of the largest and most famous mosques in Japan is the Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, in Shibuya, which was founded in 1938 by Tatars who had fled the Russian Revolution.
The new Islam Ahmaddiya Mosque (Baitul Ahad Mosque; Mosque of the One God) in Tsushima, western Nagoya opened in 2015 and is said to be bigger than Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center with a capacity for 500-800 worshipers.
Two significant mosques in the Chubu (Central) area of Japan are Nagoya Mosque and Gifu Mosque, situated outside the center near Gifu University. There is also a mosque in Toyota city.
In the Kansai there are the Osaka Central Masjid and the Kyoto Muslim Association in Kyoto, near Kyoto University.
Mosques & Islam in Japan Resources
Asakusa Mosque - 1-9-12 Higashi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0025 Tel: 03 3871 6061
Camii Mosque - 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0065 Tel: 03 5790 0760
Fukuoka Mosque - 3-2-18 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, 812-0053
Gifu Mosque - Furuichiba Higashimachida 8, Gifu
Hamamatsu Mosque - 161-2 Terawaki-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 430-0841
Islam Ahmadiyya Muslim Center - Kifune 2-1602, Meito-ku, Nagoya 465-0058 Tel : 052 703 1868. The Mosque Baitul Ahad Mosque (Mosque of the One God) is located in Tsushima in western Nagoya and is the largest mosque in Japan with capacity for over 500 worshipers.
Kobe Mosque - 2-25-14 Nakayamate Dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0004
Kyoto Muslim Association - Riverside Kojinguchi 1F & BF Miyagaki-cho 92, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 602-0853 Tel: 075 231 3499
Kumamoto Islamic Center - Kurokami 5-5-2, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0862
Nagoya Mosque - 2-26-7 Honjindori, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0041
Niigata Mosque - Ikarashi 1 nocho 6776-43 Nishiku, Niigata 950-2102
Niihama Masjid - 2-2-43 Ikku-cho, Niihama-shi, Ehime, 792-0025
Osaka Central Mosque - 4-12-16 Owada Nishi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, 555-0032 Tel: 06 4862 6396
Otaru Mosque - 5-4-27 Inaho, Otaru-shi, 047-0032
Saitama Masjid - 560-8 Okubo-Ryoke, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, 338-0826
Sapporo Mosque - Sapporo Masjid, North 14, West 3, Kita-Ku, 001-0014
Sendai Islamic Cultural Center - 7-24, Hachiman 7-chome, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-0871
Toyota Mosque - Tsutsumi-cho, Aoki 28-1, Toyota, 473-0932
Yashio Masjid - 649 Ukizuka, Yashio-shi, 340-0835
Ja'me Masjid Yokohama - 1-31-13 Hayabuchi, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama
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