Dec. 11, 2018 UPDATE

Six excellent Halal restaurants in Kyoto, many of them with a praying room too!

Recently there are more and more restaurants in Kyoto catering to the many Muslim tourists visiting this ancient city and in this article, you can find a few that are definitely tasty!
Halal restaurants

If you’re a Muslim, finding Halal food in Kyoto must be pretty high on your list of priorities. While there are not that many Halal restaurants in Kyoto yet, their numbers are growing, but you still need to do some research before coming to Kyoto if you want to find them all. That’s where we at Sharing Kyoto would like to help you and have made this list of five excellent, certified Halal restaurants in Kyoto! 

This list was partly made in collaboration with the Kansai Association of Business Promotion for Muslim (website only available in Japanese). 

Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen

As you can see from the restaurant’s name, Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen is 100% Halal. Their specialty is biriyani, which has won the prize for excellence thrice at the FABEX Deli Competition.

But you can also get many other great dishes at the restaurant, such as their succulent Mahiche lamb shank. And they also have a praying room!

If you want to find a Mosque in Kyoto, there is one really close to Salman & Sohel Halal Kitchen. The mosque is only a 2-minute walk away from the restaurant.

Kyoto Ayam-YA

If you want Halal ramen in Kyoto, then Ayam-YA is a good choice. They offer chicken based ramen both with soup and without soup.

You can also get Japanese kara-age fried chicken at Ayam-YA, and the chicken here is just as good as at other ramen restaurants; only here it’s Halal! Ayam-YA doesn’t only have a praying room, but they also have a waiting room if there’s a line in front of the restaurant.

Halal Yakiniku Gion Naritaya

Do you want some Japanese BBQ? Then go to Halal Yakiniku Gion Naritaya! It’s right next to Halal Ramen Naritaya Gion, conveniently located in the geisha district of Gion.

If you don’t want to grill your meal yourself, you can always order their Japanese beef bowl set which comes with plenty of rice topped with beef, and you even get a soup and a salad with it. At Halal Yakiniku Gion Naritaya they also have a praying room.

Arash’s Kitchen

This restaurant is run by the charismatic Mr. Arash, and it, of course, has a Halal certification too.

They offer Indian and Persian food, and their kebabs and falafels deserve a special mention from us. Note that alcohol is served at Arash’s Kitchen. At Arash’s Kitchen they don’t have a praying room, but if it’s not too busy they can let you pray at the restaurant.

Yoshiya Oku no Niwa

For those who want an authentic Japanese food experience, there is Yoshinoya Oku no Niwa. The food here is prepared in the authentic Japanese way, but they have Indonesian Muslim staff seeing to it that the food is all prepared according to the Halal rules.

For those who like spicier food, they also have a spicy version of Japanese fried chicken that is so good I’d recommend even those not Muslim to order it from the Halal menu. Note that alcohol is served at Yoshiya Oku no Niwa. At Yoshiya Oku no Niwa they don’t have a praying room, but if it’s not too busy they can let you pray at the restaurant.

Ramen Factory

Ramen Factory is a ramen place where you make your own meal. At Ramen Factory they teach you how to make ramen, starting from the noodles. The experience is fun and you learn a lot.

They don’t serve alcohol at Ramen Factory, and they don’t use pork or any other ingredients that are Haram. They also have a praying room and separate Wudhu washing places for men and women.

Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
Getting to go to this many Halal restaurants in Kyoto was really eye-opening! The quality of the Halal restaurants was really high, and you can have everything from yakiniku, ramen and shabu shabu to Indian food prepared in the certified Halal-way!
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