Preparing Muslim Friendly Tourist Site

by F. Agustimahir

Yesterday I visited Fujiten, one of the skiing and snow playing places in Yamanashi. It is directly by the foot of Mount Fuji.

In order to prepare muslim friendly tourist sites, Fujiten created a prayer room within its lodge at the beginning of this year’s winter season.

This prayer room was created by using a room that had previously been a passage to the outside. This passage has been blocked off by a curtain. This prayer room can be used by four to five people at a time.

At this time there is no special place for ‘wudhu’ (ritual purification before pray), but they provide a bucket and dipper to make it easier for wudhu in the sink that is available.

To use this prayer room, all you must do is ask the information desk. 

Fujiten also provides muslim and vegetarian friendly meals that do not contain meat and alcohol. Available on the menu is spaghetti bolognaise, mapo tofu, and vegetable curry. These menu items are processed using soybeans instead of meat so it can be consumed by both of muslims and vegetarians.

In order to convenience the muslim traveler, Fujisan World Heritage Center also provides a prayer room. The center is a museum about Mount Fuji. It consists of two main halls, the North Hall (old building) and the South Hall (new building).

The prayer room is placed on the second floor of the North Hall. This is a simple prayer room, with a partition available to close off the space. It can be used by about four to five people at a time.

Same as Fujiten, there are no special facilities for wudhu. However,  this place provides a bucket and dipper for both men and women sink areas to make wudhu easier.

Even though there are no muslim-friendly meals like the previous place, the Fujisan World Heritage Center is able to lend their meeting room to provide a larger prayer room for tourist groups. Of course, you cannot ask for this room last minute, so it is necessary to give notice before you come so the staff can prepare the room.

One might not be aware of the extent to which certain businesses and places in Japan are endeavouring to provide tourists with such helpful services, but as a Muslim who is living in Japan, I am certainly grateful to see such developments.

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