Updated: Nov 7, 2019
By: Putri Nurdivi Djamil
Published date: September 26th, 2019
Halal foods can be difficult to find in Japan if you're outside of Tokyo, but you don't need a store to buy it! Check out the top 5 most popular online Halal-certified stores that offer delivery right to your door!
Japan has become a popular destination for many Muslims. Whether it be traveling the cities or even to settle in for a few years, Japan is quickly becoming a new home for international students and workers. According to the World Population Review, the Muslim population in Japan has reached 183,000 people as of August 2019. That being said, Japan has established Muslim-friendly options including halal culinary and distributed halal food and beverage in markets.
You might have a hard time and struggle when you start a new chapter of life far away from home. There’s a lot of things to get used to, and it can take some time to settle in. Those who live in the capital city of Tokyo or other big cities such as Osaka and Nagoya will probably find it much easier to buy halal foods within their area, but it won’t be so easy for those in the countryside.
As a foreign student living in a small city called Beppu in Kyushu area, I have found that halal foods in regular supermarkets are notably more pricey compared to halal food stores in Tokyo. Nowadays, thanks to technology, everyone can live anywhere in Japan and still have access to halal foods through online stores just by clicking the items on the website and receive your package in front of your door — without wasting your time to go back and forth from house to market.
For this article, we curated top five halal online stores in Japan to help you find the best place to make your next purchase.
Nasco Halal Food
Nasco Halal Food Company was first established in 1992. Up until now, they have expanded to have three physical stores located in Japan; two in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo and one store in the Gunma area. Nasco Halal Food Company has been serving assorted halal meat, non-meat products, beverages, and spices from Asian and African countries such as Indonesia, Srilanka, Ghana and Nigeria. Nasco has become one of the most popular and trustworthy halal stores in Japan. They provide only halal meat using own livestock and independently process the meat in the Islamic way — they guarantee 100% halal food. Don’t have a chance to go to the store right away ? Don’t worry because you still have a chance to enjoy purchasing these halal foods via Nasco Halal Food website.
Al-Flah Online Shop
Another famous store is Al-Flah Shop, one of the biggest halal online shop that serves varieties of halal meat including beef, chicken, lamb, mutton, and turkey in Japan since 1987. Those who live in Tokyo can go right away to their physical store located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Al-Flah established Al-Flah Online Shop to help Muslims who live outside of Tokyo meet their daily-halal needs. Non-meat products such as frozen fish, ingredients, snacks, tea, and more halal goods are also available in this store.
Syarif Husin who lives in Sendai gladly shared his experience with Al-Flah online shop. The consistency of service alongside different varieties of halal meat offered by Al-Flah has satisfied him as a loyal customer. If you tend to buy in bulk, online stores often offer benefits such as free delivery service with a minimum purchase amount. “As a foreigner, I was clueless with the presence of halal online store, therefore I went to the regular supermarket for a couple of times. Then, after two months in Japan, I realized that I could spend less and save more money by purchasing halal meat from the online store.”
A.A.G Halal Foods
The AAG Halal Foods has been specialized to serve particular halal meat such as beef, lamb, mutton, and chicken all the way back to 1988. This shop guaranteed a high-quality food product — a tender and healthier meat imported from the farms of the Kangaroo country, Australia and their neighbor, New Zealand. Moreover, AAG Foods provides African, Arabian, Indonesian, and Turkish halal products which help them to reach their objective to serve customers with 100% halal food based on the Islamic regulations and laws. You can access list of goods and acquiring them by AAG Halal Foods online shop.
Toko Indonesia - Okubo
Located in the Okubo district, Toko Indonesia is known as the biggest and legendary Indonesian grocery store in the Kanto area, which also offers various halal goods. They also sell food and beverages imported from other South East Asia countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. Please note that in Toko Indonesia, they also provide non-halal products so you should be careful and read the to ensure you meet your demands. If you don’t have enough time to go straight to the store, you could grab your favorite foods through Toko Indonesia - Okubo online store.
Siha Tanty Nitami from Indonesia who used to live in Beppu is pleased to share her experience with Toko Indonesia - Okubo online shop. As an Indonesian, there was a time when she could not afford the tendency of needs for Indonesian halal food, or simply spices. In her opinion, Toko Indonesia - Okubo offers different kind of products with an affordable price both the products and the express delivery service. Tanty realized that this way is much cheaper than sending packages all the way from Indonesia to Japan.
Ambika Online Store
Ambika Store is quite different with others. For the last two decades, they have offered 100% vegetarian items imported from India to Japan. With the aim to introduce Indian culture to the world, Ambika has provided various authentic Indian food such as spices, wines, and ready to eat curry. Though it is not labelled as a halal store, Ambika has a vast amount of halal products available. You can order through Ambika Online Store to get a hold of the halal products. Order more than ¥6,500 to enjoy the free delivery service.
Halal certification in Japan
Halal certifications are usually issued by a designated organization to ensure that halal practices are carried out properly by the applicants. In Japan, there are several certification organizations which have different affiliations such as the Muslim Professional Japan Association (MPJA) or the Japan Islamic Trust (JIT).
These organizations vary in their policies regarding their halal certification program, however, according to Emi Goto PH.d., from The University of Tokyo Education and Research Network on Japan and Asia (ASNET) stated that there are 3 main points they all follow.
First, documents from applicants go through a screening process; Second, audit programs and investigations are conducted in the facility to assure the standards are met; Finally, the committee will decide whether the applicant is fit to receive the halal certifications. These halal certifications usually lasts for 3 years, and require the applicant to be audited once again in order to receive their re-certifications.