For Muslim travelers to Japan, dining out can sometimes be stressful. Although the number of halal restaurants in major Japanese cities have increased, it can still be a challenge to find them. And even when they do, their interpretation may be limited to food and they may lack ablution facilities or a prayer room on the premises.

The problem is potentially even more acute in Osaka, which is known for its many tasty dishes. With so many culinary temptations, it's a good idea to know which restaurants are halal. Chibo Diversity, a new branch in the Chibo restaurant chain opening on January 17th in the Dotonbori area of Osaka provides a Muslim-friendly environment where foreign residents and visitors alike can enjoy okonomiyaki, teppanyaki and many other examples of Osakan cuisine.

Let's see what's on the menu:


Chibo-yaki, Chibo's own delicious spin on Osakan style okonomiyaki savory pancakes.

Halal wagyu roast steak

Assorted sashimi plate

Cilantro yakisoba

Dessert fondue

Dining Area

The comfortable dining area has both counter seats and table seats to suit different party sizes.

Prayer Facilities

Fortunately, the restaurant has both a room for ablutions and a prayer room to accommodate Muslim guests.

Prayer Room

Wudu room

This video featuring the Malaysian Twins will give you an even better idea of what to expect at Chibo Diversity:

Shop Details

  • Name: Chibo Diversity Dotonbori Building Shop
  • Address: 1-5-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
  • Telephone: 06-6212-2211
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00~25:00 (L.O. 24:00), Weekends and Public Holidays: 11:00~24:00 (L.O. 23:00)
  • Website: Chibo Diversity Dotonbori Bldg. Shop
  • Social Media: Facebook Page

By - Ben K.