Muslim Friendly Airport KIX
With about 1.6 billion followers, Islam is the second largest religion in the world.
Osaka has seen an increase in visitors from the Southeast Asian Muslim countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia in recent years.
However it was probably difficult to say that Japan was the most comfortable country to visit and stay for Muslim people.
Lots of Muslims had to pray in the toilet as they could not find a pray room. They sometimes hesitate to eat Japanese meals as they are not sure if the meal includes pork, alcohol or foods containing those ingredients, even though they are truly interested in Japanese food.
Now Kansai international airport (KIX) has taken actions for welcoming Muslim tourists as the gate to Japan.
The airport has three prayer rooms for passengers and visitors to use. Two rooms are located at the international departure gate area, and another room is on the 3rd floor of terminal 1. All prayer rooms are separated by gender and a washing space is available for use before praying.
All Muslim passengers are free to use these payer rooms for 24 hours a day with a rental prayer equipment and display Qibrats to fulfill their meditation needs.
Also there are 15 restaurants preparing "pork-free & alcohol-free menus" and
three restaurants where all menu items are prepared in kitchen which has been recognized as "halal certified".
The first "Muslim Friendly Airport" in Japan, KIX helps Muslim people's travel less painful and more comfortable.