T has been a steady growth in the number of Muslims opting to settle in Japan.

According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, nearly 271,000 Indonesians travelled to Japan in 2016, up from just 63,000 in 2009.

“I opened the hotel in order for Muslims to feel comfortable when they visit Japan,” he said.

“So far, we have had around 300 Muslim guests come to stay with us, but the business is young and I believe that this sector will grow and that many Muslims will come to Japan in the years ahead.”.

The Shisui Premium Outlets retail park, in Chiba prefecture, opened a prayer room for Muslims in 2014, the same year that a similar facility opened in the Shinjuku store operated by Takashimaya.

YKK Corp, a fastener manufacturer, started providing halal meals in its factory cafeteria in Kurobe to accommodate an increasing number of Muslims who visit the plant for training.