Written by Dwinda-san
Next question: I have got an enough space for praying in my dormitory room (hooray!), but will I disturb the other guest when I am praying? As a Muslim, we have to pray five times a day. You would not have a problem to do Dzuhur (midday), Ashar (afternoon), and Maghrib (twilight) pray, because many of hostel guests are going outside at that time so you can have a pray peacefully in your room. But how about Isha and Subuh (morning) pray? There are a lot of people in my room, will I disturb them? My advice: Just go and pray. It is a hostel dormitory. Everybody has a same right to use the space in your room as long as you do not break the rules (inviting outsiders to your room or making a noise). If you are confused, you can ask your roommate’s permission whether you disturb them or not to pray in room space. Note for Subuh pray: Please make sure to put your alarm near from your bed, so your morning alarm for Subuh pray would not disturb other guests.
Nowadays, some hostels in Japan declare their hostel as Muslim friendly hostel, such as Khaosan Hostel. Honestly, I never asked for Muslim facility during my stay in Khaosan Hostel (I have been staying in Khaosan World Hostel Asakusa and Khaosan Kyoto Guesthouse) as I always got enough space to pray in my room. However, you can ask the receptionist if you need that kind of facilities.
Khaosan Kyoto Guesthouse