Here is the message of one of our dearest brothers who made
Hajj this year (1999). I wish that Allah rewards him for his effort and his
sincere advice and I wish that (Allah s.w.) accepts from him and all the other
brothers and gives us the same ability to make this great (Fard) and pillar of
Here is the complete text as it is :
These are some details required to perform hajj from Japan.
Please remember : If you will not make it from
Japan, please ignore it as the situation is quite different than doing from
Egypt. Please note that the situation changes year by
- Two way ticket
- 14 photographs
- Health certificate
- Vaccination certificate
- Application form.
- Recommendation letter
- Two checks.
- Proof of marrigae in case of women.
- Passport with re-entry visa
Here are the advises for each point separatley.
1-Air ticket: The most important thing is to have
confirmed seats on any round trip flight to Geddah. You can make use of
Monbousho tickets. In that case, you should contact with the Travel agency who
issue the Monbousho ticket three months at least before hajj. The procedures are
- Three months before the Hajj, please make reservation for air
ticket. It is much preferrable to be as early as possible. The best air lines
for Hajj are:
- Maysian Airlines. The price is about 125,000 yen. Transiet only in
Malysia. No need for transiet visa.
- Egypt air. Price is 145,000 yen and the route is through Egypt. The main
problem is the (TASREEH ELGEISH) because you should have it twice.
- Singapore airlines arround 140,000.
- Turkish airlines arround 120,000.
- Begaladish airlines arround 89,000 yen!!!. But you have two days transiet
in Bengaladish in both going and returning.
You should have the tickets (not only reservation) before
applying for the Visa. The price also depends on the time of departure. If you
travel earlier, the price is cheaper. Please notice that there is dead
line to enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj which is arround 2nd of
Zulhiggah. So, never make reservation after that date.
2- (14) photographs: This year they asked us for 14
photographs and then they returned 12 for us!!!. I thought the others will be
used in Saudi Arabia but unfortunately no. I hope this will change next year to
ask only for two photographs.
3- Health certificate: Prescribed form. It cost about
4000 yen or you can make it for free if you follow the check up made annually in
the university or the company.
4- Vaccination certificate: Only one hospital in all
Japan who can make this vaccination and it is a must for the visa. It costs
10,000 yen. The only thing that forces you to come to Tokyo by yourself for the
Visa is the vaccination. This means that the cost of vaccination is 10,000 yen +
Shinkansen and stay in Tokyo!!!. I advise you, especially if you live outside
Tokyo, to make this vaccination in Egypt or to ask some one of your relatives to
send it to you from Egypt!!!. You can take this vaccination for free in the
Airport of Geddah!!!!. The date of the certificate should be not less than 10
days before travelling and not more than two years. The telephone line of this
hospital is [ International clininc 03-3582-2646 or 03-3583-7831]. It is better
to make reservation before you go there.
5- Application form: In arabic or English. English is better because
part of it will be attached to you passport and the authorities will not
understand the visa if it is in Arabic!!!.
6- Recommendation letter: From your supervisor, just saying that he
knows about your trip and you will return back to Japan after Hajj.
7- Two checks: with 444 and 435 Saudi Arabia Ryals. The only bank who
issue that checks is Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank. The bank takes 2000 yen for each
check. You submitt these checks in the visa section of Saudi Arabia embassy and
in the Gedda Airport the Checks are taken from you. The first check 444 Rial is
not refunded for you. The other check is for transportaion in Saudia Arabia and
it is replaced with some tickets. If you do not visit Madina, 225 Rial will be
returned to you after you finish hajj at the airport.
8- Re-entry: I think it can be ignored if you are
returning finally to Egypt.
Application for visa is every day from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning. You can
ask some one to apply for you and send it back to you only if you have
vaccination certificate. Otherwise, please come very early to the hospital and
take the vaccination and then go to the embassy (arround 100 m from the
What to take with you from
Dresses for Ehram (you can bring from Egypt). A nice slipper (Should be
good and comfortable type because you use it many times). Umbrella, or you can
buy from there. Some medicines for (Head Ache, ESHAL and Cold). Tooth brush.
Also, it is better to have hair cut machine either 220 volt or with
batteries. A belt to keep your money
and personal things.
Advises during Hajj:
Madinah: If you go early (Before ZULHIJJAH), you can go to the Madina
first. The main advantages of that is:
- You can take plane from Geddah to Madina after arrival to Geddah Airport
and it costs you 9000 yen (You make the reservation from Japan) if it is round
trip or 4500 yen if it is going only. This money is equivalent to the 225 Ryal
which will be refunded for you if you do not use the (Motawef) transportation
service and it is much comfortable way. This means that you almost do not pay
extra charges for visiting the Madina. Note that you can not make the
reservation if you arrive late before hajj.
- The housing in Madina is cheaper than after Hajj and you can enjoy your
time there more because it is less crowded than after hajj.
- You can make Ehram from Madina (ABYAR ALI) and no need to wear the Ehram
clothes at the plane before Geddah.
Residence in Mecca: This is a big problem. To solve it, there are many
- To contact with one of you relatives or friends who is going to Hajj and
try to arrange with the travel agency in Egypt that you stay with him. Note
that they may ask you much more money because you come from Japan!!!.
- If you are going as a group from Japan you can share appartment in Mecca.
You can find easily a cheap one which is 15 minutes walking from the haram.
This is not long distance. It costs from 1500 Saudi Riyal up to 2200 Ryal (for
all the period) according to the size or quality. You need the room mainly for
sleeping and keeping your luggage.
- If you are single, you can contact with that MOTAWEF either from there or
from here to arrange for residence. If you want to arrange from here by Fax or
Telephone: Motawef 20, Mr. Hasan, Tel:9662-5441623 Fax:9662-5420395. Or ask
there for free appartments. Usually it costs from 350 Rial to 400 Rial per
Motawef: I personally joined with Motawef 20 for
Egyptians. He is mainly for individual pilgrims and those who come by cars. All
Egyptians coming from foreign countries (not from Egypt) joined him. The main
advantage of that Motawef is that most of people accompany you are University
staff or well-educated people and this makes you enjoy you Hajj and do less
Please keep calm and do not speak too much.
If some one heart you with one word or bad action (like pull you during
TAWAF) please ignore and do not fight with him.
Try to make use of your spare time in good things, like reading or hearing
Quran or reading something useful.
Do not waste too much time in shopping.
Do not bargain too much while you wear the dresses of Ehram (LA GEDALA FE
You should contact with the Motaweff one day before asking him to do any
thing. For Example if you want to go to Madina by day after tomorrow, please
contact him tomorrow.
Never try to push or heart other pilgrims. For example, touching the
(black rock) is only sonna but your Hajj can be spoiled if you cause harm for
Please help other old people.
Always smile because this is a way for taking HASANAT and also it helps
you to keep calm.
Meeting friends there is very nice. But try not to spend too much time
chating and laughing because this is a valuable time.
May Allah accept from all of us (Amen).
Here are Other complementary Advices from other dearest friends:
- Reservation back to Japan must be after 13 ZOULHIJA to be able to
complete your Manask.
- Sometimes it is necessary not to obey MOTAWF as most of them make
is easy to them regardless SONA e.g My MOTAWF did not sleep in Mina the
night of ARAFA and went direct 8 th ZOULHIJA to Arafa as well did not
in Mozdlifa nigt of EID EL NAHR and go direct to Mina. and both is not
correct and required Blood(Slaugtering a shhep)
So in summary you read what our prophet made in his Heij and you follow
- It is necessary to be calm and seek ALLAH in ever act and never get
(The hotel names and rates are relatively old, so please check first by direct contact)
1- MAGMOAATEL SALIHIN LIL SHOKAK WAL GHORAF ELMAFROSHA
GHAZI ABDELAZIZ, P.O. 766
(note : This group is very expensive because it is just in front
2- FAROQ GAMIL KHODAIR HOTEL
3- KATOAA HOTEL
4- ZAIN ELGADID HOTEL
5- MAGMOAAT ELOMARAA (PRINCES GROUP)
(note : this also very expensive because it is in front of BABEL
OMRA IN EL HARAM)
6- KASR ELKHALIG
7- MAGMOAAT ELWASIT ELSAKANAYAH LILAGNIHA WAL GORAF ELMAFROSHA
- AALAM ELWASIT
IBRAHIM ELKHALIL ST.,
- DAR ELWASIT
ELKODAI ELKADIMA, HAI ELZAMAZMA,
(NOTE : RELATIVELY CHEAP)
1- ELDAKHIL HOTEL, MR. MOHAMAD SOBHY SADEK
( RELATIVELY EXPENSIVE)
2- DAR YASER MOHAMAD ABDELKADER
ALMADINA ALMONAWARA, ABA ZAR ST., BESIDE WEKALET FERNAS
3- ALQASR ELABIAD (WHITE PALACE)
ALMADINA ALMONAWARA, ABA ZAR ST.,
Other Useful Sites
El-Naseej Web Site
Thank you all brothers and may (Allah) bless you for your good intention.
9 April 1999