We all like to bring back a slice of holiday home and it is great to share our trip with our loved ones. Japan has a big gift-giving culture with for great souvenirs with big variety of styles and price ranges.
The Japanese art of gifting is called omiyage, and it is an important tradition and manner in contemporary Japan. When someone goes on a trip they are expected to bring gifts to family members, friends and even to co-workers. Because of this tradition all cities offer a great selection of souvenirs and do not be surprised when a local person is going through the same items at a souvenir shop as you are.
There are numerous places where you can find great souvenirs. One of the most well-known and biggest stores in Tokyo is Oriental Bazaar located in Shibuya. In the 3-story shop you can find various traditional Japanese items from furniture to ceramics and toys. You can browse through the various reasonably priced knickknacks all made in beautiful Japanese patterns, or buy books about the culture and history of Japan.
Tokyu Hands is a popular store selling household products, from crafts and stationary to homeware goods. There are numerous character goods, like Disney or Hello Kitty, well-designed and funny stationary supplies, or the kitchen and beauty sections may be interesting to gather some great gifts to bring home with you. Another great goodie shop that sells similar things to Tokyo Hands is Loft, the store has great selection of stationary and cute phone straps, key chains, but even handkerchiefs. The third large scale goodie shop that basically sells anything is Don Quijote, but compared to the previous two this store is good for the bargain buys! Not only you can find cute and funny knickknacks but you can also load on Japanese snacks that everyone would be happy to receive as a souvenir.
For the lovers of tradition
Beautiful kimonos with traditional Japanese patterns would make great gifts, but not only these are expensive they are also quite large to take in your suitcase, however many little accessories and toys are made in wonderful fabrics that make a much easier choice! A beautifully patterned fan also makes a great gift.
For the foodies
Food items make great gifts, and there are many small snacks you can easily bring home and you can buy them in a supermarket or a convenient store! Think Matcha green tea flavoured chocolate and biscuits. Alternatively you can purchase one of the most famous souvenirs from the city: Tokyo Banana this sweet sponge cake filled with delicious custard comes in many flavours and cute packaging! Not only you can take snacks or sweets, instant noodles or Japanese curry with you, but you can also buy food shaped goodies: key chains, magnets, phone straps you name it!
For the beauty gurus
Japanese women and men alike are well-known for their beautiful skin. This is not only due to a healthy Japanese diet but also the great beauty products available in the country. You can get high-end make-up products form Japanese brands such as Shiseido or SKII, or nicely packaged face-masks with characters, or kabuki masks.
Store list and addresses
9-13 5-chome Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Closed Every Thursday
12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Everyday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
18-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Everyday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
1-16-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Open 24 hours 7 days a week
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