SHOPPING: 6 “Must Have” Souvenirs From Japan

From New Year’s surprises, to matcha flavored munchies, tax-free bargains and more, Japan is a shopper’s paradise! To help create your shopping list, check out our tips for “must have” souvenirs from Japan:

1. Matcha Flavored Snacks

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Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea enjoyed for its bittersweet taste. While matcha is known for its use in tea ceremonies, it is also popular ingredient in snacks, including cookies, biscuits, cakes and chocolates. You may even find your favorite snack from America offering matcha flavored treats in Japan!

2. Fukubukuro

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Visit Japan during the New Year to get your hands on fun grab bags filled with an assortment of store items at a deeply discounted price. You never know what you might get but that’s just the fun of it!

3. Japanese Traditional Goods

Japanese Traditional Goods

There a great deal of goods that positively scream Japan which means that you don’t always have to overthink it when looking for souvenirs. Items such a folding fans, fuurin wind chimes, and sake sets are easy to find in department stores and even 100 yen stores. You can also find great seasonal gifts such a yukata (summer kimono) in department stores such as Uniqlo.

4. Tax Free Souvenirs

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Shopping for the perfect souvenir doesn’t have to be a costly venture. Shop hundreds of stores nationwide that offer purchases free of sales tax! Go ahead and splurge on a little something extra for your loved ones with all the money you’ll save.

5. Plastic Food Replicas

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Surprisingly detailed plastic food replicas are prominently displayed at many Japanese restaurants, making ordering a breeze. These replicas are also available for purchase in areas such as Tokyo’s Kappabashi or Douguyasuji in Osaka. Plastic food themed gifts such as magnets and key chains are also available.

6. Japanese Ceramics

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There are many styles of Japanese pottery and ceramics, available in all price ranges. From rice bowls to tea sets and sake sets, you are sure to find a unique style that will be a treasured gift.

 

48 comments
Carina Corbin
Carina Corbin

The plastic food was the one where I didnt get it. "I don't think we need ceramics at our age" lol

Carina Corbin
Carina Corbin

Cassidy agree or disagree? Must haves or nah?

John Ramirez
John Ramirez

Now that Daiso opened up near me, souvenirs aren't longer special.

Mariya Santaw
Mariya Santaw

Brittany Campbell gotta keep these in mind \U0001f44c

DavidEhl
DavidEhl

I brought back, cookies and sweets  from one of the big stores,  souvenir jersey from the Tokyo giants, a hand made knife from outside the Tsujiki market, and a million pictures

T Emery
T Emery

Oh, and there is no mention of the pilgrims walk to the 88 temples!

T Emery
T Emery

I agree with the Japanese cosmetics, I would add makeup brushes. But also the city of Kyoto would be a must for bunraku marionettes, an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, drum lessons, geisha, the city itself is a souvenir!

Kiley Chun-Kawakami
Kiley Chun-Kawakami

Japanese cosmetics, Royce nama choko, Calbee potato sticks, furin, furoshiki, tenugui.

John Thiel
John Thiel

This is the worst list I've ever seen. It's mostly ambiguous, but do you really want plastic food on display in your living room when you're old as a conversation piece of your trip to Japan? Here's my list: Kokeshi Doll An Iron kettle Yukata (don't forget the obi) A fancy set of chopsticks A fancy sensu (folding fan) And of course a bunch of those stamp marks you can get at train stations and tourist destinations, kept in a notebook or travel journal.

Susan Elizabeth-Marsh Tanabe
Susan Elizabeth-Marsh Tanabe

Photographs are grand as well! Miyazaki stuffed friends or other goods are great, hashi (chopsticks) are always welcome, and the Y100 shops offer many fun little notepads, fans, teapots, etc. etc. etc.!

Samya Jumah
Samya Jumah

Maria Ali take me with you \U0001f622

Janice Lie
Janice Lie

Dan moest je nóg meer shippen.. Of dit kopen ipv de knuffels.. haha

Siska Kiang
Siska Kiang

Oh mehn khad nr 6 moetwn kopen Janice Lie

Andrew Le
Andrew Le

Christinemay Hipolito what are we going to get?

Andrew Floyd
Andrew Floyd

I say the best souvenir, if the word still applies (or not), to bring back from Japan is a wife and new family relations in the form of in-laws. That is priceless.

Katrina Ellery
Katrina Ellery

Umeboshi, yubeshi and Kanebo beauty products are my favourite s

Marc Sorbe
Marc Sorbe

BTW...this wedding kimono is 100% hand made silk with real gold & silver thread embroidery Had a retail price of 1,600,000¥ ($12,000 ) Came from place that rented them by the day ( so expensive, few people could afford to buy one). The one I brought was never worn. Brand new !

Marc Sorbe
Marc Sorbe

In a area between Ueno & Asakusa, is where they sell the plastic food models. Fun place to explore !

Toni Broome
Toni Broome

I've picked up a kokeishi doll on a few visits and usually a pair of lacquerware or finely turned wooden bowls for the table from a little shop along the Philosophers Path in Kyoto as I'm always inspired to recreate the flavours when I return home

Kelly Trina
Kelly Trina

I still display the plastic gyoza I bought on my second trip to Japan. Last time I went I also made sure to pick up some ceramics. It took a lot of work to get them around Japan with us safely, since we picked them up at the beginning of our trip, and getting them back to the US was also a bit of effort, but it was well worth it. I have several beautiful pieces that are completely unique. I would also recommend finding seasonal treats depending on what time of year you go. There are also local specialties that can't be beat. We bought several boxes of momiji manju while we were in Miyajima. You can actually watch them being made, it's fascinating!

Kelly Trina
Kelly Trina

Find Kappabashi-dori. That's where I bought mine.

Roygail Oda
Roygail Oda

I love Japan and it beautiful place.

Barbara McAdoo
Barbara McAdoo

I need to get back to Japan. All the times I was there and never saw plastic food for sale. I need some of that! It will look and taste better than my cooking for sure'.

Marc Sorbe
Marc Sorbe

Best souvenir I picked up in Japan was a real wedding kimono, for about $ 200 USD in a shop in Harajuku, way back in 1987 in Japans bubble economy Now I see these kimonos displayed with a sign that reads; " Not for Sale "

Nakatsu Shinji
Nakatsu Shinji

unfortunately most maccha flavoured sweets just taste really bad especially when going for cheap stuff (different for more high grade since they use proper maccha on those).. one exception might be the limited sakura-maccha flavoured kitkat. Also agree with the lucky bags.. a must get ;)