18 Must-Buy Souvenir items in Tokyo, Japan

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Keep thinking on what would be the best gifts to take home from Japan? Fret not. Below are some ideas to help you decide on which Tokyo souvenirs you feel like buying as remembrance for yourself or as present/s for your loved ones and friends. Meowww, the kitty says hello now so let’s begin.

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1. Sensu (Folding Fans)

 

The more traditional, at the same time practical souvenir from Japan. Sensu or folding fans are ubiquitous where price and styles ranges from simple to specialized ones which are handmade using local fabric and wood.

 

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2. Japan Themed Keychains

 

A keychain can be the most common souvenir that one will easily buy or even hurriedly at the last minute. But this usual keepsake can also be personal and functional. Whatever the reason may be, finding the right keychain for you is not a Herculean task since there are all types of it in this island nation.

 

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3. Yukata

 

Although not a cheap one, this casual summer kimono is a perfect Japanese souvenir. It is available in tourist areas like Asakusa. It can still be as graceful and charming as the traditional Japanese womenswear which is Kimono but is less hassle as it is made from breathable fabric, hence, it is comfortable yet stylish.

 

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4. Hair Accessories and Jewellery

That Japanese really puts time and effort to look good is a fact. It is no wonder that stores abound to fill this need. Accessories and jewelries are easily available. On a budget? Don’t worry, there are several 100 yen shops in the country where you can pick up a bargain.

 

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5. Ceramic Products

 

Ceramics are products that Japan is renowned for. You can head over to a specialist store or at an ordinary souvenir shop. Where to find it is something that you should worry less. How to get it home intact is the real question here.

 

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6. Plush Toys

 

Hunting for plushies? I bet you your hunting won’t be a challenge as they are everywhere in Tokyo in all sorts of cute shapes and sizes.

 

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7. Gacha Machine Pins

Gacha! If plushies are all over so as machine pins. Are you into collecting gacha machine pins? Collect them now.

 

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8.  Fake Plastic Food

 

It is a common sight in the country to see fake plastic food outside of a restaurant. This is helpful though when menu is not in English. But you can also make it for that queer and fun gift, don’t you think? But do mind, it comes with a price.

Related article: 48 Foods and Drinks to Try in Japan

 

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9. Kabuki Face Masks

 

Can’t get enough of the masks used in Kabuki theatre? This performance art is just  one of Japan’s most famous cultural products. Whether you take it home as a regular souvenir or as house decor or for whatever sort of purpose it may serve, surely it’ll be that unique Japanese product to add to your collection.

 

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10. TV and Character Merchandise

 

Are you a big  anime fan? Definitely, definitely no trip to Japan would be complete without shopping a piece of your beloved anime shows and characters. What could be a better gift for yourself or for someone you know who is an anime fanatic too?

 

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11. Kokeshi Dolls

 

Thinking of a gift that is cute or simply Japanese? It couldn’t be cuter than Kokeshi dolls. When I saw them, I really enjoyed looking at them. I found them so adorable. But look at the price, these tiny, lovely dolls may be purchased between $1,000 and 3,500 Japanese yen. Not that bad considering they are handcrafted and are made from delicate wood. The level of  sophistication in their look depends on the type of wood and how they are crafted.

 

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12. Panda stuff

 

Although panda comes from Japan’s east neighbor, the country has been fascinated with with this cuddly creature. That’s why you’ll see this cutey panda in almost any Japanese stuff from their clothing, even in their burgers and breads have panda engravings. Cause it’s kawaii, isn’t it?

 

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13. Weird/funny stuff

 

Looking for something funny or queer as a gift? You know there’s abundance of them in the land of the rising sun. Anyone who has been to a Japanese store would totally agree with me, right?

 

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14. Wagashi

 

Wagashi refers to traditional Japanese pastry that is made of mochi, azuku bean paste and fruits. And most of its ingredients are extracted from natural plants. There’s a plethora of wagashi varieties to choose from. It varies from gelatin -like (animitsu), to sticky ones skewed on a stick (dango).

 

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15. Manga

 

Manga lovers out there. Without doubt, you ‘ll shop something like this. It’s normal to be gaga on these Japanese comics. Who wouldn’t?

 

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16. Tokyo bags

 

If you think you need an extra bag to put all those lovable Japanese gifts, why not buy something that is a souvenir itself? Fellow travelers,  do you agee?

 

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17. Magnets

 

This classic memento wouldn’t go out omitted in the must- buy list. And look at those designs?

See also: Souvenir Ideas to buy in Mexico

 

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18. Figures

 

If you are like  me who are into bringing home some rare items to adorn the house, then these Japanese figures are worth a  try. From dragons to shapes of well-known Japanese tourist attractions, those are just winsome mementos.

See also: How I got my Japanese Visa

 

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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