Top things to buy in Japan


Top things to buy in Japan

If you are travelling Japan, you are going to pick up some souvenirs for your friends and relatives. Don’t worry! A diversity of mementoes in this country will satisfy you for the first sight. A list of Japan’s best souvenirs below is intended to inspire and put a smile on your face back home.

1. Kokeshi Dolls

Top things to buy in Japan

A wonderful souvenir for your loved ones

Kokeshi is a kind of wooden dolls which are considered as one of the most famous crafts in Japan. They have a simple trunk, a large head and a girl face, especially, they lack hands or legs. These dolls are painted line to define the face. Their body is floral decorated in red, black and yellow and covered by a layer of wax.

2. Maneki Neko Cat

Top things to buy in Japan

Its mental values and cuteness impress a lot of travelers

Formerly known as “Fortune Cat”, they are the symbol of luckiness and prosperity in business. The cat has its paw raised as if it’s waving in good fortune for its owners. It’s very common to find one on display in souvenir shops with any shapes and sizes, from static cat to cat playing by battery. Thanks to their spiritual value, many tourists are “hunting” this Maneki Neko Cat as an exciting keepsake.

3. Matcha Foods

Top things to buy in Japan

Don't miss this kind of souvenir if you are a big fan of green tea

Japan is a well-known nation for its various cuisine. There are several travelers coming to Japan to buy dishes made from Matcha, such as: Mochi, Nama chocolate, Kitkat or even a simple green tea powder adequately picked up for mementoes.

Most of these foods are sold in Japanese supermarket system, especially in 7Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart. Regard to Nama chocolate, you should pick up in Duty store in the airport without tax.

4. Koinobori

Top things to buy in Japan

This pretty carp streamer is an ideal gift for children

Koinobori are carp-shaped streamer of flags that are flown to mark Children’s Day in Japan. They have shape of a Japanese crap which is believed as the signal of a Bright future. Nowadays, this kind of streamer is quite popular among foreign tourists as keepsakes.

5. Tenugui

Top things to buy in Japan

Beside the unique beauty, the versatility of Tenugui will make you satisfied

Tenugui are Japanese hand tower, which are typically made from cotton and in a length of 90 cm. Different patterns are printed on this traditional hand tower. They are seen as the most suitable gift for Female thanks to its abundant functions, for example: hand tower, accessory, gift wrap, etc.

6. Yukata

Top things to buy in Japan

Many people choose it for memento due to its grace and charm

Yukata is a kind of Kimono used in the summer. It is one of the traditional clothes of Japanese with the grace and charm, but quite complexity in dressing. Yukata is popularly picked up in tourist areas like Asakura in Tokyo, or all over the center of Kyoto. It's an excellent token, but not a certainly cheap one.

7. Face Masks

Top things to buy in Japan

The things are widely available to buy as souvenirs

If you are a big fan of Japanese Anime, don’t miss such interesting things like these face masks. You can commonly buy these masks at traditional festivals, in the parks or sometimes in souvenir stores. There is a variety of face masks about Manga – Anime, especially Kabuki – one of the most renowned cultural products in Japanese art.

8. Chopsticks

Top things to buy in Japan

Unique Japanese items are decorated on these special keepsakes

You will be definitely enchanted by thousands of Japanese chopsticks gathered in couples. They are decorated with distinctive items in Japan, for instance Fuji Mountain, Cherry blossoms, and so on.

Japanese chopsticks are particularly made of lacquer wood with a pointed tip, shorter and rounder than ordinary chopsticks. This is an ideal present for people who are keen on Japanese dishes.

9. Sapuru - Fake Plastic Food

Top things to buy in Japan

These careful decorated dishes obviously make you hungry from the first sight

Sapuru is a plastic copy of Japanese foods which are totally handmade, carefully sculptured and painted as if they were the real dishes. Besides practical use, this fake plastic food makes for a fun and unexpected gift. Tourists can seek Sampuru in Kappabashi town, Tokyo to send to friends or relatives.

10. Sake – Japanese rice wine

Top things to buy in Japan

What can be more suitable present for your friends than famous Japanese rice wine?

Sake which the much-liked rice wine in Japan is another wonderful memento. This kind of rice wine can be found everywhere, even though numerous specialist shops will let you taste a little before making your purchase.

11. Geta wooden clog, Zori sandals

Top things to buy in Japan

Picking the special Japanese clogs is a great way to harbor lovely memory

Beside Kimono, Geta wooden clog also plays an integral part in Japan’s cultural beauty. Therefore, it is considered to be a valuable souvenir by international tourists. However, if wooden Geta discourages your movement, you are able to pick up Zoki which are more comfortable sandals with a low-priced.


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