No matter where you are going, bringing souvenirs back home is almost inevitable. If it is for your personal use or for friends and family, buying souvenirs is part of the itinerary. To help you out with this and maybe save you some time, EnableJapan.com created a list of the best places to buy Tokyo souvenirs. It goes from cute Japanese characters goodies to crazy kitchen supplies, and I am sure you will find the perfect souvenir to take back home.
Tokyo Souvenirs : 100 Yen Shops
This is the heaven of every tourist on a budget. The 100 yen shop sells everything (or almost everything) for 100 yen. You will find sweets, china, books, keychains and even clothes there. It is the perfect place if you have to buy a lot of gifts. The quality is not that high, but for 100 yen you cannot ask for much. The cool thing is that you will always find something weird and interesting at the store to take back home as Tokyo souvenirs. We have links below to our favorite locations, but there’s never one very far away.
The Ameyokocho shopping district, also known as Ameyoko, is a place where bargaining is the rule. It is famous for being a place where you can find food and other products such as bags, shoes and cosmetics for a great price. Ameyoko is a place that every tourist should visit, even if you don’t have to buy souvenirs. The place is a great deal for people trying to make some fun memories and buy cheap products at the same time. There is nothing better than putting pleasure and business side by side.
Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Ueno Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)
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A large consumer electronics retailer with stores throughout Tokyo. The main stores are in Ikebukuro (a good spot to visit if you’re already there looking for anime and manga), but can be found in many convenient locations throughout Tokyo.
Don Quijote is a place where you can find almost anything you want. From funny keychains to washing machines, you will find everything there. It is a store that focus on diversity and accessibility. The products there are medium to high quality and are all sold for a cheap price. You may get lost inside their unorganized shelves and corridors, but with every step you take, you will see something interesting and different. Good for people trying to buy souvenirs for different people in one go.
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Kappabashi Street is the place to go if you want to buy anything kitchen related. They have everything from the traditional Japanese knives to simple rice cookers. The perfect place to buy something to your aspiring chef friends, cooking lovers, and your mother-in-law.
Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Asakusa Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)
At Kiddy Land you will find cartoon characters goodies such as Hello Kitty backpacks and clothes, Winnie the Pooh teddy bears and much more. You will also find toys, kitchen and house supplies all with different characters on it. From the more western characters to the more traditional Japanese ones, you will find everything there for your toddlers or kawaii family members.
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This store offers many different goods, with unique designs and functions. Somewhat like a “everything you need” store, LOFT has products for your house, office, car and personal use. You will find products such as sushi rollers to stape-less staplers. The store is also known to have a great number of goods with cartoon characters themes. You can even get a 3d photograph made of yourself at some Tokyo locations. If you are a cartoon fan or wants something more stylish, you might want to pay a visit to LOFT.
This is a place where you can find traditional Japanese products. The place has as a mission to explore hidden regional specialties and products made using traditional methods. Since most of the products will be artisanal, you will find unique gifts for the whole family or the special one in your life.
One of the things that most tourists want to do in Japan is visiting temples, and this is why Nakamise street is on this list. Nakamise street is on the way to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, one of the most famous temples around Tokyo. So, if you are planning to visit Senso-ji temple, just pay attention to the stores along Nakamise street, where you can find interesting gifts along the way. The place has an average range of price, starting from 300 yens for the cheapest items such as keychains. Save time by exploring the tourist places in Tokyo and buying souvenirs all at once.
Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Asakusa Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)
Oriental Bazaar is the best known gift shop for Tokyo souvenirs. They have woodblock prints, kimonos, yukata, china, dolls, books and even furniture representing the Japanese culture. It is a bit more expensive than other souvenir stores in Japan, but the quality of the products you get is totally worth it. If you want to buy something traditionally Japanese as a souvenir, you might want to visit Oriental Bazaar.
Nearest Location: 10-minute walk from Harajuku Station (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Map below for walking directions)
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Sanrio is the company that created the most famous kitty in the world, Hello Kitty. It is so famous that the company has several stores dedicated to the character and its friends spread around Tokyo. There you may find anything you want from Sanrio’s brand such as cute backpacks, tissues, books and china. This is the perfect place for the Hello Kitty fans (and for people that has no idea what to give to their friends and family). Nothing represents Japan more than a Hello Kitty goodie.
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At Tokyu Hands you will find Tokyo souvenirs with the most diverse designs. If you have a stationery lover at home, this is the place to go. They have magnets, stickers, notebooks and pens that will make them love you for the rest of your life (or maybe until it is all gone). During the holidays you will also find themed items for your home decoration and office supplies.
A electronics and souvenir store. The best locations for a tourist to visit are in Akihabara. They’ll make sure that if you buy electronics or media, it is formatted correctly for your power supplies and media back home! The LABI stores are also experimenting with accepting Bitcoin.
Yodobashi Camera has two large stores in Shinjuku and another in Akihabara. They specialize in electronics, but also have a wide range of other products suitable for becoming Tokyo souvenirs. Best of all, they can help you with buying items suitable for the power outlets in your home country. Now that’s customer service!
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