Buying souvenirs (aka. omiyage おみやげ) to bring back home can get really overwhelming since there’s just so much choice no matter where you go! Not to worry because, Emma, Paris and Shiori, our trusty Tokyo Creative Influencers’ got you covered. Here are their go-to spots to buy omiyage. Let’s get started.
Emma - Tokyo Station
Emma recommends you heading down to the basement level of Tokyo station. Not only can you find lots of restaurants, you’ll also find an entire avenue filled with stores lined up with snacks in pretty packaging, anime, cute characters and more! There are many stores that carry limited, only in Tokyo station products so it’s a definite place you should check out.
Tip: The best way to head there is to enter from the Yaesu exit as it’s a shorter walk to get to the basement level.
For the foodie
The Tokyo Miyage Center shop, carries lots of popular snacks to bring back home.
This is where Emma grabbed her limited Tokyo Banana kitkats. For more details on the product, click here.
For the Otaku/Anime Lover
Head down the Tokyo Character Street, where you’ll find shops carrying different characters.
Emma headed to the Jump Shop where they carry goods from the manga like ONE PIECE, Haikyu!, Dragon Ball...etc.
The third spot Emma head up is the Rilakkuma store on the Tokyo character street. There, you’ll be able to find other cute characters like Hello Kitty, Snoopy, miffy, Moomin, line character and more.
To view a comprehensive list of the stores, click here.
For the traditional
If you want to go a traditional route and buy something with a beautiful Japanese print, then head to Kabukiya Honpo 松竹歌舞伎屋本舗 where you’ll find pretty handkerchiefs, folding fans, and other various traditional items.
Paris - Harajuku
The first shop, Paris headed to is the Meiji shrine giftshop called, Souvenir MORI. Here, not only will you find traditional gifts, you can also buy mini sake bottles with the Meiji shrine printed on it.
The next shop she headed to is the shop on Takeshita Dori called, Happy One ハッピー ワン. Here, you’ll be able to find cute magnets, keychains, t-shirts, mirrors, chopsticks and more.
Right across from the Happy One store, Paris also recommends you check the store theWorldConnection’s lower level which is her secret spots where you’ll find cute souvenirs.
Shiori - Shimokitazawa
Shiori’s go to place is Shimokitazawa. It’s a district where its got the combination of the hippie, artsy, boho and indie vibe all rolled into one.
Being a native, she knows all things only the locals know such as, if you visit the Ozeki オオゼキ supermarket, you’ll be able to find the sushi that’s made from the popular Midori sushi that people line up for long hours!
The next stop Shiori recommends you go is to the Shimokitazawa’s Village Vanguard shop where you can find a plethora of goods from books, stuffed characters, merch, character t-shirts and odd goods.
Shiori posing in front of the Honda Theatre
Another omiyage or experience she recommends you check out is heading to one of the theatres in Shimokitazawa as there’s so many to choose from and is a more unique experience.
And last on her list is heading to Shimokitazawa Garage Department Store 東洋百貨店. This building contains lots of small shops that sell handmade crafts as well as vintage and second hand shops.
There you have it. We hope this article and the links we’ve included will help you navigate your way through buying your omiyage here in Tokyo and let us know who you thought gave the best recommendation!