Trouble Finding Souvenirs in Japan? Choose the Best Without Wasting Time or Money!

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  • When traveling, many people want to take something special home for their loved ones, or for themselves to remember their journey. However, getting gifts can be costly, time-consuming and stressful because it allows less time to travel and less money for yourself. Though there are many places to buy souvenirs, it can be hard to tell which shops sell real quality items. Even if you find a souvenir shop that seems great, it may be hard to figure out if it is an overpriced tourist trap or not.

    If you buy a gift for someone, you will want to make sure that the person who receives it really loves it, and if you buy it for yourself, you will want to get one that is rich in originality. With all these things to consider, choosing a great souvenir can seem more difficult than it has to be.

    So where is a place where you can find great souvenirs that will make your loved ones happy and ensure you never forget your trip? Let us introduce NOREN, a place that will exceed your expectations!

    What is NOREN like?

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    NOREN is a select shop found in Tokyo (東京), Kyoto (京都) and Chubu Centrair International Airport (中部国際空港). It offers many kinds of unique Japanese goods popular among foreign travelers as well as Japanese locals. It refers to Japan as a “wonderland” with a mixture of elements from traditional crafts to pop culture.

    To deliver its charm, NOREN holds the concept “Discover Wonderland, Japan!” and its products and shop space creation follow this concept. Choosing a gift should be a pleasant experience when you’re looking back on your journey or thinking about someone special for whom you’d like to buy a gift. At NOREN, you can enjoy this relaxing experience as you shop.

    Available at all branches, NOREN offers some unique, cute and must-have items. Check them out!

    1. Sushi Socks

    Would you like to enjoy sushi (寿司) for more than just its taste? These goods with a sushi motif are actually socks! How about making traditional Japanese food sushi immortalized on these adorable socks?

    2. Origami Earrings

    These beautiful Japanese origami (折り紙) paper crafts can now be worn as earrings! Since making real origami needs detailed work which cannot be done by machine, Japanese craftsmen carefully create these sweet pieces of jewelry one by one. The origami paper is waterproof and doesn’t disintegrate in water, so you can enjoy it for a long time!

    3. Bags Printed with Various Spots of Japan

    These cute bags are inspired by different regions around Japan. Each bag features each region; for example, the “Tokyo” themed bag features Tokyo Tower (東京タワー), “Kyoto” features Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) and Geisha (芸者), and “Hokkaido” features a snowy landscape. Why not take a bit of your favorite part of Japan with you wherever you go?

    4. Paper Works of Famous Spots

    How about taking miniature versions of famous Japanese tourist destinations home with you? These famous spots include Kaminarimon (雷門) in Asakusa (浅草), Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and Mt. Fuji (富士山), and are kits that allow you to enjoy making these yourself. Grab a model of your favorite place, and fondly look back on your visit as you build your own!

    5. Sumo Wrestler Pens

    sumo-pen

    This is one of this shop’s biggest hits, and is a completely original product designed by them! There is a large variety of Japan-related pens at NOREN, such as sumo wrestlers (相撲取り), geisha, and samurai (侍). Choose your favorite and Japanify your stationery with these cute pens!

    You can’t deny that these items are really cute and unique. Not only the above-mentioned products, but many more various goods are offered by NOREN. This shop takes traditional and modern delights of Japan and shapes them into adorable pocket-sized gifts for you to take home. Check out this video from a YouTuber who actually visited the NOREN branch in Tokyo. Do not miss her reviews and experience!

    If you’d prefer to visit the Kyoto branch, be sure to check out NOREN’s Kyoto shop review video here! If you aren’t going to visit Japan for a while, there’s some good news for you! You can also purchase these wonderful goods online! Check out their products here!

    NOREN has a large selection of items that portray traditional Japanese beauty so that it can be used even in modern times. Make sure to visit NOREN before you return home and grab some of these adorable souvenirs for yourself, or for your friends and family!

    NOREN Website*English
    NOREN Website*French
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    Kyoto Branch Access

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