If you are planning a visit to Tokyo, it is almost certain that you will end up at Tokyo Station at least once. Tokyo Station is located literally in the center of the city and is surrounded by many of the main sightseeing spots for tourists. It also has transport links to many other parts of Tokyo and Japan.
Whether you end up at the station to access other spots or to visit the area itself, the station is enormous and has a huge number of shops and restaurants to explore! It is increasingly being known for its selection of unique and funky souvenirs.
If you are visiting Tokyo and want to find some great gifts and souvenirs to give family and friends (or just to keep for yourself!), you will be impressed with the selection in Tokyo Station. Souvenirs here are high quality and there is a great range to suit all tastes.
Here are some of the best souvenirs to be found at Tokyo Station. Check them out! They are mostly edible ones, perhaps because that’s what people enjoy the most, including myself! However there are also some gadgets and other goods listed below, too.
Tokyo Station is based right in the center of the city, in a ward called Chiyoda-ku. The station was built in 1914 and has the reputation of being the busiest station in Japan in terms of the number of passengers that walk through it every day.
The surrounding area near Tokyo Station is busy and thriving. Tourists can visit the Imperial Palace and Gardens which are close by or can walk to the glitzy shopping district of Ginza with its stunning designer stores and high-class restaurants. Personally, I could spend a whole day just walking around this area and taking in the sheer size and grandiosity of it all!
The station itself has two main exits. The Marunouchi Exit (west side) is the place to exit for beautiful architecture and historic sights, while the Yaesu Exit (east side) is the place to go for a more modern feel and plenty of shopping options.
This souvenir is both amusing and tasty. You can find Tokyo Banana boxes located in plenty of spots all around the station on the first floor.
The box normally has a banana with a cute bow on the front, and there is a design on the actual cake too! In addition to the popular and traditional banana cream flavor, other flavors include caramel, banana pudding, and chocolate banana! They are so tasty, you have to sample them!
Tokyo Banana (Japanese only)
Fairycake Fair is located in the ‘Gransta’ section of the station, and is a very popular place to relax and have a sweet treat or gather some cakes for friends and family!
It is a cute little bakery with some seats for you to enjoy your baked goods. However, one of the best things that you can box up and bring home are these adorable sets of cupcakes with pandas, chicks, pigs, frogs, and bears on them! They’re almost too cute to eat!
Tokyo Hiyoko is a chick-shaped sweet (hiyoko is Japanese for chick) with a “yolk” in the middle made of bean paste. This souvenir is actually something that you can find in several parts of Tokyo.
What’s exciting about looking for them in Tokyo Station is that there tend to be several different varieties! The grilled potato version is especially delicious if you’re looking for a different flavor which is unique. You can find these in shops at both the central and south exits.
Tokyo Hiyoko (Japanese only)
Another sweet treat that everyone you know will love are the stick waffles found in Gransta in the basement area f the station.
If you’re using the Sobu Line, you’ll be quite close to this shop! These waffles are coated in several sweet icing flavors and are a must-have for anyone who has a sweet tooth!
Another Gransta find, these are made by Mary’s Chocolate and are quite possibly the most elegantly adorable lollipops you will ever see!
From their cute wrapping in pastel colors to the designs like smiley faces or snowflakes piped on their surface, you won’t be able to resist! These would also make a unique and tasty gift for someone back home!
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These would be a great present as they are easy to transport on a plane home and they celebrate the history of the station and its famous architecture!
These cookies come in several different shapes including standard square shape or circle shape, with the Marunouchi building on them. These cookies are found easily inside the station near the central or south exits.
Colombin (Japanese only)
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Another great item that will remind you of the Marunouchi building is this historical sweet shop treat. Monaka is made of mochi wafers with a delicious and traditional bean paste filling.
This special monaka is extra tasty as it also has cream filling and is made into the building’s shape! You can buy them in packs of five for 1,300 yen or individually for 260 yen each. What a great way to remember your trip or introduce Tokyo Station to your family!
Awaya Sobey (Japanese only)
Let’s take a break from edible souvenirs for a moment! This shop in Gransta sells small snacks that are bundled up in beautiful cloths.
You can buy one of these specially wrapped snacks for a friend or buy it just for yourself, and use the cloth to wrap up a different gift if you want to!
Mamegui (Japanese only)
What could be better than chocolate langue de chat cookies in a beautiful blue package?
These sweets found in the Gift Garden in the ‘Central Street’ of the station come in all-chocolate form or vanilla cookie with a creamy white chocolate filling. Delicious and nice to look at, and perfect for an indulgent gift!
If you are looking for something a bit on the unusual side, here’s the perfect thing for you! As the 1st floor of the station is filled with places to buy sweets and treats, you’ll come across these colorful gummy candies there too!
They are delicious and something a little different which is uniquely Japanese!
Maybe the stick waffles didn’t suit you, so you’d like to try another variety of waffle that Tokyo Station has to offer? Why not have these?
These crispy waffles are honey flavored and baked in a beehive pattern to match that taste! You can find these in several parts of the station!
If you want to get away from the Marunouchi goods and take some time browsing the Yaesu side of the station, you will be able to take a colorful, splendid walk down Tokyo Character Street. If you like Japanese anime and characters, you could easily spend the afternoon walking and browsing this great little street!
You can find plenty of character goods here, of course, but the options vary as many stores are open for a limited time. This could be great for your friends, though, when you tell them you’ve bought a special plushie that will soon be out of stock!
This gift is great because it consists of two delicious Japanese sweets in just one package! Yokan is generally a long, rectangular brick made from red beanpaste.
This product is alittle unique as it has a yummy sweet potato flavor! Not only that, but you can also get the adorable, multicolored balls of beanpaste that are reminiscent of everlasting gobstoppers in appearance but much more subtle in taste! Sadly, they don’t last forever though!
Funawa (Japanese only)
Who doesn’t love a sweet, delicious macaron? These may be French sweets and not an original Japanese tradition, but they are certainly popular among the Japanese!
The colorful arrangements and flavors you can sample at Dalloyau are so delicious that you might not want to share them when you get back!
Dalloyau Japan (Japanese only)
Another basement/Gransta find! If you are looking for a traditional Japanese sweet thing – this is the one!
Daifuku is basically mochi with a beanpaste filling. But at this particular shop, the mochi has been filled quite generously with this tasty red bean flavor. This would make a gift as it is traditional and authentic but also high quality!
Kanra (Japanese only)
Gin no Budou is a sweets and chocolate shop where you can find items that are available in other locations, but it alsp stocks items sold only in Tokyo Station.
A great gift for chocolate lovers out there is their chocolate sandwich (abbreviated as “chocolate sand”). It is a long cookie sandwich with cream filling and for a box of 8 at a good price of just 712 yen, it is worth every penny!
Gin no Budou (Japanese only)
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This is another non-edible but still great option! This shop is also in the Character Street area and features all kinds of Kabuki-themed merchandise.
You can buy things like towels, folding fans, snacks and even some items of your favorite characters in Kabuki-themed costumes! You will have plenty of choices at this shop, and it is filled with amazing gift ideas at a reasonable price!
Kabuki-ya Honpo (Japanese only)
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If you want a container for your souvenirs that is a bit sturdier than a brightly colored paper box, you will be pleased that you can buy a big silver tin with these delicious cookies.
The Tokyo Izumiya is credited with being the first shop in Japan to sell cookies! This might be a nice and delicious gift for the history buffs in your family.
If you are looking for some extremely cute packaging, this is a great shop for you! Mameya has plenty of sugared bean snacks in a few varieties (even chocolate!) but what makes them really special are the adorable boxes they come in!
Not only are they shaped like beans, but designs on them include different animals or Japanese flowers and even some special seasonal boxes too!
Mameya (Japanese only)
The last delicious waffles on the list from Tokyo Station come from R.L. These are soft, cream-filled waffles whose flavors change every two months or so.
The reason for this is that the waffles’ filling can be changed with seasonal fruits or flavors! Grab some in (you guessed it) Gransta!
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These are some beautifully packaged chocolates. The box would be a great one to keep once everyone has eaten one of these sticks!
They come in three deliciously different flavors and, of course, are only sold at Tokyo Station! They can be found in Central Street, and would make a really nie gift for someone.
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As you might have guessed, Hello Kitty is quite the ubiqutous figure in Japan! Her image is used on plenty of things throughout the country, but she is especially present in Tokyo Station!
There is a shop dedicated to Hello Kitty in Character Street, and you can easily pick up plenty of items for anyone you know who loves Hello Kitty. You probably can’t go wrong with a handtowel or some stationary!
Belgian chocolate brought home from Japan? Sounds unusual but it’s quite tasty! These cookies are a special variety only found at this brand’s shop in Tokyo Station.
They are rich sandwich cookies that are larger than your average Japanese sweet from a box. So if you’re from a country that is used to bigger food, your friends will appreciate this one!
Pierre Marcolini (Japanese only)
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This shop has plenty of maple-flavored goodies but their best seller is more than likely the maple butter cookies. Another langue de chat style product, these cookies have the signature maple flavor with white chocolate in the center.
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This is a brand that has designated items just for Tokyo Station. What is unique about this item is the makers use ingredients from the Edo period in its traditional Japanese snacks.
For those of you who do not want anything sweet, senbei is an excellent choice. These crunchy rice crackers are the quintissential Japanese snack. Learn about history while you enjoy yummy snacks!
Here is a really unique present that will suit most people! These little cheesecake bites come in small blue boxes and can be found on the first floor of the station.
Creamy and delicious, these won’t disappoint. However, you might only want to get them if your next destination is close! They should be refridgerated after a short while.
Here is a more fun option for your snack souvenir! At the Glico shop in Tokyo Station, you will find plenty of items that are only sold there.
As Glico is quite a large snack company, you won’t be at a loss for what to buy. A bonus: you can get some giant (and giant rainbow) Pocky sticks here! If you need to find souvenirs quickly and easily, this is sure to be the ideal place for you!
Glico Kitchen (Japanese only)
An essential souvenir from Tokyo Station, these snacks are crunchy and delicious. Normally made in a brown sugar flavor, the karinto from Nishikorin are available in a variety of flavors.
You can also buy them in boxes or smaller packs depending on how many people you want to share them with!
Nishikorin Gransta page (Japanese only)
The sugar butter tree and sugar butter tree sandwich cookies have become an essential souvenir to purchase at Tokyo Station!
The treat comes in a few varieties such as plain, fruits, and also in a few chocolate varieties too! They are sweet and crispy, and would make an ideal gift for someone! Give them a try!
Sugar Butter Tree (Japanese only)
A famous shop in Kansai, Forma’s only shop in the Kanto region happens to be in Tokyo station! This delicious cheesecake is an absolute must-buy, especially if you want to buy the assortment and have a chance to try all the great different flavors.
There are six different flavors of cheesecake to enjoy for the price of 1944 yen, which is a great price for such good quality!
Forma (Japanese only)
Dolce Felice, found in the Gransta area of the station, has a gorgeous variety of poundcakes. There is certainly nothing ordinary about these delicious cakes, and they are very popular in Japan!
They are decorated beautifully with various fruits and nuts. A box of these would make a great souvenir due to their fantastic presentation and convenient packaging!
Terra Saison is possibly more famous in Tokyo station for its roll cake. However, a much more adorable souvenir they produce are their honey bears. These little guys are petite, teddybear-shaped cakes with (of course) a honey filling. Too cute!
Laterre (Japanese only)
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Here is a hefty-looking, light tasting treat from the station. The brick (renga) shaped sweet bread is filled with a layer of bean paste underneath a layer of cream. It’s even got Tokyo Station written on the top! It’s sweet and rich but also wonderfully creamy, a personal favorite!
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This sweet has the unique name “Hachi no Ie”, which literally means “bee house”. It has a delicate design resembling a wasp’s nest! But not to worry, they are light and subtle, as is common with most Japanese sweets.
Filled quite generously with bean paste, the “bee house” comes in a few colors and can be eaten in one bite! They would make a nice sweet treat or a great gift for someone!
For anyone who thought senbei was ordinary – think again! Keishindo produce senbei that comes in several shapes and designs!
From Tokyo landmarks to cute animals like pandas, they even make senbei with designs for holidays like Halloween or New Year. A fun souvenir with that perfect hint of Japanese culture, these are sure to impress someone at home!
This roll cake is another souvenir exclusive to Tokyo station. The pattern on the cake, shaped like bricks, is modeled after the Marunouchi building. It also comes in a chocolate filling version which tastes amazing!
Like the above-mentioned roll cake, this bite-sized cake is also in a gorgeous and traditional red brick style!
If the recipients of your gifts were hoping for their own little piece of the famous Marunouchi building, this is an essential souvenir!
Tokyo Station is massive, as is probably apparent from the number of shops mentioned above. It can be daunting if you aren’t used to stations this size, and there are stories of some people spending hours just trying to find the right exit!
Firstly, remember that all train line signs are in corresponding colors, so as long as you look for the color of your train line, you should be able to find the correct platform. Secondly, almost every sign has an Engish translation too, so this should help you. Take your time with this and you shouldn’t have any problems.
If you get lost, there are some maps scattered around which can direct you to certain exits and also the shopping mall underneath the station. It might be a good idea to avoid the station at rush hour times, on weekdays in the morning and evening. It can get really busy, which might add to the stress!
Finally, if you do get lost and need help finding a shop or a platform, don’t be afraid to ask someone. Although English-speaking is limited here, people in Japan are helpful to visitors and will try to assist you however they can. Don’t be shy!
And that brings the list of the best Tokyo Station souvenirs to a close. You will have plenty of options during your travels here and all in one place. As mentioned before, do try to explore this station outside of busy hours such as weekday mornings and evenings, and it can get extremely and might not be the best place to wander round at this time.
However, if you choose some quieter hours, you are sure to get lost in the labyrinth that is Tokyo Station! You might not even have to leave the station since walking around it is an adventure in itself! Happy shopping!