souvenir (omiyage)

What to Buy in Niigata in 2019: 10 Souvenirs From the Land of Rice and Sake

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県) needs no introduction as it renowned the world over for producing Japan’s arguably most delicious rice and sake. But do you know that it is home to scrumptious fruits, delectable seafood, and exquisite artisanal products as well? What’s more, it is a mere two hours from Tokyo (東京) by Shinkansen (bullet train),…

What to Buy in Tokushima in 2019: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

What to Buy this Year: 40 Most Delectable and Popular Souvenirs from Fukuoka

Souvenirs are important when you visit a new place, as it’s like bringing a part of the destination back with you and showing your friends and family that you were thinking of them. However, with booking hotels, navigating your way around a new area, and filling up your itineraries with fun things to do, it…

4 Special Food Souvenirs You Should Buy in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture in 2019

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture is home to many temples, shrines, and museums, especially known for Wakayama Castle that sits at the mouth of Kii River. Besides having a vast history, the prefecture is also popular for selling delicious local items and crafts. If you ever visit the place, don’t forget to bring home some of the…

What to Buy at Haneda Airport in 2019: 40 Souvenirs to Get Before You Leave!

You’ve done it before. You’ve packed for your trip home, checked your flight times, double checked you’ve got your passport, safely reached the airport, and then suddenly remembered that one person who you haven’t got a souvenir for yet. However, it’s not too late! If you are traveling to or from Japan through Haneda Airport,…

What to Buy in Osaka in 2019: 38 Souvenirs to Capture the Kansai Experience!

Many people who visit Japan tend to head to the capital city of Tokyo as their first destination. While Tokyo is undoubtedly a fantastic place to visit with its impressive Tokyo Skytree, many shrines and temples, exciting events, shopping areas, and low crime rate, there are also many other great cities to visit in Japan.…

Where to try Japan`s fresh and delicious tuna?

Since you came all the way to Japan, seafood is a must and tuna occupies a top spot among Japanese people. However, where should you head to indulge yourself in the refined and delicious Japanese cuisine? Maybe choose the popular Tsukiji fish market or Tokyo’s new fish market, Toyosu Market? Or better! How does enjoying…
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Awesome Souvenir ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

In Japan, it is the general custom to pick up some “omiyage”, or “gifts” for your loved ones whenever you visit a different place. It is somewhat similar in other countries, where we encourage the idea that if you go somewhere, particularly a different country, you should buy some kind of gift for your friends…
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What can you do with all the leftover change before leaving Japan?

After spending some time in Japan, one would undoubtedly encounter the problem of ‘left-over change’. We tend to not use the change we get after we go shopping or traveling, and that gets usually piled up with time. Finally, when we decide to say adieu to Japan, we are left with pockets full of change…

Watch Out for the New Sake Kit Kat in Japan!

Japan’s plum varieties are coveted around the world. They are found in a variety of food products in Japanese culture, and are even distilled into liquors such as wine. Have you ever thought of having a plum-tasting candy? Nestlé in Japan did just that and has recently created new lines of Kit Kat chocolate to…