souvenir (omiyage)

4 Traditional Souvenirs From Saitama That Are Perfect to Give Away

Saitama (埼玉) is one of the great places to explore in Japan. It is a landlocked prefecture in the country in which a large number of residents commute each day. Besides being blessed with great sightseeing spots, it is also well developed when it comes to its transportation system. If you ever visit the place…

9 Things to Do for a Peaceful Day Out in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Fukagawa (深川), an area on the east side of the Sumida River (隅田川) in Tokyo (東京) was home to merchants and the working class during the Edo period. Geographically located on low ground level (reclaimed marshland) and populated by the lower class, it was aptly known as “Low Town.” Today, no parts of Tokyo is…

4 Japanese Sweets That Make Perfect Souvenirs for Your Loved Ones

When you give food souvenirs in Japan, you don’t only consider the taste, but you also have to think of their beautiful presentations. Because of this, it becomes an easy thing for people to choose wagashi (和菓子 – Japanese confections) as they are lovely to look at. If you’re planning on giving somebody the perfect…

All About the Starbucks City Mugs in Japan and How Different They Are

Starbucks (スターバックス) is unquestionably one of the most common brand names on the planet. There has not been a country I have visited that does not have one; some even have two stores in one block alone! For those who love collecting things on their travels – magnets, shot glasses, golf balls to name a…

What to Buy in Kanazawa in 2018: 7 Souvenirs From the Marsh of Gold

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa, straddles comfortably and confidently between history and modernity. Case in point: the Higashi Chaya District, a row of traditional tea houses whose interiors are stylish souvenir shops. Or take for instance the Kanazawa Noh Museum which utilizes interactive visuals and ancient masks that have been passed down for generations…
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3 Last-Minute Souvenirs to Pick Up at Osaka Station Before Heading Home

If you’ve spent most of your time traveling around the beautiful city of Osaka but forgot to buy souvenirs before you go on your way home, then this article might help you. Unique souvenirs can be found around the large station complex that comprises Osaka and Umeda Stations. It is one of the busiest areas…

What to Buy in Okayama in 2018: 7 Souvenirs From the Land of Sunshine

Okayama is prominent on the travel radar of Japanese natives and foreigners alike for many reasons: it is blessed with abundant sunshine, thus making it a great environment for the growing of fruits; it is home to Japan’s best-loved folk tale character, Momotaro; and it is the birthplace of both the washi masking tape and…

5 Functional Stationery Souvenirs to Take Home From Japan

Japanese stationery items are highly valued because of their quality and practical purpose. There’s actually a wide range of stationery merchandise which are not only decorative in nature but also offbeat. So if you want to take home stationery souvenirs from the country, it would be best to try these five items. 1. uni Mitsubishi’s…