Matcha-flavored Kit Kats or a bottle of sake are great, but here’s a list of places to buy more unique souvenirs when you visit Tokyo.
Where can you buy unique souvenirs in Tokyo?
Located in the trendy Daikanyama neighborhood just south of Shibuya, this three-building bookstore complex has an incredible selection of novels, coffee table books, and just about any other type of book you can imagine. In addition to non-Japanese-themed books, you can find books about Japanese cooking, architecture, travel destinations, culture, and much more.
Also in Daikanyama, this store specializes in tenugui (wrapping cloth). You can select from a myriad of patterns and designs and even use the tenugui to wrap other souvenirs you buy. If you are concerned about the weight of your luggage, tenugui makes for a beautiful and lightweight gift.
The history of ceramics in Japan dates back thousands of years, so you can find great ceramic items in various stores all over Tokyo. At Kiln Aoyoma is a small, peaceful pottery shop and studio where you can browse and also learn to make handmade pieces through their classes.
I’m glad this brand has several Tokyo locations because it is my favorite home goods store in Japan. You will find a stylish selection of tableware and other home decor items. I recommend visiting the Ebisu location because it is in the upscale Yebisu Garden Place shopping area or the Jiyugaoka location so that you can also explore this up-and-coming neighborhood.
Be warned that you will discover many things you didn’t know you wanted in this store. With huge selections of stationary, cosmetics, kitchenware, home decor, jewelry, and much more, I all but guarantee you will find a souvenir or gift from Shibuya LOFT. LOFT has other locations across Japan as well, but the Shibuya store is likely the most convenient since it’s in the heart of Shibuya.
This jewelry store in Ometesando has beautiful handmade fine jewelry pieces that make for a wonderful memento of Japan. They have a broad selection of styles, but if you want something that is more directly symbolic of Japan, I suggest one of their cherry blossom-inspired pieces.
Located in the “kitchen town” area of Kappabashi, this upscale Japanese knife store carries hundreds of different knives and can hand-engrave your name on your purchase. These knives make for a great birthday or wedding gift because of the customizable element. The store can also ship your item internationally if you prefer to send it as a gift by mail. While you’re there, check out the many other kitchenware and knife stores in Kappabashi!
If you’re looking for trendy and high quality home decor items, this homeware and furniture store on the luxury shopping street of Harajuku is the place to go. CIBONE carries many international and domestic luxury brands, including Hay, Aesop, and more. This store is pricy, but wonderful to even just browse for design inspiration.
Visit the B1 floor of the Isetan department store in Shinjuku for a maze of Japanese and western food items. “Depachika” is the nickname for the basement food hall floor of departments stores in Japan and they are the perfect place to find fresh food items to eat as a takeaway meal or nonperishables to bring home as a souvenir. The Isetan Shinjuku department store’s depachika in particular, while a bit pricier than other stores, has very high quality items.
Take a half day trip to the small Jindaiji Temple and grounds about 45 minutes west of central Tokyo. Jindaiji Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region and the surrounding grounds retain the Edo Period atmosphere. You can find many vendors selling traditional Japanese snacks and buy some adorable ceramics from Musashino Jindaiji Kiln as souvenirs.