With a city like Tokyo, one can never return without some souvenirs in hand! Whether it is for your friends, family or even yourself, it promises you some of the best, authentic ones you can give. Bookmark these top 3 places before you end your Japan trip!
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1. Oriental Bazaar
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What to expect: 3 floors of very reasonably priced traditional Japanese souvenirs! The Oriental Bazaar first opened in 1934 so you can be sure that it’s as authentic as you can get. You’ll find kimonos, yukatas, t-shirts and books on the basement, Japanese chinaware, stationery and misc goods on the first floor and decorative items on the second floor. While you in the area, don’t forget to explore Harajuku and Omotesando!
Opening hours: 1000 – 1900 (closed on Thurs)
Address: 9-13 5-chome Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
How to get there: Alight at Omotesando Station and take the Omotesando Exit. Walk straight for around 5 minutes and you’ll find Oriental Bazaar to your left. From Meiji-jingumae Station, take Exit 4. U-turn when you come out of the station and walk straight. about 3 mins walk.Oriental Bazaar will be to your right.
Website: http://www.orientalbazaar.co.jp/en/index.html (English)
2. Nakamise Shopping Arcade
What to expect: With around 90 shops spanning a 250m lane, selling all sorts of souvenirs, trinkets and even snacks, it’s pretty hard to miss Nakamise Dori or Nakamise Shopping Street. Even though it’s always bustling, the crowded atmosphere just adds to the fun of souvenir hunting. Expect to find traditional items such as Japanese chopsticks (you can even engrave your name on them), yukata, geta, wooden combs, fabrics and more. End your souvenir shopping trip by visiting the famous and oldest temple in Tokyo – Senso-ji at the end of the street! Still not convinced? Did we mention that there’re not one, but TWO eateries selling halal ramen in the are?
Opening hours: Dependant on the different shops. Generally 0900 – 1800 daily.
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo
How to get there: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station.
What to expect: Contrary to popular belief, buying a kimono or yukata isn’t that pricey if you just know where to look! If you’ve always dreamt of wearing your very own kimono and enjoying a matsuri (Japanese festival), pay a visit to Tansu-ya, and check out their wide range of both brand new and secondhand kimono! The best part? There are several outlets around Tokyo, with three outlets in Asakusa alone. Even if you’re not looking to purchase one, you can always rent one in Asakusa!
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Asakusa outlet)
Address: Taito Asakusa 1-1-8. Several outlets here.
How to get there: Exit Asakusa station and cross Kaminarimon street. Turn left and walk straight, then turn right on the first bend. Walk straight for another 100m till you see Tansuya on your right.
So there you have it! Go ahead and spend your Yens away 💴 Let us know if you have any other recommendations, and we may just add on to this list!