Wondering what to buy in Japan? Well have no fear. These are the coolest souvenirs from Japan. Tokyo is the city of cool. Japan, the country of characters. We’re talking ninjas, geishas, sumo wrestlers, Pokemon and Hello Kitty everything! So while we sadly couldn’t bring a Sumo wrestler back with us as a souvenir, (trust us, we asked) we did find what to buy in Japan. Here is the list of the coolest souvenirs from the land of the rising sun.
What to buy in Japan – The Souvenir Guide
Anything sumo. People love sumo souvenirs.
You can’t bring back a Sumo Wrestler. But you CAN bring back totally neato Sumo Wrestling playing cards. An added bonus is the pictures of sumo moves on the cards so you can try them out on your friends! Endless fun and something you’ll always use that has a cool story. Great for all ages.
Kimonos. For that classy gal (or guy!)
Ladies love Kimonos. Period. It’s like…a girl rule. I mean, look at them! They are exquisite with their designs of cranes and chrysanthemums. You can also look fancy just walking around the house. If you are wondering what to buy in Japan for grandmothers, pregnant friends, wives, sisters, and moms, this is it. They are also super dope Halloween costumes. There’s different levels of quality, from 100% silk to cotton ones, so shop around! Also, kimonos for guys who want to lounge around in comfort.
A costume or outfit for people who love to dress up, or are into cosplay.
This store in Tokyo is 6 floors full of all of these kinds of things. Costumes, accessories, and cosplay. It’s all here. Buy a crazy costume and walk around Harajuku in it. It’s the thing to do.
Ninja Headbands for that cheesy gift.
Guys and kids love them. And it’s probably one of the cheapest things to buy Japan. Throw in a toy ninja star while you’re at it.
Japanese Hair Combs (Kushi Combs)
Pretty combs. Simple, cheap and something you can use to add a touch of Japanese elegance to your day. WIDE range of prices, so shop around.
These combs can be used in traditional Japanese hairstyles, if you want to look authentic. There are even monthly and seasonal hairstyle changes according to this Wikipedia article on Kanzashi, or hair ornaments.
Cliche but who cares: Sake set.
Sake, or rice wine, is awesome in Japan. Not like that cheap kind you can get back in the States at an unlimited sushi restaurant (don’t ever go there.) Sake sets are really nice, so if you know someone who loves sake, this would be the perfect gift from Japan.
Chopstick set for that person that needs to slow down when they eat.
Father, uncle, or even brother. We all have that one person who eats too fast. Problem solved!
This is the country that invented the pocket monsters way back in the 1996. It doesn’t get more authentic. No lie, there is a Pokemon Center where you can buy everything Pokemon you ever wanted! Clothes, plush toys, games, this is what to buy for the Pokemon lover.
Buy at your own risk: Samurai Sword, Nunchucks, Ninja Stars..
We saw quite a few people looking at samurai swords. They look cool, but what are you actually going to do with it?
DON’T BUY: Bonsai trees (actual plants OR SEEDS)
Customs officers don’t play around. When you beg, “They’re only just a Christmas gift for my grandpa!” The customs officers will just roll their eyes as they throw them in the trash. But hey, we got to keep the cup that the trees would’ve grown in. Thanks!
Where to go Souvenir Shopping in Tokyo
So now that you know what to buy in Japan, here is where to get the best deals. These 2 places are the only two you need to buy souvenirs in Tokyo for everyone.
Nakamise Dori (Address: Japan, 〒111-0032 Tokyo, 台東区Asakusa, １−３６−３)
This small street is located on the way to the incredible Senso-ji Temple. Be sure to haggle!
Oriental Bazaar ( Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 5−9−13 喜多重ビル)
Awesome prices, tons of selection and variety. Located near Harajuku. This is the place we bought most of our gifts from.
Here’s their website.
Gee! Store (Address: 東京都千代田区外神田3-15-5)
Six floors of costumes and accessories. Great for people who want a costume or are into cosplay or anime. Here’s their website with all of the information.
Pokemon Center Store
Located in Sunshine City Alpa (Address:Japan, 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−1−2, サンシャインシティ)
Thanks for reading our guide on what to buy in Japan. If you are looking for ideas of what to see on your trip to Tokyo, check out our 4 day guide, Things to do in Tokyo.