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Before saying “Sayonara” (さよなら, “goodbye”) to Japan, scour the streets to find the best gifts to take home! Keep a piece of the country with you through traditional crafts, locally-made trinkets, and one-of-a-kind gifts. It’s time to load up your shopping carts, and hope that everything fits in your baggage!

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Musubi (Tokyo)

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Step into the bright Tokyo outpost of Musubi, and marvel at the palettes of fushiki (風呂敷, traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) on the walls. The versatile textile comes in a myriad of sizes, colors, and patterns (with over 500 varieties!), so go ahead and pick whatever catches your eye. Drop by, and you might get the chance to join a class where you’re taught how to properly use your fushiki. Check their website regularly to catch limited edition prints or designs made in collaboration with local artists!

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  • 2-31-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都渋谷区神宮前 2-31-8

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Liquors Hasegawa

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Judging by the rows of alcohol that line the shelves, Liquors Hasegawa looks more like a museum for hard drinks than a retail shop. It carries an extensive inventory of sake (酒, Japanese rice wine), shochu (焼酎, traditional Japanese distilled spirit), craft beers, whiskey, bourbon, and other local liquor. Sample their range for just JPY100 to JPY200 (around USD1), before you take a bunch to share with your friends back home!

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  • Yaesu Chikagai, 2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Ippodo Tea Co. (Marunouchi)

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Stock up on matcha (抹茶, fine green tea powder) at Ippodo Tea Co. to concoct green tea-flavored drinks and confections from your own kitchen! During your visit, take a seat at the tea room to enjoy a spread of brews prepared the traditional way. They also offer to-go cups, perfect for a quick pick-me-up!

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  • First Floor, Kokusai Building, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都千代田区丸の内 3-1-1

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Tokyo Kyukyodo (Ginza)

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Get lost in Tokyo Kyukyodo’s massive selection of paper handicrafts! The moment you walk through its arched red brick entrance, you’ll be greeted by stationery, postcards, gift envelopes, boxes, notebooks, and seasonal products. Make your way to the second floor, where calligraphy materials, washi (和紙, traditional Japanese paper), and scent bags await eager buyers. The shop also sells incense, which their original Kyoto branch provided to the Imperial Palace during the Edo Period.

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  • Kyukyodo Building, 5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都中央区銀座 5-7-4

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Mandarake Complex

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Otaku (オタク, fans of anime and manga) culture definitely shines at Mandarake Complex! The eight-storey building overflows with animation materials, comic books, video games, cosplay accessories, doujinshi (同人誌, amateur self-published mangas), and so much more. For a special souvenir, make a beeline towards the seventh floor, where you’ll encounter vintage toys and rare playing cards!

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  • 3-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都千代田区外神田 3-11-12

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Wanariya (Workshop)

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Aizome (藍染め, indigo dyeing) is a Japanese tradition that dates back to the Nara period (AD 710 to 794). Fortunately, Wanariya keeps the custom alive by holding classes where you’re guided to create your own indigo-dyed products. The best part is that you get to take your masterpieces home, making for a great handmade souvenir! Book a few weeks in advance to secure a slot. Wanariya also has a retail shop near Asakusa Station, in case you’re out of time and still want to get your hands on beautiful aizome garments!

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Kagami Crystal

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Kagami Crystal’s exquisite crystal glassware is fit for high society. They are regularly used at royal households, as well as during state dinners and receptions for foreign dignitaries. All of the pieces are magnificent in their own right, but we suggest you zero in on the Edo Kiriko glass items. These are crafted by skilled artisans using an age-old glass-cutting technique, where patterns are carved on a multi-layer glass surface. It’s also worth noting that this method is considered an artform in Japan!

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  • Daiwa Building, 6-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Sekaido (Shinjuku)

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Ready your shopping bags, art lovers—Sekaido’s six floors carry everything you’ll need to satisfy the artist within! The first level has all kinds of stationery and office supplies, while the second has paper and design apparatus. The third floor holds painting and sculpture materials, then the fourth and fifth floors are all about frames, paintings, and prints. Finally, the sixth level is an event space, ideal for hosting art workshops and classes.

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  • 3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都新宿区新宿3-1-1

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Hara Shobo

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Hara Shobo houses one of Tokyo’s best collection of ukiyo-e (浮世絵, Japanese artform of woodblock painting) prints! Go upstairs to discover a variety of works ranging from the 17th century to modern-day. They even have budget-friendly reprints and rare astronomy compositions. Ask the English-speaking staff for recommendations—they’ll even volunteer backstories and tidbits on the items!

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  • 2-3 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都千代田区神田神保町2-3

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Kimono Hazuki

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The owner of Kimono Hazuki has a keen eye for vibrant, intricately designed kimonos (着物, traditional Japanese garments). Bring home your own after choosing from the store’s impressive selection, which includes antique and secondhand pieces. Check out their Instagram account to spot the latest designs available in-store!

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  • Daikichi Ichiba, 2-2-24 Izumi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京 都 杉並 区 和泉 2-2-24

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Ginza Natsuno (Konatsu)

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Ginza Natsuno specializes in ohashi (お箸, chopsticks)! While you’re here, lay your eyes on the wood, lacquer, and gold leaf chopsticks that line the walls. Select a pair (and a matching rest), and ask the staff to engrave your name on them! The store also stocks earthenware and sake glasses, which also make for great gifts!

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  • Takahashi Building, 6-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都中央区 銀座 6-7-4

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Oriental Bazaar

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Oriental Bazaar is your one-stop-shop for Japanese souvenirs! They have a wide array of merchandise, ranging from kimonos, china and fabric teddy bears, all the way to household items, and armors. You’re guaranteed to find something here for each family member and friend. The store even allows you to ship purchases overseas, so you won’t have to worry about overweight baggage. Talk about a win-win!

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