Drop That Pocky: 5 Fun, Interesting Souvenirs From Japan

Japan is brimming with cool things to take home with you, and sometimes green tea Kit-Kat and Pocky just won’t do it. They’re like the low hanging fruit of Japanese souvenirs. If you dare to be bold and stretch your imagination a little, you’ll be able to reach for the really fun and interesting stuff!

And boy are there plenty. Here are 5 fresh souvenir ideas to get you started. Best of all, you won’t have to wring your wallet – they’re all under $10, so shop away!

 

1. Feve

Feve Jiyugaoka Snacks Hikarie Japan

We can’t get enough of these delicious creations by patissier Hironobu Tsujiguchi. Beautifully packaged and surprisingly affordable, they’re perfect as a tasty memento of your trip to Japan. Their signature items are the karinto and soybean snacks with flavors that range from royal milk tea to mayo-squid.


Budget
From 300 Yen (gift boxes and variety packs available)

Where
Shibuya HIKARIE ShinQs, B2F (for more locations, click here)
Opening hours: 10:00am-9:00pm daily

Website
http://feve-jiyugaoka.jp/

 

2. Hanaserebu Pocket Tissues

nepia hana serebu tissues

They don’t seem like much, but these 2-ply puffs of luxury will blow your nose away with its baby-butt softness. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to using that sandpaper you used to call facial tissues. The packaging is really cute too. A fun, practical souvenir from Japan that you’ll be tempted to keep for yourself.

(Image: Airseed Shop)

Budget
300〜460 Yen (pack of 16)

Where
Most supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores

Website
http://www.nepia.co.jp/product/homeuse/celebrity/

 

3. RAOH Ramen

Raoh Ramen Nissin Japan

 

With a name that plays on the word ramen and the kanji for king (pronounced “OU”), this relatively new contender by Nissin is not afraid to claim its stake in the very crowded instant ramen scene. And to its credit, it does have a delectable claim to the throne. The thin, springy noodles and flavorful broth need to be tasted to be believed.

 

Raoh Ramen Shibuya Yamanote

 

Apparently the people at Nissin think so too, because they set up a small shop inside the JR Yamanote Shibuya station that serves up bowls of these noodles with fancy toppings for you to try at a rock bottom 250 Yen. Your choice of shio (salt) shouyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu (pork) or miso.


Budget
360 Yen (pack of 5)

Where
Most supermarkets and some convenience stores

Website
http://www.rao.jp/

 

4. Gachapon

Gachapon Capsule Toys Japan

Who doesn’t love these cute, tiny capsule toys? You name it – from cats in cups to phone thongs, there’s something for everyone. And starting at only 100 Yen a pop, they can get addictive, FAST. The urge to catch ‘em all can be overwhelming, but that’s OK, you’ll tell yourself. I’m just getting souvenirs for ALL 61 of my friends and relatives. Oh, I’ve been there. Just be sure to hand over your extra cash and cards to someone you trust for safe keeping beforehand.


Budget
From 100 Yen

Where
Most game centers, toy sections in department stores and chain electrical stores (Yodobashi and BIC Camera)

Websites
Bandai, Takara Tomy

 

5. Japanese Face Facial Masks

Japanese Face Face Masks Animal Kabuki

Japanese Face Face Masks

If you’re looking for a quirky gift from Japan, these facial masks by Japanese Face definitely belong in your shortlist. Instead of slapping on the plain old white ones, now you can transform into a Kabuki star, panda, cat or fashionista. How fun is that? Perfect for sleepover parties. Perfect for anything, really. I’d wear these to the grocery store.


Budget
900 Yen (pack of 2)

Where
Most Tokyu Hands stores

Website
http://japaneseface.jp

Well, there you have it. What do you think? What’s the coolest Japanese souvenir you’ve ever received? Share it in the comments!

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