4 Souvenirs You Can Buy only in Tokyo!
Tokyo is the most popular tourist destination of Japan, and you can find many different souvenirs to buy in Tokyo. Tokyo Banana and Kit Kat are some mainstream souvenirs of Tokyo, and many people buy these items for their family back home, so they’re not as special as they were before. Today we’ve listed up 4 unique souvenirs you can buy only in Tokyo, which are less mainstream but affordable as well!
Title Photo: Bite Size Japanese Sweets at Higashiya Ginza, Image Source: Higashiya
1. Azabu Yasaigashi
Vegetable Dorayaki at Azabu Yasaigashi, Image Source: Tabelog
Located within few minutes’ walk from Azabujuban Station, Azabu Yasaigashi is very famous among the locals for its exceptional Japanese sweets! Specializing in selling sweets made from vegetables and other natural ingredients, Azabu Yasaigashi offers you the best vegetable dorayaki in town!
Azabu Yasaigashi offers dorayaki with different fillings: sweet azuki bean paste, purple sweet potato, and pumpkin, and the dorayaki has a very fluffy texture as well. In addition to the dorayaki, you can also try Azabu Yasaigashi signature sweets of vegetable financiers with the following flavors: ginger, purple sweet potato, tomato, spinach & green tea, and pumpkin.
If you want something salty, maybe you should opt for Azabu Yasaigashi’s vegetable chips and roasted nuts!
Address: 3-1-5 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Within few minutes’ walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line/Toei Oedo Line Azabu-juban Station Gate 1
Open 11:00-19:30 and closed on Tuesdays
2. Higashiya Ginza
Yokan at Higashiya, Image Source: Higashiya
If you’re looking for some fancy souvenirs, then you should definitely visit Higashiya Ginza for its exclusive Japanese traditional sweets. Higashiya Ginza was established in 2003 with a purpose of bringing back the trend of traditional Japanese sweets into the society. Compared to other traditional Japanese sweets shops, the Japanese sweets sold at Higashiya Ginza are not as authentic as the conventional Japanese sweets; they are not too expensive and can be consumed by everyone on daily basis.
Higashiya Ginza offers authentic Japanese sweets like wagashi, yokan, and monaka, and it also offers Western-style Japanese sweets like Castella cake, vegetable chips, and macarons. You can also purchase original blend tea, Japanese tableware, and books as well. All wrapped in fashionable and chic packages, Higashiya Ginza is a perfect place to buy souvenirs for your family back home!
Address: POLA Ginza Building 2F
1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Within 20-second walk from Ginza Itchome Station Gate 7
Tea House 11:00-22:00 (Tuesday to Saturday) / 11:00-19:00 (Sunday & National Holiday)
* Both closed on Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday)
3. Azabujuban Kineya
Fried Pasta at Azabujuban Kineya, Image Source: Tabelog
We strongly recommend you going to Kineya for its delicious fried pasta; especially if your family and friends don’t like sweet stuff. Located within few-minute walk from Azabu-juban Station, Kineya is a rice cracker specialty shop run by the famous traditional rice cracker store in Asakusa. At Kineya, you can find many different osenbei (rice cracker), but we strongly recommend you buying the fried pasta, which is apparently the specialty of Azabujuban Kineya. Fried with special technology and technique, the fried pasta sold at Kineya is not greasy at all! Available in various flavors: salt, Napolitan, and Carbonara; Kineya is definitely worth your every penny!
Address: L’Amuse Azabu-juban 1F, 1-6-5 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Within few minutes’ walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line/Toei Oedo Line Azabu-juban Station
4. Minimal Tokyo
Bean to Bar Chocolate at Minimal Tokyo, Image Source: Tabelog
The “bean to bar” chocolate is currently trending in Japan, and Minimal offers you the finest chocolate bars from all over the world. Minimal Tokyo opened its first branch in Tomigaya in 2014, and opened its second and third branch in Shirokane Takanawa and Ginza. Minimal creates great chocolate with selected cacao beans only. The shop has a small cafe too, so you can enjoy eating chocolate ice cream and drinking hot chocolate as well!
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Address: 2-1-9 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Within 6-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yoyogi Koen Station Gate 1
You can find tons of different souvenirs in Tokyo, and today we have listed 4 unique souvenirs that you can buy only in Tokyo. Instead of purchasing Tokyo Banana or Goma tamago for your family back home, why don’t you stop by these shops to buy something special for them? Click here for more information about souvenirs in Tokyo!