In Tokyo and are looking for gifts to bring back to friends and family? Or perhaps you’re planning to visit Tokyo and are wondering which shops you should visit to get the perfect omiyage (gifts) to bring back home? Tokyo can definitely be a overwhelming city without a guide, but with minimal digging, literally every nooks and cranny of this town is filled with wonderful shops selling all kinds of product that is definitely viable as gifts to bring back home.
But if you’re short on time, you’ve landed on a very helpful article! We’ve rounded up three of our favorite shops, where you can get the essential gifts to bring back.
Ginza Itoya, as its name suggest, is located in Ginza. A seven-floor mega stationary store that offers all kinds of stationary goods. From high-quality Japanese made papers to pen and pencils, many tourists and residence alike visit the store everyday looking for the right souvenirs.
^This is is Ginza Itoya’s most famous “wall-paper”, offering literally, hundresds of selection of paper and type of color. At Itoya, customers not only see, but also be able to feel and experience the texture of each paper that is made exclusively in Japan by talented makers.
Beams Japan Shinjuku
On August 2016, Beams Japan relaunched one of their flagship store in Shinjuku. Bigger, better, and definitely more hip! You’ll find a myriad of goods from shirts, crafts, to even mugs that you can customize with logos that are designed to be a blend of traditional and modern.
Unlike your traditional Beams store, this store spans a whole 6 floors of Beams goodies.
Up on the second floor, for example – labelled ‘Fashion and Design’ – you’ll find quirky wearables for both women and men, including Toyo Enterprise’s ‘Souvenir Jacket’ and rare sweatshirts by Loopwheeler. The limited clothing and product lines is only limited to this shop, so you’ll be sure to leave this shop with a fresh shirt or two that will definitely spice up your old wardrobe.
For the sake lover out there, you’re in for a treat. Part of a city-wide chain, Hasegawa Saketen has a good lineup of high-quality yet reasonably priced nihonshu (sake) and other tidbits such as snacks that goes good with nihonshu. The sleek interior is definitely different than most sake establishments, a true testament to the spirit of the modern Tokyo. Staffs are friendly, and are always willing to give you a hand to find the best bottle for your tastes.