Navigating Souvenir Culture in Japan
The word 'omiyage' is often translated as 'souvenir.' But while the concept is similar, the idea of 'omiyage' goes much deeper than the coffee mugs, T-shirts and key chains most people from North America would imagine bringing back from a vacation.
Okinawa's Top 3 Omiyage
We've got three great souvenir ideas to keep the island spirit with you once you're home!
6 Tips for Shopping in Japan
Japan is definitely not short of shopping malls and arcades, and you're bound to wind up in a store amazed at the amount of cool stuff you can buy! Here are a few tips to guarantee an amazing shopping experience while in Japan.
Top 10 Souvenirs from the Ghibli Museum
Ghibli fans will definitely want to collect these 10 items that you can't find anywhere except the Ghibli Museum!
4 Cool & Classic Souvenirs from Japan
‘Cool Japan’ is a government-sponsored campaign to promote Japan internationally through local products. And we've got our own ideas for some 'cool' and classic souvenirs!
5 Tax-Free Shopping Facts
Here are some helpful facts about Japan's tax-free shopping program to help you during your next shopping excursion!
These Kimono Sashes Are Out of This World!
From lounging felines to deep space imagery, this traditional Japanese clothing retailer is bound to have the perfect 'obi' for you!
Top 6 Souvenirs to Take Home from Kyoto
Kyoto's deep history makes it one of the best places in Japan to find old-fashioned crafts and handmade goods you won't find anywhere else.
5 Must-Buy Omiyage at Tokyo Haneda Airport
If you can’t decide what to buy for your friends and family, or if you forget to visit gift shops during your travels, Haneda Airport is here to save the day on your way out the door!
4 Notable Tokyo-Centric Omiyage
Tokyo is an international metropolis and the buzzing center of Japan. While there's lots to choose from, here are some interesting 'omiyage' (souvenir) ideas that exemplify the big city!
3 Classic Souvenirs from Toyama
When shopping for souvenirs on your first tour of Toyama, you may not be able to make a quick decision about which to select. Here are three representative Toyama souvenirs that can help you make your choice!
Upholding Beauty & History at Yojiya
One of Kyoto's most historic and best-known shops happens to be an unassuming makeup and beauty store.
Go Treasure Hunting in a Porcelain Warehouse
Ready for a memorable shopping spree? Try a 90-minute treasure hunt for as much Japanese pottery as you can carry!
'Omiyage' You Can't Buy Anywhere Else in Japan
You'll never guess where a secret treasure trove of one-of-a-kind souvenirs is sold!
5 Must-Buy Omiyage from Osaka
Visiting Osaka? Then check out these five souvenirs to bring back!
A History of Japanese 'Omiyage' Culture
Before you give 'omiyage,' it might be a good idea to learn about the history of these special gifts and what makes them so important in Japan.
5 Tasty 'Omiyage' Worth Lining Up For
Orderly lines outside everything from chic coffee shops to blue-collar ramen shops are a common sight in Japan, and food-based specialty 'omiyage' (souvenir) stores are no different. But are these snacks really worth lining up for?
Stuck on Gift Ideas? Let Us Help You Out!
Need some 'omiyage' to give to your friends and family but don't know what to get? Not to worry, we've got some recommendations from Japanese net users!
Slice & Dice with a Personally Engraved Knife
Why settle for just a plain old generic knife when you can get one engraved with a personal message?
Aomori's Stunning 'Tsugaru-nuri' Lacquerware
Looking for a unique souvenir from Japan that isn’t food? Tsugaru-nuri, a type of lacquerware local to Aomori Prefecture, may be the elegant souvenir you’ve been waiting for.