Souvenirs to Take Home From Japan

Here are some popular souvenirs to consider taking home from Japan. These items capture the essence of Japanese craftsmanship, beauty, and culture, making them excellent choices for souvenirs.

Matcha Green Tea

Japan is renowned for its high-quality matcha. You can find matcha tea in various forms, including powder, tea bags, and sweets.

Japanese Snacks

Explore the vast selection of unique and delicious Japanese snacks like Pocky, Kit Kats (in various flavors), and Senbei (rice crackers).

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Japanese Ceramics

Japan produces exquisite pottery and ceramics. Consider taking home traditional tea sets, sake sets, or decorative plates.

Traditional Combs

Japan is known for its beautifully crafted traditional combs, often made from materials like wood, horn, or lacquer. These combs are not only functional but also exquisite pieces of art.


Japan offers a wide range of high-quality cosmetics, skincare products, and makeup items. You can find renowned Japanese brands known for their attention to detail and quality

Hair Pins with Ume and Cherry Blossom Prints

These decorative hairpins often feature intricate designs with symbols like ume (plum) and cherry blossoms, which are rich in cultural significance in Japan. They make for elegant and meaningful accessories.

Yukata or Kimono

If you’re looking for a more substantial souvenir, a traditional Japanese yukata or kimono is a beautiful choice.

While absolutely stunning, traditional Japanese kimonos are often considered a luxurious purchase. The intricate craftsmanship and rich fabrics contribute to their relatively high price tag.

*A yukata and a kimono are not the same.

Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)

These iconic beckoning cat figurines bring good luck and fortune. They come in various sizes and colors.

Japanese Fans

Decorative Japanese fans are both beautiful and practical. They make great wall decorations or hand fans.

Some fans are scented with delicate fragrances. I received one from my husband when he was only my boyfriend. I love it!


High-quality Japanese chopsticks, both lacquered and wooden, are popular souvenirs.

Japanese Instant Noodles

Surprise your taste buds and share the flavors of Japan with instant noodles in various unique flavors. A unique and tasty souvenir!

Japanese Calligraphy Supplies

Consider bringing home a calligraphy set with brushes, ink, and traditional paper for those interested in Japanese art.


Japanese sake comes in various flavors and qualities. You can find small bottles for souvenirs.

Origami Paper

Origami is the art of paper folding, and Japan has beautiful origami paper in various colors and patterns.

Japanese Stationery

Japan is known for its high-quality stationery. Look for pens, notebooks, and unique office supplies.

Traditional Japanese Art and Prints

If you appreciate traditional Japanese art, you can find prints and paintings as souvenirs.

Local Food and Snacks

Depending on the region you visit, bring home local specialty foods like regional sweets, snacks, and condiments.

Remember to check customs regulations for your home country to ensure you can bring these items back legally. Enjoy your souvenir shopping in Japan!

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