Aside from creating country-exclusive flavours (think Kit Kat), Japan also has a knack for beautiful packaging. Whether you're shopping for gift-ready sweets or bento, your items will most likely come in a pretty box, and then wrapped to the nines with fancy paper, ribbons and all the trimmings.
With that in mind, we've searched the city for our favourite gift-ready sweets, which include everything from artisanal caramel and cookies to traditional Japanese yokan (red bean jelly). The selection here are from independent bakeries and confectioneries not usually found in the big department store depachika. Still, they make for beautiful gifts and souvenirs, or a nice treat for yourself as you can re-use some of the boxes after you've savoured their content.
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