Nakagawa Masashichi hashioki
Photo: Nakagawa Masashichi Nakagawa Masashichi chopstick rests

Tokyo souvenirs: 9 best products that are made in or inspired by Tokyo

Forget the tourist tats and pick up these unique and useful crafts and gifts that best represent Tokyo

Kaila Imada

When it comes to souvenir shopping in Tokyo, there is a lot to choose from. Whether you're on the hunt for delectable confectionery, pretty trinkets made from gorgeous kimono fabric or something bespoke and customisable, there's no way you'll leave the city empty-handed.

However, if you're looking for something with a unique connection to Tokyo, here are our top picks for souvenirs that are either made in the city or inspired by our vibrant metropolis. From handmade kimono sneakers to a dreamy perfume inspired by one of Tokyo's most sacred shrines, these special gifts will have you reminiscing about Tokyo long after you've gone home.

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Tokyo Icon cup

Arita porcelain specialist Kihara Tokyo has created a stylish Tokyo Icon series which includes plates, fridge magnets and this sleek cup (¥2,200). The Tokyo-inspired collection features 69 illustrations that convey the charms of our beloved city, including landmarks such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo Skytree, Hachiko and the now-gone Odaiba Ferris wheel, all printed on the cup exterior.

Available at Kihara Tokyo in Tomigaya, Shibuya. 

Chopstick rests: Tokyo bridges

Chopstick rests (hashioki) are useful little trinkets you can collect in a variety of designs. These cool ones from home and lifestyle store Nakagawa Masashichi are designed after five iconic bridges in Tokyo: the Rainbow Bridge, Nihonbashi Bridge, Azumabashi Bridge, Eitai Bridge and Kachidoki Bridge (¥4,400 for a set of five).

Available at the Nakagawa Masashichi store in Kitte Marunouchi.


Wooden Hachiko bento boxes

Odate mage-wappa is a speciality bentwood craft unique to Akita prefecture, commonly used to construct beautiful, lightweight containers like bento lunchboxes. Made from cedar, these boxes can absorb excess moisture to help keep your food longer. The gorgeous double-layer bento (¥11,500), made in collaboration with Shibuya’s Hachifull store, is dedicated to Hachiko, the undisputed Tokyo celebrity and best friend.

Available at Hachifull in Shibuya Scramble Square.

Harajuku candle

Love exploring Harajuku? This scented candle (¥7,370) should transport you back to the streets of Tokyo’s capital of youth and kawaii culture. Retaw’s Harajuku-inspired candle blends a mix of hinoki, cherry blossoms and yuzu with base notes of amber and musk to give you a unique scent evocative of one of Tokyo’s most famous ’hoods.

Available at Retaw in Jingumae, Shibuya.

  • Shopping
  • Shoes
  • Asakusa

Combining Japan’s passion for upcycling and sneakers, Tokyo Kimono Shoes gives unused kimono and obi (kimono sashes) a second life by transforming the luxurious fabric into gorgeous kicks. What’s special about these sneakers (¥44,000) is that no two pairs are alike, as the shoes feature unique patterns cut from different kimono and obi.

Available at Tokyo Kimono Shoes in Asakusa.

  • Shopping
  • Marunouchi

Handkerchief specialists H Tokyo stock plenty of fun and original designs, including this transit-themed hanky (¥2,200) featuring Tokyo’s extensive subway system. The handkerchief comes in two versions: a blue rendition with a guide pinpointing the city's top museums, and a red one highlighting Tokyo's outstanding architecture. You can get the handkerchief personalised with custom embroidery for as little as ¥550.

Available at H Tokyo in Kitte Marunouchi.


Hotaru perfume

This scent (from ¥13,200) from Japanese perfumery Yubune is inspired by hotaru, or the brilliant fireflies that live around Meiji Jingu Shrine, one of Tokyo’s most serene and peaceful locations. The perfume features refreshing notes of fennel and anise as well as jasmine and lily of the valley. With wear, it takes on an elegant woody scent reminiscent of the zelkova trees lining the streets of Omotesando.

Available at Yubune in Tokyu Plaza Harajuku Harakado.

  • Cafés
  • Shibuya

Tokyo coffee roaster Sarutahiko has a number of outposts around the city, but you’ll have to head to specific shops to get your hands on its exclusive city coffee bean blends, which are distinctive to each neighbourhood with a Sarutahiko café. You can find the Shibuya Blend (¥1,100 for 100g) at Sarutahiko inside the Dogenzaka-dori shopping complex, the Ebisu City blend (¥980 for 100g) at one of the two Ebisu outposts, and The Bridge Harajuku Blend (¥1,450 for 100g) at the café inside Harajuku Station.

Available at Sarutahiko Coffee Shibuya in Dogenzaka-dori.

  • Attractions
  • Religious buildings and sites
  • Setagaya

Maneki neko are far from an unfamiliar sight at souvenir and gift shops around the country, but if you want to get yourself the original lucky kitty, you can find it at Tokyo’s Gotokuji Temple. Also known as the 'cat temple', this sacred spot is thought to be the origin of the maneki neko and offers fortune-bringing amulet dolls (from ¥500) in seven different sizes.

Available at Gotokuji Temple in Gotokuji, Setagaya.

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