Japan is more than just Tokyo, and each of the country's 47 prefectures has its own distinct identity, along with its unique cuisine, arts and crafts. Yamagata is known for its handmade knives, Arita for ceramics, Kuroe for lacquerware, Niigata for sake... and the list goes on. But since Tokyo is the nation's capital, you can easily collect these regional souvenirs right here in the metropolis.
So start shopping the breadth of Japan right here in the city's antenna shops – these retail outlets are run by local governments outside of their home prefectures to showcase local goods. There are also the bigger and fancier 'select stores', which curate a compendium of crafts, gifts, artisanal goods and even confectionery from across Japan. Aside from retail therapy, you'll also be able to learn about the regions' respective traditional crafts, signature flavours and culture.
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