Unique Souvenirs that You Can Buy From Japan

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Apart from taking a massive amount of photos and videos during your Japan vacation, bringing a significant souvenir back home is another great way to reminisce your memorable visit to Japan. Due to the diverse climate and cultural characteristics, different regions of Japan have their own specialities, which are great souvenirs for tourists. Here are some recommended unique souvenirs if you are visiting these popular places in Japan.

Furano, Hokkaido

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Lavender Products

Established in 1905, Farm Tomita in Naka-Furano is one of the oldest and most famous lavender farms in Japan. Over the years, Farm Tomita has evolved into a lavender agronomic farm with a lavender museum and gallery. They also conduct workshops in the lavender perfume and distillery.

It also produces and distributes a successful line of lavender products for skincare, cosmetics, bathroom amenities, home ornaments, tea, sweets, fragrance and aromatherapy. These products are available in Furano, as well as in Asahikawa Airport, New Chitose Airport and JR Sapporo Station. Do remember to buy these popular lavender-themed souvenirs when you visit Hokkaido! Their top three best-selling products are:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil Okamurasaki – An award-winning lavender oil made from lavender flowers harvested at their peak.

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  1. Lavender Perfume – the most original refreshing and therapeutic lavender scent.

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  1. Lavender Scented Pouch – Filled with dried lavender buds, this is also the pioneer gift item produced by Farm Tomita.

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Otaru, Hokkaido

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Musical Boxes

A visit to Otaru in Hokkaido is incomplete without touring the famous Music Box Museum, which is the biggest music box speciality shop in Japan. Allow yourself to be transported into the soothing, magical world of delicate tunes from more than a thousand music boxes in the museum, presented in various shapes, sizes and designs. You can either select from ready-made music boxes or ornaments from the gift shop or customize one with your favourite tune and design at additional cost. These music boxes certainly make a heart-warming gift for loved ones and yourself!


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Ryukyu Glass Craft Pieces

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The beautiful Ryukyu glass craft dates back to the beginning of 20th Century when Okinawa craftsmen recycled the raw materials such as glass bottles and cans from the US military bases and transformed them into glass wines, bottles and vases for sale. The beauty of these Ryukyu glasses lies in its individually handmade pieces which comes in a unique colour combination, and you will not find two of the same design.

Today, Ryukyu Glass Craft is a designated traditional craft in Okinawa and they produce a wide range of home decor items and accessories. There are even workshops, which allow visitors to create their own unique souvenirs from Rukyu Glass pieces. This is definitely a recommended unique souvenir as gifts or to display at home.


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Yojiya Aburatorigami

Yojiya is a famous Kyoto cosmetic company founded in 1904, with a reputation for great quality traditional make-up tools and natural skincare products. It remains popular throughout the years and has become one of the trademark souvenirs of Kyoto.

Their shops are often crowded with tourists and their well-known product – Yojiya Aburatorigami (oil-blotting facial papers) is especially well sought after. This finely textured facial paper has a super oil-absorption level due to a manufacturing process that is similar to gold leaf-making. Just by gently blotting it on your face, it will cleanse and remove excess skin oil, and prepare your skin for makeup application. You can find Yojiya products mainly in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.

Miyajima, Hiroshima

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Rice Scoop Paddle

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Miyajima has a unique souvenir that is useful for every household – a rice scoop paddle. It was known that in the 1800s, a Buddhist monk named Seishin in Tokidera Temple dreamt of the goddess Benzaiten singing at a biwa (a Japanese short-necked fretted lute). Seishin felt that biwa resembles a wooden rice scoop and recognized it as an auspicious sign. Since then, he sculptured a special wooden rice scoop and started teaching the islanders how to make the scoop. Compared to a modern plastic rice scoop, the wooden handmade scoop is much preferred by Japanese due to the smooth and non-sticky texture, as well as the non-interfering taste with food.

Apart from being a kitchen household product, the much bigger version of the wooden rice scoop paddle is displayed in homes and companies as a symbolism of safety and security, good luck and prosperity. Over the years, the rice scoop paddle has become a trademark souvenir for visitors to the island. You may even customize your own rice scoop paddle and create a unique gift by engraving names or auspicious words.

I hope you will like these recommendations. Do remember to bring these unique pieces of souvenirs home if you are visiting these places in Japan!

She found her first love for Japan at the tender age of 7 when she was exposed to Hello Kitty. She spent her teens immersing in J-pop culture and has accumulated more than 17 F&E trips to Japan till date. She especially love shopping and visiting kawaii themed cafes in Tokyo, and look forward to share her travel experiences and tips with all Japan travel lovers alike.

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