Souvenirs Spots in Japan

  • Main Building of the Otaru Music Box Museum
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sumiyoshichou 4-1
    This landmark of Otaru, the Otaru Music Box Museum is located on a corner of the Marchen Intersection of Otaru Sakaimachi street and Irifune street. Housed in a red brick structure built in 1912, this store displays music boxes collected from all over Japan and the world resplendent with a warm radiant atmosphere. The steam-powered clock by the entranceway announces the time every 15 minutes with a blast of steam and a melody. It is a popular photo opportunity spot.

    The famed music museum in the Otaru Orgel-do II building in Otaru The Music Box Museum consists of multiple buildings scattered around the southern end of Sakaimachi Street but we concentrate on the...

  • Iwaki Lalamew
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    Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Onahama Tatsumichou 43-1
    20 minutes by car from the Iwaki-Yumoto Interchange. A tourism and shopping facility located in Iwaki Onahama Minato Oasis. Bustling with tourists, the facility hosts a seafood market selling fresh delicacies just brought in from Onahama Port, restaurants, souvenir shops, and more under the catchphrase, “everything good in Iwaki.” The seafood rice bowl and handmade soba noodle set has remained a popular dish for visitors to enjoy here since it opened 20 years ago. The Iwaki Day Cruise, a sightseeing ship which makes short trips around the bay, is also a popular activity for visitors to enjoy.

    They have a good exhibition about the tsunami of 2011 and the refugee life. Its really impressive. Im not a fan of fish so a part of the ground floor isnt for me with the big fish market, but...

  • Takosenbei no Sato
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Nakada 4155-1
    This factory and shop deals in snacks made with sea products. Reservations aren't required for their tours where you can watch them making octopus rice crackers from the viewing area. The shop offers about 40 varieties and there are samples available of most of them for you to try. Their thin baked Tako-usu Yaki rice crackers made with octopus, squid, and shrimp come recommended. They're flavorful, firm, and crispy. There is also a break area with free coffee.

    せんべいの試食が出来ます。試食してから購入出来るので、間違いはありません。無料のお茶やコーヒーも用意してあります。簡易ですが、工場見学も出来ます。

  • Ryukyu Glass Village
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    205 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Itomanshi Fukudi 169
    This handmade Ryukyu glass workshop, one of the largest in the prefecture, is located in Itoman City. There, visitors can purchase or even make their own works of Ryukyu glass, one of Okinawa's most notable handicrafts. Visitors can watch glass craftsman create works of Ryukyu glass at the 1,300-degree Celsius kiln located at the center of the workshop. Visitors can try a wide range of glass making experiences such as making accessories or photo frames, which are suitable for all ages, as well as making a one-of-a-kind glass. Some of the workshop's other attractions include a direct sales shop, an outlet shop, and a Ryukyu glass museum that shows off the stunning craftsmanship of Ryukyu glass artisans.

    We toured the glass village and while all of the glass items displayed and for sale were beautiful, unfortunately the furnace used for making things was under construction/repair. A typhoon had...

  • Otaru Taisho Glass Palace
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-1-8
    Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station, this shop was repurposed from the historical Natori Takasaburo Store built in 1906. Inside the shop are displays of Japanese style glass works made in Otaru City which are available for purchase. Nearby are a series of shops including the Vidro-Kan with its collection of miniature glass and the Tonbo Tama-Kan that features a workshop to try out glass production.

    Located in The Former Takasabuto Natori Store, the building is one of the designated historic landmarks of Otaru City. Now occupied by the Otaru Taisho Glass Palace, this place is filled with...

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Reisenmachi 6-10
    Come learn about the good-old days of life in Hakata at this tourist attraction. The exhibition hall, Machiya Hall, and souvenir shop are all connected, and the Machiya Hall was originally built in the mid-Meiji period (late 1800s) before it was moved and reconstructed in its current location. You can also see a demonstration of how Hakata fabric was traditionally woven. Under the guidance of experienced craftsmen, you can try your hand at painting ceramics (fee required) or Hakata fabric weaving yourself. It's just a five-minute walk from Gion Station.

    Two story museum with a small fee that shows the history of the Fukuoka area. There are signs in English and a short film about a festival in the area where local people build floats and race them...

  • Marugoto Kochi, a Kochi Prefecture Satellite Shop
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 1-3-13 Orb Premier
    This satellite shop, is right by Ginza Itchome Station, in of Ginza 1 Chome, Chuo City. On the first floor and basement floor one, local artisan works and micro-brewed sakes are available, along with many specialty items from Kochi Prefecture. Tosa Dining Okyaku restaurant is on the second floor. Here, creative Tosa cuisine using produce from Kochi is deliciously prepared, and offered with Tosa microbrewery sake.

    I visited Kochi prefecture for the second time in the past and I was exposed to many fine local cuisines. Just as I was thinking about the food I’ve tasted in the past and the deep history it brings...

  • Owakudani Kurotamago Kan
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 1251
    A tourism facility located in the Owakudani valley, a popular sightseeing spot in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture. The facility’s famed “kurotamago” (“black eggs”) boiled eggs are cooked using the local geothermal heat and turn black from the influence of volcanic gasses; it is said one’s life is extended by seven years eating just one. You can enjoy a kurotamago in the facility or take some home as a souvenir. In addition to a souvenir shop, there’s a hiking trail where visitors can see the smoking grounds of Owakudani, Mt. Fuji, and the natural beauty of Hakone; an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant; and the Hakone GeoMuseum, where visitors can learn about volcanic Mt. Hakone.

    Visited as part of our tour. The famous black eggs eating 1 meant to add 7 years to your life. Nice gift shop and cafe to visit. Sadly due to our weather (foggy) unable to see much, but on a good day...

  • Wakasa Fisherman’s Wharf
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    93 Reviews
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    Fukui Obama-shi Kawasaki 1-3-2
    At this market complex, you can enjoy seeing, buying, and eating the charms of Wakasa. The complex offers a popular 60-minute boat cruise which enables riders to take in the local dynamic scenery formed by the stormy waters of the Sea of Japan. The Sotomo Cruising boat ride operates from March to November and is offered four times a day to general customers and also runs up to four times a day for private groups (when reservations have been made). The first floor of the complex is a souvenir store carrying famous products from Wakasa. The second floor is a restaurant serving an abundance of seasonal ocean delicacies.

    Apart from gifts, the restaurant at the ground floor(self service) offers great food at a very good price. The sushi and sashimi are very fresh. Miso soup and tea are complimentary. There is a small...

  • Okashi no Kotobuki Jo
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    Tottori Yonago-shi Yodoecho Sada 1605-1

    Lots of samples were offered and it was interesting to see candy being packaged through a window. Fruit, snacks, and candy were for sale in this large store, and there is an observation deck...

  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akasaka Hiei 2351-170
    This Arita ware specialist shopping mall deals in all kinds of porcelain, from daily use to business to gifts and fine art. In a 6,600 square meter facility, 22 shops are lined side-by-side along a 200-meter central road. Here one can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience, or take a break at a rest stop or restaurant. As the whole building is barrier-free, both wheelchairs and baby strollers are easy to use.

    Best place to see different types of ceramics made by different companies. Affordable also. An exhibition of different, but amazing porcelains. Some with the little spots or smudge will be sold much...

  • Kitaichi Glass Outlet
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    106 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 7-20
    This is a souvenir shop in Otaru. They offer discontinued products or items that might not be up to usual standards from the Kitaichi Glass company. These goods are all available at prices below regular market prices. This has become a very popular souvenir spot for tourists.

    All the products in the shop are so pretty and also valuable in expense. But not that suitable for family with kids because full of glasses

  • Yonekoyaki Craft Center
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    112 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Fukai (Maibara) 447-1
    Yonekoyaki Craft Center is a craft workshop located right next to Yonehara Beach on Ishigaki Island. The Center can be recognized by the huge Shisa (Okinawan lion-dogs) at the entrance. Within the Center grounds there are ponds and a stream, with colorful, characterful art-works scattered around. Inside the Center, a wide range of unique, colorful miniature Shisa statues are on sale, varying in size from Shisa so small that they will fit in the palm of your hand, to larger statues around 30 centimeters high; these make ideal souvenir gifts.

    Our tour guide recommended my kids will love this place and took us here. He was 100% right about it. My kids were totally captivated by the colorful statues which keep us safe from the devil. Haha

  • Tunnel’s station, Takachiho Tourist Information and Souvenir Hall
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Shimono 2221-2
    This is an undiluted sake storehouse for the Kagura Shuzo brewery, famous for products such as the mugi (barley) shochu Kurouma and soba (buckwheat) shochu Tensho. Originally a tunnel for the Trans-Kyushu railroad, construction was stopped due to flooding but gained new life as a barrel storage facility for shochu due to its unchanging temperature and humidity. Around 1,300 barrels are stored in the 1,115-meter-long tunnel, through which the rich aroma of vapor shochu drifts. At the facility’s tourism center, one can try the stored distilled spirit for free.

    A cool winery, using an old train tunnel to store barrels. Different kinds of wine are available for free tasting. Worth to stop by after visiting the gorge. You may also shop for local omiyage at...

  • Takayama Souvenir Shop
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nishinoisshikimachi 2-180 Takayama Green Hotel
    This thoroughly entertaining shop takes the Takayama Festival as its theme. It is in Takayama Green Hotel on National Route 158 south of JR Takayama Station. Boasting more than 7,000 items, they offer the largest selection in the Hida area, and since you can taste many of their products, just browsing is fun. They also offer workshops for activities like making Hida’s famous Sarubobo talismans and preparing salted Japanese rice crackers. Apart from creating your own souvenirs, there are lots of events where kids will be sure to make memories.

    高山グリーンホテル併設のお土産ショップです。高山市では一番の品揃え 駐車場は無料 ゲートはあってもフリー 店内のお土産種類は唖然とするほど多い。商品がわかりやすいように展示にも工夫がなされている。一位一刀彫の仏像など飛騨の匠の作品が並んでいます。飛騨のお守りマスコットでもあるサルボボの手作り体験コーナーがあるので、ぜひチャレンジしみるのをオススメします。

  • Hakuichi Higashiyama Store
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-15-4
    A shop owned and operated by the Hakuichi gold leaf company. The shop operates out of a remodeled old public bath building in the Higashi Chaya District, a charming area where many old Japanese homes and teahouses stand side by side. Making use of the high ceilings of this former public bath, the shop's open and airy sales space is filled with a variety of gold leaf-decorated crafts. Particularly popular items include the shiny gold leaf cosmetics and oil blotting papers. The shop even has free test products for customers to sample. Many customers are also sure to order a cone of soft serve vanilla ice cream covered with a sheet of ritzy gold leaf.

    Gold leaf did not taste like much, but it was an experience that you don’t get all that often! Icecream was simple soft serve, but the eating was part of the adventure!

  • Ishigaki City Special Products Sales Center
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    108 Reviews
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    Okinawa Ishigaki-shi Okawa 208
    "This souvenir shop is located inside of the Ishigaki City Public Market in the Euglena Mall shopping district in Okawa, Ishigaki City. The shop, which is jointly operated by the producers of Ishigaki Island's various specialties, carries one of the largest selections on the island. It offers a wide variety of locally-grown fruit grown, famous local sweets, awamori, traditional handicrafts, and other items certified as ""Pure Ishigaki Island Products"" by the Ishigaki City Special Product Promotion Association."

    There are so many articles (mostly food) that you certainly will need assistance. Most items are original from Ishigaki; otherwise they are from nearby islands. Among the most popular items are...

  • Kyororo
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    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Matsukami Matsunami mountain 1-56
    A souvenir shop located a 10 minute walk from Ao-ike Pond which sells local specialty products. The establishment also has a light meal corner, paid parking, and a scheduled bus stop. Serving as a base for tourism in the Juniko area, the establishment also has coin lockers, offers free wheelchair rentals, and accepts packages for express delivery.

    十二湖の青池の最寄りの有料駐車場に隣接して設けられているショップです。土産物の購入や軽食、休憩などに利用でき、散策時の拠点に適しています。

  • Shonai Kanko Bussankan Furusato Honpo
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Nunome Nakadori 80-1
    This store is located on National Route 7 in Nunome, Tsuruoka City. It houses mostly shops selling local specialties and souvenirs with shops selling seafood from the Sea of Japan and crab directly sourced from fishing ports. There is also a restaurant serving seafood and local cuisine using the fruits of the seas off Shonai.

    レストランのほか、お土産品や、鮮魚なども取り扱っており、とても充実しています。 新潟から酒田に行く際は、高速であえて鶴岡で降りていつもここに寄ります。(実は鶴岡の先から有料道路になるためってのもありますが) 物産館とは別棟・別経営になりますが、平田牧場の直売所もあり、こちらもあわせて見るとさらにいいです。 地元庄内交通グループ系で民間の経営のようですが、道の駅と名乗ってもいいレベルの施設です。

  • Hakuza Hikarikura
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-18
    A shop located in the “Higashi Chaya District” in Kanazawa, Ishikawa which conveys the charms pure gold, platinum, and other metal leaf objects. The tea house-style shop is filled with metal leaf bowls, accessories, bags, and other modern items for use in everyday life. The shop also sells a variety of original gold leaf good luck charms and other items, making it a popular destination for those seeking a present that is above the ordinary. The “Ogon no Kura,” a kura-style warehouse building in the back of the shop covered in gold-platinum leaf, is a must-see.

    When we arrived in Kanazawa we hadnt planned on doing anything with gold leaf, but after a stop at the gold leaf museum, we sought out Hakuza because as crafters we read that they did mini...

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