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Top 23 Souvenirs in Tokyo Station: Shoppers Recommend What to Buy in GRANSTA

Tokyo Station

GRANSTA is a huge shopping space located directly inside Tokyo Station on the first and underground floors. It has almost 100 shops (97 as of October 2019), and runs all the way between Yaesu and Marunouchi, making it a seriously popular spot for travelers. Once you pass the ticket gates, you don't have to leave and come back, either! We took a trip to find out what popular souvenirs and gifts are around, and we found 23 must-haves for those looking for souvenirs in Tokyo. Our selections were made based on data obtained from talking to the folks shopping at GRANSTA.

Can You Still Call This A Pancake?! Top 3 Thick and Fluffy Pancake Spots in Tokyo

Ginza Other Cafes and Sweets

In recent years Tokyo has experienced something of a pancake boom, and the desserts have become a national favorite. While thinner pancakes have certainly become a staple for afternoon tea time, thicker varieties have also gained popularity. To make thick, almost muffin-like pancakes, careful attention must be paid to baking temperatures and times. Each shop’s unique combinations of cream, syrup, and other toppings serve to complete these delicious treats. The following are three of Tokyo’s most popular pancake shops, with two located in Harajuku, and the fourth in Ginza. Let’s check them out!

(Video) OFF-KAi!!: An Akihabara Hair Salon for Anime Fans

Akihabara Other Health and Beauty

Have you ever watched anime and wished that you could rock a style as colorful and wild as the characters in Japanese animation? Your chance has arrived! Located in Akihabara, the heart of Japan’s otaku subculture, is a unique hair salon like none other in the world: OFF-KAi!! a hair salon that transforms customers into their favorite anime, manga, or game characters! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to see what it’s all about and to try out their services!

36 Times More Tourists than Before! Three Popular Baths in Kinosaki Onsen for International Visitors

Kinosaki Onsen Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

There are many onsen locations in Japan, but currently, the onsen spot fastest growing in popularity among international tourists is "Kinosaki Onsen", in Toyooka City of Hyogo Prefecture. The reason for its rise in popularity is the opportunity for a very "Japanese experience", with its retention of a traditional Japanese onsen envrionment and the ability to tour between several different baths houses in a yukata. This article will list of the most popular baths Kinosaki Onsen has to offer.

Making Traditional 'Umeshu' and Ume Syrup at Kyoto's Choya Specialty Shop

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Food Shops

The world’s first umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) and ume (plum) syrup making store Ume Specialty Shop Choya, opened in Kyoto. At this stylish store you can make over 100 types of original umeshu and various ume syrup.

Japan Doesn't Have to be Expensive! How to Budget for a Family Trip to Japan (& Tips From Travelers)

Tokyo Station Other Sightseeing

People think of Japan as expensive, but that need not be the case. While the average expenditure per person in the April-June period of 2019 was 242,437 yen for French travelers, guests from the Philippines spent as little as 119,187 yen (according to www.mlit.go.jp). Let’s have a look at how much is really needed to visit Tokyo, and how you can limit expenditure to save money for your return trip (trust us, you’ll definitely want to return). Main image credit: Shutterstock / NadyaEugene

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