Don’t Leave Japan Without Picking Up These Souvenirs From Nihombashi Takashimaya

Don’t Leave Japan Without Picking Up These Souvenirs From Nihombashi Takashimaya

Update: 22 June 2018

Nihombashi, the melting pot of goods and services since the early 17th century is where you’ll find Nihombashi Takashimaya, a luxury department store with 200 years of history. Here you’ll innovate products that continue to change the lifestyle of Japanese people.

Today we’ll take a look at a few souvenirs you can purchase at Nihonbashi Takashimaya’s gourmet food gallery basement.

You’ll Find Plenty Of Shops On The Basement Level Of Nihombashi Takashimaya

You’ll Find Plenty Of Shops On The Basement Level Of Nihombashi Takashimaya

Let’s first take a look at the basement floor of Nihombashi Takashimaya. It’s an assortment of shops that sell both Japanese and western confectionery, boxed lunches, side dishes, teas, dried seaweed, and more. As Japan ‘s premier department store, you’ll find both domestic and international shops that are known all over the world.

Shiseido Parlour Hanatsubaki Cookies, A Treat With More Than 100 Years Of History

Shiseido Parlour Hanatsubaki Cookies, A Treat With More Than 100 Years Of History

Shiseido Parlour began in 1902, in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Its Nihombashi Takashimaya shop is the brand's first Antenna shop and sells popular products such as Hanatsubaki cookies, cheesecake, and ganache.

Shiseido Parlour is a division of cosmetics maker Shiseido. As Shiseido’s popularity continues to grow outside of Japan, there’s an increasing number of tourists who delight in seeing a Shiseido branded restaurant and Shiseido branded confectionery.

48 count tin of Hanatsubaki cookies 2,700 yen. *From April 1, the tin will retail for 2,916 yen.

When you think of Shiseido Parlour, its Hanatsubaki cookies are the first thing that come to mind. Adored with a camelia, Shiseido’s trademark, the receipt of these are Cookies remain unchanged. Light and crunchy, the simple taste is almost as if they were made with a mother’s love

Top right: Hanatsubaki cookies (24 cookies) 1,620 yen; Foreground: 115 year commemorative tin can (24 cookies) 1,620 yen (on sale until March 31)

As of January 2018, a golden tin commemorating the 115th anniversary of Shiseido Parlour is on sale alongside the scarlet tin of 48 Hanatsubaki cookies and azure tin of 24 Hanatsubaki cookies. The golden tin ia available for a limited time only while supplies last. From April you will be able to purchase a coral pink tin of 32 Hanatsubaki cookies for 2,160 yen (tax incl.).

14 Piece Box of La Ganache, 1,188 yen.

La Ganache are just as popular as Hanatsubaki cookies. Consisting of three layers featuring the finest creamy, rich Belgian chocolate interlaced with chocolate crunch. Enjoy the combination of texture and flavor.

Choose from classic Noir or Blanc. Each Ganache is individually wrapped and the attractive packaging makes it a great gift choice for all ages.

For A Playful Gift,Choose Saganoyaki Rice Crackers from Ogura Sansou, Japan ‘s Traditional Snack Maker

For A Playful Gift,Choose Saganoyaki Rice Crackers from  Ogura Sansou, Japan ‘s Traditional Snack Maker

Walk through Nihonbashi Takashimaya gourmet basement and you’re bound to see a line of customers waiting in line to purchase sensebi (rice crackers), from Ogura Sansou. Originally from Kyoto, its retail locations are largely centered in western Japan and the brand is known for its lineup of rice crackers such as senbei, okaki, and arare.

Small tin of Sanganoyaki, 40 pieces (2 per package) 1,296 yen

A best-selling item since Ogura Sansou first opened its doors, Sanganoyaki senbei are coated in a sweet soy sauce and accented with tiny squares of seaweed. For a reasonably priced gift, consider buying this box of 40 senbei.

Karuta Hyakunin Isshu Gift Box 1,620 yen

For a unique gift, choose this variety box of senbei that features karuta, a traditional Japanese playing card game that is an anthology of 100 poems by 100 different poets. The 100 senbei in this set come in ten flavors such as sakura shrimp and sugar.

Each box is guaranteed to feature all 100 poem cards, so perhaps this would make a great gift for a family.

Asakasa Kakiyama, Where Tradition And Innovation Forged Akasaka Keicho

Asakasa Kakiyama, Where Tradition And Innovation Forged Akasaka Keicho

Specializing in beika, or a variety of rice crackers, Akasaka Kakiyama began in the Akasaka district of Tokyo in 1970. Its concept, “to give a gift means to plant a seed for the future” is the foundation on which its crackers are carefully made. This shop is popular among Ja

Akasaka Keicho, Scarlet Tin (14 pieces) 1,080

This selection of rice crackers are flavored with soy sauce and sesame. Made from rice from Tomiyama Prefecture. Enjoy the crispness of the crackers and the rich taste of soy sauce and sesame.

The tin is decorated in a Japanese-style pattern features a mountain resting atop a persimmon. It is especially popular among travelers who appreciate the colorful Japanese motif.

Arakashiko (40 pieces) 2,160 yen * Selection subject to change from March 10.

This charming mozaic of the traditional Japanese artwork, yosegi-zaiku, decorates box of assorted rice crackers. Featuring 6 different types of rice crackers, there’s something in here for everyone to enjoy.

Choose Akasaka Kaichou for something compact yet durigabel and the Arakashiko variety set for your workplace -- or how about both?

For A Gift For Someone Special, You Can't Go Wrong With A Classic Japanese Treat From Kanau

For A Gift For Someone Special, You Can't Go Wrong With A Classic Japanese Treat From Kanau

Based in Otsu, a city in Shiga Prefecture, is Japanese confectionery maker Kanou Shoujuan

Akai (5 pieces) 1,123 yen

The best-selling item at Kanou Shoujuan is its Akai, which uses two Japanese flavors: matcha green tea and kuromitsu, a dark syrup. The cubes of gyuhi, a glutinous cake made from a high grade of sticky rice, are coated in kinako, roasted soybean powder. Drizzle with kuromitsu syrup before eating.

求肥は比較的小ぶりなサイズ感。それでいて、歯を押し返してくるほどの強い弾力感があり、食べ応えは十分です。濃厚でありながら、上品な甘さが際立つ黒蜜きなこと、ほろ苦くも爽やかな後味が楽しめる抹茶の2種類から、お好きな方をめしあがれ。

Dorayaki, 162 yen

Fans of Japanese animated classics may be familiar with dorayaki, a pancake-like sweet filled with melt-in-your-mouth roasted adzuki beans grown in Hokkaido. Sold individually, might even want to pick up a few for yourself.

These Souvenirs Are Sure To Be A Hit

These Souvenirs Are Sure To Be A Hit

All the sweets featured on our list have won over plenty of visitors to Japan. They are perfect for any occasion, so be sure to stop by Nihombashi Takashimaya before you leave Tokyo.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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