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Must-Buy Souvenirs: Toys Edition

Must-Buy Souvenirs: Toys Edition

Update: 21 October 2016

Here are some Japanese toys perfect for souvenirs. Once you step into toy shops, you will surely be hooked on the Japanese toys! There is a variety of products including popular Japanese characters, anime goods, and classic toys at toy shops, so go find your favorite toys.

Cute character goods come together

Cute character goods come together

Kiddy Land Harajuku, which opened its door in 1950, is where you can meet much-talked-about, popular characters. The world-known characters like Hello Kitty and Snoopy, and recent creations in Japan like Relakkuma and Funassyi are waiting for you. From the first basement to the fourth floor, you will find character goods, trendy products, toys, and stationery goods. It is located in Harajuku, where young people flock, and you may sometimes see people stand in line when they hold events there.

Kiddy Land: Recommended Item No. 1

Kiddy Land: Recommended Item No. 1

Born in Funabashi-shi, Chiba, Funassyi is a very popular character in Japan. At Kiddy Land, there is Funassyi's official shop called Funassyiland Select HARAJUKU which carries a wide variety of Funassyi goods. Get a Kiddy Land limited edition stuffed doll, which is super cute as it sits or when you cuddle it. In the shop, you will find a message box to post a letter to Funassyi. Price: (M) 2,800 JPY and (L) 3,800 JPY (both prices are excluding taxes)

Kiddy Land: Recommended Item No. 2

Kiddy Land: Recommended Item No. 2

Hello Kitty is a character born in Japan, and is very popular worldwide. A recommended souvenir from Japan is a stuffed Kitty doll dressed in a kimono. The chirimen fabric kimono of a Japanese cultural element is really cute. What she holds in her hand is called sensu (a Japanese folding fan). This is a must item to go with a kimono. 2,000 JPY (excluding taxes) each.

  • KIDDY LAND
    KIDDY LAND原宿店
    • Address 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

A lot of toys with a playful touch!

A lot of toys with a playful touch!

Located in Ginza, Hakuhinkan Toy Park has a wide range of toys including plastic models, figures, baby toys, character goods, and stuffed dolls on all five floors, from the first basement to the fourth floor. On the fourth floor, you can enjoy racing on a slot car circuit at Hakuhinkan RACING PARK (200 JPY for a five-minute use).

Hakuhinkan Toy Park: Recommended Item No. 1

Hakuhinkan Toy Park: Recommended Item No. 1

Licca chan is a doll born in 1967, and she has since been loved by girls in Japan. At Hakuhinkan TOY PARK, an original Peach CA Licca chan is available. This Licca chan is dressed in a uniform which is actually worn by cabin attendants of the Kansai-based airline company, Peach Aviation.

Hakuhinkan Toy Park: Recommended Item No. 2

Hakuhinkan Toy Park: Recommended Item No. 2

nanoblock is a micro-sized block by Kawada, a Japanese toy company. At Hakuhinkan TOY PARK, which has outlets at airports, you can buy a nanoblock set to make an airplane and a control tower. This set is popular in Japan and is a must-buy souvenir from Japan that can only be purchased at Hakuhinkan.

A treasury of anime and hero goods

A treasury of anime and hero goods

This is a well-established Japanese toy shop that carries character figures, dolls, and sundries including heroes from Japanese manga. You will find a wide range of products on all seven floors, from the first basement to the sixth floor. This is a must-visit toy shop if you like Japanese anime.

Yamashiroya: Recommended Item No. 1

Yamashiroya: Recommended Item No. 1

Figures of popular characters from Star Wars series with Japanese-style arrangements are popular among tourists. Darth Vader has a Japanese sword in his hand, looking like a samurai general. Sandtroopers have become teppo ashigaru (matchlockmen). Do get some of these products from the world of Star Wars with Japan's samurai soul as souvenirs.

Yamashiroya: Recommended Item No. 2

Yamashiroya: Recommended Item No. 2

A small figure striking various poses, one sitting on the edge of a cup, and another hanging from a cup. This figure is extremely popular in Japan, and it is referred to as "an angel fallen to the edge of a cup". Because it comes in a variety of clothing such as office uniform, yukata, and kimono, as well as poses, there are many collectors in Japan.

  • Yamashiroya
    ヤマシロヤ
    • Address 6-14-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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