Traditional Japanese souvenirs, like snacks, chopsticks, and folding fans are great, but the more adventurous buyer may want something with a little more… pizazz. As soon as you set foot in these shops below, you’re sure to be hooked on these cute, strange, and eye-catching Japanese toys. They have a variety of products including popular Japanese characters, anime goods, and other classics at these toy shops, so go find your favorite!
Kiddy Land: Japanese Toys Aren’t Just for Kids
Kiddy Land Harajuku, which opened its doors in 1950, is home to a plethora of Japan’s cutest and most popular characters. The world-known characters like Hello Kitty and Snoopy, and recently created Japanese characters like Rilakkuma 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’s Best Japanese Toy: Funassyi Doll
Born in Funabashi-shi, Chiba, Funassyi is a very energetic, exciting and popular character in Japan, making him a perfect Japanese souvenir for yourself and some lucky friends. Inside Kiddy Land 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 on display and super soft for cuddling. The shop even has a message box where you can send Funassyi a personalized message or fan mail. Price: (M) 2,800 JPY and (L) 3,800 JPY (both prices are excluding taxes)
Kiddy Land’s 2nd Best Japanese Toy: Hello Kitty Doll
Hello Kitty is a character who made her debut in Japan, and became very famous and popular worldwide. One of our most recommended souvenirs from Tokyo is a stuffed Kitty doll dressed in a kimono. Here she wears a kimono made of beautiful chirimen fabric, bridging the modern character vibe with traditional Japanese elegance, making her an ideal Japanese souvenir for almost anyone. What she holds in her hand is called sensu (a Japanese folding fan). Each doll is 2,000 JPY (excluding tax).
KIDDY LAND KIDDY LAND原宿店
- Address 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Hakuhinkan Toy Park: Japanese Souvenirs With a Playful Touch!
Located in Ginza, Hakuhinkan Toy Park has a wide range of exciting toys including plastic models and action figures, baby toys, character goods, and stuffed dolls spread out across five floors of goods, from the first basement to the fourth floor. If you feel the need for speed and a little interactive excitement, there’s even a slot car circuit at Hakuhinkan RACING PARK on the fourth floor. (Only 200 JPY for five minutes of fun!)
Hakuhinkan Toy Park’s Best Japanese Toy: Licca-chan Doll
Licca-chan is a classic doll born in 1967, and she has since been loved by girls all over Japan. At Hakuhinkan TOY PARK you can find an original Peach CA edition Licca-chan. This Licca-chan is dressed in a uniform which is based off the uniform actually worn by cabin attendants for the Kansai-based airline company, Peach Aviation. With this Japanese toy, you get a little bit of Kansai authenticity with your souvenir from Tokyo!
Hakuhinkan Toy Park’s 2nd Best Japanese Toy: Nanoblock
Nanoblocks are micro-sized block toys, like legos, made by a Japanese toy company named Kawada. Hakuhinkan TOY PARK also has outlets at airports, where you can buy a nanoblock set to make an airplane and control tower. This particular set is very popular in Japan and is a must-buy Japanese souvenir that can only be purchased at Hakuhinkan.
8-8-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8132
Shimbashi Station （JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Yurikamome）
3 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-3571-8008
- Address 8-8-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8132
Yamashiroya: A Treasury of Anime and Hero Goods!
This well-established Japanese toy shop carries a plethora of character figures, dolls, and sundries including popular heroes from Japanese manga and anime. You will find a wide range of products on all seven floors! If you are a fan of Japanese anime, this is a must-visit toy shop during your trip to Tokyo!
Yamashiroya's Best Japanese Toy: Star Wars Characters!
Figures of popular characters from Star Wars series with Japanese-style arrangements are a hit among tourists. Darth Vader has a Japanese sword in his hand, looking like a samurai general. Sandtroopers have become teppo ashigaru (matchlockmen) and look stylish in their new getup. Make sure to pick up some of these products from the world of Star Wars with Japan's samurai soul as souvenirs.
Yamashiroya's 2nd Best Japanese Toy: Cup no Fuchiko!
This adorable small figure is known all throughout Japan for her various poses that involve sitting or hanging on the edges of cups. It is often jokingly referred to as "an angel fallen to the edge of a cup" and it comes in a variety of clothing such as office uniform, yukata, and kimono! There are also a huge variety of poses and collaborations with other famous brands as well. Thanks to so many different types of Cup no Fuchiko, there are tons of collectors, not only in Japan, but all over the world!
- Address 6-14-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
Don't Miss Out on these Amazing Souvenirs from Tokyo!
With such a huge variety to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect Tokyo souvenir for your friends and family back home or for yourself! Whichever one you prefer, we hope you can find the perfect souvenir just for you!