The Imperial Hotel opened in Hibiya as a State Guest Houses of Japan to welcome the guests from abroad in 1890. The sweets made by the hotel have a steady reputation as souvenirs of Tokyo. The cookies with pictures of the Tokyo Marunouchi Station Building feature a crunchy texture which brings out the best of the ingredients such as coconuts and figs (Imperial Hotel cookie/ 1,080 JPY and 2,160 JPY). There are also chocolates in a 3D package where the main entrance of the station building pops out when the lid is opened, which is impressive and perfect for a Tokyo souvenir. (Chocolate assortments package: Tokyo Marunouchi Station Building / 2,160 JPY)
Mamegui is a small hand towel that is hand dyed by the artisan one by one. They assort the limited patterns of the station buildings of Tokyo Station, Shinkansen (bullet trains) and the locomotive motifs at Mamegui store. If you find your favorite pattern from the various Mamegui and purchase it with the snacks such as candies and rice crackers, the store clerk will wrap it as a cute souvenir for you.
Daiginjo Dokan (daiginjo means top-quality sake) is a Japanese sake named after the person who is said to have built Edo Castle and made by a kuramoto (sake brewery) who is the descendant of said person. The sake which is is brewed with 50% of polished Yamada Nishiki rice, considered to be one of the most suitable rice varieties for sake, is reputable for its pronounced flavor and mellow taste. It makes a perfect Tokyo souvenir, with a label depicting Nijubashi at the Imperial Palace.
MEIDI-YA Maru Bldg. Store
Échiré Maison du Beurre is the world's first speciality store of Échiré butter which was opened in the Marunouchi Brick Square. Échiré butter is the fermented butter which is made in the traditional methods in the town of Échiré in France. At the store, they sell products such as the pastries which is made with Échiré butter. The butter cake and the croissant are the popular products which are often sold out in early hours. For souvenirs, Sable Échiré and Galette Échiré are recommended.
ECHIRE maison du beurre
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The Tokyo Central Post Office was one of the first postal offices established in Japan in 1871. In 2012, it was moved to the current location that is now the bottom layer building of JP Tower, and has been drawing attention as one of Japan’s tourist spots. The products such as the clear document holders, masking tapes and postcards with the motif of Tokyo Marunouchi Station Building which can only be bought at the Tokyo Central Post Office is popular as a new Tokyo souvenir. If you post a postcard in the mailbox set around various places in Tokyo Station, they will seal it with the date stamp which has the scenery of Tokyo station.
As a nation with a strong gift-giving culture, Japan is a wonderland for souvenir shopping - and Tokyo souvenirs are no exception! Beyond these 5 showcased items, be sure to check out other stores selling Tokyo Station Souvenirs. When gift shopping in Japan, you won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to what to buy in Tokyo!
Tokyo Central Post Office
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.