6 Souvenirs to Bring Back From Japan

Two geishas among red wooden Tori Gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Selective focus on women wearing traditional japanese kimono.

A Little Piece of Japan

Souvenirs are the perfect way to take a piece of your trip home with you. It’s also a great way to show loved ones you thought about them while you were away. Maybe you’re wondering what you can bring back to dazzle your spouse or excite your children. Trust us — it’s probably not a keychain.

Buying souvenirs while away is a great way to exercise unique gift-giving.  We will help you get your creative juices flowing so you’ll be sure to bring back the perfect keepsake. Here are some souvenir ideas: Japan edition.


Image courtesy of Kevin Dooley.

Vending Machine Treats

Vending machines are ubiquitous in metropolitan areas like Tokyo. Each is filled with different kinds of food and drink. Some even have clothing items!  Not only will you bring back a unique treat, you won’t need to go out of your way to retrieve it.


Sake is growing as a top exported good of Japan. The US is most familiar with sake’s use in “Sake Bombs,” however, this method of consumption is not present in Japan. Rather, it is enjoyed slowly and sipped like wine. Bring back a bottle and enlightened others with an authentic sake experience.


Japanese sushi chopsticks, soy sauce bowl and sakura blossom on black stone background.


Chopsticks are already inside the homes of many people across the world. You might not be able to bring back a fresh Japanese meal, but you can bring back the same utensils used to enjoy them. Authentic Japanese chopsticks will make a great dinner conversation piece, one in which someone is sure to shine a good light on you.

Japanese chef's knife in blue gift box.


Japanese knives are well-respected in the world of cooking. Bring back some high-quality blades to breathe new life into any kitchen. Be sure to keep them packed away in your checked luggage!

Green tea with matcha

Green Tea

Green Tea is a gift that is sure to go over well with just about anyone. It won’t take up much space in your luggage and it is enjoyed by many. There are several varieties to choose from. Matcha is recommended, as it is a popular flavor in Japan. There, you can find matcha tea, candy, ice cream, and other treats. If you want to go the extra mile, get a ceramic teapot to go with it. Japan is known for producing some excellent ceramic goods.

Buyer with the soy sauce in a store

Soy Sauce

A staple in many homes across the world, soy sauce is used in a variety of dishes. Find some local soy sauce to bring back home. The souvenir-receiver will have a little taste of Japan everytime they use it.

Miyajima Hiroshima Japan at the floating gate of Itsukushima Shrine. (gate sign reads Itsukushima Shrine)

Bring Home More Than Things

A souvenir is just one way to let someone else experience Japan. Do not forget to take plenty of pictures. If possible, maybe Facetime someone so they can get a live look at Japan. Sending a letter or postcard can seem antiquated, but can be a real treat to those who appreciate sentimental keepsakes. It is also a great option for those who are on a tight budget. Many people will not expect souvenirs or postcards, but they are sure to light up if they receive one.

There are our six suggestions of souvenirs to bring back from Japan. All of these are sure to be great gifts to give to others (or even yourself!). What do you think? Would you like to receive one of these? Do you have any suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments.