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Delicious Tokyo Souvenir Snacks

In Japan, there is a history of travelers buying local delicacies to take home to their friends and family, to try when they get back home.

 

Tokyo Station is one of the best places in Tokyo to find these “local delicacies” packaged and ready to take to your loved ones. Tokyo Station is a huge travel hub, and thus the last place in Tokyo where many domestic tourists stop. These tourists make a mad scramble to get famous Tokyo omiyage (souvenir) like Tokyo Banana.

 

Tokyo Banana

 

You might be thinking to yourself: why is a banana Twinkie a Tokyo souvenir? Yes, it is extremely strange, but unfortunately Tokyo has TOO many things to see and do and thus doesn’t really have a main specialty. Tokyo Banana is just an omiyage that took off and became recognizable.

Recently, however, I think people are getting sick of Tokyo Banana (it’s ok, it really is just ok). Other souvenir foods are popping up to try and steal the title of best omiyage:

 

TOKYO CAMPANELLA

HP http://tokyo-campanella.com.cn/en/

 

From: tokyo-campanella.com.cn

 

 

3 langues de chat cookies with a cream in the middle. (Langue de chat means “cat tongues.”  They are thin, crispy and have a bit of a rough texture)

PRICE: Box of 5 is 618 yen

BEST BEFORE: 2 months after purchase

WHERE TO GET THEM: Daimaru Tokyo, Tokyo Station South Exit “Meihinkan” (souvenir area). Tokyo Station “Gift Garden”

 

 

MARSHMALLOW ELEGANCE

HP: http://www.marshmallow-elegance.jp/

From HP

 

 

 

A friend told me about this one. Nobody thought much of the lowly marshmallow until now. Marshmallow Elegance is the new level of marshmallow. Each marshmallow is handcrafted and made with different flavors like pink grapefruit, french pear, etc.

PRICE: Box of 3 (gummi marshmallows) is 280 yen

BEST BEFORE: 20 days after purchase

WHERE TO GET THEM: Tokyo Station Gransta

 

 

 

MAMEGUI

HP: http://www.mamegui.jp/index.html

From HP

 

 

 

This store is actually more about the cloth that wraps the food up, then about the food itself. The prints are all handmade chusen-style printing. They sell little treats like rice crackers and hard candies wrapped up in the “mamegui.” These make great gifts because you can then reuse the cloth for anything you wish.

PRICE: starts from 798 yen

BEST BEFORE: depends on what you buy wrapped up

WHERE TO GET THEM: Tokyo Gransta B1

 

 

 

NIHONBASHI NISHIKIHORIN KARINTO

HP: http://www.nishikihorin.com/

From nishikihorin.com

 

 

 

Karinto is a sweet rice cracker that is nice and crunchy (and that I actually quite like). Nihonbashi Nishikihorin makes karinto that has gotten pretty popular of late. The reason for its popularity is the variety of traditional flavors they offer such as purple potato and wasabi plum.

PRICE: starts from 330 yen

BEST BEFORE: 3 months after purchase

WHERE TO GET THEM: Tokyo Gransta B1

 

 

FUJIMIDO SENBEI

HP: http://www.fujimidou.com/

From HP

 

 

 

There are special Tokyo Station edition sets that you can buy for a feeling of exclusivity. This company makes high-quality rice crackers of different varieties. This is the place to stop for rice cracker fans.

PRICE: 2,300 yen for 35

BEST BEFORE: 3 months after it was made

WHERE TO GET THEM: Tokyo Gransta B1

 

 

MIKADO-YA AGE-MANJU

HP: http://www.mikadoya-agemanjyu.co.jp/index.html

From Tabelog

 

Age-manju means “fried bun”  and these buns are filled with a fine sweet red bean paste. They are sold in units of one with a separate price available for boxes. You can eat this right away and sample what you will be giving to people!

PRICE: 1 for 100 yen

BEST BEFORE: 10 days after purchase

WHERE TO GET THEM: Keiyo Street 1F

 

 

 

MOUNT BAUM BAUM-KUCHEN

HP: http://www.nenrinya.jp/

From HP

 

 

Baum-kuchen is a German cake, but it has transformed into a huge Japanese phenomenon. This foreign cake has somehow made its way into being available at every grocery store and convenience store in Japan. Nenrinya is known for its baum-kuchen.

PRICE: starts from around 700 yen

BEST BEFORE: eat within 9 days

WHERE TO GET THEM: Daimaru Tokyo 1F

 

 

 

WA-RUSK

HP: http://www.waraku-beniya.jp/

From HP

 

In recent years “rusk” has become extremely popular in Japan. Rusk is french bread that is in toast-form and usually is flavored with butter and granulated sugar. Wa-rusk takes that to a new level. They have various Japanese flavors like green tea, Japanese strawberry and purple potato.

PRICE: 600 yen for 5 packs of 2 rusks.

BEST BEFORE: eat within 40 days

WHERE TO GET THEM: Ecute Tokyo

 

 

 

BUNMEIDO CASTELLA

HP: http://www.bunmeido.com/user_data/morikoshiro.php

From bunmeido.com

 

CASTELLA is another foreign cake that has taken Japan by storm. However, kastera’s history dates back to the Portuguese in the 16th century. It is a pretty standard pound cake but is extremely good. I think the simplicity of the cake is its charm.

PRICE: 1,312 yen for 10 slices.

BEST BEFORE: eat within 2 weeks

WHERE TO GET THEM: Daimaru Tokyo

 

 Some of these gifts have gotten so popular that they are now available for purchase at Narita and Haneda airports, but don’t count on it. All of these gifts and more are available around the Tokyo Station souvenir shopping areas.

 

 

 

 

June 09  Category:Cuisine 

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