Tokyo’s Best Souvenirs: Ginza Edition


Top Souvenirs Foreign Tourists Buy In Ginza

  1. Tenshin Amaguri [Tianjin sweet chestnuts]
  2. Earphones [from the Sony Store]
  3. Okaki [rice crackers]
  4. Cosmetics
  5. Chopsticks
  6. Traditional Japanese Paper Dolls
  7. Kashmere Scarfs [from Uniqlo]
  8. Anpan [sweet bread filled with red bean paste]
  9. Octopus Dolls [a good luck charm for exams)
  10. Sake

Additional Factoids

  • There is a break halfway through the countdown so they can shock foreign tourists by revealing that property values in Ginza are nearly 25 million yen per square meter!
  • Ginza’s Wako clock tower has special illuminations at night, so many foreign tourists take pictures of it.
  • Cosmetics and rice crackers were particularly popular with tourists from Asia. Chinese tour buses stop at one particular shop so that their passengers can stock up souvenir snacks.
  • Tenshin Amaguri are sold at a kabuki theater that is very popular with foreign tour groups. The street vendor in front of the theater claims that Leonardo Dicaprio once bought some of his Tenshin Amaguri.

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