Tokyu Hands is a very popular store because it has all sorts of products, from miscellaneous goods and craft products to DIY necessities. Here are some products particularly popular with foreign tourists. You'll want to pick them up not just as souvenirs but for yourself! All of them are reasonably priced and easy to carry.
Do you know about Pilot Frixion Ball Pens (0.5mm size is 216 JPY (incl. tax), the pens that changed the way people think about pens? They're completely erasable thanks to the frictional heat from the special rubber on the end of the pen! There's no eraser shavings left behind, and you can write, erase, and rewrite in the same spot over and over again. There are a wide variety of colors as well as highlighters. Truly erasable pens are rare outside of Japan, so there are many foreign tourists who bulk buy. Since it's erasable, please refrain from using them on important documents.
1. A truly erasable pen! Pilot Frixion Ball
This face pack is designed after the kumadori makeup used by kabuki actors, so you can take care of your skin and turn into a kabuki actor while using it! It's a souvenir with great popularity lately. Inside the package is a simple Japanese and English explanation of kabuki and kumadori makeup. The kabuki mask was so popular that now they have a ton of other designs, including animal face masks and face masks of Marvel characters like Iron Man and Captain America. They have plenty of sheet masks with designs that will make you want to show it off! They're reasonably priced at under 1,000 JPY, and they're compact so they're perfect for bulk buying. You can enjoy having the mask on, and when you take it off your skin will be smooth. You can kill two birds with one stone with this product!
2. You'll transform?! Isshindo Honpo DESIGN FACE PACK
These Japanese-made nail clippers are made by skilled craftsmen using stainless steel. This is recommended for people who have trouble with regular nail clippers or very thick nails. The clean feeling when the clippers snip off the extra is satisfying. It has a catcher that stops the cut nail from falling. There are two types depending on whether or not you like your nails round or square, and both of them cost 1,404 JPY (incl. tax) for excellent cost-performance. It's at the top of Tokyu Hands' Nail Art/Care product ranking.
3. These Japan-made nail clippers are perfectly sharp! Takumi no Waza Catcher Tsumekiri
It's popular among Japanese restaurants to have food samples that look exactly like their meals in a showcase in front. You can buy phone straps made one-by-one by the same craftsmen that make those food samples at Tokyu Hands. They're reasonably priced, from around 500 JPY to 1,000 JPY, and they show off the craftsmen's skills at making them look exactly like a real meal. They have a huge variety available, including sushi, beer, and ramen. If you attach the strap to your phone or even your flash drive, you'll definitely never lose it in your bag again! It's a great conversation-starter. You can easily buy them here without making your way to Kappabashi, the area famous for food samples and other kitchen products.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
4. Looks just like the real thing! Shokuhin Sample Strap
When you sign contracts in Japan, you typically don't use a signature but rather a seal called an inkan. You can find Japanese names easily at various stores, but in this Sapporo branch you can get an original inkan in a minimum of 30 minutes. They have a variety of colors and patterns for the inzai (the stick attached to the seal) so you can get a cute one. It takes about 30 minutes for a maximum of 4 characters, so it can be done while you shop. The photo shows 4 katakana characters engraved into an inkan, so you can use it as a visual reference. The price depends on the inzai and the number of characters, but since engraving up to 3 characters is free they start at 600 JPY (excl. tax). Please be aware that when they are busy it might take longer to finish yours.
*This is only available at the Sapporo branch.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
5. Get it in 30 minutes! Speed Inkan
There are 41 Tokyu Hands branches throughout the country. All of them have an enormous line-up of products in an orderly and easy-to-understand presentation, so you'll end up spending more time than you expected there.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.