Traditional objects that can only be found in Japan are extremely popular as souvenirs among travelers. If you are looking to buy Japanese style objects, Asakusa is the place to go - here you will find 5 recommended stores located in the area.
"Shikisaido" is a store offering a selection of traditional crafts and handmade products from all over the country, and it makes it a point that all their items are "Made in Japan." All of their products are designed to introduce a Japanese taste into everyday life, and they range from tableware such as bowls, tea cups, and chopsticks, to fashion wear such as clothing items and aprons made with fabric dyed using the "shiborizome" (tie-dye) technique, to Japanese paper, postcards with a Japanese-style pattern, envelopes, and straps for cell-phones in a Japanese traditional pattern, among others. Their chopsticks are especially popular to the point that the store has a specialized corner focused on them, and customers can choose between gorgeous lacquered chopsticks, and wooden chopsticks that make the most of the inherent properties of the material used. (Prices range from less than 1,000 JPY to a few thousand JPY.) You can also have your name engraved on the chopsticks if you wish.
They also offer a gift wrapping service for all their products, which makes it the perfect store for buying presents and souvenirs.
"Hakocho" is a store that sells "Kiri Kimekomizaiku". This is a traditional craft in which a chisel is used to carve the surface of small containers or drawers made of paulownia wood, and then colorful fabric is embedded in these carvings. The design is so beautiful that this store is not popular only among the Japanese people but also among foreign travelers, and it offers a selection of products that range from large furniture, such as drawer chests that cost tens of thousands of JPY, to small containers and mirrors that can be purchased for just a few thousands of JPY. Just looking at the beautiful handiwork is definitely enjoyable. In addition, this store holds a workshop where you can experience what it is like to make their products, and you can create your own original box made of paulownia wood. (The workshop is held once a month and dates are irregular.)
3. Asakusa Kururi
“Kururi” is a store specializing in “tenugui,” traditional Japanese towels, and “furoshiki,” square cloths used to wrap items in. People who make their way to the store find themselves not knowing where to look, since the interior is full of more than 300 kinds of tenugui and 200 kinds of furoshiki of all sizes. There is a wide variety of patterns, from traditional Japanese designs such as scrollwork and hounds tooth to cute patterns featuring animals or flowers.
Tenugui are light and easy to carry, but are also strong and durable. Furoshiki, depending on the way they're folded, can be used in a huge variety of mysterious ways, from wrappings to bags. These items that have been loved in Japan since ancient times are crammed full of the knowledge and skill of Japanese people. Most pieces are around 1,000 JPY. If you go to Kururi, you will definitely find the design made for you among all of the hundreds available. How about taking a look?
4. Hirao Shoten
Along Asakusa's Nakamise-dori, there are many of souvenir stores lined up but among them a particularly popular one is Hirao Shoten. The small chouchin (Japanese traditional lanterns) adorning the storefront attract the eye of many visitors. Other than chouchin, they carry various kinds of Japanese and Japanese-style miscellaneous goods including kokeshi (wooden dolls), kakejiku (hanging tapestries featuring traditional scenes and stories). All of these traditional products can be bought for about 2,000 JPY, so it's perfect for people who come to Japan and want to buy souvenirs. They also have small items that won't be bulky to carry for a few hundred yen, like keychains and cell phone straps. Please make sure to check this store's every nook and cranny.
Here we provided you with a collection of stores dealing with products that are ideal as souvenirs, such as traditional crafts and objects featuring unique Japanese designs. How about getting some of these for your family and friends as presents?
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information.